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Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Announcement, Scriptures | Comments Off on Scripture Readings

Sunday   October 22, 2017

First Reading:   Deuteronomy 26:1-11

In response to God’s gracious acts on behalf of Israel, God’s people are instructed to give the first fruits of their harvest offered back to God in thanksgiving and praise.

Second Reading:   Romans 12:1-2

In response to God’s merciful activity, we are to worship by living holistic, God pleasing lives. Our values and viewpoints are not molded by this world, but are transformed by the Spirit’s renewing work.

Gospel:   Matthew 22:15-22

When the Pharisees try to trap Jesus, he tells them to give to the emperor what belongs to him and to God what belongs to God. To gather for worship reminds us that our ultimate allegiance is to God. Created in the image of God, we offer our entire selves in the service of God and for the sake of the world.

 

WOW – October 15, 2017

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Sunday   October 15, 2017

 

First Reading:   Isaiah 25:6-9

The prophet portrays the kingdom of God as a wonderful victory banquet celebrating God’s victory over death.

Second Reading:   1 Corinthians 11:23-26

In the bread and cup of the Lord’s Supper, we experience intimate fellowship with Christ and with one another, because it involves his body given for us and the new covenant in his blood. Faithful participation in this meal is a living proclamation of Christ’s death until he comes in the future.

Gospel:   John 6:35, 47-58

Jesus is the bread of life who given himself for the life of the world. As we eat his flesh and drink his blood, we share in his life, now and forever.

 

WOW – October 8, 2017

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Sunday   October 8, 2017

 

First Reading:   Ezekiel 36:24-28

The promise of baptism: a new heart, a new mind, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, a new relationship with God – all in the sprinkling of water.

Second Reading:   Romans 6:3-11

Baptism unites us in the death and resurrection of Jesus and guarantees us a life that is everlasting.

Gospel:   Luke 3:21-22

At his baptism, Jesus stands revealed as God’s chosen and beloved, the one who will bathe the world in saving waters.

 

 

Makin’ Waves – October 2017

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Scripture Readings

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Announcement, Scriptures | Comments Off on Scripture Readings

Sunday   October 1, 2017

 

First Reading:   Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32

Ezekiel challenges those who think they cannot change because of what their parents were and did, or who think they cannot turn from their wicked ways. God insistently invites people to turn and live.

Second Reading:   Philippians 2:1-13

As part of a call for harmony rather than self-seeking, Paul uses a very early Christian hymn that extols the selflessness of Christ in his obedient death on the cross. Christ’s selfless perspective is to be the essential perspective we share as the foundation for Christian accord.

Gospel:   Matthew 21:23-32

After driving the moneychangers out of the temple (21:12) Jesus begins teaching there. His authority is questioned by the religious leaders, who are supposed to be in charge of the temple.

 

WOW – September 24, 2017

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Sunday   September 24, 2017

 

First Reading:   Jonah 3:10–4:11

After Jonah’s short sermon in 3:4, the Ninevites all repented and God decided to spare the city. Jonah objected to this and became even more angry when God ordered a worm to destroy a plant that was providing shade. The book ends with a question that challenges any who are not ready to forgive: You, Jonah, are all worked up about a bush, but should not I be concerned about a hundred and twenty thousand Ninevites who do not know the difference between their right and left hands?

Second Reading:   Philippians 1:21-30

Paul writes to the Philippians from prison. Though he is uncertain about the outcome of his imprisonment, he is committed to the ministry of the gospel and calls on the Philippians to live lives that reflect and enhance the gospel mission.

Gospel:   Matthew 20:1-16

Jesus tells a parable about God’s generosity, challenging the common assumption that God rewards people according to what they have earned or deserve.

 

WOW – September 17, 2017

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