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The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 17, 2 September 2018

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The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 17, 2 September 2018
Song of Solomon 2:8-13 Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10
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Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 Psalm 15 James 1:17-27 St. Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Background: The Holiness Code
Although the Holiness Code refers to a specific section of the Book of Leviticus (see Leviticus 17-26) the general tenor of the Law commends this as a good place to understand the purity laws of Judaism, which Laws both Moses and Jesus make comment on. The breadth of the Holiness Code covers a multitude of things: the sacred nature of blood, sexual behaviors, general behavior, punishment for sins, the purity of priests, holy days and Passover, Pentecost, New Year’s Day, the Day of Atonement, the Feast of Booths,  Aspects of the Tabernacle/Temple, the Sabbatical Year, the Jubilee Year and its customs, and finally what comes with obedience to the Law, and disobedience as well (Blessings and Curses). These provisions have a special interest in the political and religious conversations…

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 16, 26 August 2018

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The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 15, 19 August  2018
Track One: I Kings 8:[1,6,10-11], 22-30, 41-43 Psalm 84 or 84:1-6
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Track Two: Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 Psalm 34:15-22
Ephesians 6:10-20 St. John 6:56-69