Readings for February 23rd, Transfiguration Sunday

First Reading: Exodus 24:12-18

Second Reading: 2 Peter 1:16-21

Gospel Reading: Matthew 17:1-9

Sermon “See, Hear and Fear Not”

Matthew 17:2-3 NLT
[2] As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. [3] Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus.

Readings for Feb 16th, 6th Sunday after Epiphany

First Reading: Deuteronomy 30:11-20

Second Reading: Psalm 119:1-8

Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:21-37

Sermon “Choose Life”

Deuteronomy 30:15-19 NRSV

“See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the LORD your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live.”

Readings for Feb 9th, 5th Sunday after Epiphany

First Reading: Isaiah 58:1-12

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1-12

Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:13-20

Sermon: “A New Diet Plan?”

Isaiah 58:5-8 NIV

[5] Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord? [6] “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? [7] Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? [8] Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.

Reading for Feb 2nd, 4th Sunday after Epiphany

First Reading: Micah 6:1-8

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Gospel Reading Matthew 5:1-12

Sermon “It sounds so simple”

Micah 6:8 NRSV “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Readings for Jan 26th, 3rd Sunday after Epiphany

First Reading: Isaiah 9:1-4

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18

Gospel Reading: Matthew 4:12-25

Sermon “Living in the Light”

Psalm 27:1,4-8 NIV

[1] The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? [4] One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. [5] For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. [6] Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord. [7] Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. [8] My heart says of you, “Seek his face! ” Your face, Lord, I will seek.

Readings for Jan 19, 2nd Sunday after Epiphany

First Reading: Isaiah 49:1-7

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Gospel Reading: John 1:29-42

Sermon: “Come and See”

John 1:36-39 NLT

[36] As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!” [37] When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus. [38] Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them. They replied, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” [39] “Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day.

Readings for January 12th, Baptism of the Lord Sunday

First Reading: Isaiah 42:1-9

Second Reading: Acts 10:34-43

Gospel Reading: Matthew 3:13-17

Sermon: “Named and Claimed”

Matthew 3:16-17 NIV

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”