“God as I Don’t Understand” by Michele Frome

June 16, 2019


I work as a volunteer chaplain at the Hebrew Home nursing home in Rockville.  My biggest task there is leading a weekly Bible Study Class for Christians, which I’ve been doing for 3 ½ years now.  (Yes, I teach a Christian Bible Study class at a Jewish nursing home!)  I need to mention that I am NOT a Bible scholar, and I wasn’t even a regular Bible reader when this class started – I only started it because I was required to lead a group activity as part of my training, and I didn’t have a better idea.

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2019 Afer Pentecost Lectionary: Let Us Not Grow Weary


Let us not grow weary in doing what is right.

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird, p xiii

What makes you weary? Where is your stubborn hope?

Readings according to the Revised Common Lectionary, Year C

June 9                    PENTECOST
Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
Romans 8:14-17
John 14:8-17, 25-27

July 7                       
2 Kings 5:1‑14
Psalm 30
Galatians 6:1‑16
Luke 10:1‑11, 16-20  

June 16                                         
Proverbs 8:1‑4, 22-31
Psalm 8
Romans 5:1‑5
John 16:12‑15

July 14                     
Amos 7:7‑1 7
Psalm 82
Colossians 1:1‑14
Luke 10:25‑37

June 23                     
1 Kings 19:1‑15a
Psalm 42 and 43
Galatians 3:23‑29
Luke 8:26‑39

July 21                     
Amos 8:1-12
Psalm 52
Colossians 1:15-28
Luke 10:38-42

June 30                     
2 Kings 2:1‑2, 6-14
Psalm 77:1‑2, 11-20
Galatians 5:1, 13‑25
Luke 9:51‑62

July 28
Hosea 1:2-10
Psalm 85
Colossians 2:6-19
Luke 11:1-13

Click here for a printable copy of the 2019 After Pentecost lectionary

Readings are available on the Internet at http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu .

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“That Holy Room” by Jacqie Wallen

Pentecost altarJune 9, 2019


I love Pentecost, though I’m not the type to speak in tongues and I hope it never happens to me.  I imagine other Seekers would be tolerant but somewhat baffled if I did.  Still, the idea of the Holy Spirit coming down in tongues of flame is exciting to me.  The image of a bunch of Jesus’ followers speaking in many different languages but all understanding each other is inspiring.  It’s how I would like the world to be, not just for Christians but for everyone.

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