Readings for the Week ~ June 7 (Pentecost!)

Ps 14:24-35 • Numbers 11:24-30 • Acts 2:1-21 • I Cor 12:3-13 • John 7:37-39 Pentecost is upon us! Named for the 50 days between the resurrection (Easter) and the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the faithful this coming Sunday is rich with meaning as we remember God’s Spirit being poured out upon his people. When we think…

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Readings for the Week ~ May 31 (Eastertide)

Acts 1:1-14 ~ Psalm 47  ~  I Peter 4:12-5:11 ~ Luke 24:44-53 This stained glass from Amiens, France is a fun interpretation of Jesus’ Ascension. The disciples are gathered around looking to the sky and all that we see of Jesus are two feet. Perhaps he was barefoot as he returned to sit at the right of the…

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Readings for the Week ~ May 24 (Eastertide)

Psalm 66:8-20 • Acts 17:22-31 • I Peter 3:13-22 • John 14:15-21 O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all…

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Readings for the Week ~ May 17 (Eastertide)

Psalm 31 • Acts 7:55-60 • I Peter 2:2-10 • John 14:1-14 One of our readings for this week is the story of Christianity’s first martyr, Stephen. I encourage you to read all of Acts 7 to catch the story in its entirety. Stephen was one of those early deacons chosen from outside of the Jewish community whose…

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Readings for the Week ~ May 3

Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19  •  Acts 2:14a, 36-41  •  I Peter 1:17-23  •  Luke 24:13-35 The Lord reveals himself in strange ways. To these disciples, with whom he had a conversation without their knowing, Jesus reveals himself through the breaking of bread. Food, the setting and medium through which Christ is revealed. O God, whose blessed…

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Readings for the Week ~ Good Friday

Jn 18:1-19:42 • Ps 22 • Isa 52:13-53:12 • Heb 10:16-25 Good Friday is one of the “Three Great Days” which begins with the evening liturgy of Maundy Thursday and concludes on Easter evening. It traces the great tragedies of Christ’s betrayal and death through to his resurrection. It is impossible to make too much of…

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Holy Week ~ Readings for Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday comes from the Latin term mandatum or command. On this night Jesus gives his disciples a new command, “love one another”. (Jn 13:34) This command stretches through the ages to us today. Just prior to his arrest, suffering and death Jesus gives his disciples a meal and a new commandment. Eat this meal together.…

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Holy Week ~ Readings for Wednesday

Passover took place earlier this week and it was marked by a  lunar eclipse or “blood moon”. This kind of lunar eclipse, is infrequent but not unheard of. Much is being made of the coincidence of Passover, and other Jewish festivals this year, with the occurrences of these “blood moons”. Too much emphasis is placed…

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