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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Readings for the Week ~ July 15

“. . . and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” ~ Is 55:12 Genesis 25:19-34 •  Psalm 65:1-13 • Isaiah 55:10-13 • Romans 8:1-11 • Matthew 13:1-9,18-23 The Bible never fails to engulf us with images.Whether it is a picture of someone planting seeds, some in bad soil and some in good, or whether it…

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Readings for the Week ~ July 1, 2017

Grace digs sin up by the roots. ~ Karl Barth  Psalm 89:1-18 • Jeremiah 28:5-9 • Romans 6:12-23 • Matthew 10:40-42 Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by…

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Readings for the Week ~ June 24, 2017

“. . . you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” – Romans 6:11 Psalm 86 • Genesis 21:8-21 • Romans 6:1-11 • Matthew 10:24-39  Early in his career as a pastor, Karl Barth penned his commentary on the book of Romans. In it, he saw God making himself…

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Reading for the Week ~ June 17, 2017

“God has brought laughter for me, everyone who hears will laugh with me.” ~ Sarah, from Genesis 21:6 Ps 100 • Gen 18:1-15, 21:1-7 • Exodus 19:2-8 • Rom 5:1-8 • Mat 9:35-10:23 The story of Abraham and Sarah tells us as much about the origins of our faith than do the stories of Adam and…

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Trinity Sunday (Saturday) ~ June 10

“…baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” ~ Matthew 28:19 Psalm 8 • Genesis 1:1-2:4 • II Corinthians 13:11-13 • Matthew 28:16-20 One portion of the church year has come to a close. Trinity Sunday (Saturday in our case) marks the beginning of Ordinary Time,…

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