Readings for the Week ~ July 22

“Surely the LORD is in this place–and I did not know it!” – Genesis 28:16 Psalm 139 • Genesis 28:10-19a • Romans 8:12-25 • Matthew 13:24-43 We often assume God forsakenness. It is easy for us to see the world around us as rejected by God. We may even ask, “How could God be involved in the…

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Readings for the Week ~ July 15

“. . . and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” ~ Is 55:12 Genesis 25:19-34 •  Psalm 65:1-13 • Isaiah 55:10-13 • Romans 8:1-11 • Matthew 13:1-9,18-23 The Bible never fails to engulf us with images.Whether it is a picture of someone planting seeds, some in bad soil and some in good, or whether it…

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Readings for the Week ~ July 1, 2017

Grace digs sin up by the roots. ~ Karl Barth  Psalm 89:1-18 • Jeremiah 28:5-9 • Romans 6:12-23 • Matthew 10:40-42 Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by…

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Readings for the Week ~ June 24, 2017

“. . . you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” – Romans 6:11 Psalm 86 • Genesis 21:8-21 • Romans 6:1-11 • Matthew 10:24-39  Early in his career as a pastor, Karl Barth penned his commentary on the book of Romans. In it, he saw God making himself…

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Reading for the Week ~ June 17, 2017

“God has brought laughter for me, everyone who hears will laugh with me.” ~ Sarah, from Genesis 21:6 Ps 100 • Gen 18:1-15, 21:1-7 • Exodus 19:2-8 • Rom 5:1-8 • Mat 9:35-10:23 The story of Abraham and Sarah tells us as much about the origins of our faith than do the stories of Adam and…

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Trinity Sunday (Saturday) ~ June 10

“…baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” ~ Matthew 28:19 Psalm 8 • Genesis 1:1-2:4 • II Corinthians 13:11-13 • Matthew 28:16-20 One portion of the church year has come to a close. Trinity Sunday (Saturday in our case) marks the beginning of Ordinary Time,…

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Week of Pentecost ~ June 3, 2017

. . . he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water. ~ John 7:37-38 Ps 104:24-34 • Numbers 11:24-30 • Acts 2:1-21 • I Corinthians 12:3-13 • John…

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