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Simplicity Of God’s Expectations – Teresa Holden

Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22; Psalm 124; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50
Pray, pray, pray, pray, pray, pray. That’s the message that we get from James 5, as six times in as many verses the instruction is to pray. Are you suffering? Pray. Sick? Pray. Have you sinned? Pray. Are you in need of something? Pray. The simplicity of this instruction underscores what I believe unifies our lectionary passages [...]



Wisdom From Above – Georgann Kurtz-Shaw

Proverbs 31:10-31; Psalm 1; James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37
Sometimes the people preaching at St. Paul’s begin by talking about the difficulty of the texts and their frustration that Pastor Judy stuck them with the impossible task of piecing together a meaningful sermon using the lectionary texts of that day. Today will not be one of those sermons [...]