Lenten Readings ~ Week 1

Psalm 25:1-10 • Genesis 9:8-17 • I Peter 3:18-22 • Mark 1:9-15 The Lenten season is upon us. As we engage this important time of year let us remember that Lent is not about our accomplishment (such as keeping a severe fast) but God’s provision (how do you experience God’s care while you fast?). It is…

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Readings for the Week ~ Jan 24

Ps 62:5-12 • Jonah 3:1-10 • I Cor 7:29-31 • Mark 1:14-20 Often the theme that runs within the readings for the week is easy to see. Sometimes it isn’t obvious. It is difficult getting four different Scripture readings from four different genres to communicate one idea. The readings for this week get pretty close…

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Readings for the Week ~ Jan 10

Psalm 29 • Genesis 1:1-5 • Acts 19:1-7 • Mark 1:4-11 Epiphany refers to the revealing of Christ as both Messiah and King not only of the Jews but the Gentiles as well. This is one reason why the visitation of the Magi is observed at this time. The season after Epiphany (Epiphanytide) also highlights…

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Readings for the Week ~ Jan 3, 2014

Christmas Season:  Psalm 147:12-20 • Jeremiah 31:7-14 • Ephesians • John 1:1-8 Do you remember “The Twelve Days of Christmas?” Maybe you haven’t heard it since singing it in elementary school or perhaps you heard it in thousands of hours of Christmas music on the radio. Either way, have you ever wondered what the twelve days were?…

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Readings for the Week of Christmas!

Christmas Eve ~ Isaiah 9:2-7 • Isaiah 62:6-12 • Isaiah 52:7-10 Christmas Day ~ Luke 2:1-20 • John 1:1-14 • Psalm 98  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are worthy of some extra Scripture readings. I’ve included the passages from Isaiah that are to be read at the Nativity as well as the Gospel readings which sound so familiar. Don’t let our…

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Advent 2 ~ the week of December 7

Psalm 85:1-13 • Isaiah 40:1-11 • 2 Peter 3:8-15 • Mark 1:1-8 Anticipation, judgment, and repentance. Not the first words that come to mind when we contemplate Christmas? Most important things in life require preparation. We don’t just stumble upon them and discover something filled with beauty and meaning. Our hearts and minds, the eyes of…

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Advent 1 ~ the week of November 29

Happy New Year! Our new church year is upon us and we will once again celebrate the life of Christ from anticipation of his coming to birth, death, resurrection and beyond. It all begins this week. Advent is not the same as the Christmas. In Christmas we celebrate the arrival of God in flesh. Through Advent we…

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