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Homily from July 28

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Aug 022013

Luke's Lords PrayerThe Homily from Sunday July 28th, 2013 – Luke’s Lords Prayer is now available through the Homilies link on our website.

The reading today from Luke’s gospel presents us with an older version of our Lord’s prayer; you will notice the differences between the traditional version we recite during worship,
which is closely similar to the version presented in the gospel of Matthew: the simple, unadorned statements in Luke’s version direct attention to what is essential to Jesus, a relationship to God as Father and a commitment to God’s realm.
We must see this portrait of Jesus’ prayer life in the context of the entire passage that we
read this morning. It has three parts: prayer–parable—persistence. The Lord’s prayer followed by the parable of the persistent friend followed by the concluding exhortation to action: ask, seek, knock. And the three parts of the passage are connected by the symbol of bread. 

Note the emphasis throughout the three sections on action verbs:
Your kingdom come
Give us our daily bread
lend me 3 loaves of bread”
ask, seek, knock
if your child asks for bread, will you give him a stone?

Homily from July 21

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Aug 012013

The Homily from Sunday July 21st, 2013 – Cost of Discipleship is now available through the Homilies link on our website.

Cost of DiscipleshipLectionary selections during Ordinary time for next few months examine the nature of discipleship. Certainly today’s readings address that subject, but offer lessons in style as well as content. The allusions in the gospel of Luke to the OT passages remind us that the writers of the NT framed their experience and understanding of Jesus in the language and symbols of their religious heritage. When Luke writes his narrative of Jesus, the OT prophet Elijah figures prominently.

Homily from July 14

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Aug 012013

The Good SamaritanThe Homily from Sunday July 14th, 2013 – Good Samaritan is now available through the Homilies link on our website.

The parable of the Good Samaritan is one of the great stories of the Bible, the essence of Jesus’ teaching, showing as it does the way of the kingdom, with its emphasis on meeting the needs of others, on our common humanity with all people that on earth do dwell. Jesus tells the story to illustrate the Great Commandment of the Law: “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” “Who is my neighbour?” the legal mind asks, hoping to set a limit to God’s inclusive injunction.


Homily of Sunday July 7

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Jul 082013

The Homily – Getting Down and Dirty – delivered by The Rev’d Dr. Wayne Fraser on July 7th is now available through the Homily page link.

Naaman dipping and cleansing himself in the River Jordan seven times

Naaman dipping and cleansing himself in the River Jordan seven times

The Old Testament story this morning is linked to the gospel reading by the act of cleansing: 2 Kings records the story of the “cleansing” of Naaman, a Syrian commander, as he travels to Israel seeking a cure for his leprosy; in the gospel story a leper is cured, with rather serious consequences for the healer, Jesus.

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