St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

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Lectionary Notes

Reading and Reflections on the 15th Sunday after Pentecost

Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-9 James 1:17-27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 In the lesson from Deuteronomy, Moses challenges the people to be faithful and careful in keeping the commandments of the Lord their God.  He notes that to do so makes a powerful living witness to the surrounding nations, who will see the wisdom and truth of God’s ways…

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Readings and Reflections on the 14th Sunday after Pentecost

Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 Ephesians 6:10-20 John 6:56-69 The scene given to us in the lesson from Joshua 24 is that of a covenant renewal.  Israel has crossed from the wilderness into the land of Canaan and taken possession of the land.  Having declared his own loyalty and commitment to serve the Lord (in the omitted verses), Joshua…

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Readings and Reflections for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost

Proverbs 9:1-6 Psalm 111 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 Dear Friends, The Book of Proverbs often speaks in terms of opposites – good and evil, wise and foolish.  In today’s chapter, the “simple” are invited to accept wisdom and become “wise”; the “immature” are invited to become people of “insight.”  In this context, wisdom and maturity would…

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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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