Readings for the Week of September 23

“. . .are you envious because I am generous?” – Matthew 20:15 Psalm 105 • Exodus 16:2-15 • Philippians 1:21-30 • Matthew 20:1-16 Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to…

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Readings for the Week of September 16

  We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. – Romans 14:7 Psalm 114 • Exodus 14:19-31 • Romans 14:1-12 • Matthew 18:21-35 O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts;…

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Reading for the Week ~ June 17, 2017

“God has brought laughter for me, everyone who hears will laugh with me.” ~ Sarah, from Genesis 21:6 Ps 100 • Gen 18:1-15, 21:1-7 • Exodus 19:2-8 • Rom 5:1-8 • Mat 9:35-10:23 The story of Abraham and Sarah tells us as much about the origins of our faith than do the stories of Adam and…

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Eastertide ~ May 20, 2017

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. ~ Jesus of Nazareth  Psalm 66 • Acts 17:22-31 • I Peter 3:13-22 • John 14:15-21 The Resurrection has many, varied, and beautiful effects. Through it we are invited into an “eternal kind of life” (Dallas Willard), we are strengthened for holy living, we are empowered for…

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Holy Saturday ~ 2017

Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love. – Ps 31:16 Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16 • Matthew 27:57-66 • 1 Peter 4:1-8  This is a solemn day. The Eucharist, which is ordinarily available every other day of the year for Roman Catholics, is typically withheld. This is often the case for other denominations…

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Good Friday ~ 2017

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” – Ps 22:1 Psalm 22 • John 18:1-19:42 A little longer, much more focused. The readings for today are intended to take us into an experience of Christ’s life that we often prefer to avoid. Let me encourage you today to stay in that pain. Christians…

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Scripture and Prayer for January 21st

“The people living in darkness have seen a great light…” – Isaiah 9:2 Psalm 27:1-9 • Isaiah 9:1-4 • I Corinthians 10:10-18 • Matthew 4:12-23 The time after the Epiphany and before the Lenten Season is a good time to explore the life and teaching of Jesus. In the Epiphany, he is manifested as Lord over…

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