2020 Recommitment Lectionary: The Mind of Christ in Us

Reflection

And this is it. This is the life we get here on earth. We get to give away what we receive. We get to believe in each other. We get to forgive and be forgiven. We get to love imperfectly. And we never know what effect it will have for years to come. And all of it…all of it is completely worth it.”

Nadia Bolz-Weber, Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People, p 172.

What does it mean to have the mind of Christ in me today?

September 13
Genesis 50:15-21
Psalm 114
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35
October 11
Exodus 32:1-14
Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23
Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14
September 20
Exodus 16:2-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16
Recommitment Sunday
October 18
Exodus 33:12-23
Psalm 99
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Matthew 22:15-22
September 27
Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
Philippians 2:1-13
Matthew 21:23-32
October 26
JUBILEE
Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46
October 4
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Psalm 19
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46

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Readings are available on the internet at https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu//

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2020 Summer Lectionary: Hearing Stories Again for the First Time

Reflection

The basic fact is that Christianity as it was born in the mind of this Jewish teacher and thinker appears as a technique of survival for the oppressed. That it became, through the intervening years, a religion of the powerful and the dominant, used sometimes as an instrument of oppression, must not tempt us into believing that it was thus in the mind and life of Jesus. … Wherever his spirit appears, the oppressed gather fresh courage; for he announced the good news that fear, hypocrisy, and hatred, the three hounds of hell that track the trail of the disinherited, need have no dominion over them.…

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2020 Trinity Lectionary: Finding Comfort

Banner with image of cross, compass rose, and the Seekers plantReflection

As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness – just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.

Laura Ingalls Wilder, Writings to Young Women from Laura Ingalls Wilder: On Wisdom and Virtues, p 66

Where do you find comfort?

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2020 Easter Lectionary: Witnesses to Hope

The Christian faith is one that does not pretend things aren’t bad. This is a faith that does not offer platitudes to those who lost children this week to suicide or a tornado. This is not a faith that produces optimism. It is a faith that produces a defiant hope that God is still writing the story and that despite darkness a light shines and that God can redeem our crap and that beauty matters and that despite every disappointing thing we have ever done or that we have ever endured, that there is no hell from which resurrection is impossible.…

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2020 Lent Lectionary: How Can These Things Be?

The reflection for this season is a poem by Laura Martin, Associate Pastor at Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington, VA, who has graciously given us permission to use it in full in our bulletin. It begins, “For God so loves the world/That she gives us awe/Shivers on our arms/Shooting stars…” If you are on Facebook, you can read the rest of the poem at https://www.facebook.com/pg/lauramartinpoetry/posts/?ref=page_internal 

How Can These Things Be?

February 26   
Ash Wednesday
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Psalm 51:1-17
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
March 29
Ezekiel 37:1‑14
Psalm 130
Romans 8:6‑11
John 11:1‑45
March 1
Genesis 2:15‑17, 3:1‑7
Psalm 32
Romans 5:12‑19
Matthew 4:1‑11
April 5
Palm Sunday
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Philippians 2:5‑11
Matthew 21:1-11
March 8
Genesis 12:1‑4a
Psalm 121
Romans 4:1‑5, 13‑17
John 3:1‑17
April 9
Maundy Thursday
Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-17, 31b-35
March 15
Exodus 17:1‑7
Psalm 95
Romans 5:1‑11
John 4:5‑42
April 12
Easter
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Colossians 3:1-4
John 20:1-18
March 22
1 Samuel 16:1‑13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8‑14
John 9:1‑41

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