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Christmas 1 -- Psalm 148 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 2009
Let them praise the name of the Lord, for he commanded and they were created.
Proper 24 / Pentecost 22 / Ordinary Time 29 -- Luke 18:1-8 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C -- 2009
Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.
Lent 4 -- Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2009
And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow welcomes sinners and ea
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.
Easter 3 -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and hono
Easter 3 -- John 21:1-19 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
Come and have breakfast.-- John 21:12b
The Transfiguration Of Our Lord (Last Sunday After Epiphany) -- Exodus 34:29-35 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2009
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Christmas 1 -- Colossians 3:12-17 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 2009
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks
Proper 25 / Pentecost 23 / Ordinary Time 30 -- Joel 2:23-32 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2009
... I will pour out my spirit on all flesh....-- Joel 2:28a
Proper 4 / Pentecost 2 / Ordinary Time 9 -- Psalm 96 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2009
Say among the nations, "The Lord is king!"-- Psalm 96:10a
Proper 17 / Pentecost 15 / Ordinary Time 22 -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2009
But my people have changed their glory for something that does not profit.
Easter 4 -- Acts 9:36-43 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha...
The Transfiguration Of Our Lord (Last Sunday After Epiphany) -- Psalm 99 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2009
The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble!-- Psalm 99:1
Christmas 1 -- Luke 2:41-52 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 2009
And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.
Proper 25 / Pentecost 23 / Ordinary Time 30 -- 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2009
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Proper 4 / Pentecost 2 / Ordinary Time 9 -- Galatians 1:1-12 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2009
Or am I still trying to please people?
Proper 17 / Pentecost 15 / Ordinary Time 22 -- Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2009
I would feed you with the finest of wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.
Easter 4 -- Psalm 23 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.-- Psalm 23:1
The Transfiguration Of Our Lord (Last Sunday After Epiphany) -- 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2009
... where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.-- 2 Corinthians 3:17
Christmas 2 -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2009
Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry.
Proper 25 / Pentecost 23 / Ordinary Time 30 -- 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2009
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Proper 4 / Pentecost 2 / Ordinary Time 9 -- Luke 7:1-10 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2009
A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death.
Proper 17 / Pentecost 15 / Ordinary Time 22 -- Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2009
Let mutual love continue.
Easter 4 -- Revelation 7:9-17 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
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Lent 1 -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- First Sunday in Lent - C -- 2009
So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O Lord, have given me.

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Jesus gave up his life for us. In our worship today let us explore how to love one another as he has loved us.


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Jesus, sometimes our love for each other is thin and pale.
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