Engaging the Word

Engaging the Word: 4/23/17 (The Second Sunday of Easter)

 By Barbara Klugh Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. As you may notice, this is The Second Sunday of Easter—not after Easter. Easter is a season lasting for fifty days, from Easter Day until the Day of Pentecost, so we get to …

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Engaging the Word: 4/16/17 (The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Sunday)

 By Barbara Klugh Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Colossians 3:1-4; Matthew 28:1-10. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Happy Easter! This week’s readings are about a living hope of new life for all God’s children—even us—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Acts 10:34-43: The Book of Acts describes the …

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Engaging the Word: 4/9/17 (The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday)

 By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 50: 4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14 – 27:66. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. This Sunday begins Holy Week, the week preceding Easter and the most significant week of the church year. In this week’s readings, we ponder Isaiah’s account of the humiliation and vindication of …

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Engaging the Word: 4/2/17 (The Fifth Sunday in Lent)

 By Barbara Klugh Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Our texts this week reveal the power of God to bring about restoration and new life. Ezekiel 37:1-14: Ezekiel was a temple priest who was exiled to Babylon in 597 BC along with three thousand …

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Engaging the Word: 03/26/17 (The Fourth Sunday in Lent)

 By Barbara Klugh 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, David gets anointed by Samuel, we regard God as our shepherd, Paul urges us to live as children of the light, and Jesus heals a man who was born blind. …

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Engaging the Word: 03/19/17 (The Third Sunday in Lent)

By Barbara Klugh Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, God instructs Moses to strike a particular rock to get water for the thirsty Israelites, Paul tells us about the growth that comes from being in right relationship with God, and …

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Engaging the Word: 03/12/17 (The Second Sunday in Lent)

 By Barbara Klugh Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John  3:1-17. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, God calls Abram to leave everything he knows and go to a new land—and he obeys, Paul explains that Abram was righteous because he obeyed God’s call by faith, and …

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Engaging the Word: 03/05/17 (The First Sunday in Lent)

 By Barbara Klugh Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Lent (literally “springtime”) is the time when we Christians symbolically go into the wilderness with Jesus for forty days. We prepare to celebrate the joy of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ by …

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Engaging the Word: 02/26/17 (The Last Sunday after the Epiphany)

 By Barbara Klugh Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 2; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. The Last Sunday after the Epiphany is known as Transfiguration Sunday because we always read the amazing story of the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain. Our readings this week inform and support each …

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Engaging the Word: 02/19/17 (The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany)

 By Barbara Klugh Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18; Psalm 119:33-40; 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23; Matthew 5:38-48. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Our readings this week challenge us to reflect on how well we match up with the way God calls us to live with the way we actually live. Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18: Leviticus is …

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Engaging the Word: 02/12/17 (The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany)

 By Barbara Klugh Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 119:1-8; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-37. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. This week we have guidelines on how we can live well in relationship to God and to one another. Deuteronomy 30:15-20: The book of Deuteronomy is set up as a series of three speeches delivered by …

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Engaging the Word: 02/05/17 (The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany)

 By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 58: 1-12; Psalm 112; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; Matthew 5:13-20. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Isaiah teaches that God’s favor is earned not by ritual fasting, but by compassionate social action, Paul tells us that God’s wisdom is available to those who possess the …

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