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LectionAid 4th Quarter2011

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Sunday: September 4, 2011, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (12th after Pentecost) Proper 18

Readings: [Psalm 149 or Psalm 119:33-40], [Exodus 12:1-14 or Ezekiel 33:7-11], Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 18:15-20

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Sunday: September 11, 2011, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (13th after Pentecost) Proper 19

Readings: [Psalm 114 or Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21 or Psalm 103:(1-7) 8-13], [Exodus 14:19-31or Genesis 50:15-21], Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 18:21-35

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Sunday: September 18, 2011, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (14th after Pentecost) Proper 20

Readings: [Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 or Psalm 145:1-8],[Exodus 16:2-15 or Jonah 3:10-4:11], Philippians 1:21-30, Matthew 20:1-16

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Sunday: September 25, 2011, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (15th after Pentecost) Proper 21

Readings: [Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16 or Psalm 25:1-9],[Exodus 17:1-7 or Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32],Philippians 2:1-13,Matthew 21:23-32

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Sunday: October 2, 2011, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (16th after Pentecost) Proper 22

Readings: [Psalm 19 or Psalm 80:7-15], [Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 or Isaiah 5:1-7], Philippians 3:4b-14, Matthew 21:33-46

While none of our parishioners would justify the murder or assaults of the tenants in the parable, they may have nonetheless contributed mightily to their children’s poor mental health and psycho-social incompetence. Quoting Paul Bohn, a UCLA psychiatrist, the author of the article How to Land Your Kids in Therapy makes this point. “Many parents will do anything to avoid having their kids experience even mild discomfort, anxiety, or disappointment—“anything less than pleasant,” as he puts it—with the result that when, as adults, they experience the normal frustrations of life, they think something must be terribly wrong” The upshot is this: children do not develop the normal resiliency that comes from experiencing consequences, including the consequences of not keeping contracts, being late for work, turning in shoddy work in school, and a host of other self-concept building benefits that comes when humans learn to pick themselves up, keep promises and do the work required to get the desired “A” grade. (Gottlieb, L. 2011. Retrieved from http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/07/how-to-land-your-kid-in-therapy/8555/).

Sunday: October 9, 2011, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (17th after Pentecost) Proper 23

Readings: [Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23 or Psalm 23], [Exodus 32:1-14 or Isaiah 25:1-9], Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14

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Sunday: October 16, 2011, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (18th after Pentecost) Proper 24

Readings: [Psalm 99 or Psalm 96:1-9 (10-13)], [Exodus 33:12-23 or Isaiah 45:1-7], 1Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22

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Sunday: October 23, 2011, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (19th after Pentecost) Proper 25

Readings: [Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 or Psalm 1], [Deuteronomy 34:1-12 or Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18], 1Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46

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Sunday: October 30, 2011, 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (20th after Pentecost) Proper 26

Readings: [Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37or Psalm 43], [Joshua 3:7-17 or Micah 3:5-12], 1Thessalonians 2:9-13, Matthew 23:1-12.

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Sunday: November 6, 2011, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (21st after Pentecost) Proper 27

Readings: [Psalm 78:1-7 or Wisdom of Sol 6:17-20 or Psalm 70], [Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 or Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16 or Amos 5:18-24], 1Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13

Carol King’s song lyrics may be the Anthem of Procrastinators.

Stayed in bed all morning just to pass the time
There's something wrong here
There can be no denying
One of us is changing
Or maybe we've just stopped trying

And it's too late baby, now it's too late
Though we really did try to make it
Something inside has died
and I can't hide it
And I just can't fake it
Carole King Album: Tapestry

Sunday: November 13, 2011, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (22nd after Pentecost) Proper 28

Readings: [Psalm 123 or Psalm 90:1-8, (9-11), 12], [Judges 4:1-7or Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18], 1Thessalonians 5:1-11,Matthew 25:14-30

Our abilities are not something to leave in a museum.  I sometimes think people have talents or abilities but never use them.  I will learn to play bridge one day goes the litany.  I will learn to play the piano one-day.  A good way to start a sermon is to take people through an imaginary museum of talents you meant to use. In this cabinet over there is my dream of becoming a great bowler.  Hanging on this wall are my tennis shoes, which were meant to get me to the grass courts of Wimbledon. Over here my carefully laid plans to learn to program a computer.  Here on this table are the colored pencils I was going to use to learn to draw.

Sunday: November 20, 2011, Christ the King, 35th Sunday in Ordinary Time (23rd after Pentecost) Proper 29

Readings: [Psalm 100 or Psalm 95:1-7a], Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, Ephesians 1:15-23, Matthew 25:31-46

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Sunday: November 27, 2011, 1st Sunday of Advent

Readings: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19, Isaiah 64:1-9, 1Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37

It has been a full quarter-century since the longhaired clergyman with the ukulele drilled the church's children in singing, "God is a surprise, right before your eyes, and God is a surprise”. But the words stayed with me because, now as then, they match my own vivid experience.
The high spots of my life present themselves in retrospect as a series of surprises —happy surprises, from the hand of a very gracious God. Is that unusual? I doubt it. But I also doubt that we dwell on the happy surprises as often and as thoughtfully as we should. There is great wisdom in the children's chorus, "Count your blessings,—name them one by one—and it will surprise you what the Lord has done." Off the cuff I listed some of the happiest of the happy surprises that have come my way, and the story came out more or less as follows. It was a happy surprise when God made me a Christian, after two years during which I had kidded myself that I was one already. Then, shortly before my ordination to a parish, I met a young lady at a retreat that neither of us by rights should have been at. Two days and one sleepless night later, I knew we were meant for each other, and soon she knew it too. Looking back over our 55 years together, I declare that this was God engineering another of his wonderfully happy surprises; but this is not the place to celebrate that further.
These were the turning points in my life that I reeled off to illustrate the truth that believers serve a God of happy surprises, which is what I sought to tell the meeting. Straight after I had finished, the program required us all to sing, "All the Way My Savior Leads Me”. Victorian hymns rarely do much for me (I am a Watts, Wesley, and Newton man), but, having through my own fault had to formulate on the fly and wing it verbally, and having, I thought, been helped in doing this, these words came as so true a theological interpretation of what I had just been through and the 63 years as a Christian that I had been talking about, that my heart was squeezed and I was almost in tears. In itself, the moment was yet another happy surprise, this time one of unexpected divine confirmation.
So I say: Look for the happy surprises, for they will help you to keep expressing proper gratitude to God all your days. J. I. Packer is a senior editor for Christianity Today. (http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2008/march/26.66.html)