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The Feast of All Saints, 1 November 2020

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The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 25, 25 October 2020

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The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 25, 25 October 2020Track 1orTrack 2Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46Leviticus 19:1-2,15-18
Psalm 1
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46The CollectAlmighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Background: AuthorityWith the death of Moses in the Track One First Reading, and the continuing questions of Pharisees and Sadducees to Jesus regarding his authority, it seems like a good time to look at the issue of Authority in the Scriptures. To begin this discussion we need to recognize that there is no other religious authority than that which derives from God. It belongs to God alone. There is no word in Hebrew for the notion of authority. Sometimes, when it does appear in the text…