SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Bishop David McGough

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October 16, 2020
Twenty-ninth Sunday of the Year Isaiah 45: 1 & 4-6; 1 Thessalonians 1: 1-5; Matthew 22: 15-21 “Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whom he has taken by his right hand to subdue nations before him. It is for the sake of my servant Jacob, of Israel my chosen one, that I
October 09, 2020
Twenty-eighth Sunday of the Year Isaiah 25: 6-10; Philippians 4: 12-14 &19-20; Matthew 22: 1-14 “On this mountain, the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoples a banquet of rich food, a banquet of fine wines, of food rich and juicy, of fine strained wines.” The prophet Isaiah’s description of salvation as a lavish banquet spoke
October 02, 2020
Twenty-seventh Sunday of the Year Isaiah 5: 1-7; Philippians 3: 6-9; Matthew 21: 33-43 “Let me sing to my friend the song of his love for his vineyard. My friend had a vineyard on a fertile hillside. He dug the soil, cleared it of stones, and planted choice vines in it. He expected it to yield grapes,
September 25, 2020
Twenty-sixth Sunday of the Year Ezekiel 18: 25-28; Philippians 2: 1-11; Matthew 21: 28-32 “Always consider the other person to be better than yourself, so that nobody thinks of his own interest first, but everybody thinks of other people’s interests instead. In your mind you must be like Christ Jesus: his state was divine, but
September 18, 2020
Twenty-fifth Sunday of the Year Isaiah 55: 6-9; Philippians 1: 20-24 & 27; Matthew 20: 1-6 “Let the wicked man abandon his way, the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn the Lord who is rich in forgiving; for my thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways not your ways. Yes, the heavens are as
August 28, 2020
Jesus made it quite clear to his disciples that the cross he bore could never remain with him alone.
August 21, 2020
Twenty-First Sunday of the Year Isaiah 22: 19-23; Romans 11: 33-36; Matthew 16: 13-20 “How rich are the depths of God, how deep his wisdom and knowledge, and how impossible to penetrate his motives or understand his methods. Who could ever know the mind of the Lord?” At first sight, these verses of St Paul
August 14, 2020
Feast of the Assumption Revelation 11:19 & 12:1-6; 1 Corinthians 15: 45-51; Luke 1: 39-56 “Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Just as all men die in Adam, so all men will be brought to life in Christ; but all of them in their proper order.” These words
August 07, 2020
Nineteenth Sunday of the Year 1 Kings 19:9 & 11-13; Romans 9: 1-5; Matthew 14: 22-33 “When Elijah reached Horeb, the mountain of God, he went into a cave and spent the night in it. He was told, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord.’ Then the Lord passed by.” These verses place the
July 31, 2020
Eighteenth Sunday of the Year Isaiah 55: 1-3; Romans 8: 35 & 37-39; Matthew 14: 13-21 “When evening came, the disciples went to Jesus and said, ‘this is a lonely place, and the time has slipped by; so send the people away, and they can go to the villages to buy themselves some food.’  Jesus replied, ‘There
July 24, 2020
Seventeenth Sunday of the Year 1 Kings 3: 5 & 7-12; Romans 8: 28-30; Matthew 13: 44-52 The Collect for the seventeenth Sunday of the year prays that the Lord might so guide us that “we may use the good things that pass in such a way as to hold fast, even now, to those
July 17, 2020
Sixteenth Sunday of the Year Wisdom 12: 13 & 16-19; Romans 8: 26-27; Matthew 13: 24-43 “There is no god, other than You, who cares for everything…. You govern us with great lenience. By acting thus you have taught a lesson to your people, how the virtuous man must be kindly to his fellow men. You
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