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Lectionary Reflection: The First Sunday after the Epiphany

By Carol James

Friday, January 5

Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11 It’s not hard to see why people in early Palestinian cultures would view water as a deeply holy substance: life-giving, purifying, primal and revered. Our reading from...

Lectionary Reflection: The First Sunday after Christmas

By Carol James

Friday, December 29

Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Galatians 3:23-25, 4:4-7; John 1:1-18 It’s an odd time of year to be looking for hope and new beginnings. A little bedraggled from the stresses of the festive season, we stumble across the...

Lectionary Reflection: Third Sunday of Advent

By Carol James

Friday, December 15

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28 Many scholars believe that Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians was among the earliest preserved writings of the new Christian community. The community of believers in...

Lectionary Reflection: First Sunday of Advent

By Carol James

Friday, December 1

Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37 Keep awake.   Our readings today vividly remind us that waiting for God’s transformative power to break in our world is not a safe or...

Lectionary Reflection: All Saints’ Sunday

By Carol James

Friday, November 3

Revelation 7:9-17; Psalm 34:1-10, 22; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12 “Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed.” Our reading from the first letter of John offers us...

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