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Lectionary Notes

Readings and Reflections on the 12th Sunday after Pentecost

1 Kings 19:4-8 Psalm 34:1-8 Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2 John 6:35, 41-51 In this reading from 1 Kings, the prophet Elijah is fed and encouraged by the intervention of angels so that he might make a 40 day journey through the wilderness to the mountain of God. John’s Gospel continues from last week, in which…

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Readings and Reflections for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 16:2-4,9-15 Psalm 78:23-29 Ephesians 4:1-16 John 6:24-35 In the reading from Exodus we hear the story of the people of Israel complaining in the wilderness after the escape from Egypt. They demand of Moses to know how they will get food and water in this place.  God responds to their complaint by providing meat…

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Readings and Reflections for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

2 King 4:42-44 Psalm 145:10-19 Ephesians 3:14-21 John 6:1-21 Dear Friends, In 2 Kings we have the story of Elijah who has twenty barley loaves to set before one hundred people. They all ate and had leftovers.  Barley loaves are small – one loaf would not quite make a meal for one person – but Elijah trusts that the…

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Readings and Reflections for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Ezekiel 2:1-5 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 Mark 6:1-13 God calls the prophet Ezekiel to speak to the people of Israel.  They may or may not listen, but they will know that a prophet has come to them! In Mark 6 we have the story of Jesus visiting his hometown.  Most of his fellow villagers are unable to welcome him as…

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Readings and Reflections for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Lamentations3:21-33 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 Mark 5:21-43 Lamentations 3 contains a powerful affirmation of God’s daily love and mercy that never end.  When we fail to understand what we are experiencing, or perhaps understand it all too well when confronted with adversity, grief and death, this scripture calls on us to keep quiet trust in the Lord. In Mark…

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Readings and Reflections for Sunday June 3rd

    Deuteronomy 5:12-15 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 Mark 2:23-3:6 Dear Friends, In Deuteronomy, the 10 Commandments that first appeared in the book of Exodus are repeated, and today’s lesson focuses on the command to keep the Sabbath (seventh day) as a day of rest.  This commandment is “inclusive” in that neither slaves nor animals are…

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Readings and Reflections for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 8:26-40 1 John 4:7-21 John 15:1-8 Dear Friends, John 15:1-8  draws on the image of the vineyard that plays a prominent part in the Biblical understanding of our relationship with God.  God wants us to remain connected to his life and be fruitful in it!  Whether in sending the prophets of Old, or Jesus,…

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Readings and Reflections for the Second Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:32-35 1 John 1:1-2:2 Psalm 133 John 20:19-31 The preacher today is Rev. Jay Walton Dear Friends, John 20:19-31 – John’s account of Jesus’ resurrection appearances includes the giving of peace to troubled and fearful disciples, the sending of the disciples as Jesus was sent, and the power of the Holy Spirit to engage that ministry and…

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Readings and Reflections for Palm Sunday

The Liturgy of the Palms Mark 11:1-11 Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 The Liturgy of the Word Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 31:9-16 Philippians 2:5-11  Mark 14:1-15:47 Dear Friends, Liturgy of the Palms:  We remember and enact the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.  The prophet Zephaniah described a messianic figure who would come to the city on a donkey,…

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Readings and Reflections for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Jeremiah 31:31-34 Hebrews 5:5-10 John 12:20-33 Dear Friends, The Prophet Jeremiah announces a new covenant between God and his people.  Unlike the covenant given through Moses, written on stone, this covenant will be “written” upon the hearts of the people, and they shall know God, and God will forgive their previous covenant unfaithfulness. The Letter to the…

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