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Proper 13 / Pentecost 11 / Ordinary Time 18 -- Colossians 3:1-11 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 2009
So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated a
Easter 7 -- Psalm 97 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
The heavens proclaim his righteousness; and all the peoples behold his glory.
Advent 3 -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
... The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst....-- Zephaniah 3:15
Passion / Palm Sunday -- Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Passion Sunday - C -- 2009
Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.
Christ The King / Proper 29 -- Luke 23:33-43 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2009
If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!-- Luke 23:37
Epiphany 2 / Ordinary Time 2 -- Psalm 36:5-10 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2009
... you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.-- Psalm 36:6
Proper 21 / Pentecost 19 / Ordinary Time 26 -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2009
There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen ...
Proper 9 / Pentecost 7 / Ordinary Time 14 -- 2 Kings 5:1-14 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 2009
"Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it?
Epiphany 6 / Ordinary Time 6 -- Luke 6:17-26 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - C -- 2009
Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.-- Luke 6:20
Proper 13 / Pentecost 11 / Ordinary Time 18 -- Luke 12:13-21 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 2009
... for one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.
Easter 7 -- Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone's work.
Advent 3 -- Isaiah 12:2-6 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.-- Isaiah 12:3
Passion / Palm Sunday -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Passion Sunday - C -- 2009
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus....-- Philippians 2:5
Epiphany 2 / Ordinary Time 2 -- 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2009
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.
Proper 22 / Pentecost 20 / Ordinary Time 27 -- Lamentations 1:1-6 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 2009
How lonely sits the city that once was full of people! -- Lamentations 1:1a
Proper 9 / Pentecost 7 / Ordinary Time 14 -- Psalm 30 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 2009
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.
Epiphany 7 / Ordinary Time 7 -- Genesis 45:3-11, 15 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - C -- 2009
I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.-- Genesis 45:4
Proper 14 / Pentecost 12 / Ordinary Time 19 -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2009
... even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.
Easter 7 -- John 17:20-26 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one....
Advent 3 -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in
Passion / Palm Sunday -- Luke 19:28-40 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Passion Sunday - C -- 2009
Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!
Epiphany 2 / Ordinary Time 2 -- John 2:1-11 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2009
But you have kept the good wine until now.-- John 2:10
Proper 22 / Pentecost 20 / Ordinary Time 27 -- Psalm 137 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 2009
By the rivers of Babylon -- there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion.
Proper 9 / Pentecost 7 / Ordinary Time 14 -- Galatians 6:(1-6) 7-16 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 2009
My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should res
Epiphany 7 / Ordinary Time 7 -- Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - C -- 2009
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret -- it leads only to evil.

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