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Scripture Readings January 17, 2021

Posted by on Jan 13, 2021 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday    1/17/2021     Summary   First Reading:   1 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20] At a time when visions are rare and unexpected, the Lord comes to Samuel and calls him to speak the divine word. Though just a boy, Samuel responds to God obediently, as Eli the priest has taught him to respond. This marks the beginning of Samuel’s prophetic ministry. Second Reading:   1 Corinthians 6:12-20 Paul helps the Corinthians understand that God has claimed the entirety of their lives through the...

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Scripture Readings – January 10, 2021

Posted by on Jan 6, 2021 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday    1/10/2021      Summary   First Reading:   Genesis 1:1-5 Out of chaos, God brings order. Out of the formless void, God brings light. This familiar story was good news for the Israelites, who experienced much chaos in their history. It remains good news for us. God created and continues to create new life. Second Reading:   Acts 19:1-7 In Ephesus, Paul encounters people who had received John’s baptism of repentance but had never heard of the Holy Spirit or of baptism in...

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Scripture Readings January 3, 2021

Posted by on Dec 30, 2020 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday    1/3/2021      Summary   First Reading:   Isaiah 60:1-6 Jerusalem is assured that nations will make a pilgrimage to her because the light of God’s presence is in her midst. The bountiful food of the sea and the profits of international trade will come streaming to Jerusalem and thereby declare God’s praise. Second Reading:   Ephesians 3:1-12 What had been hidden from previous generations is now made known through the gospel ministry of Paul and others. In Christ both...

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Scripture Readings December 24, 2020

Posted by on Dec 23, 2020 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Thursday   12/24/2020  Summary   First Reading:  Isaiah 9:2-7 This poem promises deliverance from Assyrian oppression, a hope based on the birth of a royal child with a name full of promise. While Judah’s king will practice justice and righteousness, the real basis for faith lies in God’s passion for the people: The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this! Gospel:  Luke 2:1-14[15-20] God’s greatest gift comes as a baby in a manger. Angels announce the “good news of great joy”...

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Scripture Readings December 20, 2020

Posted by on Dec 16, 2020 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday    12/20/2020   Summary   First Reading:   2 Samuel 7:1-11,16 Instead of David building a house (temple) for God, God promises to establish David’s house (dynasty) forever. Centuries later, after the Babylonian exile, no king sat on the throne. Even then, however, the people of Israel remembered this promise and continued to hope for a king, the messiah, God’s anointed. Second Reading:   Romans 16:25-27 Paul closes his letter to the Romans by praising God because, in the...

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Scripture Readings December 13, 2020

Posted by on Dec 9, 2020 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday    12/13/2020   Summary   First Reading:   Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Though the people had returned to Jerusalem from exile in Babylon, they continued to face hardship and oppression. In the language of the jubilee year described in Leviticus 25, the prophet, moved by the spirit of God, announces deliverance for those who are oppressed and comfort for those who mourn. Second Reading:   1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Paul concludes his letter to the Thessalonians by encouraging them to...

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