Between a Rock and a Hard Place

The Rev. Scott Trotter St Stephen’s, Blytheville; Calvary, Osceola Aug. 2011 Year A, Proper 17 Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28 Last week, we heard Jesus declare Peter to be rock on which he will build his church, and that the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. That’s about as high praise as one … Read More


Rev. Fr. John Scott Trotter St Stephen’s Blytheville, Calvary Osceola August 21, 2011 Year A, Proper 16 Exodus 1:8-2:10; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20 Seven centuries before Jesus’ time, Hezekiah was King of Israel. He restored the Temple, profaned by his predecessor, and did what was honorable in God’s eye. However, times were turbulent. Assyria was the dominate power of the … Read More

Stay in the Boat

Rev. Fr. John Scott Trotter St. Stephen’s, Blytheville; Calvary, Osceola August 7, 2011 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Year A, Proper 14 Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33 I remember as a kid learning the story of Joseph’s many colored coat. Well, it turns out to be a long pointy-sleeved coat. Still, it is special, it’s associated with royalty, but mostly … Read More

Wrestling with God

Fr. Scott Trotter St. Stephen’s, Blytheville July 31, 2011 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Year A, Proper 13 Genesis 32:22-31; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21 Jacob is in trouble, real trouble. For all his life he has schemed and connived his way and save once or twice come out ahead. And though he has two wives, a covey of children, a household … Read More

Something Old, Something New

Rev. Scott Trotter St. Stephen’s, Blytheville and Calvary, Osceola July 24, 2011 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Year A, Proper 12 Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 105:1-11; Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 As a rule I’m not fond of the times when the lectionary chops up scripture and stitches it back together. This morning’s Gospel is an exception. First, it actually allows us … Read More