Each Monday we publish Sunday's Coming, an email-only post on the upcoming readings, written by our current Living by the Word columnist.
Proper 1: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)
Proper 2: Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:(1-7), 8-20
Proper 3: Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12); John 1:1-14
Luke 2:1–14 (15–20)
There are many ways we receive the gift of Jesus badly. Luke’s insistence on Jesus’ Jewish lineage points to one: we receive the gift and insist that it be withdrawn from the first recipients.
I went to church full of dread after the recent terrorist attacks. Worship included dedicating a new pipe organ. Was it appropriate to be celebrating in the midst of the hatred and fear?
Three times a year, a worship service ends and I go back to the vesting room to change—and I feel as though I'm walking into a time warp.
God is carnal? Yes! Godhas got to be flesh and blood. Bones toolike any one of us. A childcan’t go to sleep in a dark roomunless someone is right there beside her.Someone with some skin.
In my lectionary column on Luke 2:1-4, I focus on the theme of hope. Whenever I think about hope, I remember the story of Rabbi Hugo Gryn. He was the senior rabbi at the West London Synagogue when he died almost ten years ago.
Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.
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