Posts By: Barbara Klugh

Engaging the Word: Readings for 12/04/16 (The Second Sunday of Advent)

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John the Baptist fresco by Meister von Gracanica c.1235. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

 By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Isaiah proclaims that a new king descended from David will arise to lead God’s people, Paul urges his readers to live in harmony with one another, and John the… Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 11/27/16 (The First Sunday of Advent)

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 By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Advent: This Sunday is the beginning of Year A in our three-year lectionary cycle. It begins with Advent (from the Latin adventus: coming), which always begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ends… Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 11/20/16 (Christ the King: Proper 29)

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Christ the King Window at Melkite Catholic Annunciation Cathedral, Boston. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

 By Barbara Klugh Jeremiah 23:1-6; Canticle 16; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43.  Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Christ the King: This is the last Sunday of the liturgical year, known as Christ the King Sunday. Pope Pius XI instituted the feast of Christ the King in 1925 to remind Christians that our loyalty… Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 11/13/16 (Proper 28)

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The Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks, c.1846. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Isaiah 65:17-25; Canticle 9; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. This week’s readings have a sense that God’s kingdom is at hand. A new world order has already begun and we’re invited to live it now. Isaiah 65:17-25: The Book of Isaiah is a collection of prophecies that falls… Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 11/6/16 (All Saints’ Sunday)

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By Barbara Klugh Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18; Psalm 149; Ephesians 1:11-23; Luke 6:20-31. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the lectionary. In this week’s readings, despite his terrifying visions of four great beasts, Daniel also learns of an eternal kingdom for God’s people, Paul rejoices in our glorious inheritance of redemption through our Lord Jesus Christ,… Read more »

Continue the great chain of leadership

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As we look forward to celebrating our 150th anniversary, we give thanks for the more than a thousand individuals who have guided Grace Church over the generations. Now maybe God is calling you to continue the great chain of Grace leadership. Nominations are open for the Vestry, Diocesan Convention Delegates and Alternates, and next year’s… Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 10/30/16 (The 24th Sunday after Pentecost)

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Jesus calling Zacchaeus by William Hole, 1908. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

By Barbara Klugh Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4; Psalm 119:137-144; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary. In this week’s readings, Habakkuk urges patience because justice will prevail in the end, Paul and his companions send greetings to the church in Thessalonica, and Jesus calls Zacchaeus to come down… Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 10/23/16 (The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost)

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The Pharisee and the Publican by James Tissot (1836-1902). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

 By Barbara Klugh Joel 2:23-32; Psalm 65; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary. In this week’s readings, Joel prophesies God’s forgiveness and restoration after the terrible plague of locusts, Paul reflects on his life and death in his letter to Timothy, and in the parable of the… Read more »

Engaging the Word: Readings for 10/16/16 (The 22nd Sunday after Pentecost)

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Parable of the unjust judge (1882). Palace of Facets, the Kremlin, Russia. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

 By Barbara Klugh Jeremiah 31:27-34; Psalm 119:97-104; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Luke 18:1-8. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary. In our reading from the Book of Jeremiah, God promises a new covenant, the only reference to it in the OT. The other readings demonstrate how our persevering faith allows us to live into… Read more »