Proper 15 – Year C

Amos 7:7-17; Psalm 82 Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

Amos’ vision of a plumb-line stands as a symbol of how our actions and attitudes measure up against God’s standard of justice and mercy. When we allow our focus to stray from what is straight and true we can lose sight of the needs of the vulnerable among us whom we are called to care for. In the story of the good Samaritan we see an example of justice and mercy in action, reminding us of God’s inexhaustible love.

Proper 14 – Year C

2 Kings 5:1-14; Psalm 30 Galatians 6:1-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Rev. Dale Nikkel

“Carry no purse…” The instruction stands in sharp contrast to our usual desire to be in control, prepared for everything that could go wrong. Trusting in God means surrendering some control and leaning into the mystery of His providence and grace. We are called to be open to the opportunities to serve as we face each day.

Proper 13 – Year C

2 Kings 2:1-2,6-14; Psalm 77:1-2,11-20 Galatians 5:1,13-25; Luke 9:51-62

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

In Baptism we commit to follow Jesus, a tasks that means being on the move, carrying out the agenda set out in the gospel message. Like a journey with Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem it’s not an easy trek. Through difficult places and set-backs we are called to stay the course, embracing virtues like love, faith patience and kindness even amid the pressures of life that can serve as distractions.

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.