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Lectionary Notes

Readings and Reflections for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 16:9-15 Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5 John 14:23-29 Dear Friends, In Chapter 14 of John’s Gospel, Jesus explains the new relationship his disciples will have with him as the risen Lord.  To those who love him and continue with his teaching, Jesus says that he and the Father will come and make their home with them.  Even…

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Readings and Reflections for the Third Sunday of Easter

· Acts 9:1-6, (7-20) · Revelation 5:11-14 · John 21:1-19 Dear Friends, John’s Gospel continues the accounts of Jesus’ resurrection appearances with a scene on the shore of Lake Galilee.  While the disciples are fishing, an unrecognized Jesus directs them to a catch of fish.  Upon recognizing the Lord, they come ashore and join him for a breakfast.  This…

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Readings and Reflections for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

· Isaiah 43:16-21 · Philippians 3:4b-14 · John 12:1-8 Dear Friends, The prophet Isaiah describes the promise of the Lord who prepares for the restoration of his people by making a way for them in the desert.  The Lord will do a new thing that refreshes and restores a people who had been defeated and exiled. In John’s Gospel we hear of…

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Readings and Reflections for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

 Joshua 5:9-12  2 Corinthians 5:16-21  Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Dear Friends, Luke’s Gospel gives us the precious story popularly called “The Prodigal Son,” although the true central figure is the Loving Father, who has two sons. No single story told by Jesus may have been able to so succinctly summarize his entire ministry. He tells it to…

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Readings and Reflections for the Third Sunday in Lent

 Exodus 3:1-15   1 Corinthians 10:1-13  Luke 13:1-9  Dear Friends, In Exodus 3, Moses “turns aside” to see the burning bush, and comes into the presence of the Holy God.  In this encounter God reveals his awareness of Israel’s suffering, and sends Moses to set them free.  Faced with his inadequacy for this intimidating task, Moses is…

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Readings and Reflections for the Second Sunday in Lent

 Genesis 15:1-12,17-18 Philippians 3:17-4:1  Luke 13:31-35 Dear Friends, In Genesis 15, The Lord comes to Abram in a vision and offers encouragement: “Do not be afraid…I am your shield…your reward will be very great.” But Abram laments to the Lord that he continues childless in spite of God’s promises to him.  In response, he is shown…

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Readings and Reflections for the First Sunday of Lent

  Deuteronomy 26:1-11   Romans 10:8b-13   Luke 4:1-13   Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16   Dear Friends, Deuteronomy 26 describes a liturgy in which the worshiper presents the first fruits of the harvest in the promised land, reciting the story of Israel’s historic travels and escape from Egypt. Today this is observed among Jewish people as part of the feast of weeks or…

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Readings and Reflections for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany

  Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 ·  1 Corinthians 12:12-31a ·  Luke 4:14-21 · Dear Friends, · The Book of Nehemiah celebrates the rediscovery of the the law given by Moses to Israel.  As the people of Israel return from physical captivity in Babylon to rebuild Jerusalem, a renewed understanding of their covenant with God is given them by Ezra to serve as the…

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Readings and Reflections for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

1 Samuel 2:1-10 Hebrews 10:11-25 Mark 13:1-8 1 Samuel contains the “Song of Hannah”. Hannah receives the gift of a firstborn son, and expresses her gratitude and amazement at the Lord who acknowledges the cry of a humble woman. A little further along in the story she dedicates her son to the Lord, and this…

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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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