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January 23, 2022 Third Sunday after Epiphany “Reinterpretation of Scripture”

FIRST READING                 Nehemiah 8-13,5-6,8-10 Near the end of Israel’s exile in Babylon, God promises to bring the people home. They need no longer be afraid, because the one who formed, created, and called them by name now redeems them from all their enemies. God declares them precious and honored, and God loves them. 1all the people gathered together into…

January 16, 2022 Second Sunday after Epiphany “We’re Havin’ A Party”

FIRST READING                    Isaiah 62:1-5 The people’s return to Judah after the exile was marred by economic and political troubles. Nevertheless, the prophet declares, Jerusalem and Judah will be restored. God will rejoice over Jerusalem as a bridegroom rejoices over the bride, and the people are called to the celebration. 1For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,…

January 9, 2022 Baptism of Our Lord “Standing In Line With Jesus”

FIRST READING              Isaiah 43:1-7 Near the end of Israel’s exile in Babylon, God promises to bring the people home. They need no longer be afraid, because the one who formed, created, and called them by name now redeems them from all their enemies. God declares them precious and honored, and God loves them. 1But now thus says the Lord, he who…

January 2, 2022 Second Sunday of Christmas “Word of Consolation”

FIRST READING         Jeremiah 31:7-14 God promises to bring Israel back to its land from the most remote parts of exile. In Zion Israel will rejoice over God’s gifts of food and livestock. Young women will express their joy in dancing; God will give gladness instead of sorrow. 7For thus says the Lord: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts…

December 19, 2021 Fourth Sunday in Advent “We Tried It Your Way”

FIRST READING             Micah 5:2-5a The prophet Micah, having pronounced judgment upon Judah, speaks of a future shepherd-king who, like David, will come from the small town of Bethlehem. (Ephrathah refers to the area around Bethlehem.) This king will restore Israel and bring peace. New Testament writers understood this passage to be referring to Jesus. 2But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah,…

November 28, 2021 First Sunday in Advent “Holy Longing”

FIRST READING          Jeremiah 33:14-16 In the Old Testament, “righteousness” often has to do with being faithful in relationship. God acts righteously both in punishing Israel for its sin and in having mercy. In today’s reading, Jerusalem’s future name – “The LORD is our righteousness” – proclaims that God is even now working salvation for Israel. 14 The days are surely coming,…

November 21, 2021 Reign of Christ Sunday “Where is Jesus the King?”

FIRST READING              Daniel 7:9-10,13-14 To the community for whom this passage was written, it seemed as though the oppression they were experiencing would never end. Daniel’s message is: It shall end. The Ancient One, who is judge, will call all nations to account and will give dominion to “one like a human being,” the Messiah. 9 As I watched, thrones…