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Proper 14 / Pentecost 12 / Ordinary Time 19 -- Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2009
Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me; to those who go the right way I will sh
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!
Advent 3 -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.-- Luke 3:16
Proper 9 / Pentecost 7 / Ordinary Time 14 -- Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 2009
After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town
Epiphany 3 / Ordinary Time 3 -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2009
This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.-- Nehemiah 8:9
Proper 22 / Pentecost 20 / Ordinary Time 27 -- 2 Timothy 1:1-14 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 2009
I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your m
The Day of Pentecost -- Psalm 104:24-34, 35b -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Day of Pentecost - C -- 2009
When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.
Epiphany 7 / Ordinary Time 7 -- 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - C -- 2009
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Proper 14 / Pentecost 12 / Ordinary Time 19 -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2009
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Easter Day -- Isaiah 65:17-25 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Easter Day - C -- 2009
For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered o
Advent 4 -- Micah 5:2-5a -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
And he shall be the one of peace.-- Micah 5:5a
Proper 10 / Pentecost 8 / Ordinary Time 15 -- Amos 7:7-17 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 2009
I am no prophet, nor a prophet's son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees....
Epiphany 3 / Ordinary Time 3 -- Psalm 19 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2009
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock an
Proper 22 / Pentecost 20 / Ordinary Time 27 -- Luke 17:5-10 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 2009
So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, "We are worthless slaves; w
The Day of Pentecost -- Romans 8:14-17 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Day of Pentecost - C -- 2009
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.-- Romans 8:14
Epiphany 7 / Ordinary Time 7 -- Luke 6:27-38 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - C -- 2009
Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who a
Proper 14 / Pentecost 12 / Ordinary Time 19 -- Luke 12:32-40 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2009
Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief
Easter Day -- Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Easter Day - C -- 2009
The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
Advent 4 -- Psalm 80:1-7 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.-- Psalm 80:3
Proper 10 / Pentecost 8 / Ordinary Time 15 -- Psalm 82 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 2009
How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked?-- Psalm 82:2
Epiphany 3 / Ordinary Time 3 -- 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2009
If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice togethe
Proper 23 / Pentecost 21 / Ordinary Time 28 -- Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - C -- 2009
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its be
The Day of Pentecost -- John 14:8-17 (25-27) -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Day of Pentecost - C -- 2009
This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows
Epiphany 8 / Ordinary Time 8 / Proper 3 -- Isaiah 55:10-13 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - C -- 2009
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Proper 15 / Pentecost 13 / Ordinary Time 20 -- Isaiah 5:1-7 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2009
For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his ple

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