Advent 2 ~ December 9

“the people living in darkness have seen a great light . . .” – Isaiah 9 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 • Isaiah 40:1-11 • II Peter 3:8-15 • Mark 1:1-8 Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake…

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Readings for the Week ~ November 18

” . . . or you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness.” – I Thessalonians 5:5 Psalm 123 • Judges 4:1-10 • I Thessalonians 5:1-11 • Matthew 25:14-30 Judgment seems to be a harsh word. But I hope we can find in…

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Readings for the Week – November 11

“Kyrie elieson, Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy . . .” Psalm 78:1-7 • Amos 5:18-24 • I Thessalonians 4:13-18 • Matthew 25:1-13 We have needed no help in recognizing the brokenness of our world. Sunday’s killings are tragically redundant. Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that we used the phrase, “Sunday’s killings”? Of…

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Reading for the Week of October 28

No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions. – Mt 22:46 Psalm 1 • Psalm 90:1-17 • Deuteronomy 34:1-12 • Leviticus 19:1-18 • I Thessalonians 2:1-8 • Matthew 22:34-46 In Matthew 22, the normally reluctant Jesus is more ready than ever…

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Readings for the Week of October 21

Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s and to God the things that are God’s. – Matthew 25:21 Ps 96:1-13 • Isaiah 45:1-7 • I Thessalonians 1:1-10 • Matthew 22:15-22 Faithfulness to God is often conceived of in extreme terms. Jesus’ words in Matthew 10:17 inspire our often overactive, imaginations. “Beware of them,…

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Readings for the Week of October 14

“Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.” – Phil 4:5 Psalm 23 • Isaiah 25:1-9 • Philippians 4:1-9 • Matthew 22:1-14 Every quarter of the church has reported that fewer and fewer men participate in church. Some describe it as a crisis, others complain about the feminization of the church. Responses…

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Readings for the Week of October 6

Ps 19 • Exodus 20:1-20 • Isaiah 5:1-7 • Philippians 3:4-14 • Matthew 21:33-46 It has been a difficult day. It has been a difficult few weeks. Tragedy strikes, people die, and all of us, even from a distance, are traumatized. Into these moments let us lean into prayer and remember to whom we belong.…

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Readings for the Week of September 30

“at the name of Jesus, every knee should bend . . .” – Philippians 2:10 Psalm 25:1-9 • Ezekiel 18:1-32 • Philippians 2:1-13 • Matthew 21:23-32 Philippians 2 includes a section known as the “Christ Hymn”. This little hymn predated the writing of the Philippian letter. The Apostle Paul borrowed it. It was not original with him…

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