the tentmaker

daily thoughts on the common lectionary

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Location: Sharpsburg, Georgia, United States

"...because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together — by trade they were tentmakers." Acts 18:3. Tentmaker is a title taken by bi-vocational pastors. As such, I am both a pastor and a project manager. I am a pastor of a local congregation of moderate, accepting and affirming people who worship in the Baptist tradition. We call our church "Hope Memorial Baptist" and we are about 40 in number. I am also a project manager of major construction projects for the State of Georgia. My home and church is in rural Coweta County, between Peachtree City and Newnan, with a mailing address of Sharpsburg, Georgia.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Year B - Proper 22

Liturgy of the Word:
Job 1:1; 2:1-10
Psalm 26
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
Mark 10:2-16

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Year B - Proper 21

Liturgy of the Word:
Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
Psalm 19:7-14
James 5:13-20
Mark 9:38-50

Friday, September 18, 2009

Year B - Proper 20

Liturgy of the Word:
Jeremiah 11:18-20
Psalm 1
James 3:13 - 4:3, 7-8a
Mark 9:30-37
This Sunday we will look at the second attempt of Jesus to teach his disciples what being the messiah really means. Of course, they still don't get it any more than they did in last week's lesson when Peter made his famous confession. Many times we fail to understand the meaning of Jesus' life and teachings. We are burdened down with centuries of tradition and misunderstanding. We need to jettison our pre-conceived ideas and take a fresh look at what Jesus is teaching the disciples and teaching us today.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Please Pray for Our Church

For some months now, our attendance has been falling off. I know that church attendance is down all over. It seems that we are spiraling ever downward. Our monthly offerings have been falling below our expenses. My treasurer told me that the bank balance last night after paying bills, was just $26.00. Our offering today was over $500.00, however and hope is not lost. Please pray for us.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Year B - Proper 19

Liturgy of the Word:
Isaiah 50:4-9
Psalm 19
James 3:1-12
Mark 8:27-38

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Year B - Proper 18

Liturgy of the Word:
Isaiah 35:4-7
Psalm 125
James 2:1-10, 14-17
Mark 7:24-37

Thursday, September 03, 2009

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