Pentecost 15 – September 22, 2019
If you’re looking for a good time from the pulpit, you may want to stay home this Sunday or opt of preaching. At first glance, there is not a lot of joy in this Sunday’s lectionary readings. They seem appropriate for our current national situation, in which in the United States hate crimes and mass shootings have become the norm, dishonesty at the highest levels of government has been normalized, and government agencies intended to protect the environment are now weaponized to promote profits over environmental protection. The United Nations is reflecting on global climate change and the US government is an intentional denier what is patently obvious to virtually every climate scientist and school child – the earth is on fire! And we note with Jeremiah, “the harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved!
Rev. Bruce Epperly, Ph.D., serves as Pastor at South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Centerville, MA. Prior to coming to Cape Cod in 2013, he served on the faculties and often in administrative and chaplaincy roles at Georgetown University, Claremont School of Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Lancaster Theological Seminary.
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