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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 Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:5-12 Psalm 23 1 John 3:16-24 John 10:11-18 Dear Friends, John 10:11-18: This Sunday is sometimes called “Good Shepherd” Sunday.  We turn to John’s Gospel as it describes Jesus as our Shepherd, showing us that Jesus now fulfills in his person the words of the 23rd Psalm.  In this Gospel reading and in 1 John 3 the emphasis is…

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Readings and Reflections for the Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 3:12-19 1 John 3:1-7 Luke 24:36b-48 Dear Friends, Luke 24:36b-48:  We look once again at Jesus as he appears to his disciples and see the common (and understandable!) pattern of fear and doubts before his very real (and very strange!) presence assures them: “See my hands and feet…handle me and see…”  Luke also includes the…

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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 Easter Sunday

Isaiah 25:6-9 Acts 10:34-43 Mark 16:1-8 Dear Friends, Isaiah 25:6-9: The prophet looks forward to the day when death is swallowed up, tears washed away, all disgrace and mourning taken away from “all the earth.”  Meanwhile we wait, but as people who have hope in what God will do. Acts 10:34-43:  Peter declares that God is…

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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 Third Sunday in Lent

Exodus 20:1-17 Psalm 19 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 John 2:13-22 Dear Friends, This Sunday in Lent gives us the Ten Commandments as written in Exodus 20. It is easy to see that the “weight” or emphasis is on the first three commandments that address our relationship to God.  God is “jealous” and will tolerate no “rivals” nor the misuse of…

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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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