Lectionary Text Study Sabbatheology

 

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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel Year C

I FOUND IT! Luke 15:1-10 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Timothy Hoyer Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3 So he told them this parable: 4 “Which one of …

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel Year C

A LINE IN THE SAND Luke 14:25-33 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Marcus Felde Now large crowds were traveling with [Jesus]; and he turned and said to them, 26 “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. 27 …

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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel Year C

SIT, SEAT, SATE Luke 14:1, 7-14 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Mark A. Marius 1 On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. 7 When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he …

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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Year C

THE UNEXPECTED RESCUE Luke 13:10-17 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 11 And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. 12 …

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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C

SIGN OF THE TIMES Luke 12:49-56 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bruce K Modahl 49 I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! 51 Do you think that …

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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C

FREEDOM LEADS TO LIFE Luke 12:32–40 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Nathan Hall 32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief …

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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C

OUT OF HOCK, TAKING STOCK Luke 12:13-21 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 13 Someone in the crowd said to [Jesus,] “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said …

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Year C

OUR FATHER, WHOM WE BUG AT MIDNIGHT Luke 11:1-13 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Fred Niedner He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” 2 He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed …

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C

GETTING YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT Luke 10:38-42 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Steven Albertin 38 Now as [Jesus and his disciples] went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what …

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C

Living in God’s Mercy Luke 10:25-37 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Brad Haugen 25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27 He answered, “You shall love …

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C

LORD OF THE HARVEST Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 10:1. After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of them in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers …

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Third Sunday after Pentecost, Year C

Following the Promise Luke 9:51-62 Third Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Matthew DeLoera 51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; 53 …

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Second Sunday after Pentecost, Year C

Declare What God Has Done Luke 8:26-39 Second Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paul Jaster 26 Then [Jesus and his disciples] arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 As [Jesus] stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no …

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Holy Trinity Sunday, Year C

THE WHOLE TRUTH John 16:12-15 Holy Trinity Sunday Analysis by Glenn L. Monson 12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he …

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The Day of Pentecost

UNFINISHED BUSINESS John 14:8-17 [25-27] The Day of Pentecost Analysis by Peter Keyel 8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. …

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Seventh Sunday of Easter, Gospel, Year C

SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN John 17:20-26 Seventh Sunday of Easter Analysis by Timothy Hoyer 20 “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they …

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Sixth Sunday of Easter, Gospel, Year C

JUDAS: ISCARIOT, OR NOT ISCARIOT John 14:23-29 Sixth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Marcus Felde Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the …

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Fifth Sunday of Easter, Gospel, Year C

LOST WITHOUT LOVE John 13:31-35 Fifth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Mark A. Marius 31 When Judas had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32 If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in God’s own self and will glorify …

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Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year C Gospel

FLOCKS & BOXES John 10:22-30 Fourth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Eric W. Evers 22 At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will …

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Third Sunday of Easter, Year C, Gospel

GRACE IN ORDINARY TIME John 21:1-19 Third Sunday of Easter Analysis by Bruce K Modahl 1 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. 2 Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of …

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Second Sunday of Easter, Year C, Gospel

Where God Shows Up John 20:19-31 Second Sunday after Easter Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be …

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Resurrection of Our Lord / Easter Sunday, Gospel, Year C

FAITH RISING Luke 24:1-12 Resurrection of Our Lord Analysis by Nathan Hall 1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, [the women who had come with him (presumably Jesus, not Joseph of Arimathea) from Galilee] came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled away …

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Easter Vigil, Gospel Year C

Out of the Box John 20:1-18 Easter Vigil Analysis by Chris Repp Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one …

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Good Friday, Gospel Year C

WHO’S IN CHARGE? John 18:1-19:42 Good Friday Analysis by Steven Albertin Author’s Note: The Johannine Passion account of Good Friday is filled with many characters: Judas, Peter, Annas, Caiaphas, Barabbas, the Jews, the soldiers, Mary and “the disciple whom he loved.” However, at the center of this cast of characters is Pontius Pilate, and his interaction with …

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Maundy Thursday, Gospel, Year C

A HOLY, DISORDERED HENKERSMAHLZEIT John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Maundy Thursday Analysis by Fred Niedner 1 Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 The devil had …

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Sunday of the Passion, Gospel, Year C

Christ’s (Com)Passion for Liars and Criminals Luke 23:1-49 Sunday of the Passion Analysis by Brad Haugen Jesus before Pilate 23 Then the assembly rose as a body and brought Jesus[a] before Pilate. 2 They began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man perverting our nation, forbidding us to pay taxes to the emperor, and saying that …

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Fifth Sunday in Lent, Gospel, Year C

The Economics of Grace John 12:1-8 Fifth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Matthew DeLoera 1 Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2 There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3 …

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Fourth Sunday in Lent, Gospel, Year C

GOD’S RICHES AT CHRIST’S EXPENSE Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 Fourth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Paul Jaster 1 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3 So he told them this parable: …

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Third Sunday in Lent, Gospel, Year C

FRUITFUL TREES Luke 13:1-9 Third Sunday in Lent Analysis by Peter Keyel 1 At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other …

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Second Sunday in Lent, Gospel, Year C

WE KNOCKED THE JAR OVER Luke 13:31-35 Second Sunday in Lent Analysis by Timothy Hoyer 31 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32 He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing …

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First Sunday in Lent, Gospel Year C

Jesus. Not Like Us. For Us. Luke 4:1-13 First Sunday in Lent Analysis by Marcus Felde 1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when …

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Ash Wednesday, Gospel Year C

The pious play saved by a passionate act Matthew 6:1-6,16-21 Ash Wednesday Analysis by Mark A Marius [Jesus said:] 1 “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before …

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Sunday of the Transfiguration, Gospel Year C

A Mercifully Cloudy Forecast Luke 9:28-36 Sunday of the Transfiguration Analysis by Glenn L. Monson 28 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus[a] took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling …

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Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany, Year C

ECONOMIES AND GENEROSITIES Luke 6:27-38 Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Bruce K Modahl 27 But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; …

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Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, Gospel, Year C

THE GREAT LEVELER Luke 6:17-26 Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by James Squire 17 He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. 18 They had come to hear him …

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Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, Gospel, Year C

Two Ways to Catch Fish/People Luke 5:1-11 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Cathy Lessmann Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, 2 he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fisherman had gone out …

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Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, Gospel, Year C

GRACE AS A GIFT OF THE GIVER Luke 4:21–30 Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Nathan Hall 21 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not …

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Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Gospel, Year C

ANOINTED TO BRING GOOD NEWS Luke 4:14-21 Third Sunday after Epiphany Analysis by Fred Niedner 14 Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15 He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised (doxazo) by everyone. 16 When he came …

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Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Gospel, Year C

Thanks to one of our veteran writers and colleagues in the Crossings method, the Rev. Dr. Steve Kuhl, for contributing this piece a few years back: THE INTERSECTION OF TWO FEASTS John 2:1-11 Second Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Steven Kuhl 1 On the third day there was a c, and the mother of Jesus was …

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Baptism of our Lord, Year C, Gospel, 2019

SOWING, THRESHING, AND SWEEPING Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Baptism of Our Lord Analysis by Matthew DeLoera 15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16 John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful …

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Baptism of our Lord, Year C, Gospel

More Powerful Than Power A new text study for The Baptism of Our Lord will be available soon. For now, enjoy this wonderful study provided for Year C by our own Ron Neustadt. Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Baptism of our Lord Analysis by Ron C. Neustadt 15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning …

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The Epiphany of Our Lord, Gospel, Year C

THE HEART ALWAYS HAS A KING The Epiphany of Our Lord Matthew 2:1-12 Analysis by Timothy Hoyer In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star …

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First Sunday after Christmas, Year C, Gospel

Why Can’t Jesus Behave? Luke 2:41-52 First Sunday of Christmas Analysis by Peter Keyel 41 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. 43 When the festival was ended and they started to return, the …

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Christmas, Year C, Gospel

WHO IS HE? WHO ARE WE? John 1:1-14 Christmas Day Analysis by Paul Jaster 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. …

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Christmas Eve, Year C, Gospel

GOD INCARNATE FOR THOSE WHO NEED A HOME Christmas Eve Luke 2:1-14 [15-20] Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 1In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own towns to be …

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Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C, Gospel

WHAT MADE THE VIRGIN MARY THE BVM Luke 1:39-55 (including the “Magnificat”) Fourth Sunday of Advent Analysis by Marcus Felde 39In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in …

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Third Sunday of Advent, Year C, Gospel

COMING FULL CIRCLE Luke 3:7-18 Third Sunday of Advent Analysis by Mark A. Marius 7John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as …

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Second Sunday of Advent, Year C, Gospel

A WAY WHERE THERE IS NO WAY Luke 3:1-6 Second Sunday of Advent Analysis by Glenn L. Monson 1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler …

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First Sunday in Advent, Year C, Gospel

THE END IS WHERE WE START FROM Luke 21:25-36 First Sunday in Advent Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 25There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is …

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Thanksgiving, Year B, Gospel

FROM WORRY TO THANKSGIVING Matthew 6:25-33 Thanksgiving Day Analysis by Bruce K. Modahl  25″Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds of …

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Christ the King Sunday

Longing to Belong John 18:33-37 Christ the King Sunday Analysis by Glenn L. Monson 33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters[a] again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” 35 Pilate replied, “I am not a …

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Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

THE MERCIFUL APOCALYPSE Mark 13:1-8 Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Ed Schroeder Dear Crossings Readers: Here is a wonderful blast from the past, from our own Crossings Co-Founder and -Father, Ed Schroeder. Enjoy his ever-relevant analysis. Lori A. Cornell, Series Editor Sabbatarians, Mark’s apocalypse is the linchpin between Jesus’ final confrontation with the people of the …

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Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

THE WIDOW, THE ORPHAN, AND THE RESCUED PREACHER Mark 12:38-44 Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Jerome Burce 38 As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the market-places, 39 and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places …

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All Saints Sunday, Gospel, Year B

IN GOD’S GRIP John 11:32-44 All Saints Sunday Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 32When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, …

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Reformation Sunday, Gospel, Year B

Changing the Narrative John 8:31 – 36 Reformation Sunday Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 31Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and …

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Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

Asking for Death, Getting Life Mark 10:34-45 Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Chris Repp James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.’36And he said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’ …

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Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

HEIRS OF ETERNAL LIFE Mark 10:17-31 Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Fred Niedner 17 As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is …

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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

IN THE ARMS OF JESUS Mark 10:2-16 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Steve Albertin 2 Some Pharisees came, and to test [Jesus] they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and …

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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

BE AT PEACE Mark 9:38-50 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paul Jaster 38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in …

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

Service in Place of Greatness Mark 9:30-37 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B Analysis by Peter Keyel 30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and …

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

WHAT WE TRY TO KEEP, WE LOSE; WHAT WE GIVE TO JESUS, WE SAVE Mark 8:27-38 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Timothy Hoyer 27Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28And they answered him, “John the Baptist; …

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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

HE CAME NOT TO ASTONISH BUT TO FEED Mark 7:24-37 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Marcus Felde Jesus set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean …

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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

RULES NEED TO BE BROKEN Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Analysis by Mark Marius Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus, 2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3(For the Pharisees, and all the Jewish …

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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

OFFENSIVE LOVE John 6:56-69 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Glenn L. Monson 56 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58 This is the …

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

JESUS IS THE BREAD OF LIFE John 6:51-58 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bruce K. Modahl [Jesus said,] 51“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”   52The Jews then disputed …

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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

THE BREAD THAT SATISFIES John 6:35, 41-51 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Nathan Hall 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. … 41 Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am …

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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

THE WORK OF GOD John 6:24-35 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Michael Hoy 24So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. 25When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did …

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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

THE WORK OF GOD John 6:24-35 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Michael Hoy 24So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. 25When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did …

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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

A BETTER EXODUS John 6:1-21 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Chris Repp After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 3Jesus went up the mountain and sat down …

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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

RESTLESS IN THE WILDERNESS Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Fred Niedner 30 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had …

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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

BACK TO THE FUTURE Mark 6:14-29 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 14King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.” 15But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, …

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

LOVE LEAVES AN IMPRESSION Mark 6:1-13 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 1He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this …

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

THE SECRET TRUTH OF JESUS’ ABSENCE Mark 5:21-43 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bruce T. Martin Mark 5:21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. 22Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came, and when he saw …

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

STILLING A STORM Mark 4:35-41 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Matthew DeLoera 35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A …

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

FARMER GOD Mark 4:26-34 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paul Jaster [Jesus] also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28 The earth produces of itself, first the …

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Third Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

A NATION DIVIDED Mark 3:20-35 Third Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Peter Keyel The crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. 21 When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” 22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, …

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Second Sunday after Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN Mark 2:23—3:6 Second Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Timothy Hoyer 23One sabbath he was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?”25And he said to them, “Have …

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Holy Trinity Sunday, Gospel, Year B

THAT WIND: THE CHOOSING, THE BLOWING, THE SOUND John 3:1-17 The Holy Trinity Analysis by Marcus Felde 1Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these …

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The Day of Pentecost, Gospel, Year B

IN NEED OF AN ADVOCATE John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15 The Day of Pentecost Analysis by Mark Marius [Jesus said,] 26“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. 27You also are to testify because you have been with me from …

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Seventh Sunday of Easter, Gospel, Year B

WORLDLY BEGINNINGS, HEAVENLY BELONGING John 17:6-19 Seventh Sunday of Easter Analysis by Glenn L. Monson 6 “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me is from …

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Sixth Sunday of Easter, Gospel, Year B

THIS OLD HOUSE John 15:9-17 Sixth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Bruce K Modahl [Jesus said:] 9“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11I have said …

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Fifth Sunday of Easter, Gospel, Year B

RECONNECTED John 15:1-8 Fifth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Nathan Hall “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. 2 He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3 You have already been cleansed by the word that I have …

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Third Sunday of Easter, Gospel, Year B

BY THE BOOK Luke 24:36a-48 Third Sunday of Easter Analysis by Chris Repp Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39Look at my …

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Second Sunday of Easter, Gospel, Year B

PROFILE OF A BELIEVER John 20:19-31 Second Sunday of Easter Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” …

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The Resurrection of Our Lord, Gospel, Year B

WHERE IS THIS JESUS, WHOM YOU DECLARE RISEN? Mark 16:1-8 Resurrection of our Lord Analysis by Fred Niedner When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had …

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Good Friday, Gospel, Year B

AGENDAS REVEALED AND REPLACED (THE PHARISEES ARE NEARER THAN WE REALIZE) John 18:1—19:42 Good Friday Analysis by Matthew DeLoera DIAGNOSIS: The Agenda of Death Step 1: Initial Diagnosis (External Problem): Everyone Has an Agenda but Us We have a lot to argue about these days. Gun control. Prayer in schools. Immigration. Sexuality. Social programs. The list is endless. …

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Maundy Thursday, Gospel, Year B

WASHED, FED, AND LED John 13:1-17, 31b Maundy Thursday Analysis by Paul Jaster 1 Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 The devil had already …

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Palm Sunday / The Passion of Our Lord, Gospel, Year B

LITTLE THINGS Mark 14:1—15:47 (focus on Mark 14:27-42) Palm Sunday/The Passion of the Our Lord Analysis by Peter Keyel 27 And Jesus said to them, “You will all become deserters; for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to …

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Fifth Sunday in Lent, Gospel, Year B

YOU WILL SEE HIM WHEN HE IS ON A CROSS John 12:20-33 The Fifth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Timothy Hoyer 20Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22Philip went and …

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Fourth Sunday in Lent, Gospel, Year B

WHEN CHRIST IS SAID AND DONE John 3:14-21 Fourth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Marcus Felde “And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” 16For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so …

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Third Sunday in Lent, Gospel, Year B

THE MARKET CRASHES, CHRIST SERVES AS COLLATERAL John 2:13-22 Third Sunday in Lent Analysis by Mark Marius 13The Passover of the Jewish people was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15Making a whip of cords, he drove all …

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Second Sunday in Lent, Gospel, Year B

LOST AND FOUND IN LOVE Mark 8:31-38 Second Sunday in Lent Analysis by Glenn L. Monson 31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32He said all this quite …

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First Sunday in Lent, Gospel, Year B

A NEW ADAM Mark 1:9-15 First Sunday in Lent Analysis by Bruce K. Modahl 9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11And …

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Ash Wednesday, Gospel, Year B

REWARDING PIETY Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Ash Wednesday Analysis by Chris Repp 1 “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and …

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The Transfiguration of Our Lord, Gospel, Year B

WONDERFULLY TRANSFORMED Mark 9:2-9 The Transfiguration of Our Lord Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 2Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. 4And there …

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Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Gospel, Year B

STAYING ON MESSAGE Mark 1:29-39 Fifth Sunday after Epiphany Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 1 29As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31He came and took her by the …

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Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, Gospel, Year B

MAKING UNCLEAN SPIRITS SHUT UP Mark 1:21-28 Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Fred Niedner 21 They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. 22 They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 Just then there was in …

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Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Gospel, Year B

NOW IS THE TIME Mark 1:14-20 Third Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” 16As Jesus passed along the Sea …

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Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Gospel, Year B

NOW IS THE TIME Mark 1:14-20 Third Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” 16As Jesus passed along the Sea …

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Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Gospel, Year B

NO MORE WAITING John 1:43-51 Second Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses …

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NO MORE WAITING John 1:43-51 Second Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses …

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Baptism of Our Lord, Gospel, Year B

FROM DEAD TO ALIVE Mark 1:4-11 Baptism of Our Lord Analysis by Matthew DeLoera 4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the …

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First Sunday after Christmas, Gospel, Year B

GOD’S HEART REVEALED Luke 2:22-40 First Sunday after Christmas Analysis by Paul Jaster 22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph brought Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated …

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Christmas Day, Gospel, Year B

BORN OF FLESH? Christmas Day John 1:1-14 Analysis by Peter Keyel 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being …

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Christmas Eve, Gospel, Year B

A SAVIOR IS BORN FOR US Luke 2:1-14 Christmas Eve Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own towns to be registered. 4Joseph also went …

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Fourth Sunday of Advent, Gospel, Year B

WHAT SORT OF GREETING IS THAT? Luke 1:26-38 Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B Analysis by Marcus Felde In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28And …

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Third Sunday of Advent, Gospel, Year B

NOT AGAIN. BUT, WAIT FOR IT …WAIT FOR IT … I AM SOON John 1:6-8, 19-28 Third Sunday of Advent Analysis by Mark Marius 6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, …

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Second Sunday of Advent, Gospel, Year B

LIFE UNDER GOD’S SON Mark 1:1-8 Second Sunday of Advent Analysis by Glenn L. Monson 1The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; 3 the voice of one crying out …

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First Sunday of Advent, Gospel, Year B

THE PROMISING WATCH Mark 13:24-37 First Sunday of Advent Analysis by Michael Hoy 24“But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26Then they will see ‘the Son of Man …

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Christ the King Sunday, Epistle, Year A

THE POWER BEHIND THE THRONE Ephesians 1:15-23 Christ the King Sunday Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 15 I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints, and for this reason 16I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God …

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Thanksgiving Day, Epistle, Year A

EUCHARISTIC LIVING 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 Thanksgiving Day Analysis by Bruce K. Modahl 6The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. …

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Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Epistle, Year A

BEWARE OF THE LURE OF THE NIGHTLIFE 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bill White Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the …

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Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost, Epistle, Year A

GRIEVING IN HOPE 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, …

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All Saints Sunday, Epistle, Year A

NEW SIGHT 1 John 3:1-3 All Saints Sunday Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 1See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we …

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Reformation Sunday, Epistle, Year A

SHUT UP! Romans 3:19-28 Reformation Sunday Analysis by Chris Repp 19Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20For ‘no human being will be justified in his sight’ by deeds prescribed by …

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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, Epistle, Year A

TRULY GIVEN 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Matthew DeLoera 1Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace. 2We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly 3remembering before our God …

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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Epistle, Year A

THE PEACE OF GOD Philippians 4:1-9 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paul Jaster 1Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved. 2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, …

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Epistle, Year A

SOMEONE IS ALWAYS BETTER Philippians 3:4b-14 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Peter Keyel If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 …

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, Epistle, Year A

MINDED BY CHRIST Philippians 2:1-13 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bill White If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2 make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do …

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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Epistle, Year A

TO LIVE IS CHRIST Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Philippians 1:21-30 Analysis by Timothy Hoyer 1For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. 22If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. 23I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart …

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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Epistle, Year A

THE INDISPENSABLE APOSTROPHE Romans 14:1-12 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Marcus Felde 1Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. 2Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. 3Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on …

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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Epistle, Year A

OWED TO LOVE Romans 13:8-14 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Mark Marius 8Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up …

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Epistle, Year A

GENUINE LOVE Romans 12:9-21 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Glenn L. Monson Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.[a] 12 Rejoice in hope, be …

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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Epistle, Year A

CHRIST’S SACRIFICE Romans 12:1-8 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Michael Hoy 1I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your …

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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Epistle, Year A

PAUL’S LAMENT AND HOPE Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bruce K. Modahl 1I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 2God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the …

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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Epistle, Year A

PROVING OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS IS KILLING US Romans 10:5-15 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Matthew DeLoera 5 Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them.” 6 But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” …

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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Epistle, Year A

THE CROSS OF THEOLOGIANS—AND PREACHERS Romans 9:1-5 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Fred Niedner I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit— 2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from …

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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Epistle, Year A

INSEPARABLE LOVE Romans 8:26-39 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paul Jaster 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27 And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, …

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Epistle, Year A

SUBJECTS OF HOPE Romans 8:12-25 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 12 So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, …

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Epistle, Year A

IN CHRIST’S SPIRIT Romans 8:1-11 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 1There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3For God has done what the law, weakened …

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Epistle, Year A

GETTING OVER OURSELVES Romans 7:15-25a Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Chris Repp 15I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. 17But in fact it is no …

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Epistle, Year A

WHOM DO YOU OBEY? Romans 6:12-23 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bill White 12 Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13 No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to …

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Third Sunday after Pentecost, Epistle, Year A

DYING IN SIN Romans 6:1-11 Third Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Peter Keyel Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized …

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Second Sunday after Pentecost, Epistle, Year A

BLESSED BOASTING Second Sunday after Pentecost Romans 5:1-8 Analysis by Steven E. Albertin Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only …

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The Holy Trinity, Epistle, Year A

DOING WHAT WE CANNOT DO 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 The Holy Trinity Analysis by Lori A. Cornell [Paul writes:] 11Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the …

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The Day of Pentecost, Epistle, Year A

SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 The Day of Pentecost Analysis by Timothy Hoyer 3Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Let Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit. 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the …

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Seventh Sunday of Easter, Epistle, Year C

SUFFERING THE FIERY ORDEAL 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 Seventh Sunday of Easter Analysis by Peter Keyel 4:12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also …

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Sixth Sunday of Easter, Epistle, Year A

BLESSED SUFFERING 1 Peter 3:13-22 Sixth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Bill White 13 Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? 14 But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, 15 but in your …

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Fifth Sunday of Easter, Epistle, Year A

IT’S FAITH IN FAIRNESS OR JESUS 1 Peter 2:2-10 Fifth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Timothy Hoyer 2Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— 3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and …

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Fourth Sunday of Easter, Epistle, Year A

TRADING PLACES 1 Peter 2:19-25 Fourth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Marcus Felde It is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. 20If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have …

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Third Sunday of Easter, Epistle, Year A

THE SPACE BETWEEN 1 Peter 1:17-23 Third Sunday of Easter Analysis by Mark Marius 17If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. 18You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things …

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Second Sunday of Easter, Epistle, Year A

A BLESSED OUTCOME 1 Peter 1:3-9 Second Sunday of Easter Analysis by Glenn L. Monson Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, …

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The Resurrection of Our Lord, Book of Acts, Year A

THE PROMISE OF THE OPEN-MINDED (OPEN-TOMB) Acts 10:34-43 The Resurrection of Our Lord Analysis by Michael Hoy 34Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36You know the message he sent to the people …

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The Resurrection of Our Lord, Epistle (Colossians 3:1-4), Year A

THE HIDDEN GLORY Colossians 3:1-4 The Resurrection of Our Lord Analysis by Michael Hoy 1So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, 3for you have died, and …

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Easter Vigil, Epistle, Year A

THE EASTER VIGIL PROCESSION Romans 6:3-11 Easter Vigil Analysis by Bruce K Modahl 3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of …

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Maundy Thursday, Epistle, Year A

DISCERNING THE BODY 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 Maundy Thursday Analysis by Paul Jaster [Verses 17-22 address the abuses of the Lord’s Supper.] 23 For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, …

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Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday, Epistle, Year A

THE COMPETITIVE MIND AND THE MIND OF CHRIST Philippians 2:5-11 Palm Sunday Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of …

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Fifth Sunday in Lent, Epistle, Year A

SPIRIT-DETERMINED LIFE Fifth Sunday in Lent Romans 8:6-11 Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 8:6 To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law–indeed …

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Fourth Sunday in Lent, Epistle, Year A

RISE AND SHINE Ephesians 5:8-14 Fourth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Chris Repp 8For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light— 9for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. 10Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. …

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Third Sunday in Lent, Epistle, Year A

STRONG IN CHRIST Romans 5:1-11 Third Sunday in Lent Analysis by Lori Cornell 1Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only …

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Second Sunday of Lent, Epistle, Year A

LIVING GRATIS Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 Second Sunday of Lent Analysis by Peter Keyel 1 What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, …

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Ash Wednesday, Epistle, Year A

SURE, THERE IS BAD NEWS, BUT WAIT, I DO HAVE GOOD NEWS 2 Corinthians 5.20b-6.10 Ash Wednesday Analysis by Timothy Hoyer We entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.21For our sake God made Christ to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Christ we might become the righteousness of God. 6As we work …

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The Transfiguration of Our Lord, Epistle, Year A

SEEING “NO ONE EXCEPT JESUS HIMSELF ALONE” (a la Matthew 17:8) 2 Peter 1:16-21 The Transfiguration of Our Lord Analysis by Marcus Felde For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17For he received honor …

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Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany, Epistle, Year C

BUILDERS, WISDOM, AND TEMPLE: ALL BELONG TO GOD 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Mark Marius 10According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. 11For …

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Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, Epistle, Year A

GROWN UP CHRISTIANS 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 1And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even …

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Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, Epistle, Year A

SEEKING GOD’S WISDOM 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 [13-16] Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Michael Hoy 1When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. 2For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3And I came to …

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Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, Epistle, Year A

SPIRITUAL GIFTS 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Bruce K Modahl 18For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of …

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Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Epistle, Year A

BELONGING 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Third Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Cathy A. Lessmann 10 Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same …

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Second Sunday after Epiphany, Epistle, Year A

SAINTS TOGETHER 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 Second Sunday after Epiphany Analysis by Paul Jaster 1Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, 2To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in …

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The Nativity of Our Lord (II)/Christmas Day, Epistle, Year A

GETTING OUR “BUT” IN CHURCH ON CHRISTMAS DAY Titus 3: [3], 4-7, [8] The Nativity of Our Lord (II)/Christmas Day Analysis by Chris Repp [3For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, despicable, hating one another.] 4But when the goodness and loving kindness of …

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Nativity of Our Lord (I)/Christmas Eve, Epistle, Year A

THE APPEARANCE OF GRACE Titus 2:11-14 Nativity of Our Lord/Christmas Eve Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, 12 training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, 13 while we wait for the blessed …

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Nativity of Our Lord (I)/Christmas Eve, Gospel, Year A

ONE Luke 2:1-20 Nativity of Our Lord/Christmas Eve Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 1In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own towns to be registered. 4Joseph also went from the …

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Fourth Sunday of Advent, Epistle, Year A

WHO AM I? Romans 1:1-7 Fourth Sunday of Advent Analysis by Peter Keyel 1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, 3 the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the …

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Third Sunday of Advent, Epistle, Year A

GRUMBLE NO MORE James 5:7-11 Third Sunday of Advent Analysis by Bill White Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. 8 You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming …

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Second Sunday of Advent, Epistle, Year A

SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN Romans 15:4-13 Second Sunday of Advent Analysis by Timothy Hoyer 4For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. 5May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in …

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First Sunday of Advent, Epistle, Year A

GOOD MORNING! Romans 13:11-14 First Sunday of Advent Analysis by Marcus Felde Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside …

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Thanksgiving Day, Old Testament, Year C

GOD BLESSES US BUT DO WE BLESS GOD? Psalm 100 Thanksgiving Day Analysis by Mark Marius 1Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth. 2Worship the LORD with gladness; come into his presence with singing. 3Know that the LORD is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and …

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Christ the King Sunday, Old Testament, Year C

THE RIGHTEOUS SHEPHERD-KING Jeremiah 23:1-6 Christ the King Sunday Analysis by Michael Hoy 1Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the LORD. 2Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and you have driven them …

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Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Old Testament, Year C

KEEP ME POSTED Malachi 4:1-2a Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28) Analysis by Bruce K Modahl 1See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. …

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All Saints Sunday, Psalm, Year C

SINGING A NEW SONG Psalm 149 All Saints Sunday Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 1Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the faithful. 2Let Israel be glad in its Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King. 3Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to …

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Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost, Old Testament, Year C

THE END HAS ALREADY STARTED Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22 Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 25) Analysis by Timothy Hoyer 7Although our iniquities testify against us, act, O LORD, for your name’s sake; our apostasies indeed are many, and we have sinned against you.8O hope of Israel, its savior in time of trouble, why should you be like a stranger …

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Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost, Old Testament, Year C

LIFE PRESERVER Genesis 32:22-31 Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Chris Repp 22The same night [Jacob] got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. 24Jacob was left alone; and a …

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Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost, Old Testament, Year C

A BETTER WAY 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 23) Analysis by Cathy Lessmann Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. 2Now …

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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, Old Testament, Year C

THE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF EVIL: KEEP THE FAITH Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 22) Analysis by Bill White 1 1The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw. The Prophet’s Complaint 2 O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not …

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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Old Testament, Year C

A WHOLE NEW CHAPTER Amos 6:1a, 4-7 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21) Analysis by Paul Jaster Alas for those who are at ease in Zion, and for those who feel secure on Mount Samaria, the notables of the first of the nations, to whom the house of Israel resorts! 4Alas for those who lie on beds of …

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Old Testament, Year C

THE PRIDE OF JACOB Amos 8:4-7 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 20) Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 4 Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, 5 saying, ‘When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the sabbath, so that we may offer …

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, Old Testament, Year C

GOLDEN CROSS, BLOODY CROSS Exodus 32:7-14 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 19) Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 7 The Lord said to Moses, “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely. 8They have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have …

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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Old Testament, Year C

A CHOICE OF LIFE AND DEATH Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 18) Analysis by Peter Keyel 15 See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. 16 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 …

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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Old Testament, Year C

WHEN LOWER IS HIGHER Proverbs 25:6-7 [2-10] Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17) Analysis by Bill White 6 Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great, 7 for it is better to be told, “Come up here,” than to be put lower in the presence of a noble. Author’s …

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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Old Testament, Year C

MORE THAN SKIN DEEP Isaiah 58:9b-14 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16) Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 9Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, 10if you offer …

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Old Testament, Year C

CRUSHER Jeremiah 23:23-29 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 15) Analysis by Marcus Felde Am I a God nearby, says the LORD, and not a God far off? 24Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them? says the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the LORD. 25I have heard what the prophets …

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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Old Testament, Year C

TO ERR IS HUMAN. GIVING HEIRS IS GOD’S REWARD Genesis 15:1-6 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 14) Analysis by Mark Marius 1After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will …

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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Old Testament, Year C

BREATHING BEYOND VANITY Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 13) Analysis by Michael Hoy 2Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. 12I, the Teacher, when king over Israel in Jerusalem, 13applied my mind to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven; it is an …

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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Old Testament, Year C

THE GRAND BARGAIN Genesis 18:20-32 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 12) Analysis by Bruce K Modahl 20Then the LORD said, “How great is the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah and how very grave their sin! 21I must go down and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me; and if not, …

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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Old Testament, Year C

PROMISES, PROMISES, PROMISES Genesis 18:1-10a Ninth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 11) Analysis by Steven E. Albertin The LORD appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. 2He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from …

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Old Testament, Year C

GOD MAKES AND KEEPS HIS PROMISES Isaiah 66:10-14 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 9) Analysis by Timothy Hoyer 10Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy, all you who mourn over her— 11that you may nurse and be satisfied from her consoling breast; that you may drink deeply …

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Old Testament, Year C

PASSING THE MANTLE 1 Kings 19:15-16, [17-18], 19-21 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 8) Analysis by Chris Repp 15Then the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram.16Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you …

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 7), Old Testament, Year C

HERE I AM Isaiah 65:1-9 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 7) Analysis by Cathy Lessmann I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, “Here am I, here am I,” to a nation that did not call on …

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Old Testament, Year C

YOU ARE THE MAN 2 Samuel 11:26—12:10, 13-15
 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 6) Analysis by Bill White When the wife of Uriah heard that her husband was dead, she made lamentation for him. 27 When the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife, and bore him a son. But the …

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Third Sunday after Pentecost, Old Testament, Year C

YOUR SON IS ALIVE! 1 Kings 17:17-24 Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 5) Analysis by Paul Jaster 17After this the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became ill; his illness was so severe that there was no breath left in him. 18She then said to Elijah, “What have you against me, O man of God? …

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Second Sunday after Pentecost, Old Testament, Year C

SOLOMON: WISE (YES), SINNER (YES), SAINT (NO EVIDENCE). Second Sunday after Pentecost 1 King 8:22-23, 41-43 Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands to heaven. 23He said, ‘O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God …

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Holy Trinity, Old Testament (Psalm), Year C

THE NAME OF GOD Psalm 8 Holy Trinity Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 1 O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the …

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The Day of Pentecost, New Testament, Year C

CULTURE SHOCK Acts 2:1-11 The Day of Pentecost Analysis by Peter Keyel When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared to them tongues …

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Seventh Sunday of Easter, New Testament, Year C

DEADLY DUTY Seventh Sunday of Easter Acts 16:16-34 Analysis by Peter Keyel 16One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. 17While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, “These men are …

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Sixth Sunday of Easter, New Testament, Year C

UP IN GREECE WITHOUT A PREACHER Acts 16:9-15 Sixth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 9During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced …

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Fifth Sunday of Easter, New Testament, Year C

GOD-WASHED Acts 11:1-18 Fifth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Marcus Felde Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. 2So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, 3saying, “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?” 4Then Peter …

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Fourth Sunday of Easter, New Testament, Year C

GOD’S GARMENT MAKES GOOD Acts 9:36-42 Fourth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Mark Marius 36Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. 37At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a …

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Third Sunday of Easter, New Testament, Year C

RESURRECTION RE-DIRECTIONS Acts 9:1-6 [7-20] Third Sunday of Easter Analysis by Michael Hoy 1Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring …

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Second Sunday of Easter, New Testament, Year C

AS ONE WITH AUTHORITY Acts 5:27-32 Second Sunday of Easter Analysis by Bruce K Modahl 27When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, 28saying, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to …

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Resurrection of Our Lord, Old Testament, Year C

IT HAS NEVER BEEN LIKE THIS BEFORE! Isaiah 65:17-25 The Resurrection of Our Lord/Easter Sunday Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 17For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. 18But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about …

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Good Friday, Old Testament, Year C

YOU CAN’T GO OUT LOOKING LIKE THAT! Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Good Friday Analysis by Timothy Hoyer   See, my servant shall prosper; he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high. 14Just as there were many who were astonished at him—so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of mortals— 15so …

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Maundy Thursday, Old Testament, Year C

Ready to Go Exodus 12:1-4 [5-10] 11-14 Maundy Thursday Analysis by Chris Repp   The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: 2This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. 3Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are …

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Palm Sunday, Old Testament, Year C

THE ONE WHO SUFFERS WITH AND FOR US Isaiah 50:4-9 Palm Sunday Analysis by Cathy Lessmann   4The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word.  Morning by morning he wakens – wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.  5The Lord …

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Fifth Sunday in Lent, Old Testament, Year C

HOPE FOR THE HOMELESS Isaiah 43:16-21 Fifth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Bill White   16 Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, 17 who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: 18 Do …

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Fourth Sunday in Lent, Old Testament, Year C

GOD SAVES Joshua 5:9-12 Fourth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Paul Jaster   9The LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of Egypt.” And so that place is called Gilgal to this day. 10While the Israelites were camped in Gilgal they kept the passover in the evening on the fourteenth day of …

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Third Sunday in Lent, Old Testament, Year C

PROMISE TRUMPS SOVEREIGNTY Isaiah 55:1-9 Third Sunday in Lent Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl  1Ho, everyone who thirsts,    come to the waters; and you that have no money,    come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk    without money and without price. 2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,    and your labour …

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Second Sunday in Lent, Old Testament, Year C

GOD’S PROMISE TO ABRAM/ABRAHAM Second Sunday in Lent Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 Analysis by Bruce T. Martin   15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, …

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First Sunday in Lent, Old Testament, Year C

A FRAGRANT OFFERING Deuteronomy 26:1-11 First Sunday of Lent Analysis by Lori A. Cornell   1 When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, 2 you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of …

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Ash Wednesday, Old Testament, Year C

THE LENTEN FAST Isaiah 58:1-12 Ash Wednesday Analysis by Peter Keyel   1Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins. 2Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that …

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The Transfiguration of Our Lord, Old Testament, Year C

CATASTROPHE! Exodus 34:29-35 The Transfiguration of Our Lord Analysis by Marcus Felde   Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. 30When Aaron and all …

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Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, Old Testament, Year C

THE “ONLY” WORD GOD KNOWS IN GOD’S OWN WORD Jeremiah 1:4-10 Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Mark Marius   4Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, 5“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” 6Then …

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Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Old Testament, Year C

WATER GATE CONFESSIONS Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Third Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Michael Hoy   1All the people gathered together into the square before the Water Gate. They told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had given to Israel.  2Accordingly, the priest Ezra brought the law before …

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Second Sunday after Epiphany, Old Testament, Year C

A SHIFT IN STATUS Isaiah 62:1-5 Second Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Bruce K. Modahl   1For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,  and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,  until her vindication shines out like the dawn,  and her salvation like a burning torch.  2The nations shall see your vindication,  and all the kings …

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Baptism of Our Lord, Old Testament, Year C

DON’T FORGET YOUR NAMETAG Isaiah 43:1-7 The Baptism of Our Lord Analysis by Steven E. Albertin   1But now thus says the LORD,  he who created you, O Jacob,  he who formed you, O Israel:  Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;  I have called you by name, you are mine.  2When you pass through the waters, …

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Second Sunday of Christmas, Old Testament, Year C

SO… HERE WE ARE IN BETHLEHEM Jeremiah 31:7-14 Second Sunday of Christmas Analysis by Joseph Justus van der Sabb   7 For thus says the LORD: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, “Save, O LORD, your people, the remnant of Israel.” 8 See, I …

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Christmas Day, Old Testament, Year C

SEEKING THE FORSAKEN Isaiah 62:6-12 Christmas Day Analysis by Chris Repp   Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have posted sentinels; all day and all night they shall never be silent. You who remind the Lord, take no rest, 7and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it renowned throughout the earth. 8The Lord has …

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First Sunday of Christmas, Old Testament, Year C

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE GRAMMAR 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 First Sunday of Christmas Analysis by Timothy Hoyer   18Samuel was ministering before the Lord, a boy wearing a linen ephod. 19His mother used to make for him a little robe and take it to him each year, when she went up with her husband to offer the yearly …

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Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Eve, Year C, Old Testament

THE GREAT COSMIC MAKEOVER Isaiah 9:2-7 Christmas Eve Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined. 3 Thou hast multiplied the nation, thou hast increased its joy; they rejoice before thee as with joy at the …

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Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C, Old Testament

BETHLEHEM’S PEACE Micah 5:2-5a Fourth Sunday of Advent Analysis by Paul Jaster   2 But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah,  who are one of the little clans of Judah,  from you shall come forth for me  one who is to rule in Israel,  whose origin is from of old,  from ancient days.  3Therefore he shall give them up …

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Third Sunday of Advent, Year C, Old Testament

TAKING REFUGE IN THE PROMISE Zephaniah 3:14-20 Third Sunday of Advent Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 14 Sing aloud, O daughter Zion;    shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart,    O daughter Jerusalem! 15 The Lord has taken away the judgments against you,    he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;    you …

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Second Sunday of Advent, Year C, Old Testament

The One Gift That Produces Many Offerings Second Sunday of Advent Malachi 3:1-4 Analysis by Bruce T. Martin   3:1 See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the LORD whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the …

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First Sunday of Advent, Year C, Old Testament

THE LORD IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS Jeremiah 33:14-16 First Sunday of Advent Analysis by Peter Keyel   14 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up …

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Seventh Sunday of Easter


IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 Seventh Sunday of Easter Analysis by Timothy Hoyer 15In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, 16”Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became …

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

SOMEONE’S KNOCKING AT THE DOOR Acts 10:44-48 Sixth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Chris Repp 44While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word.45The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles,46for they heard them …

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

LOOK, IT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW! Acts 8:26-40 Fifth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 26But an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert road. 27And he rose and went. And behold, an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a …

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

NO STOPPING THEM Acts 4:5-12 Fourth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Paul Jaster 5The next day their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, 6with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. 7When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, “By what power or …

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Third Sunday of Easter

THE POWER BEHIND PETER’S CHARITY Acts 3:12-19 Third Sunday of Easter Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 3:12 When Peter saw [the astonishment of the people over his healing of the lame man], he addressed the people, ‘You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power …

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Second Sunday of Easter

THE FAMILY OF GOD Acts 4:32-35 Second Sunday of Easter Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 4:32 Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. 33With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the …

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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 22)

THE GREAT MARRIAGE Genesis 2:18-24 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 22) Analysis by Bruce K Modahl 18Then the Lord GOD said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” 19So out of the ground the Lord GOD formed every animal of the field and every bird …

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost 18 (Proper 21)

ALL IN THE FAMILY Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost 18 (Proper 21) Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 4The rabble among them had a strong craving; and the Israelites also wept again, and said, “If only we had meat to eat! 5We remember the fish we used to eat in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers, …

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

ANATHOTH AND NAZARETH Jeremiah 11:18-20 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Joseph Justus van der Sabb 18It was the LORD who made it known to me, and I knew; then you showed me their evil deeds.19But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. And I did not know it was against me that they …

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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

SUSTAIN THE WEARY Isaiah 50:4-9 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Timothy Hoyer 4The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. 5The Lord God has opened my …

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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

FEAR-LESS Isaiah 35:4-7a Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Chris Repp Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.” 5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the …

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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17)

THE EXTRAVAGANT GIFT GIVER Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17) Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 1 So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the LORD, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. …

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

DECISION DAY Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paul Jaster 1Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God.2And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Long …

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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Wooed by Lady Wisdom Proverbs 9:1-6 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 9Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn her seven pillars. 2She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine, she has also set her table. 3She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls from the highest places in the town, …

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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

ZEAL FOR THE LORD 1 Kings 19:4-8 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 19:4 But he himself [Elijah] went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now O Lord, take away my life, for I am …

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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

MANNA IN THE WILDERNESS Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Peter Keyel 2The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and …

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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 12)


ENOUGH, BY FAITH 2 Kings 4:42-44 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 12) Analysis by Bill White A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, “Give it to the people and let them eat.” 43But his …

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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

FAITHFUL SHEPHERD, FAITHFUL SHEEP Jeremiah 23:1-6 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Lori A. Cornell Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the LORD. 2Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have …

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

WHO AM I TO TALK? Amos 7:7-15 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Marcus Felde This is what he showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. 8And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” …

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

INDEPENDENCE BROUGHT FORTH BY THE WORD Ezekiel 2:1-5 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Mark Marius 1He said to me: O mortal, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you. 2And when he spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet; and I heard him speaking to me. …

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

HOPE IN THE MIDST OF DESPAIR Lamentations 3:22-33 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Michael Hoy 22 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” …

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Pentecost 4 (Proper 7)

TWO KINDS OF WISDOM Job 38:1-11 Pentecost 4 (Proper 7) Analysis by Ronald C. Neustadt Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me. “Where were you when I laid …

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Third Sunday after Pentecost

TREE OF LIFE Ezekiel 17:22-24 Third Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Martin Lohrmann 22 Thus says the Lord God: I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out. I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs; I myself will plant it on …

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Second Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 5)

HIDING AND SEEKING Genesis 3:8-15 Second Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 5) Analysis by Bruce K Modahl 8They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9But …

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Holy Trinity Sunday

A HOLY GOD AND A HOLY PEOPLE Isaiah 6:1-8 Holy Trinity Sunday Analysis by Steven E. Albertin In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the LORD sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. 2Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they …

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The Day of Pentecost

GOD BREATHES Psalm 104:24-34, 35b The Day of Pentecost Analysis by Joseph Justus van der Sabb 24O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. 25Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great. 26There go …

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Resurrection of Our Lord

WE ARE OUT TO GET YOU Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 Resurrection of Our Lord Analysis by Peter Keyel Psalms 118:1-2, 14-24 1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! 2 Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” 14 The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become …

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Easter Vigil

FAITH TESTED Genesis 22:1-18 Easter Vigil Analysis by Bill White After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of …

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Maundy Thursday

JUST LIKE CLOCKWORK Exodus 12:1-14 Maundy Thursday Analysis by Marcus Felde The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: 2This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. 3Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month …

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Sunday of the Passion

SUFFERING THE CONSEQUENCES GIVES GROUNDS FOR GOD’S GRACE Isaiah 50:4–9a Sunday of the Passion Analysis by Mark Marius 4The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens — wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. …

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Fifth Sunday in Lent

THE PROMISING COVENANT Jeremiah 31:31-34 Fifth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Michael Hoy 31The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the …

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Fourth Sunday of Lent


LIFT HIGH THE CROSS Numbers 21:4-9 Fourth Sunday of Lent Analysis by Ronald C. Neustadt 4From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. 5The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up …

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Third Sunday in Lent

I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD Exodus 20:1-17 Third Sunday in Lent Analysis by Martin Lohrmann Then God spoke all these words: 2I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3you shall have no other gods before me. 4You shall not make for yourself …

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Second Sunday in Lent

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. 2And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” 3Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, 4″As for me, this is my …

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First Sunday in Lent

8Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9″As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, 10and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. 11I establish …

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Transfiguration of Our Lord

Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on there way from Gilgal. 2Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So …

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Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

21Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent …

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Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

15″The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brethren—him you shall heed—16just as you desired of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, or see this great fire …

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Third Sunday after the Epiphany

The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time, saying, 2Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you. 3So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. 4Jonah …

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Second Sunday After Epiphany

3Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. 2At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 3the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and …

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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

FAITHFUL SHEPHERD, FAITHFUL SHEEP Jeremiah 23:1-6 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Lori A. Cornell Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the LORD. 2Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have …

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Baptism of Our Lord

BEGINNINGS Genesis 1:1-5 Baptism of Our Lord Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 1:1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. 3Then God said, “Let there be light”; …

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Second Sunday of Christmas

GOD TURNS MOURNING TO JOY Jeremiah 31:7-14 Second Sunday of Christmas Analysis by Peter Keyel 7 For thus says the LORD: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, “Save, O LORD, your people, the remnant of Israel.” 8 See, I am going to bring …

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First Sunday of Christmas

BELIEVING IS SEEING Isaiah 61:10—62:3 First Sunday of Christmas Analysis by Bill White 10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and …

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Christmas Day

BEAUTIFUL LITTLE FEET Isaiah 52:7-10 Christmas Day Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’ 8 Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain …

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The Nativity of Our Lord

THE BROKEN YOKE Isaiah 9:2-7 The Nativity of Our Lord Analysis by Marcus Felde The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness — on them light has shined. 3You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy …

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

TURNING FAVORS INTO FAVORITES 2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16 Fourth Sunday of Advent Analysis by Mark Marius Now when the king was settled in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the …

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Third Sunday of Advent

“THE ANOINTED ONE” Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Third Sunday of Advent Analysis by Michael Hoy 1The spirit of the LORD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners; 2to proclaim …

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Second Sunday of Advent

THE WORD THAT STANDS FOREVER Isaiah 40:1-11 Second Sunday of Advent Analysis by Ronald C. Neustadt 40Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. 2Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. 3A …

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First Sunday of Advent

GOD HIDDEN AND REVEALED Isaiah 64:1-9 First Sunday of Advent Analysis by Martin Lohrmann O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence— 2as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the …

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The Day of Pentecost

GOD WILL POUR OUT THE SPIRIT ON ALL FLESH Acts 2:1-21 The Day of Pentecost Analysis by Peter Keyel When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they …

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Seventh Sunday of Easter

RETURNING TO EARTH Acts 1:6-14 Seventh Sunday of Easter Analysis by Martin Lohrmann 6So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. …

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

IDOL WORSHIP Acts 17:22-31 Sixth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Bill White Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. 23 For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with …

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

LOUD AND LOUDER Acts 7:55-60 Fifth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Marcus Felde 55But filled with the Holy Spirit, [Stephen] gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56Look, he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of …

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

ABUNDANT LIFE —ADDING BY SUBTRACTING Acts 2:42-47 Fourth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Mark Marius The appointed text for this week’s Crossing is realized in Step 6, so we must go back a few verses and read between the lines as we also consider John 10:10 from the Gospel reading. [36Therefore let the entire house of Israel …

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Third Sunday of Easter

JESUS WHOM YOU CRUCIFIED Acts 2.14a, 36-41 Third Sunday of Easter Analysis by Timothy Hoyer 14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them,. 36″Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.” 37Now when they heard this, they …

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Second Sunday of Easter

IMPLICATED/EXONORATED Acts 2:14a, 22-32 Second Sunday of Easter Analysis by Ron Starenko 14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them,…22″You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to by God with deeds of powers, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, …

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Easter Sunday

A CROSS-BORN IMPARTIALITY Acts 10:34-43 Easter Sunday Analysis by Bruce K. Modahl 34Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace …

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Christmas Day

THROUGH GOD’S WELCOME, WE CAN WELCOME OTHERS John 1:1-14 Christmas Day Analysis by Peter Keyel 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. …

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Day of Thanksgiving

CELEBRATING THE FIRST FRUITS OF THE GOSPEL Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Day of Thanksgiving Analysis by Paul Jaster When you have come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, 2you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the …

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Christ the King Sunday

THE GOOD SHEPHERD Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 Christ the King Sunday Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 11For thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out.12As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all …

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Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost – (Part 2)

EASTER IS THE NEW DAY OF THE LORD Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18 Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Timothy Hoyer 7Be silent before the Lord God! For the day of the Lord is at hand; the Lord has prepared a sacrifice, he has consecrated his guests. 12At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will …

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Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost – (Part 1)

THE DAY OF THE LORD Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18 Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Michael Hoy 7Be silent before the Lord GOD! For the day of the LORD is at hand; the LORD has prepared a sacrifice, he has consecrated his guests. 12At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the people …

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Twenty-Second Sunday after the Pentecost

“JOSH THE PLUMBER” Amos 5:18-24 Twenty-Second Sunday after the Pentecost Analysis by Chris Repp 18Alas for you who desire the day of the Lord! Why do you want the day of the Lord? It is darkness, not light; 19as if someone fled from a lion, and was met by a bear; or went into the house and …

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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

LOVING OUR NEIGHBOR Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bruce T. Martin Lev. 19:1 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 2 Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy . . . 15 You shall not …

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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 24)

RESTORED Isaiah 45:1-7 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 24) Analysis by Ronald C. Neustadt 45Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped to subdue nations before him and strip kings of their robes, to open doors before him – and the gates shall not be closed: 2I will go before …

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 23)

THE CITY OF THE RUTHLESS VERSUS THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD Isaiah 25:1–9 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 23) Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 25O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you, I will praise your name; for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure. 2 For you have made …

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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21)

LIFE IS UNFAIR Ezekiel 18:1-4, [5-24], 25-32 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21) Analysis by Peter Keyel The word of the LORD came to me: 2 What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, “The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge”? 3 As I live, …

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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

GRACE: IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU Jonah 3:10—4:11 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 3 10When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it. 4 But this was …

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14th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 19)

POWER TO RECONCILE Genesis 50:15–21 14th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 19) Analysis by Bill White 15Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?” 16So they approached Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this …

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 18)

NOT JUST WHISTLING DIXIE! Ezekiel 33:7-11 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 18) Analysis by Marcus Felde 7 So you, mortal, I have made a sentinel for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 8If I say to the wicked, “O wicked ones, you shall surely …

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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17)

WHEN GOD’S WORD WEIGHS YOU DOWN THE WORD OF GOD PICKS YOU UP Jeremiah 15:15-21 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17) Analysis by Mark Marius 15 O LORD, you know; remember me and visit me, and bring down retribution for me on my persecutors. In your forbearance do not take me away; know that on your account …

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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16)

NOT WORKS, BUT FAITH Isaiah 51:1-6 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16) Analysis by Timothy Hoyer Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the Lord. Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. 2Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; …

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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

A NAME BETTER THAN SONS AND DAUGHTERS Isaiah 56:1-8 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paul Jaster Thus says the Lord: Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.2 Happy is the mortal who does this, the one who holds it fast, who keeps the sabbath, not …

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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

YAHWEH DOESN’T QUIT ON QUITTERS I Kings 19:9-18 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 9At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there. Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ 10He answered, ‘I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God …

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON AND THE FOOLISHNESS OF THE CROSS 1 Kings 3:5-12 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Chris Repp At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” 6And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father …

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

I TOLD YOU SO! Isaiah 44:6-8 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 6Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. 7Who is like me? Let them proclaim it, let them declare and …

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

THE EVERLASTING SIGN OF THE CROSS Isaiah 55:10-13 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 55:10  For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11so …

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

HOPE RESTORED Zechariah 9:9–12 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Lori A. Cornell   9Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 10He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim …

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Third Sunday after Pentecost

BEARING JESUS’ YOKE Jeremiah 28:5-9 Third Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bruce K. Modahl 5Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke to the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the LORD; 6and the prophet Jeremiah said, “Amen! May the LORD do so; may the LORD fulfill …

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Second Sunday after Pentecost

JEREMIAH: GOD’S WHISTLEBLOWER Jeremiah 20:7-13 Second Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 7 O Lord, you have enticed me, and I was enticed; you have overpowered me, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughing-stock all day long; everyone mocks me. 8 For whenever I speak, I must cry out, I must shout, ‘Violence …

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Holy Trinity

VOICE OVER Genesis 1:1 — 2:4a Holy Trinity Analysis by Joseph Justus van der Sabb Genesis 1:1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. 3Then God said, …

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Good Friday

WITH MERCY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Good Friday Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 13 See, my servant shall prosper; he shall be exalted and lifted up, 14 Just as there were many who were astonished at him— so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of mortal— 15 so he shall …

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Maundy Thursday

A PROMISE AND A NEW PROMISE Exodus 12.1-4, 11-14 Maundy Thursday Analysis by Timothy Hoyer The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: 2This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. 3Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the …

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Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion

A SERVANT CHURCH Isaiah 50:4-9a Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 50:4 The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens—wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. 5 The Lord God …

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Fifth Sunday in Lent

JUDGMENT EXECUTED/PROMISE DELIVERED Ezekiel 37:1-14 Fifth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 37The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2He led me all around them; there were very …

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Fourth Sunday in Lent

ANOINTED 1 Samuel 16:1-13 Fourth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Joseph Justus van der Sabb Samuel Anoints David 16The Lord said to Samuel, ‘How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I …

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Third Sunday in Lent

POTABLE WATER IS A HUMAN RIGHT Exodus 17:1-7 Third Sunday in Lent Analysis by Peter Keyel From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the LORD commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us …

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Second Sunday in Lent

OUT OF ONE, MANY Genesis 12:1-4a Second Sunday in Lent Analysis by Martin Lohrmann Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, …

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First Sunday of Lent

HUNGER PAINS Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 First Sunday of Lent Analysis by Bill White 2:15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17 but of the tree …

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Ash Wednesday

WITH FASTING, WITH WEEPING, AND WITH MOURNING Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 Ash Wednesday Slightly Unusual Analysis by Marcus Felde Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming, it is near — 2a day of darkness and gloom, a …

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Transfiguration of Our Lord

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE GODLY KIND Exodus 24:12-18 Transfiguration of Our Lord Analysis by Mark Marius 12The LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.” 13So Moses set out …

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Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

WHOLLY SET APART Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 Seventh Sunday after Epiphany Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. 9When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall …

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Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

CROSSING WITH LIFE: A LIVELY CHOICE Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Sixth Sunday after Epiphany Analysis by Michael Hoy 15See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. 16If 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 …

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Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

GOING HOME Isaiah 58:1-9a Fifth Sunday after Epiphany Analysis by Ron Starenko Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins. 2Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation …

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Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

The LORD vs. the People Micah 6:1-8 Fourth Sunday after Epiphany Analysis by Chris Repp Hear what the Lord says: Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice. 2Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the earth; for the Lord has a controversy with his …

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Third Sunday after the Epiphany

THE PEOPLE WHO WALKED IN DARKNESS HAVE SEEN A GREAT LIGHT Isaiah 9:1-4 Third Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Steven E. Albertin But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time …

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Second Sunday after the Epiphany

ISRAEL’S CRUCIFIXION-FOR US Second Sunday after the Epiphany Isaiah 49:1-7 Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 49:1 Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention you peoples from far away! The LORD called me before I was born; while I was in my mother’s womb he named me. 2 He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the …

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Baptism of Our Lord

THE SERVANT WHO SERVES Isaiah 42:1-9 (cf. Matthew 12:15-21) Baptism of Our Lord Analysis by Ronald C. Neustadt Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. 2He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make …

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Second Sunday after Christmas

NO LONGER WINNERS OR LOSERS, ONLY THE REDEEMED Jeremiah 31: 7-14 Second Sunday after Christmas Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 7For thus says the Lord: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, “Save, O Lord, your people, the remnant of Israel.” 8See, I am …

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First Sunday of Christmas

WHO’S THAT? Isaiah 63:7-9 First Sunday of Christmas Analysis by Joseph Justus van der Sabb Isaiah 63:1-19 Vengeance on Edom 63’Who is this that comes from Edom, from Bozrah in garments stained crimson? Who is this so splendidly robed, marching in his great might?’ ‘It is I, announcing vindication, mighty to save.’ 2 ‘Why are your robes …

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The Nativity of Our Lord

SAME OLD, SAME OLD Isaiah 52:7-10 The Nativity of Our Lord Analysis by Peter Keyel 7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’ 8 Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; …

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Christmas Eve

WHAT’S IN A NAME? Isaiah 9:2-7 Christmas Eve Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 2The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness — on them light has shined. 3You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at …

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

OVERCOMING FEAR Isaiah 7:10-16 Fourth Sunday of Advent Analysis by Bill White 10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, 11 Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. 12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. …

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Third Sunday in Advent

THIRSTY GROUND AND SPRINGS OF WATER Isaiah 35:1-10 Third Sunday in Advent Analysis by Marcus Felde The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus 2it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel …

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Second Sunday of Advent

YOU CAN’T ALWAYS TELL A TREE BY ITS BRANCHES Isaiah 11:1-10 Second Sunday of Advent Analysis by Mark Marius A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 2The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel …

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First Sunday in Advent

THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD WILL BE LIFTED UP Isaiah 2:1-5 First Sunday in Advent Analysis by Timothy Hoyer The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2In days to come the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; …

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Christ the King Sunday

Hey King! Don’t Just Hang There, DO Something! Luke 23:33-43 Christ the King Sunday Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 33When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what …

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Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

THE END Luke 21:5-19 Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Ron Starenko 5When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, 6″As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all with be thrown …

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Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

THIS OR THAT? Luke 20:27-38 Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Chris Repp 27Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him 28and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children …

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All Saints Sunday

A DARING DEFIANCE Luke 6:20-31 All Saints Sunday By Steven E. Albertin 20Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21″Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 22Blessed …

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Reformation Sunday

FREEDOM FROM SIN—INDEED John 8:31-36 Reformation Sunday Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 8:31 Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and …

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Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

TELLING IT TO SOMEONE WHO CARES Luke 18:1-8 Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Ronald C. Neustadt Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there …

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Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

RETURNING TO GOD’S MERCY Luke 17:11-19 Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 11On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14When he saw them, he …

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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

MULBERRY PIE Luke 17:5-10 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Joseph Justus van der Sabb 5The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. 7″Who …

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St. Michael and All Angels

FIGHTING FOR GOD? Luke 10:17-20 St. Michael and All Angels Analysis by Peter Keyel 17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” 18 He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19 See, I have given you authority to tread on …

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

CHEATING DEATH Luke 16:1-13 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Lori A. Cornell Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. 2So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? …

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

LOST AND FOUND Luke 15:1-10 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bill White Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3 So he told them this parable: 4 “Which one of …

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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

SWAPPING OUT OUR LIFE Luke 14:25-33 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Marcus Felde Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, 26″Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. 27Whoever does not …

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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

GOOD SEATS DON’T GIVE YOU GOOD STANDING, BUT GOD’S STANDING GIVES YOU GOOD SEATS Luke 14:1, 7-14 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Mark Marius On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. 7When he noticed how …

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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

STAND UP, STAND UP FOR JESUS Luke 13:10-17 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer 10Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 11And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up …

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

FOLLOWING GOD’S LEADING INDICATOR Luke 12:49-56 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paul Jaster 49I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! 51Do you think that I have come to …

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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

READY OR NOT, HERE I COME! Luke 12:32-40 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where …

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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

GOD’S FOOLS Luke 12:13-21 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Ron Starenko 13Someone in the crowd said to (Jesus), “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be judge or arbitrator over you?” 15And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard …

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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

OPEN-DOOR POLICY Luke 11:1-13 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Chris Repp He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” 2He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. …

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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER? Luke 10:38-42 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost By Steven E. Albertin 38Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40But …

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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

BUT OUT! Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Luke 10:25-37 Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 25Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God …

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

GETTING THE MESSAGE OUT Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Ronald C. Neustadt After this the Lord appointed seventyothers and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask …

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

FACING JESUS Luke 9:51-62 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; 53 …

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

THIS LITTLE PIGGY, A BIBLE STORY Luke 8:26-39 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Joseph Justus van der Sabb 26Then they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27As he stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes, …

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

SINNER AND SAINT Luke 7:36-8:3 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Peter Keyel 36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 37 And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the …

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Third Sunday after Pentecost

DIVINE INTERVENTION Luke 7:11-17 Third Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 11Soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. 12As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she …

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Second Sunday after Pentecost

LOVE OR FAITH? Luke 7:1-10 Second Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bill White After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. 2 A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. 3 When he heard about Jesus, he sent some …

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Holy Trinity Sunday

PARTURITION IS SUCH SWEET SORROW John 16:12-15 Holy Trinity Sunday Analysis by Marcus Felde John 16 gets short shrift in the Revised Common Lectionary. Only on this festival will we read from it in worship, and only four verses. So here is the whole chapter, itself only part of the Final Discourse (chapters 14-17), to help us …

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The Day of Pentecost

MAKING THE GRADE WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT John 14:8-17 The Day of Pentecost Analysis by Mark Marius 8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen …

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Seventh Sunday of Easter

ONE IS NOT THE LONELIEST NUMBER John 17:20-26 Seventh Sunday of Easter Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer 20″I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may …

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

House of Hesed John 5:1-9 Sixth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Paul Jaster After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. 3In these lay many invalids — blind, lame, and paralyzed. …

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

COSMIC RADIANCE John 13:31-35 Fifth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 31When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. 33Little children, I …

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

SEARCHING FOR SECURITY IN AN UNSAFE WORLD John 10:22-30 Fourth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Ron Starenko 22At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will …

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Third Sunday of Easter

TWO CHARCOAL FIRES John 21:1-19 Third Sunday of Easter Analysis by Steven E. Albertin After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. 2Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two …

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The Second Sunday of Easter

THE MOMENT BETWEEN DEATH AND RESURRECTION The Second Sunday of Easter John 20:19-31 Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and …

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Day of the Resurrection

REMEMBERING THE PROMISE Luke 24: 1-12 Day of the Resurrection Analysis by Ronald C. Neustadt 24But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they went in, they did not find the …

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The Vigil of Easter

HOPE BEARING BODIES: CHRIST’S AND OURS John 20:1-18 The Vigil of Easter Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 1Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the …

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Maundy Thursday

CLEANLINESS John 13:1-13, 31b-35 Maundy Thursday Analysis by Peter Keyel Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 The devil had already put it into …

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Good Friday

KING, JESUS STYLE John 18:1-19:42 Good Friday Analysis by Joseph Justus van der Sabb Chapter 18 After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. 2Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus …

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Sunday of the Passion (Shorter Version)

GETTING WHAT YOU DON’T DESERVE Luke 23:1—49 Sunday of the Passion (Shorter Version) Analysis by Lori A. Cornell Then the assembly rose as a body and brought Jesus before Pilate. 2They began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man perverting our nation, forbidding us to pay taxes to the emperor, and saying that he himself is …

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Fifth Sunday in Lent

WHAT GREED WILL GET YOU John 12:1-8 Fifth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Bill White Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2 There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3 …

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Fourth Sunday in Lent

UNEQUAL PREQUELS Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Fourth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Marcus Felde Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3So he told them this parable: 11b”There was a man who had …

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Third Sunday in Lent

DEATH BECOMES US Luke 13:1-9 Third Sunday in Lent Analysis by Mark Marius At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? …

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Second Sunday in Lent

TO BE GATHERED BY MERCY Luke 13.31-35 Second Sunday in Lent Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer 31At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures …

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First Sunday in Lent

PUT TO THE TEST Luke 4:1-13 First Sunday in Lent Analysis by Paul Jaster Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he …

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Ash Wednesday

WHAT WE TREASURE Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Ash Wednesday Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 1 “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as hypocrites do in the synagogues …

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The Transfiguration of Our Lord

GLORY LOST, GLORY FOUND Luke 9:28-36 (37-43) The Transfiguration of Our Lord Analysis by Ron Starenko 28Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. …

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Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

FAVORING THE ORDINARY Luke 4:21-30 Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Chris Repp 21Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” 23He said to …

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Third Sunday after the Epiphany

GOOD NEWS FOR THE HOMETOWN Luke 4:14-21 Third Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 14Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. 16When he came to Nazareth, …

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Second Sunday after the Epiphany

THE GUEST WHO’S COMING TO DINNER John 2:1-11 Second Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 2:1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine gave out, the mother of …

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Baptism of our Lord

MORE POWERFUL THAN POWER Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Baptism of our Lord Analysis by Ronald C. Neustadt 15As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than …

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The Epiphany of Our Lord

RE-PRIORITIZING AUTHORITY Matthew 2:1-12 The Epiphany of Our Lord Analysis by Steve Kuhl 2In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and …

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First Sunday of Christmas

MARY, DID YOU KNOW? Luke 2:41-52 First Sunday of Christmas Analysis by Joseph Justus van der Sabb 41 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. 42And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. 43When the festival was ended and they started to return, …

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Christmas Day

THROUGH GOD’S WELCOME, WE CAN WELCOME OTHERS John 1:1-14 Christmas Day Analysis by Peter Keyel 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. …

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Christmas Eve

THE LOVE OF A CHILD Luke 2:1-20 Christmas Eve Analysis by Lori A. Cornell In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own towns to be registered. 4Joseph also went …

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

FLEEING OR FOLLOWING? Luke 1:39-45 [46-55] Fourth Sunday of Advent Analysis by Bill White 39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was …

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Third Sunday of Advent

JOHN THE BAPTIST LIGHTS THEM UP Luke 3:7-18 Third Sunday of Advent Analysis by Marcus Felde 7John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have …

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Second Sunday in Advent

DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR? Luke 3:1-6 Second Sunday in Advent Analysis by Mark Marius In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, 2 …

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First Sunday of Advent

IT’S JESUS, NOT JUST EVENTS Luke 21:25-36 First Sunday of Advent Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer 25″There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon …

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Christ the King Sunday

THE TRIAL WITHIN THE TRIAL John 18:33-37 Christ the King Sunday Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” 35 Pilate replied, “I am not …

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Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

SOUND THE ALARM Mark 13:1-8 Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Mark Marius As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” 2Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will …

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Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

CONSUMING RESOURCES AND OUR CONSUMING RESOURCE Mark 12:38-44 Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Chris Repp 38As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! …

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All Saints Sunday

FOR ALL THE SAINTS John 11:32-44 All Saints Sunday Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 32When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also …

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Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

JESUS AND HIS BENEFITS Mark 10:46-52 Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bruce T. Martin They came to Jericho. As he [Jesus] and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47When he heard it was Jesus of Nazareth, be began to shout out …

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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

MARRIAGE Mark 10:2-16 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Peter Keyel 2 Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” …

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

IN PIECES? LET US PRAY TO THE LORD Mark 9:38-50 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Marcus Felde 38John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a …

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

WHEN SPEAKING OF THE DEATH AND RISING OF JESUS, IT IS NECESSARY TO PROCLAIM JESUS’ PROMISE Mark 9:30-37 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer 0They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man …

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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

TWO TAKES ON PEACE AND JUSTICE Mark 8:27-38 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Cathy Lessmann Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, …

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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

BEING OPENED Mark 7:24-37 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Chris Repp 24From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, 25but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard …

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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

DEFILEMENT AND HOLINESS Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bruce T. Martin Mark 7:1 Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, 2 they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3 (For the Pharisees, …

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

THE REASONING OF FAITH John 6:56-69 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 56Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58This is the …

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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

EATING AND DRINKING NON-STOP John 6:51-58 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Dana Bjorlin 51 “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” 52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, …

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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

DON’T GRUMBLE AMONG YOURSELVES John 6:35, 41-51 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bill White 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 41 Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am …

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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

NON-PROPHET ORG. John 6:24-35 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Mark Marius 24So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. 25When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you …

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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

BREAD KING? NO! John 6:1-21 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paul Jaster After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 3Jesus went up the mountain and sat …

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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

DESERTED PLACES Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Ron Starenko 30The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even …

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

THROUGH THE REAR-VIEW MIRROR OR THE WINDSHIELD Mark 6:14-29 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 14King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.” 15But others said, “It is …

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

STAYING ON MESSAGE, EVEN AMONG SNOBS Mark 6:1-13 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Ronald C. Neustadt 1He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? …

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

A BLEEDING THEODICY Mark 5:21-43 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Joseph Justus van der Sabb 21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered round him; and he was by the lake. 22Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, …

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

STILL Mark 4:35-41 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 35On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37A great windstorm arose, …

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Third Sunday after Pentecost

HEARING JESUS Mark 4:26-34 Third Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bill White 26 He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28 The earth produces of itself, …

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Second Sunday after Pentecost

Out of Control Mark 3:20-35 Second Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Mark Marius 20and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. 21When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” 22And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, …

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Holy Trinity

THE TRINITY IS CODE FOR THE GOSPEL NAME OF GOD: THE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT John 3:1-17 Holy Trinity Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has …

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Day of Pentecost

WHAT A TRIP! John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 Day of Pentecost By Paul Jaster DIAGNOSIS: Running on Fumes, Tank on Empty Step 1: Initial Diagnosis (External Problem) : Empty No Spirit. No power. No go. No gas. We’re running on fumes. The tank is empty. “I’m not feeling well,” a young pale-faced boy said to me on his way out of …

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Seventh Sunday of Easter

JESUS PRAYS FOR US John 17:6-19 Seventh Sunday of Easter Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 6″I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8for …

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

THE UPPER ROOM John 15:9-17 Sixth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Ron Starenko 9″As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11I have said these things …

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

ON THE CORNER OF BRANCH AND VINE John 15:1-8 Fifth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Chris Repp “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. 2He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3You have already been cleansed by …

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

NOT FOR SALE John 10:11-18 Fourth Sunday of Easter By Steven E. Albertin 11I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away — and the wolf …

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Third Sunday of Easter

RESURRECTION WORDS Luke 24:36b-48 Third Sunday of Easter Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 36b [The disciples being gathered together in Jerusalem], Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why …

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Second Sunday of Easter

A WOUNDED LORD MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE John 20:19-31 Second Sunday of Easter Analysis by Ronald C. Neustadt 19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, …

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The Resurrection of Our Lord

RUNNING INTO JESUS Mark 16:1-8 The Resurrection of Our Lord Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, …

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The Easter Vigil

TRACKERS John 20:1-18 The Easter Vigil Analysis by Joseph Justus van der Sabb 20Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one …

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Good Friday

ABIDING LIGHT John 19:31- 42 Good Friday Analysis by Dana Bjorlin 31 Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the sabbath, especially because that sabbath was a day of great solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified men broken and …

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Maundy Thursday

HOW THINGS WORK John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Maundy Thursday Analysis by Peter Keyel Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 The devil had already put …

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Palm Sunday / Sunday of the Passion

THREE STRIKES AND YOU’RE … SAVED? Mark 14:1-15:47 (selected verses) Palm Sunday / Sunday of the Passion Analysis by Bill White 26 When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 27 And Jesus said to them, “You will all become deserters; for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and …

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Fifth Sunday in Lent

LET’S SEE John 12:20-33 Fifth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Jerome Burce 20 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and …

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Fourth Sunday in Lent

FATE-BASED ORGANIZATION John 3:14-21 Fourth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Marcus Felde “And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” 16For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who …

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Third Sunday in Lent

MARKETPLACE John 2:13-22 Third Sunday in Lent Analysis by Mark Marius 13The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, …

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Second Sunday in Lent

SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN Mark 8:31-38 Second Sunday in Lent Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer 1Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32He said all this quite openly. …

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First Sunday in Lent

SURPRISINGLY SATISFIED Mark 1:9-15 First Sunday in Lent Analysis by Paul Jaster 9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11And a …

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Ash Wednesday

‘FESSING UP TO THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Ash Wednesday Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 1 “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 So whenever you give alms, do not sound …

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The Transfiguration of Our Lord

LOOK, MOMMY, A BUTTERFLY! Mark 9:2-9 The Transfiguration of Our Lord Analysis by Ron Starenko 2Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach …

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Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

BEGGARS CAN BE CHOOSERS Mark 1:40-45 Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 40A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, “If you choose, you can make me clean.” 41Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I do choose. Be made …

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Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Healing the Illness that Keeps Us from Serving Mark 1:29-39 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Ronald C. Neustadt 29As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31He …

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Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

SHUT THE HELL UP! GET THE HELL OUT! Mark 1:23-28 Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Joseph Justus van der Sabb 21 They went to Capernaum; and when the Sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. 22They were astoundedat his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23Just then there …

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Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Fishing for Life Mark 1:14-20 Third Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Peter Keyel 14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” 16As Jesus passed along the Sea of …

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Second Sunday after the Epiphany

IN A MANNER OF SPEAKING, “SEEING” IS BELIEVING John 1:43-51 Second Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Bill White 43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to …

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Baptism of Our Lord

THERE’S POWER. AND THEN THERE’S POWER! Mark 1:4-11 Baptism of Our Lord Analysis by Marcus Felde John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him …

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Name of Jesus and First Sunday of Christmas

NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES, BUT NOT ABOVE THE LAW Luke 2:15-21, 22-40 Name of Jesus and First Sunday of Christmas Analysis by Mark Marius 15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord …

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Christmas Day

JESUS IS FULL OF GRACE John 1:1-14 Christmas Day Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come …

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Christmas Eve 2011

HEAVENLY PEACE Luke 2:1-15 Christmas Eve 2011 Analysis by Paul Jaster In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own towns to be registered. 4Joseph also went from the town …

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

GOD ONE-UPS HIMSELF Luke 1:26-38 Fourth Sunday of Advent Analysis by Cathy Lessmann In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her …

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Third Sunday of Advent

I AM NOT. I AM. John 1:6-8, 19-28 Third Sunday of Advent Analysis by Ron Starenko 6There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the …

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Second Sunday of Advent

STRAIGHTENED AND LOOSED Mark 1:1-8 Second Sunday of Advent Analysis by Chris Repp The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; 3the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: …

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First Sunday of Advent

THE COUNTDOWN Mark 13:24-37 First Sunday of Advent Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 24But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26Then they will see ‘the Son of …

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Christ the King

TRULY HUMAN AND HUMANE Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 Christ the King Analysis by Paul Jaster 9As I watched, thrones were set in place, and an Ancient One took his throne, his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and its wheels were burning fire. 10A stream …

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Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

RADIANT ENDURANCE Daniel 12:1-3 Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paul Jaster At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise. There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found …

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Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

EMPTY JARS AND EMPTY JUGS 1 Kings 17:8-16 Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Ron Starenko 8Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah, saying, 9″Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” 10So he set out and went to Zarephath. When he …

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Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

HEALED BY A WOUNDED SERVANT Isaiah 53:4-12 Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Ronald C. Neustadt 4Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. 5But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, …

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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

AFFLICTED AFFLICTERS AND THE RIGHTEOUS AFFLICTED Amos 5:6-7, 10-15 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Joseph Justus van der Sabb 6 Seek the Lord and live, or he will break out against the house of Joseph like fire, and it will devour Bethel, with no one to quench it. 7 Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood, …

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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Flesh of Our Flesh Genesis 2:18-24 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 18Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” 19So out of the ground the LORD God formed every animal of the field and every bird of …

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

ARE YOU FEELING OVERWHELMED? Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bill White The rabble among them had a strong craving; and the Israelites also wept again, and said, “If only we had meat to eat! 5 We remember the fish we used to eat in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the …

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

SIMILAR SOUNDS SHOW STRANGE SOLUTION Jeremiah 11:18-20 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Mark Marius 18It was the LORD who made it known to me, and I knew; then you showed me their evil deeds. 19But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. And I did not know it was against me that they …

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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

HELP WANTED: A SUFFERING SERVANT Isaiah 50:4-9a Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paul Jaster 4The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens — wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. 5The Lord GOD …

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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

GOD’S REFUGEES Isaiah 35:3-7 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Ron Starenko 3Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. 4Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.” 5Then the eyes …

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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

GETTING WITH THE PROGRAM Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost By Steven E. Albertin So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the LORD, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. 2You must neither …

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

FREED FROM AN IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Ronald C. Neustadt 1Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. 2And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, …

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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

SAY THE PROMISE AGAIN 2 Kings 4.42-44 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer 42A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, “Give it to the people and let them eat.” 43But his …

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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

OPERATION REPO Jeremiah 23:1-6 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Cathy Lessmann Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord. 2 Therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them …

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

PLUMBING A MYSTERY Amos 7:7-15 [16-17] Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Chris Repp 7This is what he showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. 8And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then …

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

THUS SAYS THE LORD! Ezekiel 2:1-5 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 1He [YHWH] said to me: O mortal, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you. 2And when he spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet; and I heard him speaking to me. …

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

LAMENTING IN HOPE Law-Gospel Dynamics in Lamentations Lamentations 3:22-33 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 22The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; 23they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24″The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” 25The …

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Third Sunday after Pentecost

BIRDS AND BOUGHS Ezekiel 17:22-24 Third Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Jerome Burce 22 Thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out. I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs; I myself will plant it on …

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Second Sunday after Pentecost

KIDS WILL BE KIDS—FINALLY! Genesis 3:8-15 Second Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Marcus Felde 8They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9But the LORD …

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Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

GOD OF THE SLAVE GIRL 2 Kings 5:1-14 [15-19a] Sixth Sunday after Epiphany Analysis by Chris Repp Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. …

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Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

THE IMPOSSIBLE CERTAINTY Isaiah 40:21-31 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 21 Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundation of the earth? 22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth—and its inhabitants …

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Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Nineveh Repents, God Relents Jonah 3:1-5, (6-9) 10 Third Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Dana Bjorlin 1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, 2 “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” 3 So Jonah set out and went to …

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Thanksgiving Day

THE MAKING OF THANKSGIVING Luke 17:11-19 Thanksgiving Day Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 11On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14When he saw them, he said to …

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Christ the King Sunday

JUDGMENT DAY Matthew 25:31-46 Christ the King Sunday By Steven E. Albertin 31When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates …

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Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

SOMETHING BURIED Matthew 25:14-30 Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paige G. Evers 14 “For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. …

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The Feast of All Saints

CINDERELLA: SOLD OUT, SOULED UP Matthew 5:1-12 The Feast of All Saints Analysis by Joseph Justus van der Sabb 1 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, …

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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

SAYING AND DOING Matthew 23:1-12 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Dana Bjorlin 1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to the disciples, 2 “The scribes and Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; 3 therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they …

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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

JESUS-STYLE BASEBALL Matthew 22:34-46 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Jerome Burce 22:34 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35 and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 He said to him, “‘You shall …

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

TRICKS, TRAPS, TAXES AND TESTS Matthew 22:15-22 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bill White Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, …

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

R.S.V.P. Matthew 22:1-14 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Marcus Felde Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 2The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not …

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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

A NEW LEASE ON LIFE Matthew 21:33-46 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Mark Marius 33Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. 34When the harvest time …

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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

WHO DIED AND PUT YOU IN CHARGE? Matthew 21:23-32 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Timothy Hoyer 23When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?”24Jesus said to them, …

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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

GOD GOES ALL OUT Matthew 20:1-16 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paul Jaster For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3When he went out about …

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

OUT OF PITY, AND OUT OF PITY Matthew 18:21-35 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Eric W. Evers 21Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven …

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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

THE HOLY CROSS Matthew 18:15-20 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 18:15 If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. 16But if you are not listened to, take one …

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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

GOOD NEWS FOR LOSERS Matthew 16:21-28 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Ronald C. Neustadt 21From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.22And Peter …

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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

CROSSROADS Matthew 16:13-20 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Ron Starenko 13Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15He said …

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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

LOOKING FOR FAITH IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES Matthew 15: {1-9} [10-20] 21-28 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Chris Repp {Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, 2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands before they eat.” 3He answered them, “And …

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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

A DRESS REHEARSAL Matthew 14:22-33 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 22Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there …

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

THE FLEEING OF FUTILITY Matthew 14:13-21 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 13Now when Jesus heard [about the beheading of John the Baptist], he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14When he went ashore, …

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

PASSING YOUR BIBLE QUIZ Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 31He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of …

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

GROWING SEASON Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paige G. Evers 24 [Jesus] put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. 26 …

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

DIGGING IT Matthew 13:1-9, [10-17], 18-23 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Joseph Justus van der Sabb That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the lake. 2Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3And he told …

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Third Sunday after Pentecost

OF BRATS AND BABIES Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Third Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Dana Bjorlin 16 “But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, 17 ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’ 18 …

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Second Sunday after Pentecost

FRIENDED Matthew 10:40-42 Second Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 40Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive …

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The Holy Trinity

MISSION STARTS Matthew 28:16-20 The Holy Trinity Analysis by Jerome Burce 16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given …

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The Day of Pentecost

FROM FEAR TO FAITH John 20:19-23 The Day of Pentecost Analysis by Bill White 19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” …

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Seventh Sunday of Easter – John

TO LEAVE OR BE LEFT? John 17:1-11 Seventh Sunday of Easter Mark Marius [16:32 The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each one to his home, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. 33I have said this to you, so that …

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Seventh Sunday of Easter – Acts

CHILLIN’ (OF THE HEAV’NLY FATHER) Acts 1:6-14 Seventh Sunday of Easter Analysis by Marcus Felde 6So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his …

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

THE PROMISE OF THE SPIRIT John 14:15-21 Sixth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Paul Jaster 15If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 17This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees …

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

A COLLISION WITH GRACE Acts 7:55-60 Fifth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Eric W. Evers 55But filled with the Holy Spirit, [Stephen] gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56″Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right …

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

I AM THE GATE John 10:1-10 Fourth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Ron Starenko 1″Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3The gatekeeper opens …

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Third Sunday of Easter

WRITERS’ WORKSHOP Luke 24:13-35 Third Sunday of Easter Analysis by Chris Repp 13Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with …

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Second Sunday of Easter

SHUCKERED OR SUCCOURED? John 20:19-31 Second Sunday of Easter Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” …

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Resurrection of Our Lord

THE DAWNING OF NEW LIFE Matthew 28:1-10 Resurrection of Our Lord Analysis by Paige G. Evers 1 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, …

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Easter Vigil

“MARY” John 20:1-18 Easter Vigil Analysis by Joseph Justus van der Sabb 20Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom …

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Good Friday

YOU BROKE IT, JESUS BUYS IT John 19:16b-30 Good Friday Analysis by Dana Bjorlin 16b So they took Jesus; 17 and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either …

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Palm Sunday / Sunday of the Passion

PASSIONS Matthew 26:14-27:66 Palm Sunday / Sunday of the Passion Analysis by Jerome Burce 14 Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, ‘What will you give me if I betray him to you?’ They paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that moment he …

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Fifth Sunday in Lent

GOING WITH JESUS John 11:1-45 Fifth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Bill White Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. 3 So the sisters …

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Fourth Sunday in Lent

MAKING SENSE OF COMEDY John 9:1-41 Fourth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Marcus Felde As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that …

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Third Sunday in Lent

BOTTLED WATER ISN’T BETTER WATER John 4:5-42 Third Sunday of Lent Analysis by Mark Marius So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. …

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Second Sunday in Lent

JESUS CREATES OUR GOODNESS BY HIS CROSS John 3:1-17 Second Sunday in Lent Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can …

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First Sunday in Lent

SATAN, BE GONE! Matthew 4:1-11 First Sunday in Lent Analysis by Paul Jaster Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 3The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command …

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Ash Wednesday

TO TELL A SECRET Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Ash Wednesday Analysis by Eric W. Evers 6 “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do …

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The Transfiguration of Our Lord

BREAKING NEWS CHANGES EVERYTHING Matthew 17:1-9 The Transfiguration of Our Lord Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 17:1 Six day later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. 2And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became …

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Eighth Sunday after Epiphany

RE-MASTERING WORRIERS Matthew 6:24-34 The Eighth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Ronald Neustadt 24No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. 25Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your …

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Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

A PERFECT WORLD?! Matthew 5:38-48 Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Ron Starenko 38″You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39But I say to you, ‘Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; 40and if …

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Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

DYING TO BE PERFECT Matthew 5:21-37 Sixth Sunday after Epiphany Analysis by Chris Repp [20For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.] 21″You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be …

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Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

GETTING THE WORLD LOVED Matthew 5:13-20 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 13You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. 14You are the light of the world. …

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Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

BLESSED? SHOW ME THE EVIDENCE! Matthew 5:1-12 Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Steven E. Albertin When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: 3Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom …

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Third Sunday after Epiphany

DISCIPLESHIP–THE END OF BUSINESS AS USUAL and the Beginning of the Unusual Business of Christ Matthew 4:12-23 Third Sunday after Epiphany Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 412Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and …

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Second Sunday after Epiphany

WHERE IS THE MESSIAH? HERE! John 1:29-42 Second Sunday after Epiphany Analysis by Paige G. Evers 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks …

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Baptism of Our Lord

THE CHARACTER OF CHRIST Matthew 3:13-17 Baptism of Our Lord Analysis by Dana Bjorlin 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it …

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Second Sunday of Christmas

GOD WITH A HEART John 1:1-18 Second Sunday of Christmas Analysis by Lori A. Cornell In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has …

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First Sunday of Christmas

BLESSED BLOODINESS Matthew 2:13-23 First Sunday of Christmas Analysis by Jerome Burce 13 Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for …

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Christmas Eve

GLORIFIED SHEPHERDS Luke 2:1-20 Christmas Eve Analysis by Bill White 1In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own town to be registered. 4Joseph also went from the town of …

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

GLORIOUS HUMILIATION Matthew 1:18-25 Fourth Sunday of Advent Analysis by Marcus Felde 18Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and …

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Third Sunday of Advent

PLACES EVERYONE! CUE THE MESSIAH Matthew 11:2-11 Third Sunday of Advent Analysis by Mark Marius 2When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples 3and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” 4Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John …

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Second Sunday of Advent

CHRIST’S CROSS BEARS GOOD FRUIT Matthew 3:1-12 Second Sunday of Advent Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, 2’Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 3This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, ‘The voice of one crying out …

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First Sunday of Advent

CHRIST’S ADVENT: CATASTROPHE AVERTED Matthew 24:36-44 First Sunday of Advent Analysis by Paul Jaster 36But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38For as in those days …

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Thanksgiving (USA)

A SWEET HUNGER John 6:25-35 Thanksgiving (USA) Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 6:25When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill …

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Christ the King Sunday

KING OF THE MOUNTAIN Luke 23:33-43 Christ the King Sunday Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 33When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they are doing.” And …

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Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

BREAKING NEWS Luke 21:5-19 Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Ron Starenko 5When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he (Jesus) said, 6″As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be …

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All Saints Sunday

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? All Saints Sunday Luke 6:20-31 Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 20Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21″Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now, for …

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Reformation Sunday

HAVING A FREE PLACE John 8:31-36 Reformation Sunday Analysis by Michael Hoy 31Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’ 33They answered him, ‘We are descendants of Abraham and have …

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Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

THE PRIMAL, ONGOING WORSHIP WAR Luke 18:9-14 Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Cathy Lessmann Luke 18:9 He [Jesus] also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt. 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. …

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Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

GRANTING JUSTICE TO THE WIDOW Luke 18:1-8 Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 1Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. 2He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. 3In that city there was …

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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

DARING TO GET CLOSE Luke 17:11-19 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paige G. Evers 11On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14When he saw them, he …

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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

SEE JANE FLY. SALLY TOO. Luke 17:[1-4], 5-10 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Jerome Burce [1 Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! 2 It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into …

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

IS THE WORD ENOUGH? Luke 16:19-31 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bill White 19There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the …

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

YOU’RE FIRED! Luke 16:1-13 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Marcus Felde Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. 2So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give …

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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

SEARCH AND RESCUE AT ALL COSTS Luke 15: 1-10 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Mark Marius Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3So he told them this parable: 4Which one …

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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

I JUST DROPPED IN, TO SEE WHAT CONDITION MY CONDITION WAS IN Luke 14:25-33 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer 25Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, 26″Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even …

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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

BEING HUMBLED AND EXALTED Luke 14:1, 7-14 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 1On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. 7When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them …

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

OUGHT SHE NOT BE FREED? Luke 13:10-17 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paul Jaster 10Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 11And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. 12When …

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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

INTERPRETING CHRIST Luke 12:49-56 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 12:49 “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! 51Do you think I have come to bring …

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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

A GIVER WHO COMES LIKE A THIEF Luke 12:32-40 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Eric W. Evers 32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in …

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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

SHARING THE DIVIDENDS OF OUR INHERITANCE Luke 12:13-21 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Dana Bjorlin 13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said …

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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

HOW TO PRAY Luke 11:1-13 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Ron Starenko 1He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” 2He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom …

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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

IT’S THE MAIN COURSE, NOT THE APPETIZERS Luke 10:38-42 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost By Steven E. Albertin 38Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was …

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

INSIDE OUT Luke 10:25-37 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Chris Repp 25Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with …

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

LABORERS IN CHRIST’S HARVEST Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Michael Hoy 1After this 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. 2He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask …

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

JOURNEYING WITH JESUS Luke 9:51-62 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; 53 …

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

CRAZY IS AS CRAZY DOES Luke 8:26-39 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Mark Marius 26Then they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27As he stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he did not …

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Third Sunday after Pentecost

SAVING FAITH Luke 7:36-8:3 Third Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 36One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 37And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought …

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Second Sunday after Pentecost

TWO PROCESSIONS: OF DEATH AND OF RESURRECTION Luke 7:11-17 Second Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 11 Soon afterwards he [Jesus] went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. 12As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He …

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The Holy Trinity

A FOND FAREWELL? John 16:12-15 The Holy Trinity Analysis by Bill White 12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and …

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The Day of Pentecost

BELIEVE ME John 14:8-17 (25-27) The Day of Pentecost Analysis by Norb E. Kabelitz 8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How …

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Seventh Sunday of Easter

“WHEN I FALL IN LOVE, IT WILL BE FOREVER” John 17:20-26 Seventh Sunday of Easter (Year C) Analysis by Marcus Felde 20I ask (not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word) that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I …

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Sixth Sunday of Easter (Alternate Gospel)

IT’S NOT FAIR! OH, GOODY! GOODY! John 5:1-9 Sixth Sunday of Easter (Alternate Gospel) Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. 3In these lay many …

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

LOVE HANDED OVER: THE GLORIOUS LIGHT OF GOD’S NEW DAY John 13:31-35 Fifth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Paul Jaster 31When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and …

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

ON THE SAME PAGE John 10:22-30 Fourth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 10:22At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep …

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Third Sunday of Easter

RESURRECTION TRANSFORMATION John 21:1-19 Third Sunday of Easter Analysis by Eric W. Evers After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. 2Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others …

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The Resurrection of Our Lord

FIXATED ON DEATH, FINDING LIFE INSTEAD Luke 24:1-12 The Resurrection of Our Lord Analysis by Ron Starenko 1But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they went in, they did not …

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The Vigil of Easter

CALLED OUT John 20:1-18 The Vigil of Easter Analysis by Chris Repp Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom …

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Good Friday

WHAT’S AT STAKE WITH KING JESUS? John 18:1-19:42 Good Friday Analysis by Michael Hoy 18:1After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. 2Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met …

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Palm Sunday

REAL-IZED REGIME CHANGE Luke 19:28-40 (41-44) Palm Sunday Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 28After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and …

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Fifth Sunday in Lent

THE FRAGRANCE OF GRACE John 12:1-8 Fifth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Paige G. Evers 1 Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2 There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. …

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Fourth Sunday in Lent

IT’S JUST NOT FAIR-YOU-SEE Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Fourth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Bill White Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to [Jesus]. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 11b So he told them this parable: “There was …

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Third Sunday in Lent

“CROSS” FERTILIZATION Luke 13:1-9 Third Sunday in Lent Analysis by Norb Kabelitz 1At that time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate mingled with their sacrifices. 2He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all the other Galileans? 3No, I …

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Second Sunday in Lent

“YOU DON’T SCARE ME,” SAID THE HEN TO THE FOX Luke 13:31-35 Second Sunday in Lent Analysis by Timothy Hoyer 31At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out …

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First Sunday in Lent

L’CHAIM-TO LIFE Luke 4:1-13 First Sunday in Lent Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 4:1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he …

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Ash Wednesday

UPGRADE YOUR TREASURE TODAY! ONE SAVIOR, NO WAITING! Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Ash Wednesday Analysis by James Squire 1’Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2’So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites …

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The Transfiguration of Our Lord

SNEAK PREVIEW Luke 9:28-36 The Transfiguration of Our Lord By Steven E. Albertin 28Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30Suddenly they saw …

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Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

NET-WORKING IN CHRIST Luke 5:1-11 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Michael Hoy 1Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, 2he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and …

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Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

FAMILIARITY BRINGS SALVATION Luke 4:21-30 Fourth Sunday after Epiphany Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 21Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” 23He said to …

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Third Sunday after the Epiphany

SCRIPTURE OPENED Luke 4:14-21 Third Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 14Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. 16When he came to Nazareth, where he had been …

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Second Sunday after the Epiphany

THE INTERSECTION OF TWO FEASTS John 2:1-11 Second Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Steven Kuhl 1On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to …

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The Baptism of Our Lord

JESUS, THE MESSIAH WITH THE LIFE-GIVING SPIRIT Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 The Baptism of Our Lord Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 15As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is …

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Second Sunday after Christmas

LONGING FOR LIGHT John 1:[1-9] 10-18 Second Sunday after Christmas Analysis by Bill White In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What …

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First Sunday after Christmas

MY FATHER’S HOUSE AND BUSINESS Luke 2:41-52 First Sunday after Christmas Analysis by Norb Kabelitz 41Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. 42And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. 43When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus …

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The Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Day

THE NEW WAY OF JESUS’ GRACE AND TRUTH John 1:1-14 The Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Day Analysis by Timothy Hoyer In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one …

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Christmas Eve

REGISTERED AMONG SINNERS Luke 2:1-14 [15-20] Christmas Eve Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own towns to be registered. 4Joseph also went …

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Fourth Sunday in Advent

TELL WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU! Luke 1:39-45 [46-55] Fourth Sunday in Advent Analysis by James Squire 39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. …

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Third Sunday in Advent

SURPRISING HOPE Luke 3:7-18 Third Sunday in Advent By Steven E. Albertin 7John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; …

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Second Sunday in Advent

UNDER RECONSTRUCTION IN ADVENT Luke 3:1-6 Second Sunday in Advent Analysis by Michael Hoy 1In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, 2during the high-priesthood …

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First Sunday in Advent

ANTICIPATING “THE END” Luke 21:25-36 First Sunday in Advent Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 25There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for …

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Christ the King

IT’S NOT OUR JOB, IT’S NOT OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS Jeremiah 23:1-6 Christ the King Analysis by Eric W. Evers Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord. 2 Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered …

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All Saints Sunday

HOLY ONE Daniel 7:1-3, [9-14], 15-18 All Saints Sunday Analysis by Chris Repp In the first year of King Belshazzar of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head as he lay in bed. Then he wrote down the dream: 2I, Daniel, saw in my vision by night the four winds of heaven stirring up …

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The Holy Trinity

WORKING DAYS Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 The Holy Trinity Analysis by Paige G. Evers Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice? 2On the heights, beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; 3beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries out: 4″To you, O …

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The Day of Pentecost

MONUMENTAL INTOXICATIONS Genesis 11:1-9 The Day of Pentecost Analysis by Jerome Burce Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2 And as they migrated from the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 And they said to one another, ‘Come, let us make bricks, and …

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The Resurrection of Our Lord

THE PROMISE OF UTOPIA Isaiah 65:17-25 The Resurrection of Our Lord By Steven E. Albertin 17For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. 18But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as …

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Maundy Thursday

YOUR LAMB Exodus 12:1-4 [5-10] 11-14 Maundy Thursday Analysis by Lori A. Cornell The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: 2This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. 3Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of …

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Fifth Sunday in Lent

PERCEIVE THE NEW THING Isaiah 43:16-21 Fifth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 16Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, 17who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: 18Do not remember …

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Fourth Sunday in Lent

DIETS Joshua 5:9-12 Fourth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Jerome Burce 9 The Lord said to Joshua, ‘Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of Egypt.’ And so that place is called Gilgal to this day. 10 While the Israelites were encamped in Gilgal they kept the passover in the evening on the fourteenth day …

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Third Sunday in Lent

HAUTE (AND HOLY) CUISINE Isaiah 55:1-8 Third Sunday in Lent Analysis by Marcus Felde Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor …

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Second Sunday in Lent

BLESSED LIGHT Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 Second Sunday in Lent Analysis by Paul Jaster After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, …

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First Sunday in Lent

FROM AFFLICTION TO CELEBRATION Deuteronomy 26:1-11 First Sunday in Lent Analysis by Eric W. Evers 1When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, 2you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, …

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Ash Wednesday

BLOW THE TRUMPET! A Call to Repentance in Good Times and Bad Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 Ash Wednesday Analysis by Ron Starenko Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming, it is near – 2a day of darkness …

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Transfiguration Sunday

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF REIGN Exodus 34:29-35 Transfiguration Sunday Analysis by Chris Repp 29Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. 30When Aaron …

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Baptism of Our Lord

“HELLO, MY NAME IS…” Isaiah 43:1-7 Baptism of Our Lord Analysis by Paige G. Evers But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I …

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Second Sunday after Christmas

POST-CHRISTMAS BLUES Jeremiah 31:7-14 Second Sunday after Christmas Analysis by Jerome Burce 7 For thus says the LORD: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, “Save, O LORD, your people, the remnant of Israel.” 8 See, I am going to bring them from the …

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First Sunday after Christmas

THE GOOD LAD 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 First Sunday after Christmas Analysis by Marcus Felde Samuel was ministering before the Lord, a boy wearing a linen ephod. 19His mother used to make for him a little robe and take it to him each year, when she went up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. 20Then …

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The Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Day

HOW BEAUTIFUL Isaiah 52:7-10 Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Day Analysis by Paul Jaster 7How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” 8Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain …

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Christmas Eve

WHO WOULD SEND A CHILD THERE? Isaiah 9:2-7 Christmas Eve Analysis by Eric W. Evers 2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness- on them light has shined. 3 You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as …

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Fourth Sunday in Advent

HOUSE OF BREAD Micah 5:2-5a Fourth Sunday in Advent Analysis by Ron Starenko 2But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. 3Therefore he shall give them up …

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Third Sunday in Advent

REBELS REDEEMED Zephaniah 3:14-20 Third Sunday in Advent Analysis by Chris Repp 14Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! 15The Lord has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the Lord is in your midst; you shall …

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Second Sunday in Advent

REFINED Malachi 3:1-4 Second Sunday in Advent Analysis by Lori A. Cornell See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the LORD whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight – indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. 2But who …

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First Sunday in Advent

THE LORD IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS Jeremiah 33:14-16 First Sunday of Advent Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 3314The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring …

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Day of Thanksgiving

DON’T WORRY, BE THANKFUL Matthew 6:25-33 Day of Thanksgiving Analysis by Bill White 25″Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds of …

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Christ the King Sunday

LIGHT, FOOD, AND HEALING John 18:33-37 Christ the King Sunday Analysis by Norb E. Kabelitz Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” 35Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? …

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Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Mark 13:1-8 Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Marcus Felde As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” 2Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; …

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Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

WE BOAST OF CHRIST CRUCIFIED Mark 12:38-44 Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the market-places, 39and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! …

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All Saints Sunday

BOUND TO DEATH, BOUND TO LIFE John 11:32-44 All Saints Sunday Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 11:32When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with …

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Reformation Sunday

REMEMBERING HISTORY TO ESCAPE FROM IT John 8:31-36 Reformation Sunday Analysis by James Squire 31Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him “If you continue in my word you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him “We are descendants of Abraham …

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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

WHOEVER WISHES TO BECOME GREAT Mark 10:35-45 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Ron Starenko 35James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for …

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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

HAVING IT ALL Mark 10:17-31 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 17As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good …

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

TUNED OUT, TUNED IN Mark 10:2-16 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Chris Repp 2 Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?’ 3He answered them, ‘What did Moses command you?’ 4They said, ‘Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce …

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

OF SALT AND STUMBLING BLOCKS Mark 9:38-50 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paige G. Evers 38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a …

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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

“CROSS-JOURNEY” Mark 9:30-37 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Michael Hoy 30They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after …

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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

THE CRUX OF IDENTITY Mark 8:27-38 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 27Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of …

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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

A GREAT, NON-HOSTILE, MERCIFUL, TAKEOVER Mark 7:24-37 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 24From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, 25but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean …

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

JESUS’ CONTAGIOUS CLEANLINESS Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 1Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, 2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do …

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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

The Audacity of Faith John 6:56-69 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 56Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58This is the …

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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

AN ABIDING MEAL John 6:51-58 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bill White 51 “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” 52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, …

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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

FOODSTUFFS John 6:35, 41-51 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Jerome Burce 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” 41 Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am the bread that …

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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

NOT BY BREAD ALONE John 6:24-35 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Norb E. Kabelitz 24When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were [beside the sea], they themselves got into boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. 25When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, …

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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

WANT MORE! John 6:1-21 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Marcus Felde After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 3Jesus went up the mountain and sat down …

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

THERE IS JESUS CRUCIFIED Mark 6.30-34, 53-56 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer 30The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had …

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

CONNECTED TO THE KINGDOM Mark 6:14-29 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paul Jaster 14King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.” 15But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, …

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

LOST IN POWER, SAVED IN WEAKNESS Mark 6:1-13 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bruce T. Martin Mark 6:1 He [Jesus] left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2On the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man …

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Third Sunday after Pentecost

CARRIED FROM FEAR TO FAITH Mark 4:35-41 Third Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 35On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37A …

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Second Sunday after Pentecost

IT’S A MYSTERY–BUT IS THAT SO BAD? Mark 4:26-34 Second Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Eric W. Evers 26He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28The earth …

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Holy Trinity Sunday

STARTING OVER John 3:1-17 The Holy Trinity By Steven E. Albertin Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart …

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Pentecost

YOU CAN HANDLE THE TRUTH John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15 Pentecost Analysis by Paige G. Evers 26 [Jesus said,] “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. 27 You also are to testify because you have been with me …

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Seventh Sunday of Easter

“Belonging, in Christ – in God” John 17:6-19 Seventh Sunday of Easter Analysis by Michael Hoy 6 ‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me is …

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

“Resurrection leads to joyful connections/touching” John 15:9-17 Sixth Sunday of Easter Analysis by James Squire 9As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11I have said …

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

Pruning for Promise John 15:1-8 Fifth Sunday of Easter analysis by Cathy Lessmann 1″I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3You are already made clean by the …

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

Knowing and Following the Voice of the Good Shepherd John 10:11-18 Fourth Sunday of Easter analysis by Steven Kuhl 1’Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of …

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Second Sunday of Easter

EASTER POSTURES John 20:19-31 Second Sunday of Easter Analysis by Jerome Burce 19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 …

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The Resurrection of Our Lord

HE GOES BEFORE YOU Mark 16: 1-8 The Resurrection of Our Lord Analysis by Norb Kabelitz 1 When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had …

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Easter Vigil

WE HOPE FOR WHAT IS NOT SEEN John 20:1-8 Easter Vigil Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other …

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Good Friday

WHOM DO YOU SEEK? John 18 Good Friday Analysis by Paul Jaster DIAGNOSIS: Arrested & Crucified Step 1: Initial Diagnosis (External Problem) : Silencing the Good Shepherd with the Overwhelming Power of God’s Own Law Three awesome forces ally to arrest Jesus: (1) a “cohort” of Roman soldiers (a tenth of a legion, 600 soldiers!), (2) a temple security …

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Maundy Thursday

COMMANDED LOVE John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Maundy Thursday Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 13:1 Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2The devil had already put …

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The Passion of Our Lord

KING OF THE JEWS, OR MESSIAH, SON OF THE BLESSED ONE? Mark 14:1 – 15:47 The Passion of Our Lord Analysis by Lori A. Cornell It was two days before the Passover and the festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him; …

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Fifth Sunday in Lent

A GRAIN OF WHEAT John 12:20-33 Fifth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Ron Starenko 20Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip …

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Fourth Sunday in Lent

CRISIS MANAGEMENT John 3:14-21 Fourth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Chris Repp 14And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16″For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who …

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Third Sunday in Lent

EXCHANGING TEMPLES John 2:13-22 Third Sunday in Lent Analysis by Michael Hoy 13The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. 15Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, …

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Second Sunday in Lent

TWO WAYS TO LOSE Mark 8:31-38 Second Sunday in Lent Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 31Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise. 32He said all this quite openly. And Peter …

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First Sunday in Lent

LIVING OR DYING IN THE WILDERNESS? Mark 1:9-15 First Sunday in Lent Analysis by Bill White 9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove …

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Ash Wednesday

LENTEN PIETY: CHARITY, PRAYER AND FASTING Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Ash Wednesday Analysis by Norb Kabelitz 1 “Beware of practicing your piety (Greek, dikaiosunen, righteousness) before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, …

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The Transfiguration of Our Lord

THE CROSS IS IMPRESSIVE Mark 9:1-9 The Transfiguration of Our Lord Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer 2Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could …

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Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

BLABBING BEGGARS Mark 1:40-45 Sixth Sunday after Epiphany Analysis by Paul Jaster 40A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, “If you choose, you can make me clean.” 41Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I do choose. Be made clean!” 42Immediately the leprosy …

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Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

HEALING THE FEVER Mark 1:29-39 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 29As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told [Jesus] about her at once. 31He came and took her by …

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Third Sunday after the Epiphany

THE KINGDOM OF GOD HAS COME NEAR Mark 1:14-20 The Third Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” 16As Jesus …

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Second Sunday after the Epiphany

MEET THE NEW JUDGE, NOT THE SAME AS THE OLD JUDGE! John 1:43-51 Second Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by James Squire 43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael …

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The Baptism of Our Lord

THE MAIN EVENT The Baptism of Our Lord Mark 1:4-11 Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the …

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Second Sunday of Christmas

GETTING GOD John 1:[1-9] 10-18 Second Sunday of Christmas Analysis by Chris Repp [In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into …

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Christmas Day

THE BIRTH THAT TURNS FEAR INTO JOY Luke 2:8-20 Christmas Day Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 2:8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 …

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Christmas Eve

IS THERE ROOM FOR CHRIST? Luke 2:1-20 Christmas Eve Analysis by Bill White 1In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own town to be registered. 4Joseph also went from …

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Fourth Sunday in Advent

NOW, ABOUT THIS CHILD Luke 1:26-38 Fourth Sunday in Advent Analysis by Norb Kabelitz In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to …

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Third Sunday in Advent

BY THE LIGHT OF JESUS WE KNOW IT’S DARK OUT John 1:6-8, 19-28 Third Sunday in Advent Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer 6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but …

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Second Sunday in Advent

A TALE OF TWO BAPTISMS Mark 1:1-8 Second Sunday in Advent Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 1The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; 3the voice of one crying out …

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First Sunday in Advent

CHRIST: THE ONLY SALVATION FROM TERROR Mark 13:24-37 First Sunday in Advent Analysis by James Squire 24 “But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26Then they will …

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Christ the King Sunday

COSMOPOLITICAL VISIONS Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 Christ the King Sunday Analysis by Jerome Burce 9 As I watched, thrones were set in place, and an Ancient One took his throne, his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and its wheels were burning fire. 10 A …

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All Saints’ Day

DEATH SWALLOWED UP FOREVER Isaiah 25:6-9 All Saints’ Day Analysis by Paul Jaster 6On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. 7And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is …

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Holy Trinity Sunday

THE VISION OF THE HOLY ONE Isaiah 6:1-8 Holy Trinity Sunday Analysis by Ron Starenko 1In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. 2Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their …

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Pentecost

DISASTER RESPONSE Day of Pentecost Ezekiel 37:1-14 Analysis by Chris Repp 1The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2He led me all around them; there were very many lying in …

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The Resurrection of Our Lord

AWAY, TEARS* Isaiah 25:6-9 The Resurrection of Our Lord Analysis by Marcus Felde 6On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. 7And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is …

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Fifth Sunday in Lent

GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS Jeremiah 31:31-34 Fifth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Paige G. Evers 31 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I …

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Third Sunday in Lent

PRIOR COMMITMENTS Exodus 20:1-17 Lent 3, Year B Analysis by Eric W. Evers Then God spoke all these words: 2I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3you shall have no other gods before me. 4You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether …

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Second Sunday in Lent

A Son Proves God Faithful Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 Second Sunday in Lent Analysis by Lori A. Cornell When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. 2And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly …

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First Sunday in Lent

THE BOW OF PEACE Genesis 9:8-17 First Sunday in Lent Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 8Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9″As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, 10and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every …

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Ash Wednesday

EXCLAMATORY FASTS Isaiah 58:1-12 Ash Wednesday Analysis by Jerome Burce 1 Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins. 2 Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation …

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The Transfiguration of Our Lord

COMINGS AND GOINGS 2 Kings 2:1-12 Transfiguration of Our Lord Analysis by Marcus Felde Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. 2Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, …

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Baptism of Our Lord

A BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS Baptism of Our Lord Genesis 1:1-5 Analysis by Ron Starenko 1In the beginning when God created the heavens of the earth, 2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. 3Then God said, “Let there …

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Second Sunday of Christmas

THE RETURN OF THE REMNANT Jeremiah 31:7-14 The Second Sunday of Christmas Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 7For thus says the LORD: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, “Save, O LORD, your people, the remnant of Israel.” 8See, I am going to bring them …

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First Sunday of Christmas

NEW NAME, NEW IDENTITY, NEW LIFE Isaiah 61:10–62:3 First Sunday of Christmas Analysis by Paige G. Evers 10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself …

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Christmas Eve

CHRIST’S MERCIFUL COUP D’ETAT Isaiah 9:2-7 Christmas Eve Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 2The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness–on them light has shined. 3You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, …

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Fourth Sunday in Advent

HOUSING ARRANGEMENTS 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 Fourth Sunday in Advent Analysis by Jerome Burce 1 Now when the king was settled in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2 the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the …

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Third Sunday in Advent

GARLAND FOR ASHES Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Third Sunday in Advent (Year B) Analysis by Marcus Felde The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the …

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Second Sunday in Advent

ADVENT’S CRY Isaiah 40:1-11 Second Sunday in Advent Analysis by Paul Jaster Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. 2Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins. 3A voice cries out: “In …

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First Sunday in Advent

OH, HEAVENS! Isaiah 64:1-11 First Sunday in Advent Analysis by Lori A. Cornell O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence – 2as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil – to make your name known to your adversaries, so that …

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Thanksgiving Day

THE GIVER IS THE GIFT Luke 17:11-19 Thanksgiving Day Analysis by Ron Starenko 11On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14When he saw them, he said to …

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Christ the King Sunday

SEEING THE COMING KINGDOM Matthew 25:31-46 Christ the King Sunday Michael Hoy 31 ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd …

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Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

GLAUBST DU, HAST DU. GLAUBST DU NICHT, HAST DU NICHT. YOU BELIEVE, YOU HAVE. YOU DON’T BELIEVE, YOU DON’T HAVE. Matthew 25:14-30 Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer 14″For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15to one he gave five talents, …

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Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

AN ENERGY CRISIS DIVERTED Matthew 25:1-13 Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 1Jesus said to the disciples, “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their lamps, they took no …

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All Saints Sunday

THE BLESSING OF CHRIST Matthew 5:1-12 All Saints Sunday Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 1 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom …

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Reformation Sunday

DESCENDANTS OF WHOM? John 8:31-36 Reformation Sunday Analysis by Bill White 31Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never …

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Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

YOU CAN BE SURE THERE WILL ALWAYS BE DEATH AND TAXES Matthew 22:15-22 Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the …

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Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

DINNER CONVERSATIONS Matthew 22:1-14 Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Jerome Burce Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 2 ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but …

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Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

THE PROPHETS vs. “PROFITS” IN THE VINEYARD Matthew 21:33-46 Pentecost 21/Lectionary 27 Analysis by Norb E. Kabelitz 33 “Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. 34 …

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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

BALK? BASK! Matthew 21:23-32 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Marcus Felde 23When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24Jesus said to them, “I will also ask …

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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY GRACE Matthew 20:1-16 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Lori A. Cornell For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3When he went out about nine …

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

A LIFE OF FORGIVENESS Matthew 18:21-35 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 21Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. 23For this reason …

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

THE KEY TO THE KEYS Matthew 18:15-20 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bruce T. Martin If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. 16But if you are not listened to, take …

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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

LOST IT, GOT IT, GIVE IT AWAY Matthew 16:21-28 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost 16 Analysis by Eric W. Evers 21 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the …

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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

A ROCK-SOLID BLESSING Matthew 16:13-20 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by James Squire 13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the …

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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

THE CRY OF THE SICK Matthew 15:21-28 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Ron Starenko 21Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” …

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

TAKE HEART, IT IS I Matthew 14:22-33 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paige G. Evers 22 Immediately [Jesus] made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When …

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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

DELIVERING LEFTOVERS Matthew 14:13-21 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Michael Hoy 13Now when Jesus heard [about the beheading of John the Baptist], he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14When he went ashore, he saw a …

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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

GOD DIGS FAITH Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Marcus Felde 31He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and …

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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

DUMPSTER DIVING Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 24He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; 25but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. 26So when the …

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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

GOOD SEED MAKES GOOD SOIL Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3And he told …

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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

WEARY WISE GUYS Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 16 “But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, 17 ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’ 18 For …

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

WELCOMED TO RECEIVE Matthew 10:40-42 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bill White Jesus said: 40 “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of …

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

MIRROR IMAGE: US CONFESSING CHRIST CONFESSING US Matthew 10:24-39 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paul Jaster 24A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; 25it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, …

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

GETTING WHAT YOU DON’T DESERVE Matthew 9:35–10:8 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer 35Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were …

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

LINEAR TRANSGRESSIONS Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 5) Analysis by Jerome Burce 9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. 10 And as he sat at dinner in the house, many …

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Third Sunday after Pentecost

WHO PUT THE “REAL” IN REAL ESTATE? Matthew 7:21-29 Third Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Marcus Felde 21″Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 22On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not …

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Second Sunday after Pentecost

GOOD CREDIT Matthew 6:24-34 Second Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 24No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. 25Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, …

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The Holy Trinity

THE AUTHORIZED CHURCH Matthew 28:16-20 Holy Trinity Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. …

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Seventh Sunday of Easter

JESUS PRAYS FOR HIS OWN John 17:1-11 Seventh Sunday of Easter Analysis by Paige G. Evers 1 After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all people, to give …

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

LIVING AND LOVING IT, WITH JESUS John 14:15-21 Sixth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Michael Hoy 15″If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever. 17This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it …

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

OUR “T’s” GET CROSSED John 14.1-14 Fifth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? …

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

THE “GATED” COMMUNITY John 10:1-10 Fourth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Lori A. Cornell Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3The gatekeeper opens …

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Third Sunday of Easter

THE EMMAUS OUTBOUND Luke 24:13-35 Third Sunday of Easter Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 13Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went …

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Second Sunday of Easter

THOMAS, OUR TWIN John 20:19-31 Second Sunday of Easter Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with …

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Easter Vigil and Easter Day

EMPTY TOMB: BAD NEWS OR GOOD? John 20:1-18 Easter Vigil and Easter Day Analysis by Bill White 1Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the …

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Good Friday

WE DRINK TO LIFE John 18:1-19:42 Good Friday Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer John 18-19 (excerpts only) 11Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath. Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?” 33Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of …

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Maundy Thursday

TOWEL AND BASIN John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Maundy Thursday Analysis by Norb Kabelitz Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 The devil had already put …

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The Passion of Our Lord

SIGNED, SEALED (… DELIVERED) Matthew 26:14–27:66 The Passion of Our Lord Analysis by Lori A. Cornell Chapter 26 14Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15and said, “What will you give me if I betray him to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16And from that moment …

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Fifth Sunday in Lent

SO THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE John 11:1-45 Fifth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 11:1Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 3The sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” 4But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does …

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Fourth Sunday in Lent

BLESSED WITH EYES TO SEE John 9:1-41 Fourth Sunday in Lent Analysis by James Squire As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so …

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Third Sunday in Lent

THE GIFT OF LIVING WATER AND THE GIFT OF NEW LIFE John 4:5-42 Third Sunday in Lent Analysis by Paige G. Evers 5So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting …

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Second Sunday in Lent

SCHOLAR VERSUS SAVIOR John 3: 1-17 Second Sunday in Lent Analysis by Robin Morgan 3Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that …

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First Sunday in Lent

TERMS OF ENDEARMENT Matthew 4:1-11 First Sunday in Lent Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 1Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 3The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command …

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Ash Wednesday

ACADEMY AWARD OR HEAVENLY REWARD? Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Ash Wednesday Analysis by Bill White 1″Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the …

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Transfiguration

JESUS TRANSFIGURES US BY HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION Matthew 17:1-9 The Transfiguration of Our Lord Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. 2And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and …

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Third Sunday after Epiphany

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO ON AGAIN! Matthew 4:12-23 Third Sunday after Epiphany Analysis by Norb E. Kabelitz 12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 so that what had been …

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Second Sunday after Epiphany

PASSING THE BATON (Stick with John? Stick with Jesus? The Choice) John 1:29-42 Second Sunday after Epiphany Analysis by Marcus Felde 29The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a …

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Baptism of Our Lord

GOD GETS IN, OUR WAY Matthew 3:13-17 Baptism of Our Lord Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 13Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15But Jesus answered him, “Let it be …

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The Epiphany of Our Lord

THE SHOWING GOD Matthew 2:1-12 The Epiphany of Our Lord Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 1In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, “Where is the child who was born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, …

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Christmas Day

IN THE BEGINNING John 1:1-14 Christmas Day Analysis by Paige G. Evers In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being …

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Christmas Eve

IN THE MIDST OF THE ORDINARY Luke 2:1-20 Christmas Eve Analysis by Robin Morgan 2:1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be registered. …

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Fourth Sunday in Advent

GETTING WITH THE PLAN Matthew 1:18-25 Fourth Sunday in Advent Analysis by Chris Repp 18Now the birth of Jesus the messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous …

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Third Sunday in Advent

ADVANCING OR DOUBTING THE MESSIAH’S WAY? Matthew 11:2-11 Third Sunday in Advent Analysis by Bill White 2When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples 3and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” 4Jesus answered them, “Go and tell …

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Second Sunday in Advent

FRUITFUL FAITH Matthew 3:1-12 Second Sunday in Advent Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, 2″Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: …

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First Sunday in Advent

Living Advent Expectantly Matthew 24:36-44 First Sunday in Advent Analysis by Norb E. Kabelitz [Jesus said to the disciples,] 36″About that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38For …

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Thanksgiving (U.S.A.)

MORE THAN ENOUGH Deuteronomy 8:7-18 Thanksgiving (U.S.A.) Analysis by Paige G. Evers 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, 8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land …

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Reformation Sunday

A HEART REFORMED Jeremiah 31:31-34 Reformation Sunday Analysis by Paul Jaster 31The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to …

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The Holy Trinity

WRECK-CREATION TO RE-CREATION Genesis 1:1-2:4 The Holy Trinity Analysis by Eric W. Evers 1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2 the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let …

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The Day of Pentecost

POWER UNLIMITED Numbers 11:24-30 The Day of Pentecost Analysis by Ron Starenko 24So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord; and he gathered seventy elders of the people, and placed then all around the tent. 25Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the …

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The Resurrection of Our Lord

RESURRECTION: RESOUNDING HOPE FOR THE WAR TORN Jeremiah 31:1-6 The Resurrection of Our Lord Analysis by Paul Jaster At that time, says the LORD, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. 2Thus says the LORD: The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when …

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Good Friday

CRUCIAL PREPOSITIONS Isaiah 52:13–53:12 Good Friday Analysis by Jerome Burce 13 See, my servant shall prosper; he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high. 14 Just as there were many who were astonished at him –so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of mortals– 15 so he …

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Maundy Thursday

CHILDREN [ARE] OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER Exodus 12:1-14 Maundy Thursday Analysis by Marcus Felde The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: 2This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. 3Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth …

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Fifth Sunday in Lent

CAN THESE BONES LIVE? Ezekiel 37:1-14 Fifth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Eric W. Evers The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2He led me all around them; there were …

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Fourth Sunday in Lent

WITH EYES WIDE OPEN 1 Samuel 16:1-13 Fourth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Ron Starenko 1The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for …

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Third Sunday in Lent

WATER TEST Exodus 17:1-7 Third Sunday in Lent Analysis by Michael Hoy 1From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2The people quarreled with Moses, and said, ‘Give us water to drink.’ Moses …

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Second Sunday in Lent

BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING Genesis 12:1-4a Second Sunday in Lent By Steven E. Albertin Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name …

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Ash Wednesday

GOD’S INFLAMED HEART Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 Ash Wednesday Analysis by Paul Jaster Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming, it is near – 2a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! …

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Transfiguration

WORKING STIFFS Exodus 24:12-18 Transfiguration Analysis by Jerome Burce 12 The LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.” 13 So Moses set out with his assistant Joshua, and …

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Baptism of Our Lord

NEW THINGS I NOW DECLARE Isaiah 42:1-9 Baptism of Our Lord Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 1Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. 2He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard …

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The Epiphany of Our Lord

GLORY IN THE DARK Isaiah 60:1-6 The Epiphany of Our Lord Analysis by Eric W. Evers 1 Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. 2For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear …

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First Sunday after Christmas

A SAVIOR FOR A WORLD IN DISTRESS Isaiah 63:7-9 First Sunday after Christmas Analysis by Ron Starenko 7I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord, the praiseworthy acts of the Lord, because of all that the Lord has done for us, and the great favor to the house of Israel that he has shown them according …

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Christmas Day

CHRISTMAS MESSENGERS Isaiah 52:7-10 Christmas Day Analysis by Michael Hoy 7How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’ 8Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain sight they see the …

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Christmas Eve

THE HOPES AND FEARS OF ALL THE YEARS ARE MET IN THEE TONIGHT Isaiah 9:2-7 Christmas Eve By Steven E. Albertin 2The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness — on them light has shined. 3You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; …

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Fourth Sunday in Advent

WHICH IMMANUEL? TO JUDGE OR TO SAVE? Isaiah 7:10-17 Fourth Sunday in Advent Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 10Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, 11Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. 12But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord …

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Fourth Sunday in Advent

WAIT! THERE’S MORE! Isaiah 35:1-10 Third Sunday in Advent Analysis by Paul Jaster The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus 2it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They …

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Third Sunday in Advent

WAIT! THERE’S MORE! Isaiah 35:1-10 Third Sunday in Advent Analysis by Paul Jaster The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus 2it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They …

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Second Sunday in Advent

SILVICULTURE Isaiah 11:1-10 Second Sunday in Advent Analysis by Jerome Burce 1 A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 2 The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge …

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First Sunday in Advent

“THE LOGOS IS COMING! THE LOGOS IS COMING” Isaiah 2:1-5 First Sunday of Advent Analysis by Marcus Felde The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: 2In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all …

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Christ the King Sunday

OUR SERVANT KING Luke 23:33-43 Christ the King Sunday Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 33When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they are doing.” And they …

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Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

TWO ROADS DIVERGE Luke 21:5-19 Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28) Analysis by Stephan K. Turnbull 5When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, 6As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; …

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Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

DEADLY LIMITS AND UNLIMITED RESURRECTION Luke 20:27-38 Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 27) Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 27Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him 28and asked him a question. “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow …

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All Saints Sunday

“RISE UP, O SAINTS OF GOD!” Luke 6:20-31 All Saints Sunday Analysis by Paige G. Evers 20 Then [Jesus] looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep …

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Reformation Sunday

TRUE FREEDOM John 8: 31-36 Reformation Sunday Analysis by Robin J. Morgan 31Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have …

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Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

TAKE HEART Luke 18:1-8 Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Ron Starenko 1Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. 2He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. 3In that city there was a widow who kept …

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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

CHRIST FOR LEPERS–LEPERS FOR CHRIST Luke 17:11-19 20th Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by James Squire 11On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14When he saw them, he …

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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

WHEN TREES FLY, PIGS TOO Luke 17: [1-4] 5-10 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 22) Analysis by Jerome Burce [1 Jesus said to his disciples, “Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! 2 It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you …

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

A GREAT GULF FIXED Luke 16:19-31 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21) Analysis by Paul Jaster 19There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell …

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

THE QUICK WITTED STEWARD Luke 16:1-9 (10-13) Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 20) Analysis by Norb Kabelitz 1Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. 2So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that …

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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

LISTENING FOR JOY Luke 15:1-10 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Michael Hoy 1Now all the tax-collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to [Jesus]. 2And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, ‘This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ 3So he told them this parable: 4’Which one of you, having a hundred …

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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

A COSTLY COUNTING Luke 14:25-33 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Eric W. Evers 25 Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, 26 “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. 27 …

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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

THE PROTOCOL OF THE KINGDOM Luke 14:1, 7-14 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17) Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 1On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the Sabbath, they were watching him closely. 7When he noticed how the guests chose the places of …

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

KEEPING THE SABBATH HOLY Luke 13:10-17 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16) Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 10Now [Jesus] was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. …

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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

IN PURSUIT OF PEACE Luke 12:49-56 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 15) Analysis by Bill White 49 “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! 51 Do you think …

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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

THE GIFT OF THE KINGDOM Luke 12:32-40 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 14) Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 32Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where …

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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

GETTING MORE THAN WE’RE DUE Luke 12:13-21 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 13Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15And he said to them, “Take …

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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

YOU PROMISED TO GIVE, SO I’LL ASK Luke 11.1-13 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” 2He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed …

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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

THE BETTER PART OF GOD Luke 10:38-42 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 11) Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 38Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he …

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

A GOOD NEIGHBOR Luke 10:25-37 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 10) Analysis by Stephan K. Turnbull 25Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27He answered, “You shall love the …

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

BRAGGING RIGHTS Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 9) By Cathy Lessmann 1After this the Lord appointed 70 others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the …

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

FIT FOR LIFE Luke 9:51-62 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 8) Analysis by Paige G. Evers 51 When the days drew near for [Jesus] to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready …

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

ENCOUNTERING THE HOLY Luke 8:26-39 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Robin Morgan 26 Then they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 As he stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he did not …

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Third Sunday after Pentecost

THOSE FORGIVEN MUCH LOVE MUCH Luke 7:36-8:3 Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 6) Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 36One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 37And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating …

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Second Sunday after Pentecost

LARGER THAN DEATH Luke 7:11-17 Second Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Ron Starenko 11Soon afterwards [Jesus] went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. 12As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she …

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Holy Trinity

“The Truth about Us–in Christ” John 16:12-15 Holy Trinity Analysis by James Squire 12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, …

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The Day of Pentecost

HOLY TOPSY TURVY John 14:8-17 (25-27) The Day of Pentecost Analysis by Jerome Burce 8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you [singular] still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen …

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Seventh Sunday of Easter

COMPLETELY ONE John 17:20-26 Seventh Sunday of Easter Analysis by Paul Jaster 20I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, …

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

HOW WILL YOU REVEAL YOURSELF? John 14: (22) 23-29 Sixth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Norb E. Kabelitz 22Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world? 23Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, …

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

EASTER LIGHT, EASTER LOVE John 13:31-35 Fifth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Michael Hoy 31When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. 33Little …

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

FLOCKS & BOXES John 10:22-30 Fourth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Eric W. Evers 22At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us …

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Third Sunday of Easter

ATTENDING TO THE GOSPEL’S UNFINISHED BUSINESS John 21:1-19 Third Sunday of Easter Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. 2Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of …

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Second Sunday of Easter

EASTER’S SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE John 20:19-31 Second Sunday of Easter Analysis by Norb E. Kabelitz 19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said …

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The Resurrection of Our Lord

KEEPING THE PROMISE Luke 24:1-12 The Resurrection of Our Lord By Steven E. Albertin But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they went in, they did not find the body. …

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Good Friday

Jesus Is the Finishing Touch John 18.1-19.42 Good Friday Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer John 18.1-19.42 (a very few selected verses for this Diagnosis/Prognosis) Pilate went out again and said to them, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no case against him.” So Jesus came out, wearing the …

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Maundy Thursday

COMMANDED TO LOVE John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Maundy Thursday Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 13:1 Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2The devil had already …

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The Passion of Our Lord

NOT SO Luke 22:14-23:56 The Passion of Our Lord Analysis by Stephan K. Turnbull DIAGNOSIS: Not Followers Step 1: Initial Diagnosis (External Problem) : Not So Much Like Jesus As Jesus travels to the cross, his “followers” begin to jockey for position at the top of the organization (22:24). Hearing this, Jesus tells them that power-hungry Gentile rulers act …

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Fifth Sunday in Lent

A STRANGE ANOINTING OF A STRANGE KING John 12:1-8 Fifth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 1 Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2 There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table …

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Fourth Sunday in Lent

WE HAD TO CELEBRATE Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Fourth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Paige G. Evers Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to [Jesus]. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 11b So he told them this parable: “There …

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Third Sunday in Lent

WHO IS IN CONTROL? Luke 13:1-9 Third Sunday in Lent Analysis by Robin J. Morgan 1 At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners …

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Second Sunday in Lent

JERUSALEM, JERUSALEM! Luke 13:31-35 Second Sunday in Lent Analysis by Ron Starenko 31At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32He said to them, “Go tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on …

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Ash Wednesday

HOW TO PRAY: MY WAY OR THE HIGH WAY? Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Ash Wednesday Analysis by Marcus Felde 1″Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the …

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Transfiguration of Our Lord

GIVEN BACK TO GOD Luke 9:28-43 Transfiguration of Our Lord Analysis by Paul Jaster 28Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30Suddenly they …

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Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

POWER FOR THE POWERLESS Luke 6:17-26 Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Norb Kabelitz 17 Jesus came down with the twelve and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. 18 They had come to …

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Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

CHRIST WITH US AT THE LAKESHORE Luke 5:1-11 Fifth Sunday after Epiphany Analysis by Michael Hoy 1Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, 2he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of …

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Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

MAY HE PASS THROUGH US Luke 4:21-30 4th Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Eric W. Evers 21Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” …

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Third Sunday after the Epiphany

RELEASE FOR THE CAPTIVES Luke 4:14-21 Third Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 14Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. 16When he came to Nazareth, where he …

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Second Sunday after the Epiphany

THE FEAST OF THE NEW CREATION John 2:1-11 Second Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Steven Kuhl 1On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said …

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The Baptism of Our Lord

GREAT EXPECTATIONS, GREATER REVELATIONS Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 The Baptism of Our Lord Analysis by Kris Wright 15As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than …

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First Sunday after Christmas

THE MAKING OF A HOLY FAMILY Luke 2:41-52 First Sunday after Christmas By Steven E. Albertin 41Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. 42And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. 43When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy …

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Christmas Eve

CRADLED THROUGH THE CROSS Luke 2:1-14 [15-20] Christmas Eve Analysis by Lori A. Cornell In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own towns to be registered. 4Joseph also went …

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Fourth Sunday in Advent

HIS MERCY IS FOR THOSE WHO FEAR HIM Luke 1:39-45 Fourth Sunday in Advent Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer 39In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her …

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Third Sunday in Advent

A MATTER OF MOOD Luke 3:7-18 Third Sunday in Advent Analysis by Bruce T. Martin John said to the crowds that came to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as …

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Second Sunday in Advent

REGIME CHANGE Luke 3:1-6 Second Sunday in Advent Analysis by Stephan K. Turnbull In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, 2during the high priesthood …

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First Sunday in Advent

THE WORLD PASSES, THE WORD SURPASSES, AND WHICH WILL WE? Luke 21:25-36 First Sunday in Advent Analysis by Robert W. Bertram [This Sabbatheology was originally presented to the Order of Philippi by Robert Bertram in Cape Coral, Florida, in 1997.] 25There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress …

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Christ the King Sunday

TAKING ON THE TRUTH John 18:33-37 Christ the King Sunday Analysis by Robin J. Morgan 33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” 35 Pilate replied, “I am not …

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Thanksgiving Day

GOD, GRASS, AND GRACE Matthew 6:24-34 Thanksgiving Day Analysis by Ron Starenko 24″No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. 25Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what …

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Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

“BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR BE FAITHFUL IN WHOM YOU ARE GRANTED” Mark 13:1-8 24th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28) Analysis by James Squire 1As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” 2Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great …

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Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost

THE WIDOW, THE ORPHAN, AND THE RESCUED PREACHER Mark 12:38-44 Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 27) Analysis by Jerome Burce 38 As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the market-places, 39 and to have the best seats in the …

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All Saints’ Sunday

FREE TO LIVE John 11:32-44 All Saints’ Sunday Analysis by Paul Jaster 32When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he …

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Reformation Sunday

THE FREEDOM GIFTED BY A DIVINE CONNECTION THROUGH FAITH John 8:31-36 Reformation Sunday Analysis by Norb Kabelitz 31 Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33 They answered …

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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

CROSS POLITICS Mark 10:35-45 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 24) Analysis by Kris Wright 35James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” …

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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

“GETTING THE INHERITANCE” Mark 10:17-31 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Michael Hoy 17As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ 18Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but …

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

DOING AND UNDOING “THE SPLITS” Mark 10:2-16 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 22) Analysis by Eric W. Evers 2Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal …

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

THE US IN JESUS Mark 9:38-50 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21) Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 38John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed …

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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

OF RUG RATS, THUMB SUCKING, AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD Mark 9:30-37 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 20) Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 30They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed …

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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

AN OPEN SECRET Mark 8:27-38 15th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 19) Analysis by Bruce Martin Mark 8:27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi, and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, …

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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

AN OPEN SECRET Mark 8:27-38 15th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 19) Analysis by Bruce Martin Mark 8:27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi, and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, …

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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

BE OPEN Mark 7:24-37 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Cathy Lessmann From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard …

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

CURB YOUR LEGALISM Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paige G. Evers 1 Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, 2 they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3 (For the Pharisees, and …

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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

COMING TO BELIEVE John 6:56-69 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 56Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58This is the bread …

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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

WE EAT THE BREAD THAT HAS BEEN RAISED John 6.51-58 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Timothy Hoyer 51″I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” 52 The Jews then …

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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

LET THEM EAT BREAD? John 6: 35, 41-51 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Stephan K. Turnbull 35Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 41Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am …

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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

HUNGER VANQUISHED John 6:24-35 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Robin J. Morgan John 6:24-35 6:24 So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. 25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to …

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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

GATHER UP THE FRAGMENTS SO THAT NOTHING MAY BE LOST John 6:1-21 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 12) Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 1After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for …

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

HOW THE UNLUCKY LUCK OUT Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Ron Starenko 30The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had …

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

LIFE WITH A FUTURE Mark 6:14-29 6th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 10) Analysis by James Squire 14King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.” 15But others said, “It is Elijah.” And …

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

SANDAL SCANDALS Mark 6:1-13 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 9) Analysis by Jerome Burce 1 He left that place and came to his home town, and his disciples followed him. 2 On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, ‘Where did this man get all this? …

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

MADE WELL BY FAITH Mark 5:21-43 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 8) Analysis by Paul Jaster 21When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. 22Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell …

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Third Sunday after Pentecost

When You Walk Through a Storm Mark 4:35-41 Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 7) Analysis by Norb Kabelitz 35On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were …

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Second Sunday after Pentecost

THE KINGDOM COME Mark 4:26-34 Second Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 6) Analysis by Norb Kabelitz and Kris Wright 26 He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.28 …

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The Holy Trinity

STARTING NEW John 3:1-17 The Holy Trinity Analysis by Michael Hoy 1Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart …

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Day of Pentecost

FROM KEEPING TO GIVING John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 Day of Pentecost Analysis by Eric W. Evers 15:26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. 27You also are to testify because you have been with me from the …

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Seventh Sunday of Easter

YOUR WORD IS TRUTH John 17:6-19 Seventh Sunday of Easter Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 6″I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8for …

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

NO LONGER SLAVES, BUT FRIENDS John 15: 9-17 Sixth Sunday of Easter By Steven C. Kuhl 9) As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10) If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. …

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

GOD’S GREEN THUMB John 15:1-8 Fifth Sunday of Easter By Steven E. Albertin I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. 2He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3You have already been cleansed by the word that I …

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

THE BEAUTIFUL SHEPHERD John 10:11-18 Fourth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Bruce T. Martin John 10:11 [Jesus said,] “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs …

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Third Sunday of Easter

THE EASTER AHA: CONNECTING THE PLOTS Luke 24:36b-48 Third Sunday of Easter Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 36bJesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your …

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Second Sunday of Easter

I’M A BELIEVER John 20:19-31 Second Sunday of Easter Analysis by Paige G. Evers 19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with …

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The Resurrection of Our Lord

AMAZED BY LIFE Mark 16:1-8 The Resurrection of Our Lord Analysis by Lori A. Cornell When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went …

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Palm/Passion Sunday

A PASSIONATE GOD Mark 14-15.47 Palm/Passion Sunday Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer Mark 14.61b-64 Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62Jesus said, “I am; and ‘you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power,’ and ‘coming with the clouds of heaven.’” …

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Fifth Sunday in Lent

LOOKING FOR DEATH IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES John 12:20-33 Fifth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Stephan K. Turnbull 20Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22Philip went and told …

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Fourth Sunday in Lent

FROM DARKNESS INTO LIGHT John 3:14-21 Fourth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Robin Morgan 14And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that …

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Third Sunday in Lent

THE TEMPLE John 2:13-22 Third Sunday in Lent Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 2:13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of …

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Second Sunday in Lent

CHOOSING SIDES Mark 8:31-38 Second Sunday in Lent Analysis by Ron Starenko 31Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise.  32He said all this quite openly.  And Peter took him …

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First Sunday in Lent

“LIVING THE FULFILLING LIFE” Mark 1:9-15 First Sunday in Lent Analysis by James Squire 9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. …

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Ash Wednesday

PAEANS AND PAYDAYS, or GETTING LUTHERANS TO FAST Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Ash Wednesday Analysis by Jerome Burce 1 ‘Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 ‘So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as …

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The Transfiguration of Our Lord

BATHED IN CHRIST Mark 9:2-9 The Transfiguration of Our Lord Analysis by Paul Jaster 2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3 and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could …

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Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

HEAVEN’S AUTHORITY COMES DOWN TO EARTH Mark 2:1-12 The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Norb Kabelitz When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking …

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Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

A TOUCH, A WORD, A HEALING Mark 1:40-45 Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Paige G. Evers 40 A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, “If you choose, you can make me clean.” 41 Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I …

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Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

FAITH BEYOND ALL FEVER Mark 1:29-39 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Michael Hoy 29As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31He came and took her by …

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Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

COME TO DESTROY? Mark 1:21-28 Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Eric W. Evers 21 They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. 22 They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 Just then there was in …

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Third Sunday after the Epiphany

THE CRISIS OF DISCIPLESHIP Mark 1:14-23 Third Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Steven Kuhl 14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” 16As Jesus passed along the Sea …

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Second Sunday after the Epiphany

“MEETING THE UNEXPECTED” John 1:43-51 Second Sunday after the Epiphany By Steven E. Albertin 43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses …

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The Baptism of Our Lord

FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS Mark 1:4-11 The Baptism of Our Lord Analysis by Bruce T. Martin Mark 1:4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized …

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The Name of Jesus

JESUS IS NAMED…SO WE CAN BE TOO Luke 2:15-21 The Name of Jesus Analysis by Cathy Lessmann Luke 2:15: When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” …

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Christmas Eve

GOD’S HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Luke 2:1-20 Christmas Eve Analysis by Kris Wright In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own towns to be registered. 4Joseph also went from the …

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Fourth Sunday in Advent

HANDMADE Luke 1:26-38 The Fourth Sunday of Advent Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her …

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Third Sunday in Advent

THE LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS John 1:6-8, 19-28 The Third Sunday in Advent Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer 6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to …

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Second Sunday in Advent

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKIN’ AT? Mark 1:1-8 Second Sunday in Advent Analysis by Stephan K. Turnbull 1The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; 3the voice of one crying out …

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First Sunday in Advent

AWAKE TO NEW LIFE Mark 13:24-37 First Sunday in Advent Analysis by Robin J. Morgan 24 “But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 Then they …

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Thanksgiving Day

ALL TEN LEPERS GOT BETTER, ONE OF THEM EVEN GOT WELL Luke 17:11-19 Thanksgiving Day Analysis by Ron Starenko 11On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14When …

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Christ the King Sunday

THE DIVINE “I” AND HIS SHEEP Matthew 25:31-46 Christ the King Sunday Analysis by James Squire 31″When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another …

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Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

“HAVING THE TALENT” Matthew 25:14-30 Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Michael Hoy 14’For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16The one …

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All Saints Sunday

WE ARE RIGHTEOUS, AREN’T WE? Matthew 5:1-12 All Saints Sunday Analysis by Eric W. Evers 1 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the …

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Reformation Sunday

THE LINEAGE OF FREEDOM John 8:31-36 Reformation Sunday Analysis by Steven Kuhl 31 Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’ 33 They answered him, ‘We are descendants of Abraham …

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Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

CUTTING TO THE CHASE Matthew 22:34-46 Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 34When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest? 37He said to him, “‘You shall love …

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Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

LEGALIZED AND GOSPELIZED Matthew 22:15-22 Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bruce T. Martin Mat.22:15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. 16So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with the …

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Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

DRESSED FOR THE PARTY Matthew 22:1-14 Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 1Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2″The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but …

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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

FRUITS OF THE KINGDOM Matthew 21:33-46 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paul Jaster 33 “Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. 34 When the harvest …

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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

POWER PLAYS Matthew 21:23-32 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Jerome Burce 23 When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus said to them, “I will …

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

GOD, THE EQUALIZER Matthew 20:1-16 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 20:1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3When he went out about …

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

FORGIVING FOR GOOD Matthew 18:21-35 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paige G. Evers 21Peter came and said to Jesus, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. 23For this reason the …

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16th Sunday after Pentecost

RESURRECTED RELATIONSHIPS Matthew 18:15-20 16th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 18) Analysis by Timothy Hoyer 15 ‘If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. 16But if you are not listened to, take one …

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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

THE “MUST” OF DIVINE SUFFERING Matthew 16:21-28 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Norb Kabelitz 21 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. …

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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

IDENTITY CRISIS Matthew 16:13-20 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Kris Wright 13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” …

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

THE SHOUT OF FAITH! Matthew 15:21-28 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Michael Hoy 21Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” 23But …

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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

DROWNING, THEN DRIPPING Matthew 14:22-33 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Eric W. Evers 22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, …

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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

YOU GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO EAT! Matthew 14:13-21 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 13) Analysis by Steven Kuhl 13Now when Jesus heard [about the beheading of John the Baptist], he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14When …

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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

“ONE MAN’S TRASH IS ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE” Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 12) Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 31 He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32 it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it …

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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

HARVESTING THE DEAD Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Bruce T. Martin Mt 13:24 Jesus put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; 25but while everyone was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. …

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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

CULTIVATING GOOD SOIL Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3And he told them many things …

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

GIVING WHINING A REST Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paige G. Evers 16 “But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, 17 ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’ …

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

WELCOMING THE MESSENGER Matthew 10:40-42 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Lori A. Cornell Jesus said: 40 “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name …

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

INVITE A SINNER TO SUPPER Matthew 10:24-39 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 7) Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer 24 ‘A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; 25 it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of …

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

THE AUTHORITY OF SHEEP Matthew 9:35–10:8 (9-23) Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 9:35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they …

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Third Sunday after Pentecost

A PHYSICIAN FOR ALL SICKNESSES Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26 Third Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Ron Starenko 9As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed Jesus. 10And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax …

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Second Sunday after Pentecost

HABITATIONS Matthew 7:21-29 Second Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 4) Analysis by Jerome Burce 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in …

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The Holy Trinity

A POWERFUL COMBINATION Matthew 28:16-20 The Holy Trinity Analysis by Paul Jaster 16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been …

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Pentecost

FROM FEAR TO FORGIVENESS John 20:19-23 Pentecost Analysis by James Squire 19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said …

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Seventh Sunday of Easter

THE PATRON, THE BROKER, AND THE CLIENT John 17:1-11 Seventh Sunday of Easter Analysis by Norbert E. Kabelitz After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2since you have given him authority over all people, to give …

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

THE PROMISE OF PRESENCE John 14:15-21 Sixth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Kris Wright 15 If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 17 This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it …

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

CROSS-AND-RESURRECTION DIRECTION John 14:1-14 Fifth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Michael Hoy 1Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I …

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

HE CALLS US SHEEP John 10:1-10 Fourth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Eric W. Evers 1 “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. …

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Third Sunday of Easter

HOPE FOR THE JOURNEY Luke 24:13-35 Third Sunday of Easter Analysis by Steven Kuhl 13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near …

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Second Sunday of Easter

SEE THE SCARS John 20:19-31 Second Sunday of Easter Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with …

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Resurrection of Our Lord

ALIVE IN THE PROMISE Luke 24:13-49 Resurrection of Our Lord Analysis by Bruce T. Martin 13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus …

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Sunday of the Passion

BETRAYERS AND DESERTERS, RETRIEVED AND REHABILITATED Matthew 26:14–27:66 Sunday of the Passion Analysis by Cathy Lessmann [Note: Because it takes two pages, this week’s Gospel lesson is not printed here.]  DIAGNOSIS: Betrayal, Denial, Desertion Step 1: Initial Diagnosis (External Problem) – Betraying, Denying, Deserting In this Passion narrative, Matthew uses the words “betray,” “deny,” and “desert” 21 times to …

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Fifth Sunday in Lent

I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE John 11:1-45 Fifth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Paige G. Evers DIAGNOSIS: “Lazarus Is Dead” (v. 14) Step 1: Initial Diagnosis (External Problem) – Come Quick! Mary and Martha were in the middle of a family crisis. Their brother Lazarus was sick. So they sent a message to Jesus: “Lord, he whom …

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Fourth Sunday in Lent

“I SEE,” SAID THE BLIND MAN John 9:1-41 Fourth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer 1As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born …

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Third Sunday in Lent

DEAD OR ALIVE? John 4:5-42 Third Sunday in Lent Analysis by Ron Starenko 5So he (Jesus) came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. 7A …

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Second Sunday in Lent

NEWBORNE John 3:1-17 Second Sunday in Lent Analysis by James Squire 1Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart …

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First Sunday in Lent

IDENTITY CHECK Matthew 4:1-11 First Sunday in Lent Analysis by Jerome Burce 1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 3 The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of …

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The Transfiguration of Our Lord

FIGURING OUT JESUS-MORE OR LESS Matthew 17:1-9 The Transfiguration of Our Lord Analysis by Paul Jaster 1Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling …

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Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

CARDINAL VIRTUES OR EVANGELS OF A NEW AGE? MATTHEW 5:1-12 Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Norbert E. Kabelitz When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: 3 ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for …

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Third Sunday after the Epiphany

CATCH OF THE DAY Matthew 4:12-23 Third Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Kris Wright 12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14so that what had been spoken through the prophet …

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The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

CHOSEN BY NAME John 1:29-42 The Second Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Michael Hoy 29The next day [John the Baptist] saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks ahead …

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The Baptism of Our Lord

RIVERBANK RELIGION AND FREE-FLOWING FAITH Matthew 3:13-17 The Baptism of Our Lord Analysis by Eric W. Evers 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him.14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”15 But Jesus answered him, “Let …

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Second Sunday after Christmas

FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT-FROM LAW TO GRACE John 1:[1-9] 10-18 Second Sunday after Christmas Analysis by Steven Kuhl [1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into …

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St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr

“‘TIS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON” Matthew 23:34-39 St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr Analysis Steven E. Albertin Introduction: It is important to note that St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr is the first of three commemorations (Dec. 27 St John, Apostle and Evangelist and Dec. 28 The Holy Innocents, Martyrs) that follow on the heels of Christmas in …

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Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

THE MANGER: THE SIGN OF PROMISE Luke 2:1-14, 15-20 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Analysis by Bruce T. Martin Luke 2:1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own …

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Fourth Sunday in Advent

A MATTER OF HEART Matthew 1:18-25 Fourth Sunday in Advent Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 18Now the birth of Jesus the messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous …

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Third Sunday in Advent

BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT Matthew 11:2-11 Third Sunday in Advent Analysis by Paige G. Evers 2 When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples 3 and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” 4 Jesus answered …

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Second Sunday in Advent

BEING GOOD Matthew 3: 1-12 Second Sunday in Advent Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 1In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, 2″Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”3This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: …

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First Sunday in Advent

ON CHRIST’S WATCH Matthew 24:36-44 First Sunday in Advent Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer [Jesus said to the disciples,] 36″About that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38For as …

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First Sunday of Advent

GOD HIDDEN AND REVEALED Isaiah 64:1-9 First Sunday of Advent Analysis by Martin Lohrmann O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence— 2as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the …

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Thanksgiving

THE RECEIVING AND SHARING THE BREAD OF LIFE John 6:25-35 Thanksgiving Analysis by Steven Kuhl   When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because …

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Christ the King Sunday

“THE CROSS AS CORONATION” Luke 23:33-43 Christ the King Sunday (Proper 29) Analysis by Kris Wright 33When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are …

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Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

HOW DOES THE “END” COME? Luke 21; 5-19 Pentecost 24 (Proper 28) Analysis by Norbert E. Kabelitz 5 When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, 6 “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be …

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All Saints Sunday

SAINTS AIN’T QUAINT Luke 6:20-31 All Saints Sunday Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer 20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said: ‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21’Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. ‘Blessed are you who weep now, for you will …

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Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

SIZING UP A SMALL MAN Luke 19:1-10 Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 26) Analysis by Paul Jaster 1[Jesus] entered Jericho and was passing through it. 2A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, …

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Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

THE HUMILITY OF FAITH Luke 18:9-14 Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 25) Analysis by Bruce T. Martin Luke 18:9 He [Jesus] also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt. 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a …

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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

A WIDOW’S PLEA Luke 18:1-8 Pentecost 20 (Proper 24) Analysis by Ron Starenko 1Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lost heart. 2He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. 3In that city there was a widow who …

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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

“HEALING, HEALTH AND SALVATION” Luke 17:11-19 Pentecost 19 (Proper 23) By Steven E. Albertin On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13 they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 When he saw …

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

DOING WHAT WE OUGHT TO HAVE DONE Luke 17:5-10 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 22) Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the …

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

BIG SPENDERS Luke 16:19-31 Pentecost 17 Analysis by Jerome Burce 19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich …

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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

“JESUS: GOD’S DISHONEST MANAGER” Luke 16:1-13 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 20) Analysis by James Squire 1Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. 2So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I …

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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

CARRIED AWAY BY GRACE Luke 15:1-10 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Eric W. Evers 1 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him.2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3 So he told them this parable:4 “Which one …

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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

THE ONE WHO GAVE ALL, FOR ALL Luke 14:25-33 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Paige G. Evers 25 Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, 26 “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot …

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

THE TOPSY-TURVY WEDDING BANQUET Luke 14:1, 7-14 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17) Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 1On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the Sabbath, they were watching him closely. 7When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he …

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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Two Kinds of Sabbath Theologies: One Demands, One Offers Luke 13:10-17 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16) Analysis by Steven Kuhl Now [Jesus] was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 11And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite …

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Mary, Mother of Our Lord Sunday

A REVOLUTIONARY POWER SONG Luke 1:46-55 Mary, Mother of Our Lord Sunday Analysis by Kris Wright And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49 …

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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

KINGDOM LIVING UNDER PROMISE Luke 12:32-40 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 14) Analysis by Norbert E. Kabelitz 32’Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no …

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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

ABUNDANT IN CHRIST Luke 12:13-21 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 13) Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer Luke 12.13-21 Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15And he said …

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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

LONGING TO BELONG/LONGING FOR THE SPIRIT Luke 11:1-13 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 12) Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 1He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” 2He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed …

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

ATTRACTED TO GOD Luke 10:38-42 Seventh Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 11) Analysis by Bruce T. Martin Lk 10:38 Now as they went on their way, he [Jesus] entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what …

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

THE ONE WHO SHOWED MERCY Luke 10:25-37 The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Ron Starenko 25Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27He answered, “You shall love the …

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

“THE BURDEN OF CAREER OR THE BLESSING OF CALLING?” Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 9) By Steven E. Albertin 1After this the Lord appointed 70 others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, …

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

GOD UNDETERRED Luke 9:51-62 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 8) Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 51When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; 53but …

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Third Sunday after Pentecost

WHEN PIGS FLY Luke 8:26-39 Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 7) Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer 26Then they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27As he stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he did …

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Second Sunday after Pentecost

“TEACHERS BECOME STUDENTS” Luke 7:36–8:3 Second Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by James Squire 7:36One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 37And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house, …

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Trinity Sunday

FOX IN THE HENHOUSE! John 16:12-15 Trinity Sunday, Year C Analysis by Eric W. Evers 12 [Jesus said,] “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will …

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Pentecost Sunday

THE SPIRITUALITY OF FAITH John 14:8-17[25-27] Pentecost Sunday Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 8) Philip said to [Jesus], “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9) Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. …

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The Seventh Sunday of Easter

YOU ARE IN! John 17:20-26 Seventh Sunday of Easter Analysis by Paige G. Evers 20 “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they …

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The Sixth Sunday of Easter

JESUS TAKES US TO WHERE HE IS GOING John 14:23-29 Sixth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer Jesus answered [Judas (not Iscariot)], “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24Whoever does not love me does not …

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The Fifth Sunday of Easter

GLORY BE! John 13:31-35 Fifth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Kris Wright 31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. 33Little children, …

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The Fourth Sunday of Easter

THE GOOD SHEPHERD John 10:22-30 The Fourth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 22At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. 24So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us …

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Third Sunday of Easter

TRANSLATING FAITH INTO LOVE John 21:1-19 Third Sunday of Easter Analysis by Norbert E. Kabelitz After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. 2Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and …

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Second Sunday of Easter

THANK GOD IT’S SUNDAY! John 20:19-31 Second Sunday of Easter Analysis by Ron Starenko 19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” …

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The Resurrection of our Lord, Easter Day

Eastered Body, Eastering Bodies The Resurrection of our Lord, Easter Day Analysis by Cathy Lessmann with Jim Squire (Based on Bob Bertram’s 1990 Easter Crossings Newsletter Article) John 20:1-18 1Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from …

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Good Friday

THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST John 18-19 Good Friday Analysis by Bruce T. Martin DIAGNOSIS: Dying in Truth Step 1: Initial Diagnosis (External Problem) – Beholding THE truth Mel Gibson’s film “The Passion of the Christ” follows the story line of John 18-19, graphically setting before us the final sufferings (passion) of Jesus. What do we see, whether in …

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Maundy Thursday

ENTIRELY CLEAN! John 13:1-17, 31-35 Maundy Thursday Analysis by Ron Starenko 1Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2The devil had already put it into …

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Passion/Palm Sunday

“IRONIC!” Luke 22:14-23:56 Passion/Palm Sunday Steven E. Albertin Author’s Preface: Nothing catches our attention like irony. Irony catches us by surprise. It is the experience of unexpected, of just the opposite of what we had anticipated, that grabs our attention. We expect one thing, but then get just the opposite. That is irony. On one of the …

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Fifth Sunday in Lent

HERE’S JESUS! John 12:1-8 Fifth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 1 Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2 There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3 Mary …

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Fourth Sunday in Lent

PARTY ON! Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 Lent 4 Analysis by Jerome Burce 1 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3 So he told them this parable: 11 “There was a man …

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Third Sunday in Lent

“HOLY CRAP!” (OR IF YOU PREFER, “THE TENDER GARDENER”) Luke 13:1-9 Third Sunday in Lent Analysis by James Squire 1At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were …

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Second Sunday in Lent

FOX IN THE HENHOUSE! Luke 13:31-35 Second Sunday of Lent Analysis by Eric W. Evers 31 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.”32 He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures …

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First Sunday in Lent

DUELING WITH THE DEVIL Luke 4:1-13 First Sunday in Lent Analysis by Paige G. Evers 1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they …

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Ash Wednesday

PRACTICING WHICH RIGHTEOUSNESS-OF THE LAW OR OF CHRIST? Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Ash Wednesday Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 1 “Beware of practicing your piety [literally, “righteousness”] before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet …

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The Transfiguration of Our Lord

WE ARE IN THE SPOTLIGHT OF CHRIST’S MERCY Luke 9:28-43 The Transfiguration of Our Lord Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer 28 Now about eight days after these saying Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, …

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Sixth Sunday After Epiphany

OUR GOD IS A BIASED GOD (AND AREN’T YOU GLAD?) Luke 6:17-26 Sixth Sunday after Epiphany Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 17He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. 18They had …

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Fifth Sunday After Epiphany

CATCHING AND BEING CAUGHT Luke 5:1-11 Fifth Sunday After Epiphany (Proper 11) Analysis by Bruce T. Martin Luke 5:1 Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, 2he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had …

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Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

A HOME FOR EPIPHANY AND ETERNITY Luke 4:21-30 Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Kris Wright 21Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’ 22All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, ‘Is not this Joseph’s son?’ …

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The Conversion of St. Paul

GOSPEL WITNESS VERSUS RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION Luke 21:10-19 The Conversion of St. Paul Analysis by Norbert E. Kabelitz 10Then he said to them, ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; 11there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven. 12 ‘But before …

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Second Sunday after the Epiphany

NO WINE/NEW WINE John 2:1-11 Second Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Ron Starenko 1On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. 3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “The have …

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The Baptism of Our Lord

A QUESTION OF IDENTITY Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 The Baptism of Our Lord Analysis by Steven Albertin 15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16 John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more …

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Second Sunday after Christmas

GRACE UPON GRACE John 1:10-18 Second Sunday after Christmas Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 10He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12But to all who received him, who believed in …

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First Sunday after Christmas

GIVE IT UP FOR JESUS! Luke 2:41-52 First Sunday after Christmas Analysis by James Squire 41Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. 42And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. 43When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus …

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Christmas Day

SPEAKING LIGHT INTO DARKNESS John 1:1-14 Christmas Day Analysis by Eric W. Evers 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 He was in the beginning with God.3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come …

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Christmas Eve

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, or SHADES OF GLORY Luke 2:1-20 Christmas Eve Analysis by Jerome Burce 1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be registered. …

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

JOYOUS GREETINGS Luke 1:39-45 Fourth Sunday of Advent Analysis by Paige G. Evers 39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth …

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Third Sunday of Advent

THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN’ Luke 3:7-18 Third Sunday in Advent Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 7 John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to …

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Second Sunday of Advent

THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING OUT IN THE WILDERNESS Luke 3:1-6 Second Sunday of Advent Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and …

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The Day of Thanksgiving – Epistle

CAUGHT UP IN THE FAMILY BUSINESS I Timothy 2:1-7 The Day of Thanksgiving Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 1: First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2: for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and …

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Christ the King – Epistle

EXTREME POLITICS Revelation 1:4b-8 Christ the King (Proper 29) Analysis by Jerome Burce 4b Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler …

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Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost – Epistle

PROVOKED Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost Hebrews 10:11-25 Analysis by Eric W. Evers 11 And every priest stands day after day at his service, offering again and again the same sacrifices that can never take away sins.12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, “he sat down at the right hand of …

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22nd Sunday After Pentecost – Epistle

ONCE FOR ALL 22nd Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 27) Hebrews 9:24-28 Analysis by Bruce T. Martin Heb 9:24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it …

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All Saint’s Day – Epistle

THE GREAT ATONEMENT All Saint’s Day Hebrews 9:11-14 Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking …

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Reformation Sunday – Epistle

“THE CURE” Reformation Sunday Romans 3:19-28 Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world may be made accountable to God. 20 “For no human being will be justified in his sight” …

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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

GOD’S GIFT TO HUMANKIND: JESUS Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Hebrews 5:1-10 Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 1 Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he …

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

SWORD PLAY VERSUS MERCY AND GRACE Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 23) Hebrews 4:12-16 Analysis by Timothy Hoyer 12 Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13And before …

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

WHO ARE WE ANYHOW? Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 22) Heb. 1:1-4; 2:5-12 Analysis by Ron Starenko 1Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created …

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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

PRAYING HARD TO GET BETTER – BUT DOES THAT MAKE US WELL? Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21) James 5:13-20 Analysis by Cathy Lessmann 13 Is any one among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and …

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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

WHERE DOES WISDOM COME FROM? 15th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 20) James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 3:13Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. 14But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and …

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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

TO SPEAK OR NOT TO SPEAK Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 19) James 3:1-12 Analysis by Paige G. Evers 1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2 For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes …

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

WHERE’S YOUR GOD WORKS? CHRIST HAS THEM! Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost James 2:1-10, [11-13], 14-17 Analysis by James Squire 1My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? 2For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor …

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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

CULINARY ARTS Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17) James 1:17-27 Analysis by Jerome Burce 17 Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by …

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Saint Bartholomew, Apostle – Epistle

THE CHURCH AS ORGANISM (THE BODY OF CHRIST), NOT ORGANIZATION (AN ACHIEVEMENT OF THE MEMBERS) Saint Bartholomew, Apostle 1 Corinthians 12:27-31a Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, …

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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

“MAKING THE MOST OF THE TIME” Ephesians 5:15-20 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 15) Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 15 Look carefully then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17 So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of …

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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

GOT ROOM? Ephesians 4:25-5:2 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Eric W. Evers 25 So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. 26 Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not …

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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

GROWING UP IN CHRIST Ephesians 4:1-16 Eighth Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 13) Analysis by Bruce T. Martin Eph 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3making every …

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

STANDING IN THE NEED OF PRAYER Ephesians 3:14-21 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 12) Analysis by Norbert E. Kabelitz 14For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 10from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. 16I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may …

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

BUILDING WALLS Ephesians 2:11-22 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 11) Analysis by Kris Wright 11So then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles by birth, called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision” – a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands – 12remember that you were at that time without Christ, …

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

IN CHRIST, UNITED WE STAND Ephesians 1:3-14 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 10) Analysis by Lori A. Cornell Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world …

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

WE ARE WEAK, BUT HE IS STRONG 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 2 I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven – whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows. 3 And I know …

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Third Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

CHRIST’S POVERTY MAKES US RICH 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 8) Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer 7 Now as you excel in everything–in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you–so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking. 8 I do not say this as …

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Second Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

STANDING WITH EACH OTHER AS SERVANTS OF GOD 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Second Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 7) Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 1 As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. 2 For he says, “At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a …

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The Holy Trinity – Epistle

CHILDREN OF GOD Romans 8:12-17 The Holy Trinity Analysis by Ron Starenko 12 So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh to live according to the flesh – 13 for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the …

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Day of Pentecost – Epistle

DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR? Acts 2:1-21 Day of Pentecost Analysis by Paige G. Evers 1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. …

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Seventh Sunday of Easter – Epistle

THE OVERWHELMING RESCUE OF GOD’S TESTIMONY 1 John 5:9-13 Seventh Sunday of Easter Analysis by James Squire 9If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. 10Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those …

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Sixth Sunday of Easter – Epistle

GROWING UP 1 John 5:1-6 Sixth Sunday in Easter Analysis by Jerome Burce 1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3 …

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Fifth Sunday of Easter – Epistle

THE LOVE OF GOD 1 John 4:7-21 Fifth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 God’s love was revealed among …

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Fourth Sunday of Easter – Epistle

LOVE TOT HE LOVELESS SHOWN 1 John 3:16-24 Fourth Sunday of Easter Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 1 John 3: 16 We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us – and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. 17 How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the …

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Third Sunday of Easter – Epistle

CHURCH DISCIPLINE? First John 3:1-7 Third Sunday of Easter Analysis by Eric W. Evers 1 See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s …

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Second Sunday of Easter – Epistle

THE “TRUTH” IN OURSELVES AND IN GOD 1 John 1:1-2:2 Second Sunday of Easter Analysis by Norbert E. Kabelitz 1We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life – 2this life …

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Resurrection of Our Lord – Epistle

SIGNS ALONG THE WAY I Corinthians 15:1-11 Resurrection of Our Lord Analysis by Bruce T. Martin I Corinthians 15:1 Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, in which also you stand, 2 through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that …

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Good Friday – Epistle

“HOLDING FAST TO OUR CONFESSION” Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 Good Friday Analysis by Steven E. Albertin 4: 14 Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize …

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Maundy Thursday – Epistle

FAMILY STYLE 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 Maundy Thursday Analysis by Marcus Felde 23 For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body …

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Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday – Epistle

CHRIST IS OUR ADVANTAGE Philippians 2:5-11 Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer 5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form …

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Fifth Sunday in Lent – Epistle

SUFFERING THROUGH Hebrews 5:5-10 Fifth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Ron Starenko 5Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,     “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”; 6as he says also in another place, “You are a priest forever, according to …

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Fourth Sunday in Lent – Epistle

IT’S HARD TO WALK WHEN YOU’RE DEAD Ephesians 2:1-10 Fourth Sunday in Lent Analysis by Paige G. Evers 1 You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those …

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Third Sunday in Lent – Epistle

GOD’S FOOLISHNESS TRUMPS HUMAN WISDOM 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 Third Sunday in Lent Analysis by James Squire 18For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment …

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Second Sunday in Lent – Epistle

INHERITANCE RIGHTS Romans 4:13-25 Second Sunday in Lent Analysis by Jerome Burce 13 For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is …

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First Sunday in Lent – Epistle

SUFFERING TO DEATH OR LIFE 1 Peter 3:18-22 First Sunday in Lent Analysis by Kris Wright 18For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, 19in which also he went and …

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Ash Wednesday – Epistle

LIVING IN THE “ETERNAL NOW” 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10 Ash Wednesday Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 5:20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that …

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The Transfiguration of Our Lord – Epistle

SEEING THE LIGHT (OF CHRIST) 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 The Transfiguration of Our Lord Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light …

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Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany – Epistle

“I MEANT WHAT I SAID AND I SAID WHAT I MEANT, CHRIST JESUS’ WORD IS ONE HUNDRED PERCENT” 2 Corinthians 1:18-22 Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer 18As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been “Yes and No.” 19For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed …

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Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany – Epistle

“RUNNING INTO THE GROUND” TO “RUNNING THE RACE” First Corinthians 9:24-27 Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Eric W. Evers 24 Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it.25 Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they …

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Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany – Epistle

PARTICIPATING IN THE GOOD MESSAGE 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Fifth Sunday after Epiphany Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 16If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel! 17For if I do this of my own will, I have …

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Presentation of Our Lord – Epistle

OF HUMAN BONDAGE AND DIVINE INTERVENTION Hebrews 2:14-18 Presentation of Our Lord Analysis by Norbert Kabelitz 14 Since therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and free those who all …

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Third Sunday after the Epiphany – Epistle

FROM NOW ON IT’S GOSPEL TIME I Corinthians 7:29-31 Third Sunday after Epiphany Analysis by Bruce T. Martin I Cor 7:29 I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, 30 and those who mourn as though they were not …

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Second Sunday after the Epiphany – Epistle

FREEDOM AND SLAVERY I Corinthians 6:12-20 Second Sunday after the Epiphany Analysis by Steve Albertin 12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will …

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The Baptism of our Lord – Epistle

BAPTISM IN JESUS’ NAME Acts 19:1-7 The Baptism of our Lord Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 1While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. 2He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They replied, “No, we have not even heard …

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Second Sunday after Christmas

ALPHA MAIL John 1:1-18 Second Sunday after Christmas Analysis by Marcus Felde In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life …

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First Sunday after Christmas – Epistle

UNDER AND OVER AND INTO OUR HEARTS Galatians 4:4-7 First Sunday after Christmas Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer Galatians 4:4-7 4But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as …

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Christmas Dawn – Epistle

FINALLY, A SON Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) Christmas Dawn Analysis by Ron Starenko 1Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2but in these last days has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. 3He is the reflection …

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Christmas Eve – Epistle

SAVED AND TRAINED BY GRACE Titus 2:11-14 Christmas Eve Analysis by Paige G. Evers 11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, 12 training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope …

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Fourth Sunday in Advent – Epistle

THE MYSTERY HAS BEEN REVEALED – IN YOU AND ME! Romans 16:25-27 Fourth Sunday in Advent Analysis by James Squire 25Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26but is now disclosed, …

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Third Sunday in Advent – Epistle

FORGET GODZWILLA, JESUS RULES! 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Third Sunday in Advent Analysis by Jerome Burce 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise the words of prophets, 21 but test …

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Second Sunday in Advent – Epistle

REGARDING THE PATIENCE OF THE LORD AS SALVATION 2 Peter 3:8-15a Second Sunday in Advent Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 8 But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about his promise, …

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First Sunday in Advent – Epistle

THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE SON 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 First Sunday in Advent Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 1 Corinthians 1: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in …

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Christ the King Sunday – Epistle

“THERE’S A METHOD IN THE MADNESS” Ephesians 1:15-23 Christ the King Sunday Analysis by Steve Albertin DIAGNOSIS: NOTHING BUT MADNESS Step 1: Initial Diagnosis (External Problem) – “It’s a mad, mad world!” Even though we do not live in the multiple-storied universe of the first century, we still must contend with a world that is under the control of …

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Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

TWO KINDS OF RELATIVISM-ONE DEADLY, ONE SAVING 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28) Analysis by Steven C. Kuhl 1Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. 2For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a …

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All Saints’ Sunday – Epistle

CRUCIFORM SAINTS 1 John 3:1-3 All Saints’ Sunday Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Beloved, we are God’s children now; what …

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Reformation Sunday – Epistle

FREE@LAST John 8:31-38 Reformation Sunday Analysis by Marcus Felde 31 Then Jesus said to the Jews [sic; should read “Judeans”] who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are descendants …

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Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

RESCUED TODAY 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Pentecost 22 (Proper 24) Analysis by Timothy J. Hoyer Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace. 2 We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly 3 …

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Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

REJOICE! Philippians 4:1-9 Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 23) Analysis by Ron Starenko 1Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved. 2I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3Yes, and I …

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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

Alien Righteousness Philippians 3:4b-14 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 22) Analysis by Bruce T. Martin Phil. 3:4b If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law …

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St. Michael and All Angels – Epistle

“Enlisted Angels” Luke 10:17-20 St. Michael and All Angels Analysis by Michael Hoy 17The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” 18He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and …

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

The Worthy Life Philippians 1:21-30 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 20) Analysis by Lori A. Cornell 21 For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. 23 I am hard pressed between the …

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

The Christ-ening of Communities Romans 14:1-12 Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 19) Analysis by James Squire 1Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. 2Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. 3Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must …

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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

The Difference Between Night and Day Romans 13:8-14 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 18) Analysis by Steven Albertin 8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not …

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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Epistle

True Love Romans 12:9-21 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17) Analysis by Carolyn Schneider 9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice …