Readings for the Week of October 14

“Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.” – Phil 4:5 Psalm 23 • Isaiah 25:1-9 • Philippians 4:1-9 • Matthew 22:1-14 Every quarter of the church has reported that fewer and fewer men participate in church. Some describe it as a crisis, others complain about the feminization of the church. Responses…

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Readings for the Week of October 6

Ps 19 • Exodus 20:1-20 • Isaiah 5:1-7 • Philippians 3:4-14 • Matthew 21:33-46 It has been a difficult day. It has been a difficult few weeks. Tragedy strikes, people die, and all of us, even from a distance, are traumatized. Into these moments let us lean into prayer and remember to whom we belong.…

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Readings for the Week of September 30

“at the name of Jesus, every knee should bend . . .” – Philippians 2:10 Psalm 25:1-9 • Ezekiel 18:1-32 • Philippians 2:1-13 • Matthew 21:23-32 Philippians 2 includes a section known as the “Christ Hymn”. This little hymn predated the writing of the Philippian letter. The Apostle Paul borrowed it. It was not original with him…

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Readings for the Week of September 23

“. . .are you envious because I am generous?” – Matthew 20:15 Psalm 105 • Exodus 16:2-15 • Philippians 1:21-30 • Matthew 20:1-16 Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to…

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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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