Lenten Readings ~ February 28

Psalm 22:23-31 • Genesis 17:1-16 • Romans 4:13-25 • Mark 8:31-38 As we move into the second week of Lent let me encourage you to reflect upon the graciousness of Jesus Christ that is rooted in his self-sacrificial life. Peter wanted Jesus to be a conqueror (Mark 8:31-38) but Jesus sternly reminded Peter of the…

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Lenten Readings ~ Week 1

Psalm 25:1-10 • Genesis 9:8-17 • I Peter 3:18-22 • Mark 1:9-15 The Lenten season is upon us. As we engage this important time of year let us remember that Lent is not about our accomplishment (such as keeping a severe fast) but God’s provision (how do you experience God’s care while you fast?). It is…

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Words for Ash Wednesday

Psalm 51:1-17 • Joel 2:12-17 • Matthew 6:1-21 The collect (gathered prayer) for Ash Wednesday. Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth: Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that…

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Readings for the Week ~ Feb 14

Psalm 50:1-6 • 2 Kings 2:1-12 • 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 • Mark 9:2-9 This week we commemorate the event known as the Transfiguration. While we focus on Christ’s “transfiguration” we sometimes overlook the symbolism of the appearances of Moses and Elijah, and the voice from heaven. Moses represents the Law while Elijah represents the prophets. Taken together…

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Readings for the Week ~ Feb 7

In honor of Thomas Merton’s 100th birthday I include some verses of his poetry. I can’t help but think of Wheatland when I “listen” to these words. We are exiles in the far end of solitude, living as listeners, With hearts attending to the skies we cannot understand: Waiting upon the first far drums of…

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Readings for the Week ~ Jan 24

Ps 62:5-12 • Jonah 3:1-10 • I Cor 7:29-31 • Mark 1:14-20 Often the theme that runs within the readings for the week is easy to see. Sometimes it isn’t obvious. It is difficult getting four different Scripture readings from four different genres to communicate one idea. The readings for this week get pretty close…

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Readings for the Week ~ Jan 10

Psalm 29 • Genesis 1:1-5 • Acts 19:1-7 • Mark 1:4-11 Epiphany refers to the revealing of Christ as both Messiah and King not only of the Jews but the Gentiles as well. This is one reason why the visitation of the Magi is observed at this time. The season after Epiphany (Epiphanytide) also highlights…

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