10th Sunday after Pentecost

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Prayer of the Day
O God, eternal goodness, immeasurable love, you place your gifts before us; we eat and are satisfied.  Fill us and this world in all its need with the life that comes only from you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen
“We want this.”
“We want that.”
“Remember when…?”
Things always seemed better when we remember certain events in our past.  That’s not to say that sometimes they were very good events, and those are to be celebrated, but nine times out of ten it’s not that way.  The best way to think of it is that for the children of today when they’re adults, they will think back on this time and say “remember when…?”
Remembering is good, for it brings us to terms for what we came out of, but we also have to pay attention to today.
Psalm 78:23—29 (KJ21)

Psalm 78:23-29 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

23 though He had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,

24 and had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.

25 Man ate angels’ food; He sent them meat to the full.

26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven, and by His power He brought in the south wind.

27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls as the sand of the sea.

28 And He let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations.

29 So they ate and were well filled, for He gave them their own desire.

What Paul is stating to the Ephesians, and whoever else read this letter when it was first sent out (and us, also almost two thousand years later) is that everyone is important.  From the top to the bottom everyone has a role to play.
In this passage of John we come full circle back to the references of manna given to the children of Israel in the desert.  It can be considered allegorical in that during our own desert, or wilderness journey, God is there and will provide the food we will need to get us the to promised land at the end of our days.

Year B Pentecost (July 25th)

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Acts 11:27-12:3 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

27 And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.

28 And one of them named Agabus stood up, and signified by the Spirit that there would be a great dearth throughout all the world, which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.

29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren who dwelt in Judea.

30 This also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

12 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.

And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (This was during the Days of Unleavened Bread.)

Year B Pentecost (July 24th)

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Ephesians 3:14-21 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15 from whom the whole family in Heaven and earth is named,

16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man;

17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height,

19 and to know the love of Christ, which surpasseth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

21 unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Year B Pentecost (July 23rd)

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Psalm 145:10-18 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

10 All Thy works shall praise Thee, O Lord, and Thy saints shall bless Thee.

11 They shall speak of the glory of Thy Kingdom and talk of Thy power,

12 to make known to the sons of men His mighty acts and the glorious majesty of His Kingdom.

13 Thy Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and Thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.

14 The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that are bowed down.

15 The eyes of all wait upon Thee, and Thou givest them their meat in due season.

16 Thou openest Thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works.

18 The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth.

Year B Pentecost (July 22nd)

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John 20:1-2, 11-18 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

20 On the first day of the week came Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher and saw the stone taken away from the sepulcher.

Then she ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said unto them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher, and we know not where they have laid Him!”

11 But Mary stood outside at the sepulcher weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the sepulcher,

12 and saw two angels in white, sitting one at the head and the other at the feet where the body of Jesus had lain.

13 And they said unto her, “Woman, why weepest thou?” She said unto them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him.”

14 And when she had thus said, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

15 Jesus said unto her, “Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said unto Him, “Sir, if thou have borne Him hence, tell me where thou hast laid Him, and I will take Him away.”

16 Jesus said unto her, “Mary!” She turned herself and said unto Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, “Master”).

17 Jesus said unto her, “Touch Me not, for I am not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say unto them, ‘I ascend unto My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things unto her.

Year B Pentecost (July 21st)

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2 Kings 4:42-44 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

42 And there came a man from Baalshalisha, and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley and full ears of corn in the husk thereof. And he said, “Give unto the people, that they may eat.”

43 And his servitor said, “What, should I set this before a hundred men?” He said again, “Give the people, that they may eat; for thus saith the Lord: ‘They shall eat and shall leave some thereof.’”

44 So he set it before them, and they ate and left thereof, according to the word of the Lord.

Year B Pentecost (July 20th)

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Philippians 4:10-20 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me hath flourished again; though ye always cared, ye lacked opportunity.

11 Not that I speak in respect to want, for I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

13 I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me.

14 Notwithstanding, ye have done well that ye participated in my affliction.

15 Now ye Philippians know also that in the beginning of the Gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.

16 For even in Thessalonica, ye sent time and again unto my needs.

17 Not that I desire a gift, but I desire the fruit that may abound to your account.

18 But I have all, and abound; I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, a sweet fragrance, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God.

19 But my God shall supply all your need, according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

8th Sunday after Pentecost

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Prayer of the Day
O God, powerful and compassionate, you shepherd your people, faithfully feeding and protecting us.  Heal each of us, and make us a whole people, that we may embody the justice and peace of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen
When reading this passage from Jeremiah today we can clearly see the Messianic images that are within:  pastors, bringing people home from the different nations, a Davidic  kingdom that will never fail.  But what about the contemporary people?  You know the people that heard this for the first time?  I would think that they would in a sense feel comfort that they wouldn’t be in captivity forever, and that God will remember and bring them home.  Isn’t that nice knowing that He won’t forget us, even though we think He does?  With God time doesn’t work the same way.  It’s like us verses a pet dog.  The dogs have no sense of time (at least from what I can see) and that every time you come home they act as if it’s been forever.  We’re kind of like that to God.  So, we need to learn patience.
Psalm 23 (KJ21)

Psalm 2321st Century King James Version (KJ21)

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians he implores, or maybe encourages is the right word, the believers to not give up.  For at one point we were all strangers to God.  To think that He willingly opened his arms to the whole world is a marvel to behold.  He wants us all back, even though there are many that refuse and rebel against Him.  Those rebellious ones are the ones that God grieves over, for they are so far beyond His reach that nothing can get to them.
In Mark’s gospel we find another instance of how leaders whether they be in the church or in general, are really supposed to support the people.  It’s a daunting proposition for many times it seems as if those leaders never have the time to rest.  Leaders need to rest, or they will burn out and not be of help to anyone.  Yet the people needing help don’t know any better.  They will take and take until there’s nothing left then go to the next person, which continues the process.  People need to learn that it’s not our leaders, but God that gives us the support.  God is the one that will help us in the end, and not our fellow man.

Year B Pentecost (July 18th)

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Ephesians 2:11-22 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

11 Therefore, remember that ye, being in times past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by those who are called the Circumcision in the flesh so made by hands—

12 remember that at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

13 But now in Christ Jesus, ye who once were far off have been brought nigh by the blood of Christ.

14 For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us,

15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances, that He might make in Himself one new man out of the two, so making peace,

16 and that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby.

17 He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were nigh;

18 for through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

19 Now therefore, ye are strangers and foreigners no more, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.

20 Ye are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,

21 in whom all the building, fitly framed together, groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord,

22 in Whom ye also are built together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.

Year B Pentecost (July 17th)

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Psalm 23 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

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