Weekly Readings

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Posts in this section contain the weekly readings for members of St. John Lutheran Church.

September 29, 2019 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

Consideration of and care for those in need (especially those “at our gate,” visible to us, of whom we are aware) is an essential component of good stewardship. It is in the sharing of wealth that we avoid the snare of wealth. It is the one whom death could not hold—who comes to us risen […]

September 22, 2019 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

As we are invited today to consider what it means to be managers (rather than owners) of all that we have, it is crucial to recall that we are bought with a price. “Christ Jesus, himself human, … gave himself a ransom for all.” Apart from the generosity of God we have nothing—we are nothing. […]

September 15, 2019 – Fourteen Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

The grumbling of the Pharisees and the scribes in today’s gospel is actually our holy hope: This Jesus welcomes sinners and eats with them. That our God wills to seek and to save the lost is not only a holy hope, it is our only hope. As Paul’s first letter to Timothy reminds us, “The […]

Sunday, September 8, 2019 – Thirteen Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

Called to contemplate the cost of discipleship today, we might be helped by translating Paul’s request to Philemon into our prayer of the day: Refresh my heart in Christ. Strengthened by the company and forgiveness of the Christ in the blessed sacrament and recalling God’s grace in remembrance of baptism, we can be strengthened in […]

September 1, 2019 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

Invited and inviting—that is the nature of the church. By God’s grace in holy baptism we have a place at the banquet table of the Lord. When, by the power of that same Spirit, humility and mutual love continue among us, the church can be more inviting still. PRAYER: O God, you resist those who […]

August 25, 2019 – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

Remember the sabbath day. Call the sabbath a delight. This is the Lord’s day, and the Lord will do for us what the Lord does: feed us, forgive us, help and heal us. Rejoice at all the wonderful things God is doing. PRAYER: O God, mighty and immortal, you know that as fragile creatures surrounded […]

August 18, 2019 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

The word of God is a refining fire. Jesus is the great divide in human history. He invites our undivided attention and devotion. Today, in the assembly, we are surrounded by “so great a cloud of witnesses.” In the word and in the holy communion we are invited yet again to look to Jesus, “the […]

August 11, 2019 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

Jesus says, “It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” It is God’s promise from the beginning—to Abraham, to the early church, and to the “little flock” of which we are a part today in assembly. Faith, God’s baptismal gift, trusts the promises of God. Have no fear. PRAYER: Almighty God, you […]

August 4, 2019 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

Today’s texts offer instruction and encouragement for all who are occasionally overwhelmed by the “unhappy business” of life. Jesus urges us to take care and be on guard against all kinds of greed. We who have died with Christ in holy baptism have also been raised with him and are encouraged to elevate our thinking, […]

July 28, 2019 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

Persistence in prayer evoked the admiration of Jesus and wins the attention of the Lord when Abraham intercedes for Sodom. The life of the baptized—to be rooted and built up in Christ Jesus the Lord—is to be rooted in prayer. God hears and answers prayer and so strengthens God’s own. “When I called, you answered […]