The Rev. David Gunderson’s Sermon, Oct. 4, 2015

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The Lessons for Oct. 4: The Feast of St. Francis and The Blessing of the Animals 

The Collect of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

The First Lesson: Isaiah 55:1-3

“Ho, every one who thirsts, come to the waters;

and the one who has no money, come, buy and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,

and your labor for that which does not satisfy?

Hearken diligently to me, and eat what is good,

and delight yourselves in fatness.

Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live. 

The Canticle: A Canticle of Creation (in unison)

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, “I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider 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?

“And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? Consider 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. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and the next day withered, how much more will he clothe you—O you of little faith!

“Do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not worry. Everyone in the world strives after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek first the beauty of God’s kingdom, and all these other things will be given to you as well. Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is God’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”


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