Paul S. Nancarrow

Proper 21A

September 25, 2011
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Exodus 17:1-7
Reading 2: 
Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
Reading 3: 
Philippians 2:1-13
Reading 4: 
Matthew 21:23-32
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Exodus 17:1-7

There is a pun in the opening clause of the opening verse of this passage, which has no basis in the original Hebrew, but which seems irresistibly inviting in English: “From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed.” “Sin” here is of course a place name, related to Sinai, the area through which the people must travel to reach the mountain of theophany and covenant. It is mere accident that it sounds in English like the state of being alienated from God; yet the accident seems significant enough to comment on.

Proper 20A

September 18, 2011
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Exodus 16:2-15
Reading 2: 
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45
Reading 3: 
Philippians 1:21-30
Reading 4: 
Matthew 20:1-16
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Exodus 16:2-15

Proper 19A

September 11, 2011
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Exodus 14:19-31
Reading 2: 
Psalm 114
Reading 3: 
Romans 14:1-12
Reading 4: 
Matthew 18:21-35
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Exodus 14:19-31

Proper 18A

September 4, 2011
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Exodus 12:1-14
Reading 2: 
Psalm 149
Reading 3: 
Romans 13:8-14
Reading 4: 
Matthew 18:15-20
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Exodus 12:1-14

Proper 8A

June 26, 2011
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Genesis 22:1-14
Reading 2: 
Psalm 13
Reading 3: 
Romans 6:12-23
Reading 4: 
Matthew 10:40-42
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Genesis 22:1-14

Trinity Sunday

June 19, 2011
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Genesis 1:1-2:4a
Reading 2: 
Psalm 8
Reading 3: 
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Reading 4: 
Matthew 28:16-20
By Paul S. Nancarrow

 

Pentecost

June 12, 2011
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Acts 2:1-21
Reading 2: 
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
Reading 3: 
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
Reading 4: 
John 20:19-23
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Pentecost serves in many respects as the “Feast of the Holy Spirit” in Christian traditions. The three New Testament readings assigned for this day each reflect a slightly different understanding of the role and function of the Spirit in the world, but they converge around the theme that the work of the Holy Spirit in believers and in the cosmos is specifically manifested in the making of relationships and the unification of many into one.

Seventh Sunday of Easter

June 5, 2011
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Acts 1:6-14
Reading 2: 
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
Reading 3: 
1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
Reading 4: 
John 17:1-11
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Acts 1:6-14

Not long ago a Christian evangelical preacher and radio broadcaster announced that, based on his interpretation and calculation of certain biblical texts, Judgment Day would take place on May 21, to be followed by a period of turmoil and tribulation until the world would end on October 21. When May 21 came and went with no Judgment, the preacher announced that he had misinterpreted his verses, and now understood that Judgment and End would come together on October 21. We will see.

Proper 29/Christ the King (Reign of Christ)

November 21, 2004
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Reading 3: 
Colossians 1:11-20
Reading 4: 
Luke 1:68-79 and Luke 23:33-43
By Paul S. Nancarrow

The final Sunday of the liturgical year is traditionally recognized as the feast of Christ the King, or, more inclusively, the feast of the Reign of Christ. The lessons appointed for the day all reflect this theme. But the notion of the Reign of Christ can present the contemporary interpreter with significant challenges, especially as we wrestle with the religious dimensions and ethical consequences of the emerging American Empire.

Proper 28

November 14, 2004
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 65:17-25
Reading 3: 
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Reading 4: 
Luke 21:5-19
Alt Reading 1: 
Isaiah 12
By Paul S. Nancarrow

On this second-to-last Sunday of the lectionary cycle, the readings swing into full apocalyptic mode for the end of the Church Year. In this passage from Isaiah, we get the “positive” side of the apocalypse: the promise of a new heaven and a new earth, in which God’s holy mountain will be a peaceable kingdom and the city of Jerusalem will be re-created as a joy and its people as a delight.

Proper 27

November 7, 2004
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Haggai 1:15b-2:9
Reading 2: 
Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21
Reading 3: 
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Reading 4: 
Luke 20:27-38
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Haggai 1:15b-2:9

Proper 8

June 27, 2010
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
Reading 2: 
Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20
Reading 3: 
Galatians 5:1, 13-25
Reading 4: 
Luke 9:51-62
By Paul S. Nancarrow

2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14

Proper 7

June 20, 2010
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
1 Kings 19:1-15a
Reading 2: 
Psalm 42 and 43
Reading 3: 
Galatians 3:23-29
Reading 4: 
Luke 8:26-39
By Paul S. Nancarrow

1 Kings 19:1-15a

Proper 6

June 13, 2010
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
1 Kings 21:1-21a
Reading 2: 
Psalm 5:1-8
Reading 3: 
Galatians 2:15-21
Reading 4: 
Luke 7:36-8:3
By Paul S. Nancarrow

1 Kings 21:1-21a

Proper 5

June 6, 2010
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
1 Kings 17:8-24
Reading 2: 
Psalm 146
Reading 3: 
Galatians 1:11-24
Reading 4: 
Luke 7:11-17
By Paul S. Nancarrow

1 Kings 17:8-24

Pentecost Sunday

May 30, 2004
See Also: 
Reading 2: 
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
Reading 3: 
Acts 2:1-21 or Romans 8:14-17
Reading 4: 
John 14:8-17, (25-27)
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Acts 2:1-21

7th Sunday of Easter

May 20, 2007
See Also: 
Reading 2: 
Psalm 97
Reading 3: 
Acts 16:16-34 and Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
Reading 4: 
John 17:20-26
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Acts 16:16–34

6th Sunday of Easter

May 13, 2007
See Also: 
Reading 2: 
Psalm 67
Reading 3: 
Acts 16:9-15 and Revelation 21:1-10, 21:22-22:5
Reading 4: 
John 14:23-29
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Acts 16:9–15

5th Sunday of Easter

May 9, 2004
See Also: 
Reading 2: 
Psalm 148
Reading 3: 
Acts 11:11-18 and Revelation 21:1-6
Reading 4: 
John 13:31-35
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Acts 11:1-18

5th Sunday of Easter

May 6, 2007
See Also: 
Reading 2: 
Psalm 148
Reading 3: 
Acts 11:1-18 and Revelation 21:1-6
Reading 4: 
John 13:31-35
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Acts 11:1-18  

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