St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania
Lectionary Notes

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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Readings and Reflections for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

Numbers 21:4-9 Ephesians 2:1-10 John 3:14-21   The reading from Numbers describes the people of Israel who are grumbling against God’s leadership and provision as they declare, “we detest this miserable food.”  The poisonous serpents of the wilderness are interpreted by the grumblers as God’s punishment for this attitude. As a cure for those who are bitten, God…

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Readings and Reflections for the 1st Sunday in Lent

Genesis 9:8-17 Psalm 25:1-9 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:9-15 Dear Friends, I’ve been reminded of a simple method of approaching scripture that I will try to apply during these reflections as we go through the season of Lent.  It is to ask three things of a passage: What does this teach about God? What does this…

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Readings and Reflections for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany

2 Kings 2:1-12 Psalm 50 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 Mark 9:2-9 Dear Friends, This Sunday that precedes the season of Lent always focuses on the story of Jesus when he is “transfigured” in prayer as recorded in Mark’s Gospel.  Matthew and Luke also tell this story of the experience of a small group of disciples. They see Jesus radiant with a…

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Readings and Reflections for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Isaiah 40:21-31 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Psalm 147: 1-12, 21c Mark 1:29-39 Dear Friends, The prophet Isaiah paints a vivid contrast between the Creator of all, who “sits above the circle of the earth” with human princes and rulers.  These rulers may appear powerful in their day, but come to nothing as sure as grass turns to straw. …

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Readings and Reflections for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Deuteronomy 18:15-20  Psalm 111 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Mark 1:21-28 Dear Friends, Deuteronomy 18:15-20. Surrounded by many nations who practiced witchcraft, consulted mediums, or cast fortunes in various ways, Moses reminds the people of Israel that the Lord raises up prophets to guide them, just as Moses himself was led by God to guide Israel.  God…

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Readings and Reflections for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Psalm 62 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 Mark 1:14-20 Dear Friends, The reluctant prophet Jonah, having learned that he could not run away from God (chapters 1 and 2), now follows the Lord’s desire that he go and call the people of Nineveh to turn away from their evil deeds.  The entire city hears the…

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