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Revised Common Lectionary: Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146:5-10 or Luke 1:46b-55; Matthew 11:2-11; James 5:7-10
The thirty-fifth chapter of Isaiah contains beautiful verses of poetry about the return of the exiles. All of creation will rejoice at the return of the people. The prophet encourages the people to prepare for this joyous return, to not be [...]
Revised Common Lectionary: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Matthew 3:1-12; Romans 15:4-13
In Advent, as we read the passages from Isaiah, we must remember the context of the time they were written in. The people had been led by corrupt leadership and kings who were interested in their own self-preservation. Isaiah speaks to the longing [...]
Revised Common Lectionary: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Matthew 24:36-44; Romans 13:11-14
The prophet Isaiah gives a glimpse of hope in a time to come for a people who are suffering and will continue to suffer. Israel in [...]
Revised Common Lectionary: Jeremiah 23:1-6; Luke 1:68-79 or Psalm 46; Luke 23:33-43; Colossians 1:11-20
We have come full circle in our Revised Common Lectionary, standing at the end of church year C, and the end of the three year-cycle. We have come to Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday.
The prophet Jeremiah speaks out as [...]
We cannot fathom the loss, the despair, the destruction.
We cannot comprehend the grief, the anguish, the mourning.
We cannot make meaning, sense, understanding, of what has happened.
We hold the country of the Philippines in our minds.
We hold the home of so many in our hearts.
We hold the lives of [...]
Revised Common Lectionary: Isaiah 65:17-25 or Malachi 4:1-2a; Isaiah 12 or Psalm 98; Luke 21:5-19; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
We are nearing the end of our Lectionary cycle, and as we approach Reign of Christ Sunday on the 24th of this month, we read passages from the prophets about God doing a new thing. In Isaiah, [...]
Revised Common Lectionary: Haggai 1:15b-2:9 or Job 19:23-27a; Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21, or Psalm 98, or Psalm 17:1-9; Luke 20:27-38; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
As we near the end of year C in the lectionary cycle, our readings turn toward a future with hope, the kingdom of God coming. For the people in Haggai’s time, this [...]
For those congregations that celebrate All Saints Day, I have included reflections on the text and some resources in addition to the regular weekly resources.
All Saints Day Readings: Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18; Psalm 149; Luke 6:20-31; Ephesians 1:11-23
Revised Common Lectionary: Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4 or Isaiah 1:10-18; Psalm 119:137-144 or Psalm 32:1-7; Luke 19:1-10; 2 [...]
Revised Common Lectionary: Joel 2:23-32 or Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22; Psalm 84:1-7 or Psalm 65; Luke 18:9-14; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
The prophet Joel declares the hope of the future, the promise of a God who will deliver them from the evil they see in their day, though they may not see it in their lifetime. [...]
Revised Common Lectionary: Jeremiah 31:27-34 or Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 119:97-104 or Psalm 121; Luke 18:1-8; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
The prophet Jeremiah speaks to the people who are preparing to go into exile a message of both condemnation and salvation—the consequences for their actions have come upon them now, but the steadfast love of God will [...]