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January 10, 2021 Baptism of Our Lord “God is Still Speaking”


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. 1 In the beginning when God created the heavens […]

January 3, 2021 Second Sunday of Christmas “Moving In”


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. 7 For thus says the Lord: Sing aloud with gladness […]

December 20, 2020 Fourth Sunday of Advent “God’s New Home”


FIRST READING           2nd 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 […]

November 29, 2020 First Sunday of Advent “Tell Us What to Do”

First Sunday in Advent

FIRST READING           Isaiah 64:1-9 This lament comes from a people who have had their hopes shattered. The visions of a rebuilt Jerusalem and a renewed people of God, spoken of in Isaiah 40 – 55, have not been realized. Instead, the people experience ruin, conflict, and famine. This lament calls God to account – to […]

November 22, 2020 Christ the King Sunday “Seeing Jesus”

Christ the King

FIRST READING        Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 11 For thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. 12 As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered […]