The Expectant Prophet

December 23, 2018

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

Advent 4, Year C
Luke 1:39-45

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Gospel Text:

Luke 1:39-45(46-55)

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Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

Proper 16, Year B
Ephesians 6:10-20

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

August 19, 2018

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

Proper 15, Year B
Ephesians 5:15-20

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Scripture Passage:

Ephesians 5:15-20

Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sources:

[1] Laurie Goodstein and Sharon Otterman, “Catholic Priests Abused 1,000 Children in Pennsylvania, Report Says,” New York Times, Aug. 14, 2018.

[1] Richard Williams, “Aretha Franklin Obituary,” The Guardian, August 16, 2018,  https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/aug/16/aretha-franklin-obituary.

Unrestrained!

June 10, 2018

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

Proper 5, Year B
Mark 3:20-35; 2 Cor. 4:13-5:1

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Gospel Text:

The crowd came together again, so that Jesus and his disciples could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.

“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

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