Readings for the Week of September 16

  We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. – Romans 14:7 Psalm 114 • Exodus 14:19-31 • Romans 14:1-12 • Matthew 18:21-35 O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts;…

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Readings for the Week of September 9

Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” – Matthew 18:18 Psalm 149 • Exodus 12:1-14 • Romans 13:1-14 • Matthew 18:15-20 Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always…

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Readings for the Week of September 2

. . . those who lose their life for my sake will find it. ~ Matthew 16:25 Ps 105:1-26 • Exodus 3:1-15 • Romans 12:9-21 • Matthew 16:21-29 This week’s Gospel reading is a quick left turn from Peter’s confession of Christ in last week’s passage. Peter goes from the one on whom the church…

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Readings for the Week of August 26

“But the midwives feared God” – Exodus 1:8 Ps 124 • Exodus 1:8-2:10 • Isaiah 51:1-6 • Romans 12:1-8 • Matthew 16:13-20 William Cowper gave us the words, “God moves in mysterious ways”. Here he reminds us that we should plan on being surprised by the way that God works. A perfect example of this…

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Readings for the Week of August 19

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” – Psalm 133 Psalm 133 • Psalm 67 • Isaiah 56:1-8 • Romans 11:1-2,29-32 • Matthew 15:10-28 The loaves and the fishes symbolize God’s miraculous provision in the person of Jesus. They are also a picture of people coming together to share a meal. This…

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Readings for the Week ~ August 12

“. . . and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.” – I Kings 19:12 Psalm 105 • Genesis 37:1-28 • I Kings 19:9-18 • Romans 10:5-15 • Matthew 14:22-33 Elijah ran over 100 miles because he was afraid of Ahab’s wife, Jezebel. Who wouldn’t be? She wanted him dead and she always got what…

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Readings for the Week ~ August 5

Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21 • Genesis 32:22-31• Isaiah 55:1-5 • Romans 9:1-5 • Matthew 14:13-21 Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one…

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Readings for the Week ~ July 29

” . . . the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought . . .” ~ Romans 8:26 Ps 105 • Genesis 29:15-28 • Romans 8:26-39 • Matthew 13:31-52 Some people find prayer difficult. For some, prayer comes easy on one day, and not at all on the next. This…

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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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Esau’s Postscript

“Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” (Romans 9:13 and Malachi 1:2-3) This is a verse that raises as many questions as it answers. It is one of my “snag” verses and the basis of Saturday night’s sermon. Saturday night we worked our way through this passage and most of the story of Esau’s relationship…

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