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19th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 24) — Sunday 22nd October 2017   Isaiah 45:1-7 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Matthew 22:15-22   The Gospel reading this week shows us that flattery does not get us anywhere with Jesus; that Christians should pay their taxes; and that God demands everything. The first thing we need to notice is […]

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18th Sunday after Trinity – Sunday 15th October 2017   Isaiah 25:1-9 Philippians 4:1-9 Matthew 22:1-14   In this week’s reading from Philippians, Paul exhorts us to rejoice in the Lord Jesus. Rejoice! Again, I say, rejoice! Paul says it twice, so it must be important. This seems to be an over-arching theme in this […]

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17th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 22) — Sunday 8th October 2017   Isaiah 5:1-7 Philippians 3:4b-14 Matthew 21:33-46   The theme of this week’s collection of readings is that faith in Christ, with its fruits, is more important to God than the flesh and its privileges. Jesus startles the Pharisees and chief priests with a […]

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16th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 21) — Sunday 1st October 2017   Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32   This Sunday, we focus on the magnificent Christ-exalting hymn in Philippians 2, which Paul uses to encourage us to imitate Christ. Some scholars think that this passage contains an early Christian hymn, which the apostle […]

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15th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 20) — Sunday 24th September 2017   Jonah 3:10-4:11 Philippians 1:21-30 Matthew 20:1-16   This Sunday, we will be looking at the Gospel reading from Matthew 20, on the unnerving generosity of God. The parable Jesus tells teaches us three things. First, it teaches us that God is in charge. […]

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12th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 17) — Sunday 3rd September 2017 Jeremiah 15:15-21 Romans 12:9-21 Matthew 16:21-28   Our readings show us the biblical way to respond to persecution. Jeremiah speaks for many believers under pressure. “Lord, you know,” is an ominous, pithy phrase pregnant with feeling and unspoken hurt. “Remember me,” don’t forget in […]

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11th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 16) — Sunday 27th August 2017   Isaiah 51:1-6 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20   This week’s readings rest upon a rock. The Old Testament reading instils hope. The Gospel inculcates faith. And the epistle inspires love. Isaiah urges the people to “look to the rock from which you were hewn!” […]

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10th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 15) — Sunday 20th August 2017 Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 Matthew 15:21-28   The theme of our readings this week is that God’s mercy extends to those from all nations who come to Jesus in faith. In a section of his prophecy that will focus on the work […]

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9th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 14) — Sunday 13th August 2017   1 Kings 19:9-18 Romans 10:5-15 Matthew 14:22-33   Faith and doubt are the twin themes of our Bible passages this week, and the power of God’s word which brings true perspective on the world. As often happens, Elijah experiences a deep low after […]

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8th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 13) — Sunday 6th August 2017 Isaiah 55:1-5 Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:13-21   Each of our readings this week focuses on compassion for the lost. Isaiah 55 is a rousing marketplace call to respond to the free offer of life in the gospel. “Ho! Come!” grabs the attention of the […]

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