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Scripture Readings July 25, 2021

Posted by on Jul 21, 2021 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday   7/25/2021      Summary   First Reading: 2 Kings 4:42-44 Today’s reading is part of a larger section of 2 Kings that describes the miracles of Elisha, the successor to Elijah. Here the prophet gives food to a hungry crowd. Though there is not enough food to go around, Elisha trusts God, who provides enough and even more to satisfy the need. Second Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21 We have been rooted and grounded in the love of Christ, which surpasses all human knowledge. Because...

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Scripture Readings July 18, 2021

Posted by on Jul 14, 2021 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday    7/18/2021     Summary   First Reading:   Jeremiah 23:1-6 Jeremiah prophesied before the exile in 587 BCE. In this passage, he uses the metaphor of a shepherd to describe the bad kings who have scattered the “flock” of Israel. God promises to gather the flock and to raise up a new king from David’s line to save Israel and Judah. Second Reading:   Ephesians 2:11-22 The author of this letter reminds his audience that originally they were not part of God’s chosen...

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Scripture Readings July 11, 2021

Posted by on Jul 7, 2021 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday   7/11/2021      Summary   First Reading:   Amos 7:7-15 Amos is not the kind of prophet attached to temples or royal courts. Rather, he is an ordinary farmer from Judah (the southern kingdom) called by God to speak to Israel (the northern kingdom). God’s word of judgment through Amos conflicts with the king’s court prophet Amaziah, whom Amos encounters at Bethel. Second Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14 In Jesus, all of God’s plans and purposes have been made known as heaven...

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Scripture Readings July 4, 2021

Posted by on Jun 30, 2021 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday   7/4/2021     Summary   First Reading:  Ezekiel 2:1-5 In 597 BCE, the priest Ezekiel was removed into exile in Babylon. While there, he received a vision of God appearing majestically on a chariot throne. Today’s reading recounts God’s commissioning of Ezekiel during this vision. The prophet is to speak God’s word to a people unwilling to hear. Second Reading:   2 Corinthians 12:2-10 Christians do not boast of their own accomplishments. Rather, Christian boasting...

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Scripture Readings June 27, 2021

Posted by on Jun 24, 2021 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday   6/27/2021   Summary   First Reading:   Lamentations 3:22-33 The book of Lamentations is one of our most important sources of information about the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians in 587 BCE. Though the people admit that God’s judgment was just, today’s reading declares a fervent trust that God will not leave them forever. Second Reading:   2 Corinthians 8:7-15 Paul encourages the Corinthians to honor their commitment to participate in the collection his churches...

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Scripture Readings June 20, 2021

Posted by on Jun 16, 2021 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday    6/20/2021     Summary   First Reading: Job 38:1-11 At the end of the book of Job, after Job and his companions have argued about the cause of the great suffering Job endures, God finally speaks. These verses begin that speech, which is a grand vision of creation, describing God’s ordering of the cosmos and inviting Job to marvel at its beauty. Second Reading:   2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Paul and his fellow workers experience great hardships and even rejection while carrying...

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