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Revised Common Lectionary: Job 23:1-9, 16-17 or Amos 5:6-7, 10-15; Psalm 22:1-15 or Psalm 90: 12-17; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31
Narrative Lectionary: Hear O Israel, Deuteronomy 5:1-21, 6:4-9 (Mark 12:28-31)
This is the second week of four selections from the book of Job in the Wisdom Literature thread of the Hebrew Scripture choices for the […]
I’m going to say it:
I’m sick of praying.
God, I’m sick of praying after gun violence.
I’m sick of praying that this won’t happen again when I know it will.
Another parent will be grieving soon. Another community will be reeling.
Another school will wonder what it could have done to protect its students.
Revised Common Lectionary: Job 1:1, 2:1-10 or Genesis 2:18-24; Psalm 8 or Psalm 26; Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:4-12; Mark 10:2-16
Narrative Lectionary: Moses and God’s Name, Exodus 1-2:10, 3:1-15 (Matthew 12:26-27a)
Suggested readings for World Communion Sunday: Proverbs 9:1-6; Mark 14:17-26 or 1 Corinthians 11:17-26, 12:12-26
We begin with Job, another story from the Wisdom literature, […]
Revised Common Lectionary: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 or Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29; Psalm 19:7-14 or Psalm 124; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50
Narrative Lectionary: Jacob Wrestles God, Genesis 32:22-30 (Mark 14:32-36)
The passages from Esther contain the background for the Jewish holiday of Purim. Esther, heeding the advice of her uncle, risked her own life to […]
Revised Common Lectionary: Proverbs 31:10-31 or Jeremiah 11:18-20; Psalm 1 or Psalm 54; James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37
Narrative Lectionary: Isaac Born to Sarah, Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7 (Mark 10:27)
In our Wisdom thread, we read a passage from the end of Proverbs referred to as “The Capable Wife.” Rachel Held Evans has written extensively about […]
Revised Common Lectionary: Proverbs 1:20-33 or Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 19 or Psalm 116:1-9; James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38
Narrative Lectionary: Garden of Eden, Genesis 2:4b-25 (Mark 1:16-20 or Mark 10:6-8)
Wisdom is often personified as a woman throughout the book of Proverbs. Here, she cries out to those who continue to ignore her, who continue to […]
Revised Common Lectionary: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 or Isaiah 35:4-7a; Psalm 125 or Psalm 146; James 2; Mark 7:24-37
Narrative Lectionary: Hebrews 11:1-16, 12:1-2
Our first thread in the Hebrew Scriptures delves into the Wisdom Literature for this second half of the Season After Pentecost. In these selected verses from chapter 22 of Proverbs, we […]
Revised Common Lectionary: Song of Solomon 2:8-13 or Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; Psalm 15 or Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Narrative Lectionary: Hebrews 9:1-14
This Sunday marks a transition in our first choice in the Hebrew Scriptures during this season after Pentecost. We have been reading through the Rise of the Kings—Saul, […]
Revised Common Lectionary: 1 Kings 8:1, 6, 10-11, 22-30, 41-43 or Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18; Psalm 34:15-22 or Psalm 84; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:56-69
Narrative Lectionary: Hebrews 4:14-5:10
In our first thread of the Hebrew Scriptures, we have been reading the Rise of the Kings for the last three months—of Saul, David and Solomon. We are […]
Revised Common Lectionary: 1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14 or Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34:9-14 or Psalm 111; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58
Narrative Lectionary: Hebrews 2:10-18
We have been reading through the Rise of the Kings, of Saul and David, and now Solomon. Solomon is different from other kings because he does not seek power or fame (though […]