Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 12 – August 31, 2014

The Adventurous Lectionary Exodus 3:1-15 Psalm 105:1-6. 23-26, 45a Romans 12:9-12 Matthew 16:21-28 Once upon a time, a rabbinical gathering considered the question, “Why was the bush burning but not consumed?” The rabbis posited of a variety of answers until one responded, “It was burning and not consumed so that one day, as Moses walked [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – August 24, 2014

The Adventurous Lectionary – August 24, 2014- Eleventh Sunday after the Pentecost Exodus 1:8-2:10 Psalm 124 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20 Today’s readings invite us to ponder our unique vocations and relationship with God. Our gifts shape and are shaped by the community of Christ. In living out our gifts, we share in God’s vision of [Read More...]

Reconciliation and Grace: The Adventurous Lectionary for August 17, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for August 17, 2014 – The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Genesis 45:1-15 Psalm 133 Romans 11:1-2a, 29-31 Matthew 15: 21-28 Today’s readings join reconciliation and grace. They call us to a spirituality of stature that embraces those who have harmed us and persons of other faiths and ethnicities. Largeness of spirit looks for [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for August 3, 2014: Wrestling with Jacob

Lectionary Reflections for August 3, 2014 – The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Genesis 32:22-31 Psalm 17:1-7, 15 Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 13:14-21 Encountering the Holy One can leave you feeling wounded as well as blessed. Jacob wrestles with a nocturnal stranger whom he believes to be God, refuses to give up, and receives both a blessing [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for July 27, 2014 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

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Does God give us what we want? Does God speak personally to us, inviting us to share our deepest desires and then receive our heart’s desires? Does God truly reach out intimately to us, inviting us to deeper levels of faith? [Read more...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for July 20, 2014: Genesis 28:10-19a

Lectionary Reflections for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – July 20, 2014 Genesis 28:10-19a Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 Romans 8:12-25 Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 The world is chock full of divinity.  You can encounter the holy in the most unlikely places.  Thin places, joining heaven and earth, abound for those for whom the doors of perception have [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – July 6, 2014 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Reflections for July 6, 2014  Romans 7:15-25a Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 “Come to me all who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” These authoritative words from Jesus serve as God’s response to Paul’s, and our own, inner turmoil and ethical angst. Jesus speaks out of his unique relationship [Read More...]


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