09.14.20 – 09.20.20

Readings Psalm 145:1-8 • Exodus 16:2-15 • Jonah 3:10-4:11 • Matthew 20:1-16 • Philippians 1:21-30 Context Psalm 145:1-8 This Psalm can best be summed up in verse 8, a proclamation of who God is that echoes the understanding that Jonah has about God, and therefore, his grievance against God. It is our best baseline ofContinue reading “09.14.20 – 09.20.20”

07.27.20 – 08.02.20

Readings  Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21 • Genesis 32:22-31 • Isaiah 55:1-5 • Matthew 14:13-21 • Romans 9:1-5 Context Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21 Psalm 145 is used in more Jewish prayers than any other Psalm.  It is best described as a mini-summary of the Jewish faith – ‘God is to be praised from the beginning to the end’ everyday, good days and bad days.Continue reading “07.27.20 – 08.02.20”

06.15.20 – 06.21.20

Readings Genesis 21:8-21  •  Jeremiah 20:7-13  •  Psalm 69:7-18  •  Romans 6:1b-11  •  Matthew 10:24-39 Context Matthew 10:24-39 First, let me proclaim that this is an odd and frustrating passage.  At first read (probably at second, third, and fourth read) this can seem like a very disjointed, and completely unconnected series of comments and statements.  Context is essential in reading, and comprehending, thisContinue reading “06.15.20 – 06.21.20”

06.08.20 – 06.14.20

Readings Psalm 100 • Exodus 19:2-8 • Matthew 9:35-10:25 • Romans 5:1-8 Context Psalm 100 Psalm 100 is a familiar text regardless of the type of Christian faith tradition you may come from.  All practices of the Christian faith, as seen throughout different denominations, various worship practices, and even in churches that carry labels (self assigned or givenContinue reading “06.08.20 – 06.14.20”

04.27.20 – 05.03.20

Readings Psalm 23  •  John 10:1-10  •  Acts 2:42-47  •  1 Peter 2:19-25 Context This coming Sunday, is commonly referred to as ‘Christ the Good Shepherd’ Sunday.  It is part of the Easter narrative detailing the events following the resurrection up through the accession. The passages this week point us to an understanding of Jesus as our shepherd.   Psalm 23Continue reading “04.27.20 – 05.03.20”

03.09.08 – 03.14.20

Readings Luke 13:1-9 (children’s passage)  •  Exodus 17:1-7  •  Psalm 95  •  Romans 5:1-11  •  John 4:5-42 Context Psalm 95 (responsive reading) Psalms 47, 93, and 95-99 are all referred to as the ‘enthronement psalms’ as they  each celebrate that God is the King. Many of the other Psalms celebrate the work of victory from God through the earthly kings,  butContinue reading “03.09.08 – 03.14.20”