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Stephen P. McCutchan

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Easter 2 -- Psalm 118:14-29 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
Christmas Eve / Christmas Day -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2009
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last d
Proper 11 / Pentecost 9 / Ordinary Time 16 -- Psalm 52 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2009
See the one who would not take refuge in God, but trusted in abundant riches, and sought refuge i
Epiphany 4 / Ordinary Time 4 -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 2009
... if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Proper 24 / Pentecost 22 / Ordinary Time 29 -- Jeremiah 31:27-34 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C -- 2009
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Isra
The Holy Trinity -- John 16:12-15 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 2009
I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
Epiphany 9 / Ordinary Time 9 / Proper 4 -- 1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- 2009
Likewise when a foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, comes from a distant land because of
Proper 16 / Pentecost 14 / Ordinary Time 21 -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2009
... I appointed you a prophet to the nations.-- Jeremiah 1:5c
Advent 2 -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday of Advent - B -- 2009
... because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.
Easter 2 -- John 20:19-31 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."-- John 20:19
Easter 3 -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20) -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
He asked, "Who are you, Lord?" The reply came, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
Christmas Eve / Christmas Day -- John 1:1-14 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2009
The light shines in darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.-- John 1:5
Proper 11 / Pentecost 9 / Ordinary Time 16 -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2009
He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that
Epiphany 4 / Ordinary Time 4 -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 2009
All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.
Proper 24 / Pentecost 22 / Ordinary Time 29 -- Psalm 119:97-104 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C -- 2009
Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all day long.-- Psalm 119:97
Proper 4 / Pentecost 2 / Ordinary Time 9 -- 1 Kings 18:20-21 (22-29) 30-39 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2009
How long will you go limping with two different opinions?
Epiphany 9 / Ordinary Time 9 / Proper 4 -- Psalm 96:1-9 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- 2009
O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.-- Psalm 96:1
Proper 16 / Pentecost 14 / Ordinary Time 21 -- Psalm 71:1-6 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2009
Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from my mother's womb.
Proper 16 / Pentecost 14 / Ordinary Time 21 -- Hebrews 12:18-29 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2009
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which w
Easter 3 -- Psalm 30 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me to life from among those gone down to the
Christmas 1 -- 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 2009
May the Lord repay you with children by this woman for the gift that she made to the Lord.
Proper 24 / Pentecost 22 / Ordinary Time 29 -- 2 Timothy 3:14--4:5 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C -- 2009
All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for
Easter 2 -- Revelation 1:4b-8 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests
Epiphany 9 / Ordinary Time 9 / Proper 4 -- Galatians 1:1-12 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- 2009
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ a
Proper 16 / Pentecost 14 / Ordinary Time 21 -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2009
When he laid his hand on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God.

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