CategorySunday Preview

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

Pentecost 9 Preview

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32 Jesus reassures us of God’s care for his people in the first part of this Sunday’s reading from Luke. Just like Abram in this Sunday’s reading from Genesis, we must place our trust in God…

Pentecost 8 Preview

“And [Jesus] 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.” Luke 12:15 Today’s Gospel reading features a parable by Jesus which may make some of us a bit uncomfortable. It’s about being rich in resources, but poor in…

Pentecost 7 Preview

So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”  (Luke 11:9-10)  Persistence in prayer evoked the admiration of Jesus…

Pentecost 6 Preview

“But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 Jesus’ admonishment to Martha in this Sunday’s reading from Luke acts as a reminder that Jesus is…

Pentecost 5 Preview

“But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’” -Luke 10:29 The Parable of the Good Samaritan is probably one of the most well known parables that Jesus taught. But it was probably one of the most scandalous as well. Samaritans were hated by the Jews and for Jesus to use…

Pentecost 4 Preview

“The Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go.”  -Luke 10:1 Close your eyes and picture Jesus and his followers together. Most likely we either picture Jesus sitting around with the twelve disciples or standing in the midst of…

Pentecost 3 Worship Preview

“ For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Galatians 5:13-14)  We have no good apart from God. That…

Pentecost 2 Preview

“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.”  -Luke 8:39 Our Bible readings for this Sunday point to the ways God frees us from our personal chains. In our Gospel reading from Luke 8:26-39, we read about a man who has lost his identity to the demons that afflict him.…

Easter 7 Preview

“… that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” -John 17:23 In Sunday’s Gospel lesson from John 17:20-26, Jesus prays for all disciples who follow him. Including us. His prayer is for unity. The unity of…