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William Dwight Porter Bliss and Richard Theodore Ely

October 8 – Commemoration of William Dwight Porter Bliss and Richard Theodore Ely

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,

because the Lord has anointed me;

he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,

to bind up the broken-hearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives,

and release to the prisoners;

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour,

and the day of vengeance of our God;

to comfort all who mourn;

to provide for those who mourn in Zion—

to give them a garland instead of […]

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Friday October 7

Deliver me, O LORD, from evildoers;*

protect me from the violent,

Who devise evil in their hearts*

and stir up strife all day long.

They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent;*

adder’s poison is under their lips.

Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked;*

protect me from the violent, who are determined to trip me up.

The proud have hidden a snare for me and stretched out a net of cords;*

they have set traps for me along the path.

I have said to the LORD, […]

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Divine goodness and perpetual repentance

Too often, Christians dig such a deep pit for ourselves with our doctrines of sin that we have difficulty climbing out, even though we know we have Christ at our side. Beginning from the divine goodness saves us from the temptation of despair. It has the additional benefit of showing us the depth of our sin more clearly.

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The Meal

This gathering for a common meal has been the distinctive mark of Christian worship from the evening of the resurrection on Easter Day until now.

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Doing Good

There is a long history about religious people who do good, but their good acts provoke opposition from religious authorities. In today’s reading Jesus does two good things things, but he provokes opposition because he acts outside the conventions and customs of his religious heritage.

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I’ve Got a Friend Who…

Paul encourages us to limit our freedoms out of respect for other’s scruples, conscience, or even their superstitions. It is a generous practice.

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“Getting a do-over”

Psalm 118 (morning), Psalm 145 (evening)

2 Kings 20:1-21

Acts 12:1-17

Luke 7:11-17

“Getting a do-over” seems to be the theme in today’s readings. Hezekiah appears to be on the brink of death; instead, he ends up getting fifteen more years and displays his gratitude through his generosity. Peter gets a surprise jailbreak through the intervention of prayer and an angel. The widow of Nain suddenly goes from being a person of “no status” following the death of her only son, to once again […]

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Saturday October 1

Choosing

Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. A scribe then approached and said, ‘Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’ Another of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ But Jesus said to him, ‘Follow […]

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Border Territory

Today we have two of Matthew’s stories about Jesus operating around and across the borders of Jewish society.

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How Do We Know?

How do we know what is the will of God? How can we give priority to God’s will rather than to our self-centered motivation?

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