Pentecost ~ Readings and Prayer

Readings for Pentecost:  Psalm 104:24-35 • Acts 2:1-21 • Ezekiel 37:1-14 • Romans 8:22-27 • John 15:26-27, 6:4b-15 “O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:  Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore…

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Easter Season ~ Readings for the Week of May 16

Psalm 47 • Acts 1:15-26 • I John 5:9-13 • John 17:6-19 As we near the end of the Easter season we should be reminded of three things. First, while the Easter season is the special season for celebrating Christ’s resurrection, it is appropriate and important that we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus every time we gather for worship.…

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Easter Season ~ Readings and Prayer for May 9

Psalm 98 • Acts 10:44-48 • I John 5:1-6 • John 15:9-17  We are still in the midst of the Easter Season. It’s easy to forget this. We are programmed toward day long celebrations instead of seasons of celebration. This week we reflect on another one of the many beautiful gifts that come to us through…

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Easter Season ~ Week 4, Readings and Prayer

Psalm 22:25-31 • Acts 8:26-40 • I John 4:7-21 • John 15:1-8 Living into the resurrection of Jesus means learning to live, or abide, in his presence. The story of the vine and branches makes this notion of abiding vivid. As you pray and read this week may you find yourself abiding in the vine, Jesus…

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Easter ~ Week 2 Readings and Prayer

Easter Readings, Week 2:  Psalm 4  •  Acts 3:12-19  •  1 John 3:1-7  •  Luke 24:36b-48 Easter Sunday was just over a week ago. But, the Eastern Orthodox church celebrated the resurrection this past weekend with their observance known as Pascha. During this Pascha service the Orthodox faithful will shout “Christos Anesthi!” which means “Christ is risen.”…

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Easter ~ Week 1 Readings and Prayer

Easter Week 1:  Psalm 133 • Acts 4:32-35 • I John 1:1-2:2 • John 20:19-31 Easter has only just begun. Yes, we celebrated Easter Sunday yesterday. This is the day that marks the resurrection of Christ. However, it is the first day of 50 days of celebration. Christ’s resurrection deserves more celebration than one day…

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Holy Week ~ Readings for Good Friday

Good Friday: Psalm 22 • John 18:1-19:42 The Christian faith is filled with irony. The cross, an instrument of torture and execution, is an image of victory. Christ is hailed as  Messiah during his Triumphal Entry only to be shouted at a few days later by some of the same people on his way to crucifixion. God, the almighty maker…

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Holy Week ~ Readings for Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday:  Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 • Exodus 12:1-14  • Corinthians 11:23-26 • Jn 13:1-17, 31-35 Maundy Thursday is so named because of Jesus’ command to his disciples: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Or in Latin: “Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi…

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Holy Week ~ Readings for Wednesday

Holy Wednesday : John 13:21-32 • Hebrews 12:1-3 Jesus’ mind was filled with all kinds of fears during those last days before his crucifixion. He could feel the confrontation coming and that his hour was at hand. He recognized that he would be betrayed into the hands of his executioners. This knowledge may have engendered fear but, even more deeply,…

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