Scripture and Prayer for July 28

“Happy are people who are hopeless, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.” – Common English Bible Psalm 15 • Micah 6:1-8 • I Corinthians 1:18-31 • Matthew 5:1-12 Rowan Williams claims that the Kingdom of God first begins to be visible in Matthew 4:8-11, when Jesus says, “Go away, Satan, because it is written…

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January 14, 2017

“They will make war with the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer” – Revelation 17:14 Psalm 40:1-11 • Isaiah 49:1-7 • I Corinthians 1:1-9 • John 1:29-42 A conquering lamb? It is just like God to bring victory through a symbol of sacrifice, to make all things new with things that are soiled, to redeem his…

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Epiphany 2017 ~ 20+C+M+B+17

“Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. ” – John 2:11 Psalm 72:1-14 • Isaiah 60:1-6 • Ephesians 3:1-12 • Matthew 2:1-12 Epiphany gets lost in the shuffle of Christmas, New Years, our return to work, and the beginning of…

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Christmas Week 2016

Remember, Christmas is not just a day; it is a season! Psalm 8 • Numbers 6:22-27 • Galatians 4:4-7 • Hebrews 2:10-18 • Luke 2:15-21 • Matthew 2:12-23 • Revelation 21:1-6 Christmas is not over! Celebrating the incarnation of Jesus the Christ has just begun. We will need all of 2017 to make sense of it;…

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T – 3 Days to Nativity (Christmas Eve)

“The people living in darkness have seen a great light” Isaiah 9:2-7 • Titus 2:11-14 • Luke 2:1-20 Advent concludes with the Christmas Eve service. Christians often gather at a midnight service in order to observe, at the earliest possible moment, the nativity of Jesus of Nazareth. While we may not be sure of the…

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Advent 4 ~ December 17, 2016

“Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” – Isaiah 7:14 Ps 80:1-7, 17-19 • Isaiah 7:10-16 • Romans 1:1-7 • Matthew 1:18-25 As each week of Advent passes, joy makes a greater appearance. The anticipation of the season is not complete but it is coupled with greater hopefulness,…

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Advent 3 ~ December 10, 2016

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior…” – Mary the Mother of Jesus Luke 1:46b-55 • Isaiah 35:1-10 • James 5:7-10 • Matthew 11:2-11 The Magnificat is Mary’s song. She sings it after she is visited by her cousin Elizabeth, herself pregnant with John the Baptist. The song fits perfectly…

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