Posts By: Barbara Klugh

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

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The Gleaners by Jean-François Millet, 1857. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

 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… Read more »

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

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 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… Read more »

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

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 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… Read more »

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

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Prophet Micah by Hubert van Eyck (c.1366-1426). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

 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… Read more »

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

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Calling Disciples by He Qi, 2001. Public domain, via Vanderbilt Divinity Library.

 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… Read more »

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

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Temple of Apollo, Ancient Corinth. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

 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… Read more »

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

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Baptism of Christ by Piero della Francesca (1420-1492). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

 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… Read more »

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

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The Adoration of the Shepherds by Gerard van Honthorst, 1622. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

 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… Read more »

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

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 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… Read more »