Readings for October 29

Psalm 43 • Micah 3:5-12 • I Thess 2:9-13, 17-20 • Matt 23:1-12 You are God my stronghold.    Why have you rejected me? Why must I go about mourning,    oppressed by the enemy?  – Ps. 43:2 There is something refreshing about the undiluted honesty of the psalmist. After proclaiming God to be his “stronghold” he…

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Readings for the Week of October 22

Psalm 1  •  Exodus 22:21-27  •  I Thess 2:1-8  •  Matt 22:34-46 The word “law” has a mostly negative connotation in our minds. We are grateful to live in a nation of laws. We recognize their importance and that culture and community can’t exist without them. Yet we still look at “law” as a restriction,…

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Readings for October 17

Ps 96 • Is 45:1-7 • I Thess 1:1-10 • Matt 22:15-22 Our passage from Isaiah refers to one of God’s anointed named Cyrus. The odd thing about this “anointed one” is that he was not a member of God’s people. He was not Jewish but a Persian king. What makes this interesting is the…

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Readings for October 8

Psalm 23 • Isaiah 25:1-9 Phil 4:4-13 • Matt 22:1-14 “Loving heavenly Father, you are beyond knowing, but for your revelation in Jesus Christ your Son. Teach us at all times to revere and love your holy name, for you never withdraw your guiding hand from those you establish in your love. We ask this…

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Readings for October 2

Psalm 80 • Isaiah 5:1-7 Phil 3:14-21 • Matt 21:33-43  “Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving…

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Scripture Readings for August 6

Psalm 29 • Jonah 2:1-9 • Romans 9:1-5 • Matthew 14:22-33 The psalter contains 150 Psalms or 151 if you follow the Septuagint’s count. In the Old Testament there are the songs, or psalms, of Deborah and Miriam and Moses. The New Testament has psalms, often called odes, the songs of Mary (the Magnificat), Zechariah,…

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