This Week’s Readings … May 23

This week marks the celebration of the Ascension. Several different texts of Scripture speak about this event that was the final expression of Christ’s ministry on earth. It is not only an acknowledgment of Christ’s power over evil and death but it is deeply symbolic of his reign as Lord. He ruled from among and…

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Words for the Week … May 2

Psalm • Psalm 100 Old Testament • Num 27:12-23 Gospel • John 10:22-30 New Testament • Acts 13:15-39 Now, into our third week after Easter, we will be exploring some ideas about Jesus from the Apostles’ Creed. The Creed has more to say about Jesus than God the Father or the Holy Spirit. We won’t…

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Words for the Week + Missional Stuff

We will celebrate the second weekend of Easter this Saturday night. Let me encourage you to read through these passages in anticipation of our time together. Remember, Christ is risen! This is just as true this coming week as last. Psalm • Psalm 111 Old Testament • Job 42:1-6 Gospel • John 20:19-31 New Testament…

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Holy Saturday

Psalm 130 Job 14:1-14 John 19:38-42 I Peter 4:1-8 Holy Saturday is traditionally a day of quiet reflection. In the Roman Catholic tradition this is the only day of the year when one cannot receive communion. This is a good day to appreciate what the disciples experienced as they dealt with the loss of their…

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Good Friday

Psalm • Psalm 22 Old Testament • Genesis 22:1-18 Gospel • John 18:1-40 and 19:1-37 New Testament • Hebrews 10:1-25 All of the passages for today’s readings are long. This is only fitting because Good Friday is the longest day on the Christian calendar. Its only competition for this dubious title would be the day…

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Wednesday of Holy Week

Psalm • Psalm 69:7-23 Old Testament • Isaiah 49:1-6 Gospel • John 13:21-35 New Testament • Hebrews 9:11-28 In today’s Gospel passage Jesus talks about two different kinds of denial. One, the denial by Judas, seems irredeemable while the prediction of Peter’s denial brings with it the possibility of recovery. This Easter and Lenten Season…

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Tuesday of Holy Week

Psalm • Psalm 71:1-12 Old Testament • Isaiah 49:1-6 Gospel • John 12:37-50 New Testament • I Corinthians 1:18-31 Jesus says, in the reading from the Gospel of John, that if we see him it is as if  we see the Father too. They are so inseparable that when you get one you get the…

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Monday of Holy Week … words for the week

Each day this week will include a different set of readings specifically designed to aid in our worship and prayer throughout Holy Week. In addition, each passage helps us prepare to celebrate the beauty of the Lord’s Resurrection on Sunday morning. We have journeyed through the Lenten season and we now behold Jesus in his…

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Words for the Week — Palm Sunday

This week is the celebration known as Palm Sunday. It is an opportunity to acknowledge the Lordship of Christ as we remember his entrance into Jerusalem. Liturgy of the Palms • Psalm 118:19-29 and Luke 19:29-40 The Scripture readings for Palm Saturday worship. Psalm • Psalm 22:1-21 Old Testament • Isaiah 45:21-25 or 52:13-53:12 Gospel…

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Words for the Week — Lent #5

Psalm • Psalm 126 Old Testament • Isaiah 43:16-21 Gospel • Luke 20:9-19 New Testament • Philippians 3:8-14 As we studied the story of the Prodigal Son we found that the “older brother” was just as lost as the younger “prodigal” but he didn’t know it. The dangers of self-righteousness, judgmentalism and envy carry a…

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