Uncomfortable Truths and Praising God

Proper 23 – Eighteenth Sunday after the Pentecost

Readings: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 and Luke 17:11-19

Shared on Sunday, October 13 in Miles City and Forsyth

We know nothing…

Proper 22 – Seventeenth Sunday after the Pentecost

Reading: Luke 17:5-10

Shared on Sunday, October 6, 2019 in Miles City and Forsyth

To learn more about Van Gogh’s beautiful painting, visit this site.

“God and Country” and the Poor

Proper 21 – Sixteenth Sunday after the Pentecost

Readings: 1 Timothy 6:6-19 and Luke 16:19-31

Shared on Sunday, September 29 in Miles City and Forsyth

Breaking Bad for Jesus?

Proper 20 – Fifteenth Sunday after the Pentecost

Readings: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1, Psalm 79:1-9, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Luke 16:1-13

Shared on Sunday, September 22 in Miles City and Forsyth


Fr. Stephen went to his first meeting of Diocesan Council and has some info to share:

  • Our Bishop-elect and her husband have found and purchased a home in Helena! Her last service in North Carolina will be in mid-October and they will then move out west! Her first day as our bishop-elect will be November 1, 2019, which will mark exactly one year since Bishop Brookhart’s retirement.
  • Forsyth was approved for a Faber Fund Grant, which is named in honor of Bishop Faber, the third bishop of Montana. The grant for Church of the Ascension will help fund replacement of the siding on the back side of the building which is original to the building (~52 years) and deteriorating from weathering. Pictures are below.

Disappointment and Love

Proper 19 – Fourteenth Sunday after the Pentecost

Readings:  Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10

Shared on Sunday, September 15 in Miles City and Forsyth

About Today’s Art 

Speaking to those who challenge his teachings and his deeds, Jesus likens himself to the good shepherd, pictured here, who devotes his life, and sacrifices his own well-being, to protect the sheep in his care. This analogy anticipates the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus will make for his “flock” of followers and humankind. 

Tissot notes that this parable is among the most beautiful in the Gospels—and, indeed, one with an enduring visual history. The artist cites the earliest examples in the catacombs of ancient Rome. But again, seeking to distance himself from previous visual traditions, Tissot asserts that this image found its roots in the devoted acts of caretaking among shepherds that he witnessed.

This comes from the website of the Brooklyn Museum which owns the original piece of artwork. www.brooklynmuseum.org

Paul’s Failure and Our Need to Do Better

Proper 18 – Thirteenth Sunday after the Pentecost

Readings: Jeremiah 18:1-11, Philemon 1-21, Luke 14:25-33

Shared on Sunday, September 8 in Miles City and Forsyth

Pat Robertson and the Importance of Motivations

Parable of the Wedding Feast, by A. N. Mironov

Proper 17 – Twelfth Sunday after the Pentecost

Readings: Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14

Shared on Sunday, September 1 in Miles City and Forsyth 

Form Before Substance and Finding Out What Really Matters

Christ healing an infirm woman by James Tissot, 1886-1896

Proper 16 – Eleventh Sunday after the Pentecost

Readings: Jeremiah 1:4-10, Psalm 71:1-6, Luke 13:10-17

Shared on Sunday, August 25 in Miles City and Forsyth

The New Colossus and Disappointment

Proper 15 – Tenth Sunday after the Pentecost

Readings: Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29-12:2, Luke 12:49-56

Shared on Sunday, August 18 in Miles City and Forsyth