The Rev. David Gunderson’s Sermon for Oct. 5, 2014

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The Feast of St. Francis and the Blessing of the Animals

The Collect of the Day

O God, Creator of all: we remember this day your servant, Francis, for you enlightened his heart and made him a witness to the joy and beauty of your creation; help us to put aside our anxiety and embrace the wonder of this life, as Christ would have us do, in whose name we pray. Amen.

The First Lesson: Deuteronomy 29:11-14

Surely, what I am command you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross to the other side of the sea for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?’ No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.

A Canticle of Creation

Sun and moon, stars of the sky, glorify God, the Creator of all.

Showers of rain, wind, fire, and heat;

Winter and summer, glorify God;

O chill and cold, dewdrops and snow, 

Frost, ice and sleet, glorify God;

O shining light and enfolding dark, 

Storm clouds and thunderbolts, glorify God,

O mountains and hills, valleys and plains,

Springs of water, seas, and streams, 

O whales and all that swim in the deep,

O beasts of the wild, all flocks and herds,

All birds of the air, glorify God, Creator of all.

O men and women, sing praise and give thanks,

Give praise and high exaltation forever,

Give praise and high exaltation forever!

The Second Lesson: 2 Corinthians 6:2-10

See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labours, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honour and dishonour, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

 The Gospel: Luke 12:22-32

Jesus said to his disciples: Do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. 23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Are you not as valuable as the birds? 25And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?* 26If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest?

27Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;* yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 28But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is gone, how much more will he clothe you—oh, you of little faith! 29Do not strive for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not worry. 3Your Father knows what you need; strive for God’s kingdom, 31*and all other things will be given to you as well.

32Do not be afraid, little flock; it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

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