- October 11th: Proper 23, the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
In this passage about judgment Matthew emphasizes first and foremost that God’s gift of salvation is available to all. He also nudges us to remember that we should live lives worthy of our calling and of the gospel. Claiming to be a Christian isn’t going to be enough when it’s time for judgment if we’ve acted in ways that are antithetical to whatever is true, honorable, and just.
- October 4th: Proper 22, the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
The sermon for Sunday, October 4, was written by the Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, Bishop of Olympia, read by the vicar from the below manuscript. The texts for the day were for Proper 22.
- September 27th: Proper 21, the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Jesus doesn’t need the last word, doesn’t need to be right. God’s love for humanity poured out in Jesus’ life and death, makes Jesus higher than the emperor. His amazing humility is how he is raised to have the name above all names. Jesus’ humility conquers death itself, opening to all of creation the newness of life. This Paul tells us today is the life we are called to live, a life worthy of the gospel he says elsewhere in the letter.
- September 20th: Proper 20, the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
God gives everyone from God’s generosity. Salvation doesn’t come because we’ve worked harder and longer because we’ve earned it. Salvation — the full restoration of life and health — comes because of God’s goodness and Jesus’ self-sacrifice. The disciples were looking for a military leader, someone to overthrow Rome. They were looking for the master’s tools to dismantle the master’s house. God’s reign, manifest in Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and ascension, doesn’t do that.
- September 13th: Proper 19, the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Then God the king doesn’t offer a repayment plan or reduce the five billion dollar debt to something more manageable. It’s all forgiven, lock, stock, and barrel, all gone.