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Revised Common Lectionary: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8
Narrative Lectionary: Esther 4:1-17 (Matthew 5:13-16)
We begin with what scholars call Second Isaiah speaking to the people at the end of the exile. The prophet has words of hope for the people, of God’s justice that is restorative, making a way […]
O that you would tear open the heavens and come down!
O that justice would be served!
For Your sake I will not keep silent.
Shout out, do not hold back!*
A great injustice has occurred, O God, and we are angry.
We are unsettled.
We are sad.
Special Litany for All Saints Day included at the end of this post!
Revised Common Lectionary (including All Saints Day Readings): Joshua 3:7-17 or Micah 3:5-12; Psalm 34:1-10, 22 or Psalm 43 or Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 or 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12 or Matthew 23:1-12; Revelation 7:9-17
Narrative Lectionary: Elisha Heals Namaan, […]
Sunday, September 21st is the International Day of Prayer for Peace (World Council of Churches). A special prayer has been included in the liturgy for this day.
Revised Common Lectionary: Exodus 16:2-15 or Jonah 3:10-4:11; Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 or Psalm 145:1-8; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16
Narrative Lectionary: Joseph in Prison, Genesis 39:1-23 (Matthew 5:11-12)
With sighs too deep for words
We mourn the loss of those to suicide
We pray for those who struggle with depression and mental illness
We pray for peace and comfort
We pray for change
That we would not be afraid to talk about mental illness
That we would […]
Revised Common Lectionary: Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-20
For many Protestants, this is the last Sunday of note until we get to Reign of Christ/Christ the King Sunday in November in our church calendars. We are in the season after Pentecost, which is a long season of ordinary time. It is […]
What words can we say after this?
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We pray, God, for no more violence
No more hate
No more revenge
No more anger that burns to reactive fire
No more attacks
I got caught up in busy-ness again, and it did not occur to me that this weekend is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day until I saw a post on Facebook from my friend Tripp Hudgins with a link to my post from last year on this blog. So, I encourage you to take a look […]
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 […]