Monday, December 27, 2010

Ephesians 1:3-14 - The Epistle Lectionary Passage for Sunday, January 2, 2011

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3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. 5He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight 9he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, 10as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, 12so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. 13In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; 14this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Hebrews 2:1-18 - The Lectionary Epistle Lesson for Sunday, December 26, 2010

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1Therefore we must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. 2For if the message declared through angels was valid, and every transgression or disobedience received a just penalty, 3how can we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? It was declared at first through the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him, 4while God added his testimony by signs and wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, distributed according to his will.


5Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. 6But someone has testified somewhere, “What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them? 7You have made them for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned them with glory and honor, 8subjecting all things under their feet.” Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, 9but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

10It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, 12saying, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.” 13And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again, “Here am I and the children whom God has given me.”

14Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. 16For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. 17Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. 18Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Romans 1:1-7 - The Lectionary Epistle Lesson for Sunday, December 19, 2010

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1Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, called an apostle, separated for the good news of God, 2which he promised beforehand through his prophets in holy writings, 3concerning his son who came from the seed of David according to flesh, 4who was designated Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness from the resurrection of the dead, Jesus Christ, our Lord, 5through whom we received grace and apostleship for obedience to faith in all the nations for the sake of his name, 6in which you yourselves are also called by Jesus Christ, 7to all those who are in Rome, beloved of God, called holy; grace to you and peace from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Romans 15:1-13 - The Lectionary Epistle Lesson for Sunday, December 5, 2010

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Romans 15:1-13

1And we who are strong ought to carry the frailties of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2Let each of us desire to please the neighbor for [his] good to build [him] up. 3For Christ also didn’t please himself, but just as it has been written, “The rebuke of those who rebuked you fell upon me.” 4For whatever was written before for our instruction was written, so that through endurance and through exhortation of the writings hope we might have. 5And may the God of endurance and exhortation give to you to live in harmony with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, 6so that with one might, you might glorify the God and father of our lord, Jesus Christ.

7Therefore, receive one another, just as Christ also received you, for the glory of God. 8For I say Christ has become a servant to the circumcised for the sake of God’s truth, to confirm the promises to the fathers, 9And the nations for the sake of mercy might glorify God, just as it has been written,

Therefore I will confess you publically among the nations,
and to your name I will sing praises.

10And again he says,

Rejoice, nations, with his people.

11And again,

Praise, all the nations, the Lord,
and let all peoples praise him.

12And again, Isaiah says,

There will be Jesse’s root,
and the one who will arise to rule the nations,
in him nations will hope.

13And may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in trusting, so that you might abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Luke 21:5-19 - The Lectionary Gospel Lesson for Sunday, November 14, 2010

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Luke 21:5-19

5When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, 6“As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.” 7They asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?” 8And he said, “Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is near!’ Do not go after them. 9“When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.” 10Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; 11there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven. 12“But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. 13This will give you an opportunity to testify. 14So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; 15for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. 16You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. 17You will be hated by all because of my name. 18But not a hair of your head will perish. 19By your endurance you will gain your souls.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Luke 20:27-38 - The Lectionary Gospel Lesson for Sunday, November 7, 2010

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Luke 20:27-38

27Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him 28and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. 29Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; 30then the second 31and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. 32Finally the woman also died. 33In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.” 34Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; 35but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. 36Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. 37And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 38Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.”

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Luke 19:1-10 - The Lectionary Gospel Lesson for Sunday, October 31, 2010

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1He entered Jericho and was passing through it. 2A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. 4So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. 5When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” 6So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. 7All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” 8Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” 9Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Luke 18:9-14 - The Lectionary Gospel Lesson for Sunday, October 24, 2010

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9He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ 13But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Luke 10:38-42 - Lectionary Gospel Lesson for Sunday, July 18, 2010

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38As they were going, he went into a certain village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him. 39And she had a sister called Mary, and after she sat at the feet of the Lord, she continued to listen to his words. 40But Martha was continually dragged away by much service. After she came up [to him], she said, “Lord, you care that my sister left me alone to serve, don’t you? Then speak to her so that she might do her part with me.” 41But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and disturbed concerning many things. 42But there is need for one thing. For Mary picked out the good portion which will not be taken from her.”

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Luke 7:36 - 8:3: The Lectionary Gospel Lesson for June 13, 2010

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36And one of the Pharisees asked him so that he might eat with [Jesus]. And when he went into the house of the Pharisee, he reclined [at the table]. 37And behold there was a woman in the city who was a sinner, and when she came to know that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee, she brought a jar of perfumed ointment, 38and she stood at his feet, and she was weeping. With tears, she began to wet his feet, and with the hair of her head, she wiped them dry. And she began to cover with kisses his feet and began to anoint them with the perfumed ointment. 39When the Pharisee who’d invited him saw, he said to himself, saying, “If he were a prophet, then he’d know what kind of woman was touching him, that she is a sinner.” 40And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he said, “Teacher, speak.” 41There were two people who owed a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii but the other fifty. 42When they were not in the position to repay, he granted favor to both. Now, who would love him more?” 43Simon answered and said, “I suppose that the one to whom he favored the most.” And [Jesus] said to him, “Correctly you judged.” 44And after he turned to the woman, [Jesus] said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, water for my feet, you didn’t give. But her, with tears, she wet my feet and with her hair, she wiped them dry. 45Kisses you didn’t give me. But her, from the time I entered, she hasn’t stopped covering with kisses my feet. 46With olive oil my head you didn’t anoint. But her, with perfumed ointment, she anointed my feet. 47For this reason, I say to you, her many sins have been forgiven, because she has loved much. But he who is forgiven little, little he loves.” 48And [Jesus] said to her, “Forgiven are your sins.” 49And those who were gathered began to say among themselves, “Who is he who even forgives sins?” 50And he said to the woman, “Your trust has saved you. Go in peace.”

1And it happened, shortly after, he made his way through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good news of the Kingdom of God, and the Twelve were with him 2and certain women who’d been cured of evil spirits and illnesses: Mary, who is called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna and many others, who ministered to him from their resources.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Luke 7:11-17 - The Gospel Lectionary Passage for Sunday, June 6, 2010

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11And it happened, soon after, [Jesus] went into a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. 12But as he was near the gate of the town, behold a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother and she was a widow. And a considerable crowd from the town was with her. 13And when the Lord saw her, he was moved to pity for her, and he said to her, “Don’t weep.” 14And after he went in, he touched the bier, and those who were bearing him stood, and he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15And the dead man sat up and started to speak. And [Jesus] gave him to his mother. 16And many people were taken with fear. And they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us,” and “God has visited his people.” 17And this word went out in the whole of Judea concerning him and in all the surrounding district.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

John 16:12-15 - The Gospel Lectionary Passage for Sunday, May 30, 2010

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12“Many things I myself have to say to you, but you are not able to bear them now. 13But when this one might come, the spirit of truth, he will lead you into all truth. For he will not speak concerning himself, but what he will hear, he will speak. And what is coming, he will announce to you. 14This one will glorify me, because from me, he will take and will announce it to you. 15Everything that the father has is mine. For this reason, I said that from me, he takes and will announce to you.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

John 14:8-17, 25-27: Lectionary Gospel Passage for Sunday, May 23, 2010

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8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the father, and it’s enough for us.”

9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long and you don’t know me, Philip? Anyone who’s seen me has seen the father. How do you say, ‘Show us the father’? 10You believe that I am in the father and the father is in me, don’t you?

“These words that I spoke to you I didn’t speak from myself. But the father who is in me remains does his works. 11Believe me that I am in the father and the father is in me. But if not, then because of these works, believe . 12Amen, amen, I say to you, the one who believes in me, the works which I myself do, these he will also do, and greater than these he will do, because I’m going to the father. 13And whatever you might ask in my name, these I will do, so that the father might be glorified in the son. 14Whatever you might ask me in my name, then I myself will do.

15“If you might love me, then my commandments you will keep. 16And I will also ask the father, and another paraclete he will give you so that with you into eternity he might be, 17the spirit of truth, which the world isn’t able to receive because it doesn’t see him nor know [him]. You yourselves know it, because with you he remains, and in you he is.

25“These things I have spoken to you while with you I remain. 26But the paraclete, the Holy Spirit which the father will send in my name, this one to you will teach many things and will remind you of many things which I myself said to you. 27Peace I leave to you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives, I myself give you. Don’t let your hearts be troubled nor shrink.”

Thursday, May 13, 2010

John 17:20-26: Gospel Lectionary Passage for Sunday, May 16, 2010

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20But not concerning these alone do I ask, but also concerning those who believe, through their word, in me, 21so that they all might be one, just as you, father, are in me and I in you, so that also they might be in us, so that the world might believe that you sent me. 22And I, the glory which you have given to me, I have given to them, so that they might be one just as we are one: 23I in them and you in me, so that they might be perfectly one, so that the world might know that you sent me, and I loved them just as you loved me.

24“Father, those whom you have given to me, I want that where I myself am there also they might be with me, so that they might see my glory, which you have given me, that you loved me before the foundation of the world.

25“Righteous Father, the world also doesn’t know you, but I know you and they know that you sent me. 26And I made known to them your name, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you loved me, in them, might be and I in them.”

Friday, May 7, 2010

John 5:1-9: The Gospel Lectionary Passage for Sunday, May 9, 2010

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1After this there was a Jewish festival, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2And there is in Jerusalem, near the place related to sheep, a pool which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five colonnades. 3In these were lying a great number who were weak, blind, lame, withered. 5And there was a certain person who, for thirty-eight years, was weak. 6When Jesus saw this person lying and after he knew that it had already been a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to become well?” 7The ill person answered him, “Lord, I don’t have a person [here] so that when the water might be troubled, he might put me into the pool. While I’m going, another goes in before me.” 8Jesus said to him, “Arise, take your litter, and walk.” 9And immediately, the person became well, and he took his litter and walked.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Luke 9:28-36: The Gospel Lectionary Passage for February 14, 2010

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28And it happened after those words, about eight days, [Jesus] took Peter and James and John and went up onto the mountain to pray. 29And it happened as he was praying, the look of his face changed and his clothes became white, flashing like lightning. 30And behold, two men were talking with him (Moses and Elijah) 31who appeared in glory. They talked about his exodus which must be accomplished in Jerusalem. 32And Peter and those who were with him had become weighed down with sleep. And when they woke up, they saw his glory and the two men who were standing with him. 33And it happen when they separated from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. And we will make three shelters: one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah. He didn’t what he was saying. 34And after he’d said these things, a cloud appeared and it cast a shadow over them. And they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35And a voice came out of the cloud saying, “This is my son, the one who is chosen. Listen to him.” 36And after the voice came, Jesus was found alone. And they were silent and told no one of those things they’d seen that day.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Luke 4:21-30: The Gospel Lectionary Lesson for January 31, 2010

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21And he began to say to them, “Today, this writing has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22And everyone spoke well of him and marveled at the words of grace that came out of his mouth. And they said, “He’s the son of Joseph, isn’t he?” 23And he said to them, “Certainly, you’ll say to me this parable: ‘Doctor, cure yourself. What we heard that you did in Capernaum, do also here in your native place.’” 24But he said, “Amen I say to you that no prophet is accepted in his native place. 25But in truth I say to you, there were many widows during the days of Elijah in Israel, when the heavens were shut for three years and six months, so there was a great famine in the whole land. 26And to no one was Elijah sent, except to Zarephath in Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and no one was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” 28And everyone was filled with anger in the synagogue when they heard these things. 29And after they rose up, they cast him out of the town. And they took him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. 30But after he went through the middle of them, he went away.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Luke 4:14-21: The Gospel Lectionary Lesson for January 24, 2010

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14And Jesus went back in the power of the spirit into Galilee. And a report went out throughout the whole countryside concerning him. 15And he himself taught in their synagogues, and he was praised by all.

16And he went into Nazareth, where he’d been raised, and he went, according to his custom on the day of the Sabbath, into the synagogue, and he stood up to read. 17And it was given to him the book of the prophet Isaiah, and after he’d opened the book, he found the place where it had been written:

18The spirit of the lord is upon me,
because of this he anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor;
he sent me to preach to the captives release
and to the blind, the recovery of sight,
to send as released the crushed
19to preach the acceptable year of the lord.

20And after he’d closed the book and gave it back to the attendant, he sat down. And all the eyes in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21And he started to say to them, “Today this word has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

Monday, January 11, 2010

John 2:1-11: The Gospel Lectionary Passage for Sunday, January 17, 2010

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1And on the third day, there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2And also Jesus and his disciples were invited into the wedding. 3And because they ran short of wine, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They don’t have wine.” 4And Jesus said to her, “What is that to me or you, woman? My hour has not yet come.” 5His mother said to the servants, “Whatever he might say to you, then do.” 6And there were six stone water jars for Jewish purification standing [there]. Each held two or three measures. 7Jesus said to them, “Now fill the water jars with water.” And they filled them to the brim. 8And he said to them, “Now draw water out and carry it to the one responsible for managing the banquet. And they carried some. 9And the one responsible tasted the water which had become wine, and he didn’t know from where it came, but the servant who’d drawn the water knew. The one responsible for the banquet called the bride groom 10and said to him, “Every person first serves the good wine, and when the people have been made drunk, the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now.” 11Jesus did this first sign in Cana in Galilee, and made clear his glory, and his disciples believed in him.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Luke 3:15, 21-22: The Lectionary Gospel Lesson for January 10, 2010

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15And because the people were waiting and everybody was debating in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, 16John answered and said, “I in water baptize you, but the one who is more powerful than me, the one whom I’m not worthy to untie his sandal strap, he himself will baptize you in holy spirit and fire, 17the one who has the winnowing shovel in his hand to clean thoroughly his threshing floor and to gather the grain into his storehouse, but the chaff he will burn up in fire unquenchable.”


21And it happened when all the people were baptized and when Jesus was baptized and when he was praying, the heavens were opened 22and the holy spirit came down bodily, in the visible form of a dove, upon him, and a voice out of heaven came, “You are my son, the beloved, in you I am well pleased.”