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Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 5, 2013
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Acts 16:9-15
Reading 2: 
Psalm 67
Reading 3: 
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
Reading 4: 
John 14:23-29
By Russell Pregeant

Despite the strong emphasis on women in the gospel of Luke, in the book of Acts stories about women are few and far between. We can speculate that this anomaly is largely the result of the lack of such stories in the author’s sources, however, since at a few points the inclusion of women re-emerges as a theme. One of these points is the story of the conversion of Lydia—a woman described as “a worshipper of God,” which suggests that she was a “God-fearer”, that is, a Gentile attached to a synagogue.

Proper 11

July 22, 2012
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Reading 2: 
Psalm 23
Reading 3: 
Ephesians 2:11-22
Reading 4: 
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
By Paul Nancarrow

Jeremiah 23:1-6

This passage begins in the same prophet-speaking-truth-to-power vein as the Amos passage from last week, but then it heads toward a different conclusion. Jeremiah cries woe upon the “shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of God’s pasture,” that is, the kings and nobles who are charged by God with caring for God’s people, and who have betrayed that charge by exploiting the people instead.

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