Readings for the Week of August 26

“But the midwives feared God” – Exodus 1:8 Ps 124 • Exodus 1:8-2:10 • Isaiah 51:1-6 • Romans 12:1-8 • Matthew 16:13-20 William Cowper gave us the words, “God moves in mysterious ways”. Here he reminds us that we should plan on being surprised by the way that God works. A perfect example of this…

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Readings for the Week of August 19

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” – Psalm 133 Psalm 133 • Psalm 67 • Isaiah 56:1-8 • Romans 11:1-2,29-32 • Matthew 15:10-28 The loaves and the fishes symbolize God’s miraculous provision in the person of Jesus. They are also a picture of people coming together to share a meal. This…

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Readings for the Week ~ August 12

“. . . and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.” – I Kings 19:12 Psalm 105 • Genesis 37:1-28 • I Kings 19:9-18 • Romans 10:5-15 • Matthew 14:22-33 Elijah ran over 100 miles because he was afraid of Ahab’s wife, Jezebel. Who wouldn’t be? She wanted him dead and she always got what…

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Readings for the Week ~ August 5

Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21 • Genesis 32:22-31• Isaiah 55:1-5 • Romans 9:1-5 • Matthew 14:13-21 Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one…

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Readings for the Week ~ July 29

” . . . the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought . . .” ~ Romans 8:26 Ps 105 • Genesis 29:15-28 • Romans 8:26-39 • Matthew 13:31-52 Some people find prayer difficult. For some, prayer comes easy on one day, and not at all on the next. This…

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Readings for the Week ~ July 22

“Surely the LORD is in this place–and I did not know it!” – Genesis 28:16 Psalm 139 • Genesis 28:10-19a • Romans 8:12-25 • Matthew 13:24-43 We often assume God forsakenness. It is easy for us to see the world around us as rejected by God. We may even ask, “How could God be involved in the…

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Esau’s Postscript

“Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” (Romans 9:13 and Malachi 1:2-3) This is a verse that raises as many questions as it answers. It is one of my “snag” verses and the basis of Saturday night’s sermon. Saturday night we worked our way through this passage and most of the story of Esau’s relationship…

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Readings for the Week ~ July 15

“. . . and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” ~ Is 55:12 Genesis 25:19-34 •  Psalm 65:1-13 • Isaiah 55:10-13 • Romans 8:1-11 • Matthew 13:1-9,18-23 The Bible never fails to engulf us with images.Whether it is a picture of someone planting seeds, some in bad soil and some in good, or whether it…

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Readings for the Week ~ July 1, 2017

Grace digs sin up by the roots. ~ Karl Barth  Psalm 89:1-18 • Jeremiah 28:5-9 • Romans 6:12-23 • Matthew 10:40-42 Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by…

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