"The Plumb Line of Righteousness"

Proper 10.B.18
Amos 7:7-15
The Rev. Melanie McCarley

“Amos is tough. Amos is blunt. Amos says things that no one wished to hear 2,800 years ago; and things no one much wishes to hear today.” (John Holbart) To be frank about it, Amos is a chief ruffler of feathers.

The Bible tells us that Amos was called to the task of prophesy sometime in the middle of the eighth century before the Common Era. And his task was to speak of the matter of justice.

Finding Faith at Shivta

Proper 8.B.18
Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15; 2:23-24; Mark 5:21-43
The Rev. Melanie McCarley

We Episcopalians are a liturgized people. Unlike our Protestant friends, we are not a confessional church; nor do we possess a majesterium, pronouncing definitive moral judgements for us from on high. What we have, in essence, is our worship. Lex orandi Lex credendi. A belief which, loosely translated means that praying shapes believing. In other words, how we worship, shapes what we believe. Sometimes, this can be taken quite literally.