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Scripture Readings October 25, 2020

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Sunday       10/25/2020

 

First Reading:   Jeremiah 31:31-34

The renewed covenant will not be breakable, but like the old covenant it will expect the people to live upright lives. To know the Lord means that one will defend the cause of the poor and needy. The renewed covenant is possible only because the Lord will forgive iniquity and not remember sin. Our hope lies in a God who forgets.

Second Reading:   Romans 3:19-28

Paul’s words stand at the heart of the preaching of Martin Luther and other Reformation leaders. No human beings make themselves right with God through works of the law. We are brought into a right relationship with God through the divine activity centered in Christ’s death. This act is a gift of grace that liberates us from sin and empowers our faith in Jesus Christ.

Gospel:   John 8:31-36

In this passage Jesus speaks of truth and freedom as spiritual realities known through his word. He reveals the truth that sets people free from sin.

Scripture Readings October 11, 2020

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Sunday   10/11/2020

 

First Heading:    Deuteronomy 8:1-3, 6-18

As the Hebrew people stand on the threshold of the promised land, Moses tells his people to remember that everything they have been given comes from the hand of God.

Second Reading:    Ephesians 1:3-14

In Jesus, all of God’s plans and purposes have been made known as heaven and earth are united in Christ. Through Christ, we have been chosen as God’s children and have been promised eternal salvation.

Gospel:       Matthew 21:33-43

Jesus tells a parable that warns us not to confuse who is the steward and who is the owner.

Scripture Readings October 4, 2020

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Sunday   10/4/2020     Summary

 

First Reading:        1 Chronicles 29:10-18

This passage is a prayer of King David concerning the offerings given by the people to God and the temple.

Second Reading:     Romans 12:1-2

In response to God’s free gift of grace, mercy, and love, Paul calls us to make an offering of our lives as a sacrifice of thanksgiving to God.

Gospel:     Mark 12:41-44

In this passage Jesus notices a poor widow who gives her all in worship of her God, and he makes her an example we are to follow.

 

Scripture Readings September 27, 2020

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Sunday   9/27/2020    Summary

 

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

Ezekiel challenges those who think they cannot change because of what their parents were or did, or who think they cannot reverse their own previous behavior. 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 money changers out of the temple, Jesus begins teaching there. His authority is questioned by the religious leaders, who are supposed to be in charge of the temple.

Scripture Reading – September 20, 2020

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Sunday   9/20/2020

 

First Reading:   Jonah 3:10–4:11

After Jonah’s short sermon calling on the Ninevites to repent for their past evil, 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 for Jonah. The book ends with a question and challenges any who are not ready to forgive: You, Jonah, are all worked up about a bush, but shouldn’t I be concerned about a hundred and twenty thousand Ninevites?

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.

Scripture Readings – September 13, 2020

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Sunday   9/13/2020

 

First Reading:   Genesis 50: 15-21

After Jacob’s death the brothers of Joseph begged for forgiveness for the crime they had done against him. You intended to do me harm, Joseph said, but God used this as an opportunity to do good and save many lives.

Second Reading:   Romans 14:1-12

This Christian community has significant struggles with diversity. Here Paul helps us understand that despite different practices in worship and personal piety, we do not judge one another. All Christians belong to the Lord Jesus Christ who died for all od us and will judge each of us.

Gospel:   Matthew 18:21-35

When Peter asks about the limits of forgiveness, Jesus responds with a parable that suggests human forgiveness should mirror the unlimited mercy of God.

Scripture Readings September 6, 2020

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Sunday   9/6/2020

 

First Reading:   Ezekiel 33:7-11

God appointed Ezekiel as a sentinel for the house of Israel. Ezekiel must faithfully convey God’s warnings to the people. Remarkably, God – who is about to attack Jerusalem – gives a warning with the hope that repentance will make the attack unnecessary.

Second Reading:   Romans 13:8-14

The obligation of Christians is to love one another and so fulfill the heart and goal of the law. Clothes make the person as we “put on the Lord Jesus Christ” and live today in light of the future God has in store for us.

Gospel:   Matthew 18:15-20

Jesus offers practical advice to his disciples on how individuals – and the church as a whole – should go about restoring relationships when one member has sinned against another.

Scripture Readings August 30, 2020

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Sunday   8/30/2020

 

First Reading:   Jeremiah 15:15-21

Jeremiah’s delight in the word of the Lord is contradicted by the heaviness of God’s hand upon him and God’s seeming unfaithfulness. God’s tough love to Jeremiah says that if he repents, he will be allowed to continue in his strenuous ministry. Jeremiah is strengthened by the simple words: “I am with you.”

Second Reading:   Romans 12:9-21

Paul presents benchmarks for faithful relationships with Christians and non-Christians. Love is the unflagging standard of our behavior. When we encounter evil, we do not resort to its tactics but seek to overcome it with good. While Christians cannot control the actions and attitudes of others, we seek to live at peace with all people.

Gospel:   Matthew 16:21-28

After Peter confesses that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” Jesus reveals the ultimate purpose of his ministry. These words prove hard to accept, even for a disciple whom Jesus has called a “rock.”

Scripture Readings August 23, 2020

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Sunday   8/23/2020

 

First Reading:   Isaiah 51:1-6

Just as God had called Abraham and Sarah and given them many descendants, so now God offers comfort to Zion. God’s deliverance will come soon and will never end.

Second Reading:   Romans 12:1-8

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 age, but are transformed by the Spirit’s renewing work.  God’s grace empowers different forms of service among Christians, but all forms of ministry function to build up the body of Christ.

Gospel:   Matthew 16:13-20

At a climactic point in Jesus’ ministry, God reveals to Peter that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” and Jesus responds with the promise of a church that will overcome the very gates of Hades.

Scripture Readings August 16, 2020

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Sunday     8/16/2020

First Reading:   Isaiah 56:1, 6-8

The prophet calls upon Israel to do justice in view of God’s imminent intervention to save. Righteousness and obedience define who belongs to the Israelite community – not race, nationality, or any other category.

Second Reading:   Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32

God has not rejected Israel. Rather, the call and gifts of God are irrevocable, so that while all have been disobedient, God has mercy upon all.

Gospel:   Matthew 15:[10-20] 21-28

Jesus teaches his disciples that true purity is a matter of the heart rather than outward religious observances. Almost immediately, his teaching is tested when a woman considered to be a religious outsider approaches him for help.