Scripture Readings


... for June 2019

June 23rd - 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

This Sunday’s texts paint startling pictures of the horrific—the demonic—nature of sin. The church’s repeated celebration of the holy communion counters that tragic reality in a continued showing forth of the death of Jesus “until he comes.” It is a dramatic declaration of “how much God has done for you.”
  • Isaiah 65:1-9
  • Psalm 22:19-28
  • Galatians 3:23-29
  • Luke 8:26-39

June 30th - 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

We have no good apart from God. That makes our Lord’s call to follow him an invitation to freedom. This is freedom to revel in the Spirit’s fruits: love, joy, peace, patience, and the like. This is the path of life.
  • 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21
  • Psalm 16
  • Galatians 5:1, 13-25
  • Luke 9:51-62

... for July 2019

July 7th - 4th Sunday after Pentecost

God is the source of our nourishment. Our Lord’s invitation to “take and eat . . . take and drink” is a repeated one. In the holy eucharist, in the word read and proclaimed, in the assembly of the people of God, the dominion of God has come near. Rejoice! Your name is written in heaven.
  • Isaiah 66:10-14
  • Psalm 66:1-9
  • Galatians 6:[1-6]7-16
  • Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

July 14th - 5th Sunday after Pentecost

To love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind is to reflect God’s mercy in responding to one’s neighbor. That mercy found its most profound expression in the “gospel that has come to you”—namely the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That gospel mercy comes to us again today: at the font, at the altar, and from the pulpit. It is very near to you.

  • Deuteronomy 30:9-14
  • Psalm 25:1-10
  • Colossians 1:1-14
  • Luke 10:25-37

July 21st - 6th Sunday after Pentecost

Perhaps the church, at its best, is “all ears.” Almighty God urges the faithful, again and again, to “listen up!”—to heed the word from above. So it was with Abraham and Sarah, with Mary and Martha, and the early church at Colossae. So it is today as we join the assembly to hear the word of God, the words of life.

  • Genesis 1:1-10
  • Psalm 15
  • Colossians 1:15-28
  • Luke 10:38-42

July 28th - 7th Sunday after Pentecost

Persistence in prayer evoked the admiration of Jesus and wins the attention of the Lord when Abraham intercedes for Sodom. The life of the baptized—to be rooted and built up in Christ Jesus the Lord—is to be rooted in prayer. God hears and answers prayer and so strengthens God’s own. “When I called, you answered me; you increased my strength within me.”

  • Genesis 18:20-32
  • Psalm 138
  • Colossians 2:6-15[16-19]
  • Luke 11:1-13