Psalm 139:1-16 1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your […]
John 13:34 34 “I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. 35 This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.”Jesus’ new commandment comes during John’s version of the Last Passover meal shared between Jesus and his disciples. […]
Psalm 31:9-16 Common English Bible9 Have mercy on me, Lord, because I’m depressed. My vision fails because of my grief, as do my spirit and my body. 10 My life is consumed with sadness; my years are consumed with groaning. Strength fails me because of my suffering; my bones dry up. 11 I’m a joke to all my enemies, still worse to my neighbors. […]
Galatians 5 13 You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only don’t let this freedom be an opportunity to indulge your selfish impulses, but serve each other through love. 14 All the Law has been fulfilled in a single statement: Love your neighbor as yourself. 15 But if you bite and devour each other, be careful that you don’t get eaten up by each other! Famished WorshipTurn your hunger towards God in the journey of the wilderness. […]
Psalm 19 1Heaven is declaring God’s glory; the sky is proclaiming his handiwork. 2 One day gushes the news to the next, and one night informs another what needs to be known. 3 Of course, there’s no speech, no words— their voices can’t be heard— 4 but their sound extends throughout the world; their words reach the ends of the earth.God has made a […]
by Dave SimFebruary 14th — which falls on Valentine’s Day in 2018 — is known in the Church calendar as Ash Wednesday. Lent begins every year with Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday. In total, Lent is the 40 (plus 6 Sundays) days before Easter, and is a time set aside for believers to take on a posture of repentance, prayer, and fasting. […]
From Dave Sim’s Facebook post “Jesus’ Protest in the Temple” dated 09/27/2017.
This Sunday’s lectionary Gospel text is timely given our country’s current context of protest and disdain for this protest, ie., NFL players/Trump. Jesus has just cleansed the temple and now occupies it in protest of the corruption/injustices rampant in the temple religious system. (more…)