06.22.20 – 06.28.20

Readings Psalm 13  •  Genesis 22:1-14  •  Jeremiah 28:5-9  •  Romans 6:12-23  •  Matthew 10:40-42 Context Psalm 13 Psalm 13 is most likely words from King David to ‘the Song Leader’.  Some think  this ‘Song Leader’ is a direct reference to God, most, however, think he is directing his actual ‘Song Leader’ to write, or sing, a song with these words.  These wordsContinue reading “06.22.20 – 06.28.20”

05.25.20 – 05.31.20

Notation for This Sunday Following the resurrection of Jesus, he spent forty days exclusively with his followers who would then be the ones to lead the new followers to the ‘Be the Church.’  Then after those forty days Jesus ascended to Heaven but not before he told his followers to return to Jerusalem and waitContinue reading “05.25.20 – 05.31.20”

05.11.20 – 05.17.20

Readings John 14:15-21  •  Psalm 66:8-20  •  Acts 17:22-31  •  1 Peter 3:13-22 Context John 14:15-21 Our gospel passage for this week takes up where we left off last week in the final discourse to his disciples prior to his arrest and crucifixion.  Remember that Jesus and the disciples have just celebrated the passover meal together, he has instructedContinue reading “05.11.20 – 05.17.20”

05.04.20 – 05.10.20

Readings Psalm 31:1-16  •  John 14:1-14  •  Acts 7:55-60  •  1 Peter 2:1-10 Context Psalm 31:1-16 Our Psalm passage has a direct connection with our Acts reading, it is the passage that Stephen quotes as he is being put to death (vs. 5).  Also, take a moment to consider the imagery of verse 15 with the use of the word  ‘Hand.’ Continue reading “05.04.20 – 05.10.20”

03.29.20 – 04.05.20

Readings Isaiah 50:4-9  •  Psalm 31:9-16  •  Philippians 2:5-11  •  Matthew 26:14-27:66 Context Isaiah 50:4-9 The prophet Isaiah accepted God’s call to a prophet early in life and, it is important to note, this would be a call on him for the remainder of his earthly life.  This passage is a song of despair and grief while, at the same time, Continue reading “03.29.20 – 04.05.20”

03.16.20 – 03.22.20 (NT)

See previous post for the Old Testament Readings or this week as well as a list of all the readings for this week. Ephesians 5:8-14 The book of Ephesians was most likely a circular letter, meaning that it was written to be passed around to many churches in many communities.  The letter itself was probablyContinue reading “03.16.20 – 03.22.20 (NT)”

03.16.20-03.22.20 (OT)

Readings 1 Samuel 16:1-13  •  Psalm 23  •  Ephesians 5:8-14  •  John 9:1-41 Context 1 Samuel 16:1-13 It would appear that our old testament readings have been jumping all over the place these past couple of weeks.  We were in Genesis where we saw God lead Abram to pick up his family, and possessions, and travel to another land – aContinue reading “03.16.20-03.22.20 (OT)”

03.02.08 – 03.08.20

Readings Genesis 15:1-18 (children’s passage)  •  Genesis 12:1-4a  •  Psalm 121  •  Romans 4:1-17  •  John 3:1-17   •  Matthew 7 Context Psalm 121 (responsive reading) Psalms 120-134 are often referred to as the ‘Psalms of Ascent(s)’ as they were often used by Israelites facing a journey or pilgrimage – or, a new phase of life.  It is quite possible that these Psalms wereContinue reading “03.02.08 – 03.08.20”

02.24.20 – 03.01.20

Readings Luke 4:1-13 (Children’s Scripture)  •  Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7  •  Psalm 32  •  Romans 5:12-19  •  Matthew 6 Context Psalm 32 (Responsive Reading) This is the first week of Lent, the beginning of our approach to a recognition of the cross and empty grave – it is the beginning of our official preparation, through repentance and discipline, to takeContinue reading “02.24.20 – 03.01.20”

02.17.20 to 02.26.20

Readings Exodus 24:12-18  •  Psalm 2 and Psalm 99  •  2 Peter 1:16-21  •  Matthew 5:43-48 Context Exodus 24:12-18 On the Israelites’ journey from slavery to freedom they witnessed God deliver them from slavery and then crush their pursuing enemies under the weight of the Red Sea; experienced their first overt celebration of thanks in, and for, God’s gift of freedom; they literallyContinue reading “02.17.20 to 02.26.20”