5th Sunday after Pentecost
10 July 2022
God is watching over us and He will come to judge us by our deeds.
Sometimes the environmental challenges feel overwhelming. You are involved in a wonderful clean-up campaign – the group leaves the area or river looking wonderful and then the following week there has been illegal dumping and it looks worse than before.
Lectionary 1st Reading Psalm 2nd Reading Gospel Anglican lectionary: Proverbs 8: 1-4, 22-31 8 Romans 5:1-5 John 16:12-15 Catholic lectionary: (both) – (both) (both) How does Trinity Sunday, which we celebrate today, relate to climate change? How can understanding God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit inform our struggle to stabilize the climate and protect
Paul and Silas heal a slave girl who is doubly oppressed (Acts 16). Firstly she is a slave and secondly she is possessed by an evil spirit that controls her. When she is healed, her owners are furious because they have lost their source of income. Paul and Silas are beaten and thrown into jail. Their response is to sing hymns and praise God. When given the chance to escape, they do not take it. Their sacrifice and attitude leads to the jailer and his whole household being saved.
Lectionary 1st Reading Psalm 2nd Reading Gospel Anglican lectionary: Acts 16:9-15 67 Rev 21:10,22-22:5 John 14:23-29 Catholic lectionary: Acts 15:1-2,22-29 – Rev 21:10-14,22-23 (both) [NOTE: The preacher may wish to have available a hat, scarf, shawl, jacket, or other piece of clothing to wear when each of the two characters shows up in the sermon]
Lectionary 1st Reading Psalm 2nd Reading Gospel Anglican lectionary: Acts 9: 36-43 AL Rev 7:9-17 John 10:22-30 Catholic lectionary: Acts 13:14,43b-52 – (both) John 10:27-30 Today is Good Shepherd Sunday. On the Fourth Sunday of Easter our Gospel reading is always drawn from Chapter Ten of John’s Gospel, where Jesus speaks of himself as the