Restore the economy of grace

24th Sunday after Pentecost November 19 2017 Zephaniah 1.7, 12-18; Psalm 90.1-12; Matthew 25.14-30 Rev Loren McGrail, United Church of Christ The author of Eden lays claim to creation’s purpose, raging against the banker’s deceit, overwhelming the financier’s fraud, sweeping away the march of capital that siphons the poor to the engine of greed. –…

Courageous and tender, gentle and brave

21st Sunday after Pentecost October 29 2017 Deuteronomy 34.1-12; Psalm 90.1-6, 12-14; 1 Thessalonians 2.1-8; Matthew 22.34-46 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland For the last nine Sundays, we have been wandering through the book of Exodus like the Israelites in the wilderness. Now suddenly our lectionary fast-forwards through the Torah, skipping past Leviticus and…

To God alone be glory!

20th Sunday after Pentecost October 22 2017 Exodus 33.12-23; Psalm 23; 1 Thessalonians 1.1-10; Matthew 22.15-22 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Give back to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s. Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s. What are…

Wrestling with God’s word

19th Sunday after Pentecost October 15 2017 Exodus 32.1-14; Psalm 106.1-6, 19-23; Philippians 4.1-9; Matthew 22.1-14 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland How are we to read scripture? The question is posed inevitably to any Christian who takes the Bible seriously. It’s also posed to us every Sunday as we hear the Bible read. Sometimes…

Is the Lord among us or not?

17th Sunday after Pentecost October 1 2017 Exodus 17.1-7; Psalm 78.1-4, 12-16; Philippians 2.1-13; Matthew 21.23-32 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland In the year 70 of our common era, a Roman soldier threw a flaming torch into the temple in Jerusalem and changed the course of history. A few days earlier, the Roman general…

Almighty and merciful

16th Sunday after Pentecost September 24 2017 Exodus 16.2-15; Psalm 106.1-5, 48; Philippians 1.21-30; Matthew 20.1-16 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland Avinu Malkeinu Our Father, our King Hear our prayer We have sinned before you Have compassion upon us and upon our children Help us bring an end to sickness, war, and hunger Cause…

God of liberation, God of love

14th Sunday after Pentecost September 10 2017 Exodus 12.1-14; Psalm 139; Romans 13.8-14; Matthew 18.15-20 Rev Páraic Réamonn, Church of Scotland We are often tempted to think of the Bible as the pure Word of God, untouched by human hand. But that’s just silly. We know that Paul wrote the letter to the Romans, because…