Mary Ellen Kilsby

Proper 25

October 29, 2000
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Job 42:1-6, 10-17
Reading 2: 
Psalm 34:1-8, (19-22)
Reading 3: 
Hebrews 7:23-28
Reading 4: 
Mark 10:46-52
Alt Reading 2: 
Psalm 126
Alt Reading 1: 
Jeremiah 31:7-9
By Mary Ellen Kilsby

The Texts
Job: This fabulous poetry about God and suffering.

Psalm 34: Attributed to David, praising God and assuring the righteous that God will deliver them.

Jeremiah: Also read some years at Christmas and Lent. Jeremiah announces God's redemption of the remnant of Israel.

Psalm 126: One of thanksgiving for the "restored fortunes of Zion".. also read at Thanksgiving. A song of Ascents.

Hebrews: Jesus' sacrifice is contrasted with the high priests'.

Proper 24

October 22, 2000
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Job 38:1-7, (34-41)
Reading 2: 
Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c
Reading 3: 
Hebrews 5:1-10
Reading 4: 
Mark 10:35-45
Alt Reading 2: 
Psalm 91:1-16
Alt Reading 1: 
Isaiah 53:4-12
By Mary Ellen Kilsby

The Texts
Job: This fabulous poetry about God and suffering.

Psalm 104: A very long Psalm praising God the Creator.

Isaiah: Probably II Isaiah, of Babylon, a poem of hope for those in exile.

Psalm 91: Among the enthronement Psalms, God will watch over you, angel will guard you. Gorgeous!

Hebrews: Interprets the meaning of Jesus' high priesthood.

Mark: Jesus answers James and John about greatness in the realm of God.

Proper 23

October 15, 2000
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Job 23:1-9, 16-17
Reading 2: 
Psalm 22:1-15
Reading 3: 
Hebrews 4:12-16
Reading 4: 
Mark 10:17-31
Alt Reading 2: 
Psalm 90:12-17
Alt Reading 1: 
Amos 5:6-7, 10-15
By Mary Ellen Kilsby

The Texts
Job: This fabulous poetry about God and suffering.

Psalm 22: "My God Why have you forsaken me?" often read on Good Friday.

Amos 5: Poetry that is prelude to "Let justice roll down like waters..."

Psalm 90: I often read selected verses at Memorial services. From my study days I read: 0resignation, despair, no room for supplication .. Poetry from the Exile and it is hard to find God. On the other hand there is a sense of a God of eternity who is beyond the limits of history.

Proper 22

October 8, 2000
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Job 1:1, 2:1-10
Reading 2: 
Psalm 26
Reading 3: 
Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12
Reading 4: 
Mark 10:2-16
Alt Reading 2: 
Psalm 8
Alt Reading 1: 
Genesis 2:18-24
By Mary Ellen Kilsby

The Texts
Job: This fabulous poetry about God and suffering.

Psalm 26: Attributed to David. Claiming righteousness, a plea for God's grace and redemption.

Genesis 2: God creates humankind.

Psalm 8: A great companion to the Genesis; beautiful poetry praising both God's creation and love for humankind.

Hebrews: A hymn to Jesus, the author's Christ.

Proper 21

October 1, 2000
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Esther 7:1-6; 9-10; 9:20-22
Reading 2: 
Psalm 124
Reading 3: 
James 5:13-20
Reading 4: 
Mark 9:38-50
Alt Reading 2: 
Psalm 19:7-14
Alt Reading 1: 
Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
By Mary Ellen Kilsby

Esther 7: 1-6; 9: 20-22;
Psalm 124

The Texts

Esther: The story of Esther's bravery and determination to remove Haman. Indeed, he is removed permanently: Purim is created to honor Esther and Mordecai and the Jew's deliverance.

Psalm 124: A song of Ascents attributed to David, giving credit to God for victory.

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