It has been a very full week since we met for worship last Sunday – I could say that it has been full of rest for a University community on Fall Break, full of revelation and speculation for a country experiencing the first public indictments made by Princeton Alumnus and Special Prosecutor Bob Mueller, it has been a week of the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, whose impact is still widely felt, but I really mean that it’s been a packed week of religious observances. On Tuesday was the 500th anniversary of what we recognize as the beginning of the Reformation, Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses upon the door of the Wittenberg Church. The next day was All Saints Day, and later in this service, we’ll acknowledge that with our own tradition of speaking aloud the names of those who have died in the last year. As I was doing some research in the last few days about the lectionary texts appointed for this morning, I learned that these scriptures (scheduled for our consideration by Biblical scholars, not by God!) are particularly chosen for their relevance to the fact that today, Proper 26, is always the Sunday before Election Day in the United States. If I were tempted to disparage this connection between the life of faith and our civic calendar I got over it quickly, realizing that the ancient prophets, evangelists, and our Messiah himself spoke repeatedly and pointedly to the connection between our faith and our citizenship – in particular, our permanent responsibilities to one to another. As we consider these matters today, we find ourselves in the midst of an ongoing biblical conversation of some 3,000 years’ duration.