Holy Week ~ Readings for Good Friday

Good Friday: Psalm 22 • John 18:1-19:42 The Christian faith is filled with irony. The cross, an instrument of torture and execution, is an image of victory. Christ is hailed as  Messiah during his Triumphal Entry only to be shouted at a few days later by some of the same people on his way to crucifixion. God, the almighty maker…

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Holy Week ~ Readings for Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday:  Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 • Exodus 12:1-14  • Corinthians 11:23-26 • Jn 13:1-17, 31-35 Maundy Thursday is so named because of Jesus’ command to his disciples: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Or in Latin: “Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi…

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Holy Week ~ Readings for Wednesday

Holy Wednesday : John 13:21-32 • Hebrews 12:1-3 Jesus’ mind was filled with all kinds of fears during those last days before his crucifixion. He could feel the confrontation coming and that his hour was at hand. He recognized that he would be betrayed into the hands of his executioners. This knowledge may have engendered fear but, even more deeply,…

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Holy Week ~ Readings for Tuesday

Holy Tuesday: John 12:20-36 • Isaiah 49:1-7 Christ describes himself as a seed planted in the ground. The seed breaks apart and new life comes from the seed’s death. What Christ does is intimately tied into how he does it. How Christ does what he does is important. What he does is bring new and everlasting life into the world. How he…

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Holy Week ~ Readings for Monday

Lazarus Monday: John 12:1-11 • Isaiah 42:1-9 The Book of Common Prayer provides readings and collects (short, single purpose prayers) for every day during Holy Week. Monday’s readings include a prophetic reference to Jesus’ ministry and an example of Jesus bringing his friend, Lazarus,  back to life. I encourage you to walk through this week with these…

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Lenten Readings for Palm Saturday

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 • Psalm 45 • Mark 11:1-11 • John 12:12-16 Our Christian faith is ironic. Thing about the upside down narratives that run throughout our story: God, almighty and all powerful, calls Israel, a lowly, weak and vulnerable group of ex-slaves, who are as unfaithful as they are chosen. The Creator enters into his creation as an infant completely…

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Lenten Readings for the Week of March 14

Ps 107:1-22 • Numbers 21:4-9 • Ephesians 2:1-10 • John 3:14-21 What is perhaps the most quoted passage of Scripture from the modern age is part of this week’s Gospel reading. We are all familiar with John 3:16 but are we equally familiar with the verse that follows: “God did not send the Son into the world to condemn…

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Lenten Readings ~ February 28

Psalm 22:23-31 • Genesis 17:1-16 • Romans 4:13-25 • Mark 8:31-38 As we move into the second week of Lent let me encourage you to reflect upon the graciousness of Jesus Christ that is rooted in his self-sacrificial life. Peter wanted Jesus to be a conqueror (Mark 8:31-38) but Jesus sternly reminded Peter of the…

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