Readings for the Week ~ Aug 24

Psalm 71:1-6 • Jer 1:4-10 • Heb 12:18-29 • Luke 13:10-17 “O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the…

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Readings for the Week ~ Aug 17

Psalm 80:1-2, 8-18 • Isaiah 5:1-7 • Hebrews 11:29-12:2 • Luke 12:49-56 “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 Christ the Conqueror, Planted like sentinels upon the world’s frontier.”  –  Thomas Merton Merton’s little poem…

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Readings for the Week ~ Aug 10

Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 • Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 • Hebrews 11:1-16 • Luke 12:32-40 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” – Luke 12:32 It’s hard to think of more comforting words than these. Jesus tells his disciples (and us) that God the Father wants to give us…

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Readings for the Week ~ Aug 3

Psalm 107:1-9, 43 • Hosea 11:1-11 • Colossians 3:1-11 • Luke 12:13-21 “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…

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Readings for the Week ~ July 27

Psalm 85 • Hosea 1:2-10 • Colossians 2:6-19 • Luke 11:1-13 “O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass though things temporal, that we lose not…

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Readings for the Week ~ July 20

Psalm 15 • Amos 8:1-12 • Colossians 1:15-28 • Luke 10:38-42 “Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask;…

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“Jesus in the Boat” – Communion Meditation from Tom Shalin

Communion meditation 6-8-13 – Jesus in the boat

 Luke 5:1-11

Story of Jesus teaching from Peter’s boat, and when finished told Peter to row out to deeper water and drop his nets. Peter groused about it saying they had already fished all night with little results, but did what Jesus said. Peter caught so much fish that his and another boat could hardly handle the catch without sinking.

So how did Peter react? Was he thankful? Happy about it?

He told Jesus, “Go away from me, for I am a sinful man.” Perhaps Peter recognizes the vast difference between Jesus and himself, and so recoils in “the terror experienced in the presence of the revelation of the Holy One.” So says the New International Commentary of the NT.

Peter’s reaction is a window into Israel’s world. The covenant between the Lord and Israel means that the Lord Himself is in the boat, so to speak, with Israel.

How do you react when Jesus is in your boat?

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Readings for the Week of July 13

Psalm 82 • Amos 7:7-17 • Colossians 1:1-14 • Luke 10:25-37 O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who…

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Readings for the Week of July 6

Psalm 30 • 2 Kings 5:1-14 • Galatians 6:1-16 • Luke 10:1-20 “O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Gran us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure…

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from Wendell Berry

Sabbaths 2000: V  I know for a while again the health of self-forgetfulness, looking out at the sky through a notch in the valleyside, the black woods wintry on the hills, small clouds at sunset passing across. And I know that this is one of the thresholds between Earth and Heaven, from which even I…

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