Posts Categorized: Engaging the Word

Engaging the Word: 6/4/17 (The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday)

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 By Barbara Klugh Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:25-35, 37; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13; John 20:19-23. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. This Sunday we will celebrate Pentecost, commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples. To symbolize the fire of the Holy Spirit, priests will wear red vestments, and at Grace, we are invited to… Read more »

Engaging the Word: 5/28/17 (The Seventh Sunday of Easter: The Sunday after Ascension Day)

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 By Barbara Klugh Acts 1:6-14; Psalm 68:1-10. 33-36; 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:5-11; John 17:1-11. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. The Sunday between Ascension Day and Pentecost is sometimes called “Expectation Sunday.” This is the time when the followers of Jesus devote themselves to prayer while they wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Acts… Read more »

Engaging the Word: 5/21/17 (The Sixth Sunday of Easter)

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St Paul Preaching

By Barbara Klugh Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:7-18; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Paul’s preaching in Athens sparks curiosity, ridicule, and belief, Peter tells Jesus’ disciples not to be intimidated for doing good in the world, even if it results in suffering, and Jesus promises his… Read more »

Engaging the Word: 5/14/17 (The Fifth Sunday of Easter)

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Christ taking leave of the Apostles by Duccio (1260-1318). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

 By Barbara Klugh Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Stephen becomes the first Christian martyr, Peter offers encouragement to the new Christian community, and Jesus promises that his eternal presence will be with his disciples. Acts 7:55-60: This week we learn about… Read more »

Engaging the Word: 5/7/17 (The Fourth Sunday of Easter)

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 By Barbara Klugh Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In our readings for Good Shepherd Sunday, we learn how the earliest Christians devoted themselves to the apostles’ teachings and to fellowship with one another, Peter instructed his readers to rejoice in suffering for… Read more »

Engaging the Word: 4/30/17 (The Third Sunday of Easter)

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Baptism of the people by Andrea del Sarto c.1516. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

By Barbara Klugh Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17; 1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. We have great texts to continue our Easter celebration. Three thousand people are baptized, the psalmist praises God for his saving help, Peter urges disciples to live lives of purity and deep loving,… Read more »

Engaging the Word: 4/16/17 (The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Sunday)

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 By Barbara Klugh Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Colossians 3:1-4; Matthew 28:1-10. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Happy Easter! This week’s readings are about a living hope of new life for all God’s children—even us—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Acts 10:34-43: The Book of Acts describes the… Read more »

Engaging the Word: 4/9/17 (The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday)

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Jesus Christ

 By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 50: 4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14 – 27:66. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. This Sunday begins Holy Week, the week preceding Easter and the most significant week of the church year. In this week’s readings, we ponder Isaiah’s account of the humiliation and vindication of… Read more »

Engaging the Word: 4/2/17 (The Fifth Sunday in Lent)

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Ezekiel’s vision from Luther Bible, 1534. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

 By Barbara Klugh Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Our texts this week reveal the power of God to bring about restoration and new life. Ezekiel 37:1-14: Ezekiel was a temple priest who was exiled to Babylon in 597 BC along with three thousand… Read more »