The Entrance

Psalm 118:1-2,19-29 & Matthew 21:1-11 Psalm 118:1-2,19-29 (RSV) A Song of Victory 118 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever! 2 Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures for ever.” 19 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give […]


Ezekiel 37:1-14 & Psalm 130 (RSV) Ezekiel 37:1-14 (RSV) The Valley of Dry Bones 37 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; it was full of bones. 2 And he led me round […]

Blind… But Now I See

Psalm 23 & Ephesians 5:8-14 Psalm 23 (RSV) The Divine Shepherd A Psalm of David. 23 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; 2 he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; 3 he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s […]

Be Still and Know

Exodus 17:1-7 (RSV) & John 4:1-42 Exodus 17:1-7 (RSV) Water from the Rock 17 All the congregation of the people of Israel moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped at Reph′idim; but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 Therefore the […]

Born Again

Genesis 12:1-4 (RSV) & John 3:1-17 Genesis 12:1-4 (RSV) The Call of Abram 12 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 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and […]

The Path Through Temptation

Genesis 3:1-7 & Matthew 4:1-11 (NIV) Genesis 3:1-7 (NIV) The Fall 3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, […]


Exodus 24:12-18 & Matthew 17:1-9 Exodus 24:12-18 (RSV) 12 The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tables of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.” 13 So Moses rose with his servant Joshua, and […]

Beyond Messy: with our enemies

Leviticus 19:1-2,9-18 & Matthew 5:38-48 Leviticus 19:1-2,9-18 (RSV) Ritual and Moral Holiness 19 And the Lord said to Moses, 2 “Say to all the congregation of the people of Israel, You shall be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy. 9 “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap […]

Where It Gets Really Messy

Deuteronomy 30:11-20 & Matthew 5:33-37 Deuteronomy 30:11-20 (RSV) Exhortation to Choose Life 11 “For this commandment which I command you this day is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up for us to heaven, and bring it to […]

Psalm 112:1-9 & Matthew 5:13-20 Psalm 112:1-9 (RSV) Blessings of the Righteous 112 Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments! 2 His descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches are in his house; […]