Holy Week: Monday Readings

Remember to take time to read and reflect upon, even pray through, Psalm 22. This Psalm is both a lament and a shout of vindication by Jesus during his experience on the cross. Pay close attention to Christ’s cry of abandonment and make those words your own. Rather than disconnect from God over our disappointments…

Details

Words for the Week – Palm Saturday

There are only two weeks left before Easter. This weekend we will celebrate Christ’s Triumphal entry, his ironic entrance into Jerusalem, a few days before his execution. Palm Sunday (Sat) marks the beginning of Holy Week which will culminate with our Passover Seder (on Friday the 2nd), Holy Saturday Service (Sat the 3rd), and Easter…

Details

Words for the Week: Lent Week #5

Psalm • Psalm 126 Old Testament • Isaiah 43:16-21 Gospel • Luke 20:9-19 New Testament • Philippians 3:8-14 We continue our journey through Lent. Remember, the season of Lent, including the fasting and the Scripture reading and the prayer, is designed to move us into a mode of reflection and prayer. At the heart of…

Details

Lent: Readings for Week 4

Our Lenten readings for this week highlight the missional character of God, his love for the prodigal and his desire for reconciliation. All of this fits will with the special observance of St. Patrick’s Day. Patrick was known as a missionary leader in Ireland. His model of ministry which emphasized living in close relationship with…

Details

Words for the Week: Lent #2

Psalm • Psalm 27 Old Testament • Genesis 15:1-18 Gospel • Luke 13:22-35 New Testament • Philippians 3;17-4:1 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. – Psalm 103 This season of…

Details

Words for the Week: Feb 6

Old Testament • Judges 6:11-24 Gospel • Luke 5:1-11 New Testament • I Corinthians 15:1-11 Psalm • Psalm 85 The texts for this week include the earliest reference to the Resurrection of Christ. Recorded in the book of I Corinthians and quoted by the Apostle Paul to his readers, this reference to the resurrection reminds…

Details

Epiphany Week 5: Readings

Psalm • Psalm 71 Old Testament • Jeremiah 1:4-10 Gospel • Luke 4:21-32 New Testament • I Corinthians 14:12-20 This is the 5th week of Epiphany. Of course this is is the time where we recognize and celebrate the inauguration of Christ’s ministry of proclaiming the Kingdom of God. May God bless you as you…

Details

Epiphany #3: Words for the Week

I really enjoy reading Scripture according to the Common Lectionary. If you didn’t already know we are in Year C of the weekly readings for our worship service. (We were on Year C last year too. Re-reading it this year will get us back on track with the rest of the churches using the lectionary.)…

Details

Advent #1: Words for the Week

Psalm • Psalm 50 Old Testament • Zechariah 14:4-9 Gospel • Luke 21:25-31 New Testament • I Thessalonians 3:9-13 Advent marks the beginning of the church year. One would think that the Advent season would begin with readings that sound like the Christmas season. However, pay attention to these: Our God comes and will not…

Details