Rick Marshall

1st Sunday after Christmas

December 31, 2000
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26
Reading 3: 
Colossians 3:12-17
Reading 4: 
Luke 2:41-52
By Rick Marshall

Luke 2:41-52

2nd Sunday of Advent

December 10, 2000
See Also: 
Reading 3: 
Phillippians 1:3-11
Reading 4: 
Luke 3:1-6
By Rick Marshall

Luke 3:1-6

1st Sunday of Advent

December 3, 2000
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Jeremiah 33:14-16
Reading 4: 
Luke 21:25-36
By Rick Marshall

Luke 21:25-36
Even though this is the First Sunday in Advent, the gospel reading chooses a text, which speaks of the end of things. Using typical apocalyptic language, the author of Luke describes signs of the end much the same way that Mark and the book of Revelations use a standard stock of ideas, symbols, language and images.

Proper 20

September 24, 2006
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Proverbs 31:10-31
Reading 2: 
Psalm 1
Reading 3: 
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Reading 4: 
Mark 9:30-37
By Rick Marshall

Discussing the Text:

Proper 20

September 24, 2000
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Proverbs 31:10-31
Reading 2: 
Psalm 1
Reading 3: 
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Reading 4: 
Mark 9:30-37
Alt Reading 2: 
Psalm 54
Alt Reading 1: 
Wisdom of Solomon 1:16-2:1, 12-22 or Jeremiah 11:18-20
By Rick Marshall

Last Sunday we read of Jesus’ effort, not altogether successful, to shift the image of what was to be hoped for from triumphant revolutionary to suffering servant. Today’s passage continues this theme, now with emphasis on the disciples. These are depicted as slow learners, still measuring success and greatness in the conventional way. Jesus’ message to them is straightforward. "Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all." That is, if we are going to compete for status, it can only be by seeing who can serve the others best.

Proper 19

September 17, 2006
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Proverbs 1:20-33
Reading 2: 
Psalm 19
Reading 3: 
James 3:1-12
Reading 4: 
Mark 8:27-38
By Rick Marshall

Discussing the Text:

Proper 18

September 10, 2006
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Reading 2: 
Psalm 146
Reading 3: 
James 2:1-17
Reading 4: 
Mark 7:24-37
By Rick Marshall

Discussing the Text:

Proper 17

September 3, 2006
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Reading 2: 
Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9
Reading 3: 
James 1:17-27
Reading 4: 
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
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Discussing the Texts:

Proper 12

July 26, 2009
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
2 Samuel 11:1-15
Reading 2: 
Psalm 145:10-18
Reading 3: 
Ephesians 3:14-21
Reading 4: 
John 6:1-21
By Rick Marshall

Reflecting on Preaching:

Proper 11

July 19, 2009
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Reading 2: 
Psalm 89:20-37
Reading 3: 
Ephesians 2:11-22
Reading 4: 
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
By Rick Marshall

Reflecting on Preaching:

Proper 10

July 12, 2009
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Amos 7:7-15
Reading 2: 
Psalm 85:8-13
Reading 3: 
Ephesians 1:3-14
Reading 4: 
Mark 6:14-29
By Rick Marshall

Reflecting on Preaching:

As preachers, we have regular weekly appointments with Bible texts. If we use the Common Lectionary, they are texts that are given to us and we welcome them into our personal lives, and we play host to them as we engage the congregation with the text. As such, texts, like guests, should be treated with respect and the rules of hospitality apply. We invite them in, we make sure they feel welcome, we give them place of honor, and we let them speak.

Proper 9

July 5, 2009
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
Reading 2: 
Psalm 48
Reading 3: 
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Reading 4: 
Mark 6:1-13
By Rick Marshall

Reflecting on Preaching:

Proper 8

June 28, 2009
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
Reading 2: 
Psalm 130
Reading 3: 
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Reading 4: 
Mark 5:21-43
By Rick Marshall

Discussing the Texts:

Proper 7

June 21, 2009
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49
Reading 2: 
Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32
Reading 3: 
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Reading 4: 
Mark 4:35-41
Alt Reading 1: 
Job 38:1-11
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Discussing the Texts:

Proper 6

June 14, 2009
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
Reading 2: 
Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15
Reading 3: 
2 Corinthians 5:6-17
Reading 4: 
Mark 4:26-34
Alt Reading 1: 
Ezekiel 17:22-24
By Rick Marshall

Discussing the Texts:

Trinity Sunday

June 7, 2009
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 6:1-8
Reading 2: 
Psalm 29
Reading 3: 
Romans 8:12-17
Reading 4: 
John 3:1-17
By Rick Marshall

Reflecting on Preaching:

6th Sunday of Easter

May 21, 2006
See Also: 
Reading 2: 
Psalm 98
Reading 3: 
Acts 10:44-48 or 1 John 5:1-6
Reading 4: 
John 15:9-17
By Rick Marshall

Discussing the Texts:

5th Sunday of Easter

May 14, 2006
See Also: 
Reading 2: 
Psalm 22:25-31
Reading 3: 
Acts 8:26-40 or 1 John 4:7-21
Reading 4: 
John 15:1-8
By Rick Marshall

Discussion of the Texts:

4th Sunday of Easter

May 7, 2006
See Also: 
Reading 2: 
Psalm 23
Reading 3: 
Acts 4:5-12 or 1 John 3:16-24
Reading 4: 
John 10:11-18
By Rick Marshall

Discussion of the Texts:y

3rd Sunday of Easter

April 30, 2006
See Also: 
Reading 2: 
Psalm 4
Reading 3: 
Acts 3:12-19 or 1 John 3:1-7
Reading 4: 
Luke 24:36b-48
By Rick Marshall

Discussion of the Texts:

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