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Earth Sunday Scripture Suggestions (Earth Day is April 22nd—can be celebrated on the 19th or the 26th): Genesis 1:24-2:4a or 2:4b-25; Psalm 104; Colossians 3:1-15; Matthew 6:25-34
These are Scripture passages I have chosen for a possible Creation Care Sunday to correspond with Earth Day.
Genesis 1:24-2:4a describes the final day of creation and […]
Revised Common Lectionary: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20); Psalm 139: 1-6, 13-18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51
Narrative Lectionary: Tempted in the Wilderness, Matthew 4:1-17 (Psalm 91:9-12)
The Hebrew Scriptures in the Revised Common Lectionary this season focus on the call of God, the voice of God that calls forth light and calls forth prophets. The […]
Revised Common Lectionary: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126 or Luke 1:46b-55; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28
Narrative Lectionary: Light to the Nations, Isaiah 42:1-9 (Matthew 12:15-21)
(I have included a special prayer at the end, as it is the 2nd anniversary of the Newtown shootings on this day)
We begin with Isaiah telling those […]
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