Bible readings for Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021

Introduction Can we pray the way Bartimaeus prays? People try to hush him up because by addressing Jesus as “Son of David” he is making a politically dangerous claim that Jesus is the rightful king. Could our prayers ever be … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, Oct. 17. 2021

INTRODUCTION Today’s gospel starts with disciples obsessing over who will be closest to Jesus, leading to Jesus teaching his followers about God’s take on importance and power. Here Jesus makes it explicit that the reversal of values in God’s community … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021

Introduction The rich man who comes to ask Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life is a good man, sincere in his asking. Mark’s gospel is alone in saying that Jesus looked on him and loved him. Out … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, Oct. 2, 2021

Introduction Today’s gospel combines a saying that makes many of us uncomfortable with a story we find comforting. Jesus’ saying on divorce is another of his rejections of human legislation in favor of the original intent of God’s law. Jesus’ … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021

Introduction Today we hear James warn against selfish ambition, while the disciples quarrel over which one of them is the greatest. Jesus tells them the way to be great is to serve. Then, to make it concrete, he puts in … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sept. 12, 2021

Introduction Three weeks ago we heard Peter’s confession of faith as told in John’s gospel. This week we hear Mark’s version, when Peter says, “You are the Messiah.” In John, the stumbling block is Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh, … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sept. 5, 2021

Introduction James tells us to stop showing favoritism in the assembly, treating the rich visitor with more honor than the poor one. Jesus himself seems to show partiality in his first response to the Syrophoenician woman in today’s gospel. Was … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, August 29, 2021

Introduction Jesus protests against human customs being given the weight of divine law, while the essence of God’s law is ignored. True uncleanness comes not from external things, but from the intentions of the human heart. Last week Jesus told … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, August 16, 2021

Introduction In today’s gospel many people take offense at Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh and drink his blood; even many of Jesus’ disciples peel off. This is the backdrop in John’s gospel for Peter’s confession of faith. “To whom … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, August 15, 2021

Introduction Wisdom prepares a feast, sets her table, and invites all to come and eat her bread and drink her wine. The first chapter of John’s gospel owes much to the biblical tradition that imagined Wisdom as existing before anything … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, August 8, 2021

Introduction Jesus says that the bread he gives for the life of the world is his flesh, and whoever eats this bread has eternal life now and will be raised on the last day. In Ephesians Paul tells us what … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, August 1, 2021

Introduction Apparently not satisfied by Jesus’ feeding of thousands, some who were there press him for a sign of his power; perhaps it is daily manna they want. As always in John’s gospel when people want a sign, Jesus offers … Continue reading

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Bible readings for July 25, 2021

Today’s First Reading, Genesis 9:8-17, is recorded after the account of the devastating flood sent by God to destroy sinful humanity: the story of Noah and the ark.  In the flood we see God’s judgment on human sin – He is … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, July 18, 2021

The First Reading is found in Jeremiah 23:1-6.  This passage is written as an indictment against the leaders of Israel of Jeremiah’s day: they were not taking care of the people of God; in fact, they were scattering them instead … Continue reading

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Bible readings for July 11, 2021

The first Reading is recorded in Amos 7:7-15.  Before reading the lesson, consider some of the clichés we use in our society, for example: How are you measuring up?  Are you standing straight and true?  Those clichés, and similar ones, … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, July 4, 2021

The First Reading is recorded in Ezekiel 2:1-5.  There is an ominous tone in this passage: the Lord is sending the prophet Ezekiel to a sinful and rebellious people.  Of course, the Lord hopes that His rebellious people will repent, … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, June 27, 2021

Imagine what life would be like if your family and friends were either killed in warfare, or taken into captivity far from home.  Imagine a ruthless, brutal occupying army taking over and controlling everything you own and everything around you.  … Continue reading

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Bible readings for May 23, 2021

Happy Birthday!  A greeting we like to hear.  This greeting is appropriate because Pentecost Sunday is considered to be the birthday of the church!  Pentecost occurs 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus, and is the day when the Holy … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, May 16, 2021

This Sunday completes the seven Sundays of Easter, but the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection never ends, each Sunday in worship is a celebration of His resurrection as we gather to worship God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as we hear … Continue reading

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Bible readings for May 9, 2021

Today’s First Reading, Acts 10:34-48, is the account of the spread of the Gospel to the Gentiles (Gentiles are those who are not Jewish).  The context is that Peter has been summoned, and sent by God, to the home of … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, May 2, 2021

The First Reading is recorded in Acts 8:26-40.  In this passage we see the Gospel of Jesus being extended to an Ethiopian convert to Judaism, a court official, a high government official in Ethiopia.  Notice that the man had a … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, April 25, 2021

We are well into the Easter season, which is seven weeks and seven Sundays of joy that Jesus is risen, and that He reconciles us to God and to each other.  Let us rejoice!  The Fourth Sunday of Easter is … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday, April 18, 2021

During the seven Sundays of Easter most of the First Readings come from the book of Acts; today is no exception.  The First Reading is recorded in Acts 3:11-21.  The context is that Peter and John were on their way … Continue reading

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Bible readings for Sunday April 19, 2020

The First Reading, Acts 5:29-42, is increasingly relevant to our world today – the Gospel of Jesus is increasingly being resisted by many in our world, and we are put in the position of who we will obey, God or … Continue reading

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Announcements for the week of March 15, 2020

THANK YOU! Thank you to all who surrounded us with your support, love, help, cards, food, help with the meal, and all your acts of kindness as we grieve the loss of Jeff. You are truly a blessing. – Lisa … Continue reading

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