Readings for the Week ~ June 24

Psalm 107Job 38:1-182 Corinthians 5:14-21Mark 4:35-41; 5:1-20

Our lives are lived in the Kingdom of God. God’s rule and reign is loosed upon the earth and my prayer is that we would all have eyes to see where God is at work both within us as individuals and as a congregation but also beyond. We would do well to make Thomas Merton’s words our own:

“We are exiles in the far end of solitude, living as listeners,
With hearts attending to the skies we cannot understand:
Waiting upon the first far drums of Christ the Conqueror,
Planted like sentinels upon the world’s frontier.”

Readings for the Week ~ June 16

Psalm 92Ezekiel 31:1-142 Corinthians 5:1-10Mark 4:26-34

This week’s Gospel reading includes two of Jesus’ many parables. It’s useful to note that he begins his parable with these words of introduction, “This is what the Kingdom of God is like.” Through parables Jesus seeks to give us a picture of God’s Kingdom. These parables are indirect, strange and function much like poetry. They are works of art revealing something at an angle, indirectly, carefully. Emily Dickinson could very well be referring to the parables of Jesus when she wrote:

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant ­—
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth’s superb surprise


As Lightening to the Children Eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind —

Readings for the Week ~ June 2

Psalm 29Isaiah 6:1-8Romans 8:12-17John 3:1-17


This week we celebrate the Trinity. This is one of the deepest mysteries of the Christian faith. As you read the Scriptures for this week I encourage you to search for glimpses of the Trinity in each one.

It must be acknowledged that the theology about the Trinity wasn’t fully expressed until after Scripture was written. The doctrine of the Trinity is not some esoteric or merely philosophical theology. The doctrine of the Trinity came to expression as Christians attempted to put into words their experience of God in Scripture, the sacraments and everyday life. The Trinity explains best both what Scripture teaches and the earliest Christians experienced.

The Trinity can be described but not explained. The interrelationship of God the Father, Son and Spirit is beyond our comprehension but not our experience.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. – 2 Cor 13:14