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Readings and Reflections for the Second Sunday of Advent

Malachi 3:1-4 Philippians 1:3-11 Luke 3:1-6 Dear Friends, The prophet Malachi declares the coming of a messenger to prepare the way for God’s judgment.  The impact will be like fire and soap to cleanse and restore the priesthood of Israel to serve God rightly. Luke’s Gospel describes the ministry of John the Baptist, who prepares the people for the coming…

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The Season of Advent

All around us we see signs of Christmas; stores are decorated, shows and commercials on television have gone to Christmas themes, Christmas Tree stands are up and the black Friday sales have begun. For the secular world, Christmas is here in full force and it isn’t even December first yet. In the church world, we…

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Readings and Reflections for the First Sunday of Advent

Jeremiah 33:14-16 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Luke 21:25-36 Dear Friends, The prophet Jeremiah looks forward to a time when the Lord will restore the defeated Northern Kingdom of Israel and reform the corrupt Southern Kingdom of Judah (Jerusalem).  This will take place through the person of a descendant of King David. Today’s reading from Luke’s Gospel contains the final part of Jesus’…

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Readings and Reflections for the Last Sunday After Pentecost

Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 Psalm 93 Revelation 1:4b-8 John 18:33-37 Dear Friends, The verses from Daniel 7 give us an image of God, the Ancient of Days, sitting in judgment. “One like a son of man” is presented to God and is given rule over all the peoples of the earth.  Christians will see this as a reference…

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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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Readings and Reflections for the Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

 1 Kings 17:8-16 Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44 Dear Friends, 1 Kings 17 tells the story of the prophet Elijah, who is sent by the Lord to the home of a poor widow.  Though it is a time of famine and drought and she is at the end of her meager food supplies, she is assured that…

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Readings and Reflections for the Sunday After All Saints Day

Isaiah 25:6-9 Psalm 24 Revelation 21:1-6a John 11:32-44 Dear Friends, The prophet Isaiah looks forward to a time when God fulfills all promises and brings all people into the great banquet that is fullness of life.  Described as a feast of rich food and wine, this festive gathering means the end of all sorrow and death.  In…

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Readings and Reflections for the Twenty Third Sunday After Pentecost

Jeremiah 31:7-9 Hebrews 7:23-28 Mark 10:46-52 Dear Friends, The prophet Jeremiah speaks word of hope to a conquered people, living as captives in a foreign land.  God will bring them all back home again, saving and restoring Israel once more in their own land. Mark’s Gospel tells the story of a blind man begging on the streets of Jericho. …

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Readings and Reflections for the Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 53:4-12 Hebrews 5:1-10 Mark 10:35-45 Dear Friends, The prophet Isaiah describes a person who is struck down by God to bear the iniquities of the people of Israel.  Christians later saw in this the foreshadowing of Jesus who, in obeying the will of God, went “like a lamb led to its slaughter.”  For us, Jesus is the…

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Readings and Reflections for the Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost

Amos 5:6-7,10-15 Hebrews 4:12-16 Mark 10:17-31 Dear Friends, The prophet Amos declares God’s judgment against those who exploit the poor for their own gain.  Even so, they may yet turn from their evil in order to “seek the Lord and live,” receiving graciousness from the Lord rather than judgment. In Mark’s Gospel, a man wants to know from Jesus how…

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