CategorySunday Preview

Weekly previews of the scripture for the upcoming Sunday, with preaching and home devotional questions for your reflection.

Epiphany 6 Preview

“If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you…”  Deuteronomy 30:16 Much of Sunday’s Gospel reading echoes portions of the Ten Commandments.…

February 2, 2020

February 2nd is the day the church celebrates the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple; it is also an american secular day known as “Groundhog’s Day”. There is a direct correlation between these two events. It is also a reminder that we can find sacred in the secular.

Epiphany 3 Preview

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.”  Immediately they left their nets and followed him.”  Matthew 4:19-20 This Sunday is Youth Sunday and an opportunity to celebrate the many gifts our youth bring to our mission and ministry. With the assistance of our pastors, deacon, and our…

Epiphany 2 Sunday Preview

“ The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. ”   — (John 1:35-37, NRSV) Today’s gospel opens with further reflection on Jesus’ baptism. He is the…

January 12, 2020 Preview

And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17…

Christmas 2 Sunday Preview

“But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.” –John 1:12 In Sunday’s Bible readings we are reminded that we are claimed and called as children of God. God creates family not because we are God’s blood relatives, but through adoption. In baptism we are…

Advent 4 Preview

“…and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” Matthew 1:23 During these final days of Advent we pray, “O come, O come, Emmanuel,” a beloved hymn based on the O Antiphons, ancient prayers appointed for the seven days preceding Christmas. Never is God so with us as in Jesus of Nazareth. Here is…

Advent 3 Worship Preview

Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” (Matthew 11:3) .  “A note of joyful expectation marks today’s worship. Isaiah announces that the desert shall rejoice and blossom, and Jesus points to the unexpected and transforming signs of God’s reign. We wait with patience for the coming of…

Advent 2 Preview

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’ ” -Matthew 3:3 At the heart of our Advent preparation stands figures who gather and call us to action. During the Traditional service we hear the voice of John the Baptist, who calls us to repent and…

Are You Prepared?

Advent is a time of looking back at the birth of Jesus and looking forward to His return. How are we preparing for this event? Do we put as much energy into preparing for the return of Jesus as we take in preparing for the holidays? Or how about taking care of our possessions?  We…