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.)…

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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…

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Ordinary #23: Readings for Nov 21

“there is a river whose streams, make glad the city of God” – Psalm 46 Psalm • Psalm 46 Old Testament • Jeremiah 23:1-6 Gospel • Luke 19:29-38 New Testament • Colossians 1:11-20 Believe it or not but New Years arrives early this year. At least it does for the Wheatland Mission. Our new year…

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Ordinary #22: Readings for Nov 14

“Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other…” – Malachi 3:16 Psalm • Psalm 98 Old Testament • Malachi 3:13-4:6 Gospel • Luke 21:5-19 New Testament • 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 I love that first line from Malachi 3:16. Those who “feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard.”…

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Ordinary #21: Readings for Nov 7

Believe it or not, we are coming up on the end of the Church year. There are only three more weeks of what is called “ordinary time” and then, after that, we begin the Church year anew through celebrating the Season of Advent. The readings that align with each week on the calendar are there…

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Ordinary #19: Readings for Oct 24

Psalm • Psalm 84 Old Testament • Jeremiah 14:7-22 Gospel • Luke 18:9-14 New Testament • 2 Timothy 4:6-18 This week’s Gospel reading contains within it the origin of one of the most celebrated and prayed prayer within the 2000 year history of Christianity, the Jesus Prayer. Here it is in both Greek and English:…

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Ordinary #18: Readings for Oct 10

This past weekend I was able to hear Donald Miller speak on the subject of story. He discussed how stories work, why we live by story, and how there is a larger, more meaningful story that we are all called to live into. We should read Scripture regularly, not for the sake of study, but…

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