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Scripture Readings October 10, 2021

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

Sunday    10/10/2021       Summary First Reading: Amos 5:6-7, 10-15 Amos was a herdsman by profession and a prophet by God’s call. During a time of great prosperity in the northern kingdom of Israel, the prophet speaks to the wealthy upper class. He warns his listeners that fulfilling God’s demand for justice brings blessing, while corruption and oppression incur God’s wrath. Second Reading: Hebrews 4:12-16 We cannot hide our thoughts, desires, and actions from God, to whom we are...

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Scripture Readings October 3, 2021

Posted by on Sep 29, 2021 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday    10/3/2021      Summary First Reading: Genesis 2:18-24 Genesis 2 stresses that people are not meant to live in isolation but in relationship. Out of love for humanity, God creates them male and female, to provide companionship for each other and to become with each other “one flesh.” The Hebrew words used here are ish (man) and ishshah (woman). Second Reading: Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12 Quoting from the psalms, this passage from Hebrews emphasizes that Jesus, the one through whom...

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Scripture Readings September 19, 2021

Posted by on Sep 15, 2021 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday  9/19/2021      Summary   First Reading: Jeremiah 11:18-20 Today’s reading tells of the suffering of the prophet Jeremiah, who announced God’s word to Judah but was met with intense opposition and persecution. Jeremiah continues to trust in God in the midst of his suffering. Second Reading: James 3:13–4:3, 7-8a The wisdom God gives unites our hearts and minds. Instead of living to satisfy our own wants and desires, we manifest this wisdom in peace, gentleness, mercy,...

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Scripture Readings September 12, 2021

Posted by on Sep 8, 2021 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday   9/12/2021     Summary   First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9a The image of the servant of the Lord is one of the notable motifs in the book of Isaiah. Today’s reading describes the mission of the servant, whom early Christians associated with Jesus. Like Jesus, the servant does not strike back at his detractors but trusts in God’s steadfast love. Second Reading: James 3:1-12 This text uses various images to illustrate how damaging and hurtful the way we speak to and about others...

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Scripture Readings September 5, 2021

Posted by on Sep 1, 2021 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday   9/5/2021     Summary First Reading: Isaiah 35:4-7a These verses are a word of hope to the exiles in Babylon. Isaiah 34 portrays God’s vengeance on Edom, Israel’s age-old enemy, which makes the path from Babylon to Zion safe for the exiles’ return. The desert itself will flow with water to give drink to the returning exiles. Second Reading: James 2:1-10 [11-13] 14-17 Faithful Christians do not show partiality to the rich and powerful of the world, especially at the expense of...

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Scripture Readings August 29, 2021

Posted by on Aug 25, 2021 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday   8/29/2021     Summary First Reading: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 The Israelites believed the law was a divine gift that provided guidelines for living out the covenant. Moses commands the people to obey the law and to neither add to nor subtract from it. The Israelites are also to teach the law to their children and their children’s children. Second Reading: James 1:17-27 The letter of James was intended to provide first-century Christians with instruction in godly behavior. Here...

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