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Scripture Summary For Trinity Sunday - Year A (June 7th) by Rev. Shelley
Genesis 1:1-2:4a: In this beautiful creation poem we see a good God creating a good, life-affirming world. It is the words of God that cause the cosmos to evolve. It is the creativity of God that brings forth such abundance. At the end of the process, humanity is born-made in the very image of this creative, orderly, loving, and good God. Then God blesses the humans.
Psalm 8: The cosmos displays God's glory. Children and infants become wiser than those who mock God. The psalmist is amazed looking at God's universe and wonders how God can even contemplate lowly humanity. Yes, wonder of wonders- God has made us a little lower than God himself. The psalmist: extols God's magnificence.
2 Corinthians 13:11-13: From the very beginning of the church, the name of the Triune God was evoked as a blessing. It is the same blessing that we use today. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” Paul is ending his 2nd letter to the church at Corinth and he wants to assure them that the God who created the world and was there at the beginning continues to care for them.
Matthew 28: 16-20: Jesus' final words are a commission to his followers. They are not simply to use the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit as a blessing. They are to baptize and teach and make disciples in this name. They have nothing to fear; although they definitely will be persecuted. They God who was from the beginning of the world will be with them at their end – and to the end of the age.
Scripture Summary for the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost-Year A (June 14) by Rev. Shelley
Genesis 18:1-15: Today we see another manifestation of the Truine God. Abraham receives three visitors that have a miraculous prediction to give to him. God has not forgotten the initial promise given to Abraham and Sarah so many years earlier. They will have then own son; and he will be born the following year. Sarah, who is listening at the entrance of the tent, begins to laugh at this absurdity. But this is exactly what happens one year later. And the parents name their son Isaac - which means
Psalm 100: This a psalm of praise and celebration. It was a psalm that would be sung as pilgrims made their yearly visit to Jerusalem. We are invited to sing and shout our praise. We're invited to serve the Lord with joy. Why should we do this? Because God has made us – we're his flock and God cares for us. This is a God who is good and faithful. God's love and fidelity is not just for a moment, but forever – reaching every generation.
Romans 5:1-8: Paul summarizes the hope of the Gospel here. We are justified in God's eyes by faith, and we also have peace with God. Even when going through suffering we can rejoice because uaseand they are producing in us endurance, which will build our character, and that will give us hope. This is a certain hope because it's rooted in God's love and good intentions for us.
Matthew 9:35-10:8: Here we see Jesus sharing the gospel – teaching, preaching, and healing in towns and villages throughout Palestine. He saw the crowds and they filled him with compassion, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. He needs more workers to be part of the coming kingdom. So he calls the twelve disciples who will become his closest companions over the next three years. He gives them the exact same mission that He has – to preach, teach, and heal.
Scripture Summary for the 3rd Sun. after Pentecost – Year A (June 21) by Rev. Shelley
Genesis 21:8-21: Today we hear the sad story of Abraham's unhappy household. Not trusting God's promise of a son in their old age, Abraham and Sarah put “plan b” into effect. Abraham has a child with his slave. Sarah is now jealous of Hagar and dismisses her. Yet God has no intention of abandoning her or her son. God's faith-promises will come through Isaac. But God also provides for the immediate needs of Hagar and Ishmael. He also promises them that great nations will be their
heritage as well.
Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17: The Psalmist implores the Lord to answer him when he calls. He wants God to do this because he is poor and needy. In case this isn't enough he continues his reasons for God to act. I am your servant. I call to you night and day. I am devoted to you. I trust you. My foes are surrounding me. He then trusts that the loving, gracious God will answer his plea.
Romans 6: 1b-11: ”So”, Paul says, “should we keep on sinning in order to bring about God's grace more fully?” Paul's answer is “no”. We should think theologically. We have symbolically died with Christ in baptism. Once you are dead; sin no longer rules. But if we have died with Christ (in baptism) we can now live with Him in his new resurrection life. Christ will never die again; therefore he is eternally with us.
Matthew 10:24-39: Jesus here warns his followers that their following Him will not always be easy. Their loving presence will not always bring out the best in others. But he also assures them that God will not forsake them. The God who is concerned when even a sparrow falls to the ground will not easily forget His children. So be bold in sharing the faith. God is with you.
Scripture Summary for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A – Jume 28 (Summaries by Bishop Kevin Robertson)
Genesis 22:1-14: God tested Abraham's obedience by commanding him to offer his only son Isaac as a sacrifice. Without hesitation, Abraham agreed to do so. Just as Abraham was about to sacrifce his son, God intervened and prevented him. In place of Isaac, Abraham sacrificed a ram that was caught in the thicket, and God was pleased with Abraham's obedience.
Psalm 13: In this psalm of anguish, David cries out to God four times in the first two verses asking, “How long?” He despairs that his enemies seem to be prevailing against him. In spite of his trouble, the psalmist continues to trust in the unfailing love of the Lord. He ends his lament by expressing profound hope and trust in God.
Romans 6:12-23: Paul tells the Roman Christians that they have been freed from the slavery of sin, and have been given the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Paul assures them that, if they follow Jesus their Master, sin will no longer have control over them. They have been rescued and brought to new life.
Matthew 10:40-42: Jesus makes it very clear about how we are to act toward others. In welcoming strangers, we are in fact welcoming him, and in ministering to those in need, we are in fact discovering our reward. This reading reminds us to recognize Christ in our neighbours, and to see hospitality as one of the cornerstones of the Christian life.