Readings for the Week ~ September 15

Psalm 116 • Isaiah 50:4-9 • James 2:1-18 • Mark 8:27-38 Mark 8 is the pivotal chapter in Mark’s gospel. Other than the story of Christ’s passion, Peter’s proclamation of Jesus as the Messiah along with his subsequent rebuke of Jesus, serves as the climax of Mark’s account of Christ’s life. In chapter 8 we…

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Healing

“We constantly try to start from somewhere other than where we are. Truthful living involves being at home with ourselves, not complacently, but patiently, recognizing that what we are today, at this moment, is sufficiently loved and valued … ” – Stanley Hauerwas

Readings for the Week ~ September 8

Psalm 146 • Isaiah 35:4-7a • James 1:17-27 • Mark 7:31-37 “Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives…

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Readings for the Week ~ September 1

Psalm 15 • Deuteronomy 4:1-9 • Ephesians 6:10-20 • Mark 7:1-23 “Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through…

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Readings for the Week of August 26

Psalm 16 • Joshua 24:1-25 • Ephesians 5:21-33 • John 6:60-69 “Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through…

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Readings for the Week ~ August 18

Psalm 147 • Proverbs 9:1-6 • Ephesians 5:15-20 • John 6:53-59 “Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of this redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of…

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Readings for the Week ~ August 11

Psalm 34 • Deut 8:1-10 • Eph 4:25 – 5:2 • John 6:37-51 “Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who…

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Readings for the Week ~ August 4

Psalm 78 ~ Exodus 16:2-15 ~ Ephesians 4:17-25 ~ John 6:24-36 “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,…

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Readings for the Week ~ July 28

Psalm 114 – 2 Kings 2:1-15 – Ephesians 4:1-16 – Mark 6:45-52 The compilers of the Lectionary (our yearly schedule or readings) display remarkable wisdom in the way in which they arrange this schedule each year. The connection between readings is not always obvious but seeking those connections is always a fruitful experience. “Grant, O…

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