Teach Us To Pray

Luke 11

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church from the Gospel of Luke: 

He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” 2 He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Father, hallowed be your name.

    Your kingdom come.

3 Give us each day our daily bread.

4 And forgive us our sins,

        for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.

    And do not bring us to the time of trial.”

This is the word of the Lord.         Thanks be to God


Humble Confidence

Luke 14:1-2; 7-14

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church from the Gospel of Luke: 

1On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. 2 Just then, in front of him, there was a man who had dropsy.

7 Jesus went on to address a parable to the guests, noticing how they were trying to get a place of honor at the table. 8 “When you’re invited to a wedding party, don’t sit in the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished has been invited. 9 Otherwise the hosts might come and say to you, ‘Make room for this person,’ and you would have to proceed shamefacedly to the lowest place. 10 What you should do is go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your hosts approach you they’ll say, ‘My friend, come up higher.’ This will win you the esteem of the other guests. 11 For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” 12 Then Jesus said to the host, “Whenever you give a lunch or dinner, don’t invite your friends or colleagues or relatives or wealthy neighbors. They might invite you in return and thus repay you. 13 No, when you have a reception, invite those who are poor or have physical infirmities or are blind. 14 You should be pleased that they can’t repay you, for you’ll be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”


This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God

Making A Life

 Luke 12:13-21


Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church from the Gospel of Luke: 

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” 16 Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. 17 And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ 18 Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose

This is the word of the Lord.         Thanks be to God


Catching Words: Learning to Listen & Listening to Learn

1 Samuel 3


Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church from the book of 1 Samuel: 

3 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.

2 At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 3 the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” 5 and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. 6 The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lordhad not yet been revealed to him. 8 The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10 Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 11 Then the Lord said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. 12 On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. 13 For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. 14 Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever.”

15 Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. 16 But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” He said, “Here I am.” 17 Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.” 18 So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, “It is the Lord; let him do what seems good to him.”

19 As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the Lord. 21 The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh, for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the Lord.

This is the word of the Lord.         Thanks be to God


You're Anxious

Luke 10:38-42

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church from the book of Luke: 

38 As they traveled, Jesus entered a village where a woman named Martha welcomed him to her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at Jesus’ feet and listened to his words. 40 Martha, who was busy with all the details of hospitality, came to Jesus and said, “Rabbi, don’t you care that my sister has left me all alone to do the household tasks? Tell her to help me!” 41 Jesus replied, “Martha, Martha! You’re anxious and upset about so many things, 42 but only a few things are necessary—really only one. Mary has chosen the better part, and she won’t be deprived of it.”


This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God

Turned His Face to Jerusalum

Luke 9:51-62

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church from the Gospel of Luke: 

As the time approached when he was to be taken from this world, Jesus firmly resolved to proceed toward Jerusalem 52 and sent messengers on ahead. They entered a Samaritan town to make preparations for him, 53 but the Samaritans wouldn’t welcome Jesus because his destination was Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Rabbi, do you want us to call down fire from heaven and destroy them?” 55 But Jesus turned and reprimanded them.* 56 Then they set off for another town. 57 As they were making their way along, they met a fellow traveler who said to Jesus, “I’ll follow you wherever you go.” 58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have lairs, the birds of the sky have nests, but the Chosen One has nowhere to rest.” 59 To another traveler Jesus said, “Follow me.” The traveler replied, “Let me bury my father first.” 60 Jesus said in return, “Let the dead bury their dead; you go and proclaim the reign of God everywhere.” 61 Yet another traveler approached Jesus in this way: “I’ll be your follower, Rabbi, but first let me say goodbye to my people at home.” 62 Jesus answered, “Whoever puts a hand to the plow but keeps looking back is unfit for the reign of God.”

This is the word of the Lord.         Thanks be to God



Rabbi Noah Uhlman

Genesis 12:1-3

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church from the book of Genesis:

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.

This is the word of the Lord.         Thanks be to God.


Trinity

John 16:12-15

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church from the Gospel of John:

12 I have much more to tell you,

but you can’t bear to hear it now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes,

she will guide you into all truth.

She won’t speak on her own initiative;

rather, she’ll speak only what she hears,

and she’ll announce to you

things that are yet to come. 14 In doing this, the Spirit will give glory to me,

for she will take what is mine

and reveal it to you. 15 Everything that Abba God has

belongs to me.

This is why I said that

the Spirit will take what is mine

and reveal it to you. 16 Within a short time you won’t see me,

but soon after that you’ll see me again.”

This is the word of the Lord.         Thanks be to God



Eastertide: Elder Marissa Saints

Deuteronomy 10:12-22, Matthew 25:34-40

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church from the book of Deuteronomy and Matthew:

Deuteronomy 10:12-22

So now Israel, what do you think God expects from you? Just this: Live in his presence in holy reverence, follow the road he sets out for you, love him, serve God, your God, with everything you have in you, obey the commandments and regulations of God that I’m commanding you today—live a good life.

Look around you: Everything you see is God’s—the heavens above and beyond, the Earth, and everything on it. But it was your ancestors who God fell in love with; he picked their children—that’s you!—out of all the other peoples. That’s where we are right now. So cut away the thick calluses from your heart and stop being so willfully hardheaded. God, your God, is the God of all gods, he’s the Master of all masters, a God immense and powerful and awesome. He doesn’t play favorites, takes no bribes, makes sure orphans and widows are treated fairly, takes loving care of foreigners by seeing that they get food and clothing.

You must treat foreigners with the same loving care—

      remember, you were once foreigners in Egypt.

  Reverently respect God, your God, serve him, hold tight to him,

      back up your promises with the authority of his name.

  He’s your praise! He’s your God!

  He did all these tremendous, these staggering things

      that you saw with your own eyes.

When your ancestors entered Egypt, they numbered a mere seventy souls. And now look at you—you look more like the stars in the night skies in number. And your God did it.

Matthew 25:34-40

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

This is the word of the Lord.         Thanks be to God



Eastertide: Dwelling

John 14: 21-29

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church from the Gospel of John:

23 Jesus answered, “Those who love me will be true to my word,

and Abba God will love them;

and we will come to them

and make our dwelling place with them. 24 Those who don’t love me

don’t keep my words.

Yet the message you hear is not mine;

it comes from Abba God who sent me. 25 This much have I said to you while still with you; 26 but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit

whom Abba God will send in my name,

will instruct you in everything

and she will remind you of all that I told you. 27 Peace I leave with you;

my peace I give to you;

but the kind of peace I give you

is not like the world’s peace.

Don’t let your hearts be distressed;

don’t be fearful. 28 You’ve heard me say,

‘I am going away but I will return.’

If you really loved me,

you would rejoice because I am going to Abba God,

for Abba is greater than I. 29 I tell you this now, before it happens,

so that when it happens you will believe.


This is the word of the Lord.         Thanks be to God



Eastertide: Glory

John 13:31-35

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church from the Gospel of John:

Jesus said, “Now is the Chosen One glorified and God is glorified as well. 32 If God has been glorified, God will in turn glorify the Chosen One and will do so very soon. 33 My little children, I won’t be with you much longer. You’ll look for me, but what I said to the Temple authorities, I say to you: wher  vvcze I am going, you cannot come. 34 I give you a new commandment: Love one another. And you’re to love one another the way I have loved you. 35 This is how all will know that you’re my disciples: that you truly love one another.”

This is the word of the Lord.         Thanks be to God



Eastertide: We Are One

John 10:22-30

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church from the Gospel of John:

22 The time came for Hanukkah, the Feast of the Dedication, in Jerusalem. 23 It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the Temple area, in Solomon’s Porch, 24 when the Temple authorities surrounded him and said, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you really are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus replied, “I did tell you, but you don’t believe. The work I do in my Abba’s name gives witness in my favor, 26 but you don’t believe because you’re not my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never be lost. No one will ever snatch them from my hand. 29 Abba God, who gave them to me, is greater than anyone, and no one can steal them from Abba God. 30 For Abba and I are One.

This is the word of the Lord.         Thanks be to God



Eastertide: Forgiveness & Restoration

John 21:1-19

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church from the Gospel of John:

Later Jesus again was manifested to the disciples at Lake Tiberias. This is how the appearance took place. 2 Assembled were Simon Peter, Thomas “the Twin,” Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s children, and two other disciples. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I’m going out to fish.” “We’ll join you,” they replied, and went off to get into their boat. All through the night they caught nothing. 4 Just after daybreak, Jesus was standing on the shore, though none of the disciples knew it was Jesus. 5 He said to them, “Have you caught anything, friends?” “Not a thing,” they answered. 6 “Cast your net off to the starboard side,” Jesus suggested, “and you’ll find something.” So they made a cast and caught so many fish that they couldn’t haul the net in. 7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved cried out to Peter, “It’s the Teacher!” Upon hearing this, Simon Peter threw on his cloak—he was naked—and jumped into the water. 8 Meanwhile the other disciples brought the boat to shore, towing the net full of fish. They were not far from land—no more than a hundred yards. 9 When they landed, they saw that a charcoal fire had been prepared, with fish and some bread already being grilled. 10 “Bring some of the fish you just caught,” Jesus told them. 11 Simon Peter went aboard and hauled ashore the net, which was loaded with huge fish—one hundred fifty-three of them. In spite of the great number, the net was not torn. 12 “Come and eat your meal,” Jesus told them. None of the disciples dared to ask, “Who are you?”—they knew it was the savior. 13 Jesus came over, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This marked the third time that Jesus had appeared to the disciples after being raised from the dead. 15 When they had eaten their meal, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, do you love me more than these?” Peter said, “Yes, Rabbi, you know that I’m your friend.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time Jesus put the question, “Simon, do you love me?” Peter said, “Yes, Rabbi, you know that I’m your friend.” Jesus replied, “Tend my sheep.” 17 A third time Jesus asked him, “Simon, do you love me as a friend would?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked, “Do you love me?” a third time. So he said, “You know everything, Rabbi. You know that I am your friend.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 The truth of the matter is,

when you were young,

you put on your own belt

and walked where you liked;

but when you get old,

you will stretch out your hands

and someone else will put a belt around you

and take you where you don’t want to go.”

19 With these words, Jesus indicated the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then the savior said, “Follow me.”


This is the word of the Lord.         Thanks be to God



Eastertide: Peace

John 20:19-31

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church from the Gospel of John:

19 In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were locked in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Temple authorities. Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 Having said this, the savior showed them the marks of crucifixion. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw Jesus, 21 who said to them again, “Peace be with you. As Abba God sent me, so I’m sending you.” 22 After saying this, Jesus breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven.

If you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.” 24 It happened that one of the Twelve, Thomas—nicknamed Didymus, or “Twin”—was absent when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples kept telling him, “We’ve seen Jesus!” Thomas’ answer was, “I’ll never believe it without putting my finger in the nail marks and my hand into the spear wound.” 26 On the eighth day, the disciples were once more in the room, and this time Thomas was with them. Despite the locked doors, Jesus came and stood before them, saying, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then, to Thomas, Jesus said, “Take your finger and examine my hands. Put your hand into my side. Don’t persist in your unbelief, but believe!” 28 Thomas said in response, “My Savior and my God!” 29 Jesus then said, “You’ve become a believer because you saw me. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 30 Jesus performed many other signs as well—signs not recorded here—in the presence of the disciples. 31 But these have been recorded to help you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Only Begotten, so that by believing you may have life in Jesus’ Name.

This is the word of the Lord.         Thanks be to God

Easter

Luke 24:1-12

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church from the Gospel of Luke:

On the first day of the week, at the first sign of dawn, the women came to the tomb bringing the spices they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled back from the tomb; 3 but when they entered the tomb, they didn’t find the body of Jesus. 4 While they were still at a loss over what to think of this, two figures in dazzling garments stood beside them. 5 Terrified, the women bowed to the ground. The two said to them, “Why do you search for the Living One among the dead? 6 Jesus is not here; Christ has risen. Remember what Jesus said to you while still in Galilee—7 that the Chosen One must be delivered into the hands of sinners and be crucified, and on the third day would rise again.” 8 With this reminder, the words of Jesus came back to them. 9 When they had returned from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and the others. 10 The women were Mary of Magdala, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James. The other women with them also told the apostles, 11 but the story seemed like nonsense and they refused to believe them. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. He stooped down, but he could see nothing but the wrappings. So he went away, full of amazement at what had occurred.

This is the word of the Lord.         Thanks be to God



Lent: Anointed

John 12:1-8

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church from the Gospel of John:

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2 There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3 Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, 5 “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” 6 (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) 7 Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. 8 You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

This is the word of the Lord.         Thanks be to God.

Prodigal

Luke 15:1-3,11-32

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church from the Gospel of Luke:

1 Meanwhile, the tax collectors and the “sinners” were all gathering around Jesus to listen to his teaching, 2 at which the Pharisees and the religious scholars murmured, “This person welcomes sinners and eats with them!” 3 Jesus then addressed this parable to them:

11 He added, “A man had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to their father, ‘Give me the share of the estate that is coming to me.’ So the father divided up the property between them. 13 Some days later, the younger son gathered up his belongings and went off to a distant land. Here he squandered all his money on loose living. 14 “After everything was spent, a great famine broke out in the land, and the son was in great need. 15 So he went to a landowner, who sent him to a farm to take care of the pigs. 16 The son was so hungry that he could have eaten the husks that were fodder for the pigs, but no one made a move to give him anything. 17 Coming to his senses at last, he said, ‘How many hired hands at my father’s house have more than enough to eat, while here I am starving! 18 I’ll quit and go back home and say, “I’ve sinned against God and against you; 19 I no longer deserve to be called one of your children. Treat me like one of your hired hands.”’ 20 With that, the younger son set off for home. “While still a long way off, the father caught sight of the returning child and was deeply moved. The father ran out to meet him, threw his arms around him and kissed him. 21 The son said to him, ‘I’ve sinned against God and against you; I no longer deserve to be called one of your children.’ 22 But his father said to one of the workers, ‘Quick! Bring out the finest robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet. 23 Take the calf we’ve been fattening and butcher it. Let’s eat and celebrate! 24 This son of mine was dead and has come back to life. He was lost and now he’s found!’ And the celebration began. 25 “Meanwhile the elder son had been out in the field. As he neared the house, he heard the sound of music and dancing. 26 He called one of the workers and asked what was happening. 27 The worker answered, ‘Your brother is home, and the fatted calf has been killed because your father has him back safe and sound.’ 28 “The son got angry at this and refused to go in to the party, but his father came out and pleaded with him. 29 The older son replied, ‘Look! For years now I’ve done every single thing you asked me to do. I never disobeyed even one of your orders, yet you never gave me so much as a kid goat to celebrate with my friends. 30 But then this son of yours comes home after going through your money with prostitutes, and you kill the fatted calf for him!’ 31 “ ‘But my child!’ the father said. ‘You’re with me always, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we have to celebrate and rejoice! This brother of yours was dead and has come back to life. He was lost and now he’s found.’”

This is the word of the Lord.         Thanks be to God



Lent: Killing Prophets

Luke 13:28-36

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church from the Gospel of Luke:

People will come from the East and the West, from the North and the South, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. 30 Some who are last will be first, and some who are first will be last.” 31 Just then, some Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “You need to get out of town, and fast. Herod is trying to kill you.” 32 Jesus replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘Today and tomorrow, I’ll be casting out devils and healing people, and on the third day I’ll reach my goal.’ 33 Even with all that, I’ll need to continue on my journey today, tomorrow and the day after that, since no prophet can be allowed to die anywhere except in Jerusalem. 34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! How often have I wanted to gather your children together as a mother bird collects her babies under her wings—yet you refuse me! 35 So take note: your house will be left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is the One who comes in the name of our God!’ ”


This is the word of the Lord.Thanks be to God


Lent: Wilderness

Luke 4:1-13

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church from the Gospel of Luke:

Jesus returned from the Jordan filled with the Holy Spirit, and she led him into the desert 2 for forty days, where he was tempted by the Devil. Jesus ate nothing during that time, at the end of which he was famished. 3 The Devil said to Jesus, “If you are God’s Own, command this stone to turn into bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “Scripture has it, ‘We don’t live on bread alone.’ ” 5 Then the Devil took Jesus up higher and showed him all the nations of the world in a single instant. 6 The Devil said, “I’ll give you all the power and the glory of these nations; the power has been given to me and I can give it to whomever I wish. 7 Prostrate yourself in homage before me, and it will all be yours.” 8 In reply, Jesus said, “Scripture has it: ‘You will worship the Most High God; God alone will you adore.’ ” 9 Then the Devil led Jesus to Jerusalem, set him up on the parapet of the Temple and said, “If you are God’s Own, throw yourself down from here, 10 for scripture has it, ‘God will tell the angels to take care of you; 11 with their hands they’ll support you, that you may never stumble on a stone.’ ” 12 Jesus said to the Devil in reply, “It also says, ‘Do not put God to the test.’ ” 13 When the Devil had finished all this tempting, Jesus was left alone. The Devil awaited another opportunity.

This is the word of the Lord.         Thanks be to God


Transformed

2 Corinthians 3:12-18

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church from the 2nd Letter to the Corinthians:

12 Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness, 13 not like Moses, who put a veil over his face to keep the people of Israel from gazing at the end of the glory that was being set aside. 14 But their minds were hardened. Indeed, to this very day, when they hear the reading of the old covenant, that same veil is still there, since only in Christ is it set aside. 15 Indeed, to this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds; 16 but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.

This is the word of the Lord.         Thanks be to God