CategorySunday Preview

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

Lent 3 – The Woman at the Well

Through the centuries, there have been many assumptions about the Samaritan Woman who Jesus encounters at the well. We read between the lines; if she had several husbands, she must have been unfaithful and Jesus knew she lived with a man who was not her husband! She was also considered less than because she was…

Lent 2 Worship Preview

So don’t be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be ‘born from above’—out of this world, so to speak. You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed…

Lent 1 Preview

“But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ Matthew 4:2 Today’s gospel tells of Jesus’ temptation in the desert. His forty-day fast becomes the basis of our Lenten pilgrimage. In the early church Lent was a time of intense preparation…

Transfiguration Sunday Preview

Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Matthew 17:1-2 Why do “bury” the Alleluias on Transfiguration Sunday? Based on the Hebrew word, hallelu…

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…