Advent 2 ~ December 3, 2016

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light…” – Isaiah 9:2  Psalm 72 • Isaiah 11:1-10 • Romans 15:4-13 • Matthew 3:1-12 During Advent we wait. In this time we recall Israel’s longing for the Messiah, and we learn to yearn for the second coming—the end of history as we know it and…

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Advent 1 ~ November 26, 2016

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.” – Isaiah 9:2 Psalm 122 • Isaiah 2:1-5 • Romans 13:11-14 • Matthew 24:36-44 The season of Advent is ingeniously placed at the time of year with the shortest days. It is the darkest time of year. During our Advent services we read from the dark…

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Readings for the Week of November 19

Christ the King Saturday Psalm 46 • Jeremiah 23:1-6 • Colossians 1:11-20 • Luke 1:68-79; 23:33-43 The Feast of Christ the King marks the end of the Church year, as it should, signifying Christ’s elevation as King over all. The anticipation of Christ’s coming, the joy of his birth, his suffering and resurrection (along with…

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Readings for the Week of November 12

The Wheatland Mission is on retreat this weekend. Join us for worship at Hesston’s Crosswinds Conference Center for worship on Saturday, 7 PM. No worship at our regular location.  Psalm 98 • Malachi 4:1-2 • II Thessalonians 3:6-13 • Luke 21:5-19 Sometimes Scripture is simply beyond us. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t attempt to understand…

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All Saints Day – 2016

All Saints Day and All Souls Day Psalm 149 • Daniel 7:1-18 • Ephesians 1:11-23 • Luke 6:20-31 Today, we remember those great Christians whose names are remembered on churches, hospitals, and cities. Names like, St. Mark, St. Mary, St. Paul, St. Patrick, St. Benedict, St. Gregory, St. Anna, and St. Augustine. It is good…

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Readings for the Week of October 29

Readings for Proper 26 – October 29 Ps 119:137-144 • Isaiah 1:10-18 • II Thessalonians 1:1-12 • Luke 19:1-10 There are 613 individual commands in Old Testament Law. There are strange commands like: “Don’t boil a kid in its mother’s milk” (Ex. 23:19), “Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or…

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Readings for the Week of October 22

Readings for Proper 25 (RCL) – October 22 Psalm 84:1-7 • Joel 2:23-32 • II Timothy 4:6-18 • Luke 18:9-14 Sometimes, when reading a passage of Scripture or praying a written prayer, a line stands out as especially valuable, as something that might guide my thinking and praying throughout the day, the week, or longer. “Make…

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Readings for the Week of October 15

Your readings for this week:  Ps 119:97-104 • Ps 121 • Jeremiah 31:27-34 • Genesis 32:22-31 • Luke 18:1-8 It is not unusual for the Lectionary to provide us with alternate readings. Instead of choosing, I’ve decided to include both Psalms and both Old Testament readings for this week. Extra readings are always in order.…

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Readings for the Week of October 1

The readings for October 1: Psalm 37:1-9 • Habakkuk 1:1-2:4 • II Timothy 1:1-14 • Luke 17:5-10  The Gospels tell us that Jesus was no stranger to suffering. Isaiah 53:3 foreshadows Jesus’ suffering when he describes, “A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief”. Should we expect freedom from suffering when we follow a crucified…

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