Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Year C

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First Sunday in Advent, Year A -The Circle of the Church Year December 1, 2013 Advent 1, Year A Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:36-44
Last Sunday after Pentecost, Christ the King, Yr C November 24, 2013 Last Sunday after Pentecost, Christ the King, Year C Luke 23:33-43
Twenty Sixth Sunday After Pentecost, Year C November 17, 2013 Proper 28, Year C Malachi 4:1-2a, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13, Luke 21:5-10
Twenty Fifth Sunday After Pentecost, Year C November 10, 2013 Proper 27, Year C Job 19:23-27a, Luke 20:27-38
Twenty Second Sunday After Pentecost, Year C October 20, 2013 Proper 24C Psalm 121, 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5, Luke 18:1-8
Twenty First Sunday After Pentecost, Year C October 13, 2013 Proper 23, Year C 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c, Psalm 111, Luke 17:11-19
Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost, Year C October 6, 2013 Proper 22, Year C Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4, Psalm 37:1-10, 2 Timothy 1:1-14, Luke 17:5-10
Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Year C September 29, 2013 Proper 21, Year C Luke 16:19-31
Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Year C September 22, 2013 Proper 20, Year C Luke 16:1-13
Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost, Year C September 15, 2013 Proper 19, Year C Exodus 32:7-14, Luke 15: 1-10
Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Year C September 8, 2013 Proper 18, Year C Luke 14:25-33
Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Year C September 1, 2013 Proper 17, Year C Sirach 10:12-18, Psalm 112, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14
Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Year C August 25, 2013 Proper 16, Year C Isaiah 58:9b-14;Psalm 103:1-8;Hebrews 12:18-29;Luke 13:10-17
Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Year C August 18, 2013 Proper 15, Year C Hebrews 11:29-12:2
Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost, Year C August 11, 2013 Proper 14, Year C Genesis 15:1-6, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, Luke 12:32-40

 

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Year C

Sermon Date:September 1, 2013

Scripture: Sirach 10:12-18, Psalm 112, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14

Liturgy Calendar: Proper 17, Year C


The Rev. Amy Turner preached on Luke and used the metaphor of the Table as a sign of hospitality, inclusiveness and God’s grace. At VTS, students were expected to go to class, chapel and have meals together as part of developing a community. Her community which involved Catherine became the "Breakfast Club", a group of students that had breakfast together from about 7:15am to 8pm before class. The crowd was diverse in age, sex and experience. And they welcomed all. At VTS the new one coming could be a bishop from another part of the world, a prospective student for next year and a current student. Or it could be an angel .

 The "Breakfast Club" was named after a 1985 movie. In that movie, there were five students with nothing in common, but faced with spending a Saturday detention together in their high school library. At 7 a.m., they had nothing to say, but by 4 p.m., they had bared their souls to each other and become good friends. The assistant principal assigned each student must write about who he an essay on who he/she thinks they are, and then leaves, returning occasionally to check on them. The class wrote a letter in response to him:
 

Here is the way it read:

"Dear Mr. Vernon: We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But, we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us: in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But, what we found out is that each one of us is: a brain . . .
Andrew Clark: And an athlete . . .
Allison Reynolds: And a basket case . . .
Claire Standish: A princess . . .
John Bender: And a criminal.
Brian Johnson: Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club "
 

The Table at VTS appeared almost like an organism over time – growing, shrinking over time. At time they had to add chairs and table. God blessed the food which was hot and plentiful. And they welcomed the stranger as was stressed in the Hebrews reading.

In the Gospel reading, the Pharisees invited Jesus to a meal to figure out what kind of prophet he was. Those at the meals typically reclined in that time. The guest was seated higher that the rest. To them it was about power but for Jesus it was to stress lowliness, humility and he advocated those seated higher to give their seat up to the poor. The word "humble" in Latin means "close to the ground" or grounded.

 Jesus invites us to his table where there are no corners, no foot, and no head. All are seated and all are equal. They are "companions" which is a Latin based word meaning come together and sharing in bread. Bread is a sign of our togetherness from the communion to the coffee hour later today. We kneel at communion together on the same level and nourished by the cup of salvation.

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