Weekly Readings

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

Sunday, August 12, 2018 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

Jesus says that the bread he gives for the life of the world is his flesh, and whoever eats this bread has eternal life now and will be raised on the last day. In Ephesians Paul tells us what this life Jesus gives us looks like, this life we live as those marked with the […]

Sunday, August 5, 2018 – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

Apparently not satisfied by Jesus’ feeding of thousands, some who were there press him for a sign of his power; perhaps it is daily manna they want. As always in John’s gospel when people want a sign, Jesus offers himself. He is the bread come from heaven to give life to the world. He calls […]

Sunday, July 29, 2018 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

Today is the first of five Sundays with gospel readings from John 6, the first four of which focus on Jesus as bread of life. Today Jesus feeds thousands of people with five loaves and two fish. What we have, what we bring to Jesus’ table, seems like it is not nearly enough to meet […]

Sunday, July 22, 2018 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

Mark’s gospel makes clear how great was the press of the crowd, with its countless needs to be met, on Jesus and his disciples. Yet in today’s gospel Jesus advises his disciples to get away and rest, to take care of themselves. Sometimes we think that when others are in great need we shouldn’t think […]

Sunday, July 15, 2018 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

When Amos told what he saw when God held up the plumb line of justice next to Israel—that the poor were being trampled—he was a threat to the power of priests and king. John the Baptist also spoke truth to power, and Herod had him beheaded. In Herod’s fear that Jesus is John returned from […]

Sunday, July 8, 2018 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

Jesus does great deeds of power and gives his disciples authority over demons. Yet none of this power is unilateral; it all must be received by faith. Jesus asks his disciples to go out without money or supplies, so that they will be dependent on how others receive them. When we are sent from the […]

Sunday, July 1, 2018 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

A woman finds healing by touching Jesus’ cloak, and a girl is restored to life when he takes her by the hand. In both cases a boundary is crossed: in Jesus’ time the hemorrhaging woman was considered ritually unclean, polluting others by her touch, and anyone who touched a corpse also became unclean. In Mark’s […]

Sunday, June 24, 2018 – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation! Now we are in the storm, the boat almost swamped; but Jesus is here now, and when we call him he will calm the storm. Even the wind and waves listen to him as they would to their creator. We also listen to him […]

June 17, 2018 –Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

The mustard seed becomes a great shrub that shelters the birds, recalling ancient images of the tree of life. We’d expect a cedar or a sequoia, but Jesus finds the power of God better imaged in a tiny, no-account seed. It’s not the way we expect divine activity to look. Yet the tree of life […]

June 10, 2018 – Third Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

A house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus makes this observation in light of charges that he is possessed. He is possessed, not by a demon, but by the Holy Spirit. We who have received the Holy Spirit through baptism have been joined to Christ’s death and resurrection and knit together in the body of […]