Readings for the Week ~ July 19

Psalm 139:1-24 • Genesis 28:10-19  •  Romans 8:12-25 • Matthew 13:24-43 Jacob is not the nicest person. His name means, “one who grabs the heel”. Being a heel grabber is not considered a good thing. Jacob’s name means that he is a trickster, a manipulator and we find him doing this throughout his story. In spite…

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Readings for the Week ~ July 12

Genesis 25:19-34 • Ps 119:105-112 • Romans 8:1-12 • Matt 13:1-23 “O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives…

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Readings for the Week ~ July 5

Psalm 45 • Genesis 24:34-67 • Romans 7:15-25 • Matthew 13:1-23 Our prayer for this week reminds us of the Greatest Commandment from Matthew 22:34-40. Scot McKnight likes to call this the Jesus Creed. May we be reminded of what is most important to God as we pray these words. O God, you have taught…

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Readings for the Week ~ June 28

Ps 13 • Genesis 22:1-14 • Romans 6:12-23 • Matthew 10:40-42 “The Binding of Isaac” as it is often called is one of the oddest and most moving stories in the Old Testament. God calls his servant Abraham to take the son of promise, born to him by miracle, and offer him as a sacrifice.…

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Readings for the Week ~ June 21

Psalm 86 • Genesis 21:8-21 •  Romans 6:1-11 • Matthew 10:24-39 May God be gracious to us as we pray and work throughout this week. “Heavenly Father, in you we lie and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the…

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Readings for the Week ~ Jun 14 (Trinity Saturday)

Ps 8 • Genesis 1:1-2:4a • 2 Cor 13:11-13           • Matthew 28:16-20 Trinity SunSaturday might also be described as Creation Saturday. It’s fascinating that the Scriptures set out for this day are passages that tell of God’s power in creation setting humanity as it’s high point and emphasizing God’s communal nature…

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Readings for the Week ~ June 7 (Pentecost!)

Ps 14:24-35 • Numbers 11:24-30 • Acts 2:1-21 • I Cor 12:3-13 • John 7:37-39 Pentecost is upon us! Named for the 50 days between the resurrection (Easter) and the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the faithful this coming Sunday is rich with meaning as we remember God’s Spirit being poured out upon his people. When we think…

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Readings for the Week ~ May 31 (Eastertide)

Acts 1:1-14 ~ Psalm 47  ~  I Peter 4:12-5:11 ~ Luke 24:44-53 This stained glass from Amiens, France is a fun interpretation of Jesus’ Ascension. The disciples are gathered around looking to the sky and all that we see of Jesus are two feet. Perhaps he was barefoot as he returned to sit at the right of the…

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Readings for the Week ~ May 24 (Eastertide)

Psalm 66:8-20 • Acts 17:22-31 • I Peter 3:13-22 • John 14:15-21 O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all…

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Readings for the Week ~ May 17 (Eastertide)

Psalm 31 • Acts 7:55-60 • I Peter 2:2-10 • John 14:1-14 One of our readings for this week is the story of Christianity’s first martyr, Stephen. I encourage you to read all of Acts 7 to catch the story in its entirety. Stephen was one of those early deacons chosen from outside of the Jewish community whose…

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