Evangelectionary Reflection for Sunday, August 20

By Jonathan Shively Focus Texts:  Isaiah 56:1, 6-8; Psalm 133 Reflection: Today’s texts brought two things immediately to mind. The first is that some of us tend to sabotage ourselves and the mission God has for us. How do we sabotage? Well, sometimes by taking actions that we know work against the desired outcome. But […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday, July 9

Texts: Sunday, July 6, 2014, Genesis 25:19-34-38, 42-49, 58-67 and Psalm 45:10-17 (or Song of Song 2:8-13; or Zechariah 9:9-12 and Psalm 145:8-14; Romans 7:15-25; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Message:  “Come to Me!” Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 When Jesus says , “My yoke is easy,” he means it fits, it’s appropriate, it is right for us.  Because the […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday, April 9, Palm/Passion Sunday

Texts: Palm: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Matthew 21: 1-11, Passion: Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14-27:66 or Matthew 27:11-54 Message:  “Who is This?” In spite of all the excitement of the scene, in spite of the shouting and the singing and the tossing of coats and hats in the air and the waving of […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday April 2nd – Fifth Lent

Lectionary Texts:  Ezekiel 37:1-14, Psalm 130, Romans 8:6-11 by Leah Ellison Bradley, based on texts from the New Revised Standard Version and The Message. Theme: Dry Bones Dance A Choral Reading – Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year A Based upon texts from the New Revised Standard Version and The Message. Ezekiel:  The hand of the LORD came upon […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday, March 26, 2017

Texts: I Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 Theme:  God uses the things that are not, the nobodies, and invites them to be recipients  of God’s grace; guiding those who are willing to be led into an ever deeper understanding of who the Triune God is. Message: Among the abundance of this week’s […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday, March 19 – Third of Lent

by Kathryn Huey, United Church of Christ Third Sunday in Lent Year A Focus Scripture: John 4:5-42 Theme: Thirsty Voices Prayer: Enduring Presence, goal and guide, you go before and await our coming. Only our thirst compels us beyond complaint to conversation, beyond rejection to relationship. Pour your love into our hearts, that, refreshed and renewed, we may […]

Evangelectionary for Sunday, March 12, Second Sunday in Lent

Texts: Genesis 12:1-4; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17 or Matthew 17:1-9 Message: “Listen to Him!” Now when God is directly quoted, we who read better pay attention!  This word directly from God Himself was first for the disciples who were present, but the synoptic gospel  writers intended that it also be heard by all […]