Proper 12 – Year C

1 Kings 19:9-15a; Psalm 43 Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

The Psalms give us an honest sense of people’s response to life’s circumstances in joy and lament. We aspire to follow Jesus, praying for understanding, compassion and mercy. Like the writer of Psalm 43 we can feel abandoned by the God we seek when we confront news accounts of human brutality that lead to tragedy. In the midst of despair the psalmist preserves his faith, seeking the nearness of God. In longing for His presence we are called to act, reaching out to those around us who are in need. We remember moments of God’s glory and grace – moments of joy that kindle hope, reminding us that we are not alone, that this is the God we seek.

Proper 11 – Year C

1 Kings 21:1-21a; Psalm 5:1-8 Galatians 2:15-21; Luke 7:36-8:3

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

The Psalms are the prayer book of the Bible: each affords us an encounter with God. In Psalm 5 we see the rhythm of prayer as the psalmist pours out his heart to God and waits expectantly for an answer. The waiting can be plagued by doubts that undermine our faith that God is there and he is listening. By acknowledging God’s abundant grace and Love and asking Him to lead us, we can overcome our doubts and approach Him with confidence.

Proper 10 – Year C

1 Kings 17:8=24; Psalm 146; Galatians 1:11-24; Luke 7:11-17

Rt. Reverend Dr. Linda Nicholls

In today’s lessons we have mirror stories of widows living in great distress, out of whose profound need come mighty acts of God’s restoring grace. These stories bring us a challenge. In the midst of pain and suffering how do we as the church give people a glimpse of God’s light and healing? God’s healing comes in many forms, and we are called to serve the needs of those who are brought into our path, whether through refugee sponsorship, street ministry, community hospitality, giving to those in need or simple companionship. Sharing God’s light means learning to walk together with others, restoring a sense of community to those whose circumstances leaves them feeling marginalized.

Proper 9 – Year C

1 Kings 18:20-39; Psalm 96; Galatians 1:1-12; Luke 7:1-10

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

As we enter the season of Ordinary Time we remember the feasts and festivals that tell of the lengths to which God has gone to express his love for us. We are poised to express our faith, acting on Jesus’ teaching and bringing restoration to those around us. Our best gifts of love, goodness and mercy are meant for all, even those we would cast as enemies, as we follow God’s example of pouring out His grace for us.

Trinity Sunday – 2016

Proverbs 8:1-4,22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

Experiencing The living God is like standing at the ocean’s edge – incomprehensibly vast and unknowable. In trying to construct ways to understand God we create imperfect ideas about what God is like. The Love of God, the grace of Jesus Christ and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit give us three ways to describe how He has revealed Himself to us. We receive love, forgiveness and fellowship and become active participants in God’s creative purpose.