All Saints Day – 2016

All Saints Day and All Souls Day Psalm 149 • Daniel 7:1-18 • Ephesians 1:11-23 • Luke 6:20-31 Today, we remember those great Christians whose names are remembered on churches, hospitals, and cities. Names like, St. Mark, St. Mary, St. Paul, St. Patrick, St. Benedict, St. Gregory, St. Anna, and St. Augustine. It is good…

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Readings for the Week of October 29

Readings for Proper 26 – October 29 Ps 119:137-144 • Isaiah 1:10-18 • II Thessalonians 1:1-12 • Luke 19:1-10 There are 613 individual commands in Old Testament Law. There are strange commands like: “Don’t boil a kid in its mother’s milk” (Ex. 23:19), “Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or…

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Readings for the Week of October 22

Readings for Proper 25 (RCL) – October 22 Psalm 84:1-7 • Joel 2:23-32 • II Timothy 4:6-18 • Luke 18:9-14 Sometimes, when reading a passage of Scripture or praying a written prayer, a line stands out as especially valuable, as something that might guide my thinking and praying throughout the day, the week, or longer. “Make…

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Readings for the Week of October 15

Your readings for this week:  Ps 119:97-104 • Ps 121 • Jeremiah 31:27-34 • Genesis 32:22-31 • Luke 18:1-8 It is not unusual for the Lectionary to provide us with alternate readings. Instead of choosing, I’ve decided to include both Psalms and both Old Testament readings for this week. Extra readings are always in order.…

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Readings for the Week of October 1

The readings for October 1: Psalm 37:1-9 • Habakkuk 1:1-2:4 • II Timothy 1:1-14 • Luke 17:5-10  The Gospels tell us that Jesus was no stranger to suffering. Isaiah 53:3 foreshadows Jesus’ suffering when he describes, “A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief”. Should we expect freedom from suffering when we follow a crucified…

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Readings for the Week of September 17

Your readings for this week: Psalm 113:1-9 • Amos 8:4-7 • I Timothy 2:1-7 • Luke 16:1-13 “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 those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord,…

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Readings for the week of September 10

Your readings for this week: Psalm 51:1-10 • Exodus 32:7-14 • I Timothy 1:12-17 • Luke 15:1-10 Football is back! Schools are all back in session. Autumn is soon upon us. Our days and weeks are going to fill with activities and all of us, at some point, will fall prey to the daily grind.…

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Readings for the Week of September 3rd

Readings for this weekend: Ps 139:1-18 • Deut 30:15-20 • Philemon 1:1-21 • Lk 14:25-33 • Genesis 49 “Connections” continues this weekend. Believe it or not, this Saturday will be our last week in the book of Genesis. (It has only taken an entire summer.) Genesis 49 describes Jacob’s blessing of his twelve sons which provides…

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