Evangelectionary for Sunday, May 21st

Texts: Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:8-20; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21 Theme: Experience and Response Message: In the passage from Acts, Paul addresses the Athenians about their worship of an unknown god. Paul is revealing the living God of all creation.  Paul’s description of God (the theological statement made by Paul) is compelling and important. He describes a […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday, February 5, 2017

Texts:Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12); Psalm 112:1-9 (10); 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16); Matthew 5:13-20 Reflection: I remember a number of years ago attending a lecture of a well-known theologian. My seminary classmates and I were looking forward to the excellent intellectual stimulation that surely would be prompted by his speech. No doubt great ideas and provocative insights would […]

EvangeLectionary for Sunday, January 22, 2017

Texts:Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 4-9; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23 Reflection: Have you ever tried to hold a conversation with a five-year-old about some imaginary part of their life? The conversation does not need to go on for long before joining in, making peace with their imaginary friend or taking an interest in the world […]

EvangeLectionary for Sunday, January 15, 2017

Texts:  Isaiah 49:1-7  • Psalm 40:1-11  • 1 Corinthians 1:1-9  • John 1:29-42 Reflection: Because we live over 750 miles apart, I had not seen my mother for several months. We were fortunate to attend a conference where I was working and she was a participant. We arranged to get together for dinner and decided the easiest thing to do would […]

Evangelectionary for December 11, 2016 – Third Sunday of Advent

Texts: Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10, Luke 1:46b-55, Matthew 11:2-11 Reflection (focusing on Matthew 11:2-11) This week’s texts include the simple words from Matthew’s gospel, “Go and tell John what you hear and see.” (Mt. 11:4) The guy who had been crying out in the wilderness, baptizing people who were waiting for their savior, and now found himself imprisoned in […]

Weekly Evangelectionary for November 13, 2016

Texts: Isaiah 65:17-25; Isaiah 12; Malachi 4:1-2a; Luke 21:5-19 Reflection: This week’s texts are about imagination, the ability to call something that is not already there into being, to paint a picture of a preferred future, and to sense an alternative reality and outcomes. Prophets and bards and saviors have this ability to imagine, as exemplified in […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday, September 18th

Texts:  Jeremiah 8:18-9:1; Psalm 79:1-9; Amos 8:4-7; Psalm 113; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13 Reflection: This past June my family and I walked on the boardwalk in New Jersey, just like I had done as a child. There was a new undercurrent of appreciation and amazement, though, against the backdrop of rebuilding from hurricane Sandy. Just this past […]