Barbara Klugh

Engaging the Word: 1/29/17 (The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany)

 By Barbara Klugh Micah 6:1-8 Psalm 15; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Matthew 5:1-12. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Micah tells us to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God,” Paul speaks of the paradoxical power of the cross, and Jesus gives us a series …

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Engaging the Word: 1/22/17 (The Third Sunday after the Epiphany)

 By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 5-13; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, we’re challenged to consider our calling, and what we are to do—individually and as a faith community—to manifest the kingdom of heaven. Isaiah 9:1-4: Our reading is from First …

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Engaging the Word: 1/15/17 (The Second Sunday after the Epiphany)

 By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 40:1-12; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. This week’s lectionary gives a clear sense that Jesus is the Son of God who came into the world. Jesus asked his first followers, “What are you looking for?” How do we answer that …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 1/08/17 (The Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ)

 By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Our readings for this week interconnect in a very satisfying way. Isaiah 42:1-9: This week’s reading is from Second Isaiah (chapters 40-66), which were written during and after the exile. These chapters bring …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 01/01/17 (The Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ)

 By Barbara Klugh Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 8; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:15-21. . Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, God gives Moses and Aaron the words of the priestly blessing, Paul reminds us of our adoption as God’s children, and, in accordance to the Law,  Jesus is …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 12/25/16 (Christmas Day)

 By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-12; John 1:1-14. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, God’s people learn that the exile is over and  God is bringing peace, the writer of Hebrews tells us that the Son is the image of the Father, and we …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 12/18/16 (The Fourth Sunday of Advent)

 By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. This is the last Sunday before Christmas, so it’s not surprising that our readings point to the birth of Jesus. Isaiah 7:10-16: Setting the scene: The year is around 735 BC, Ahaz is king …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 12/11/16 (The Third Sunday of Advent)

 By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146:4-9; James 5:7-10 ; Matthew 11:2-11. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Isaiah predicts the restoration of Israel, James tells us to be patient as we wait for the Lord, and, as John pointed to Jesus, Jesus points to his own …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 12/04/16 (The Second Sunday of Advent)

 By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Isaiah proclaims that a new king descended from David will arise to lead God’s people, Paul urges his readers to live in harmony with one another, and John the …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 11/27/16 (The First Sunday of Advent)

 By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Advent: This Sunday is the beginning of Year A in our three-year lectionary cycle. It begins with Advent (from the Latin adventus: coming), which always begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ends …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 11/20/16 (Christ the King: Proper 29)

 By Barbara Klugh Jeremiah 23:1-6; Canticle 16; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43.  Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Christ the King: This is the last Sunday of the liturgical year, known as Christ the King Sunday. Pope Pius XI instituted the feast of Christ the King in 1925 to remind Christians that our loyalty …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 11/13/16 (Proper 28)

Isaiah 65:17-25; Canticle 9; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. This week’s readings have a sense that God’s kingdom is at hand. A new world order has already begun and we’re invited to live it now. Isaiah 65:17-25: The Book of Isaiah is a collection of prophecies that falls …

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