Weekly Readings

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

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 […]

July 21, 2019 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

Perhaps the church, at its best, is “all ears.” Almighty God urges the faithful, again and again, to “listen up!”—to heed the word from above. So it was with Abraham and Sarah, with Mary and Martha, and the early church at Colossae. So it is today as we join the assembly to hear the word […]

July 14, 2019 – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

To love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind is to reflect God’s mercy in responding to one’s neighbor. That mercy found its most profound expression in the “gospel that has come to you”—namely the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That gospel mercy comes to us again today: […]

July 7, 2019 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

God is the source of our nourishment. Our Lord’s invitation to “take and eat . . . take and drink” is a repeated one. In the Holy Eucharist, in the word read and proclaimed, in the assembly of the people of God, the dominion of God has come near. Rejoice! Your name is written in […]

June 30, 2019 – Third Sunday after Pentecost

by Dan Wilkinson

We have no good apart from God. That makes our Lord’s call to follow him an invitation to freedom. This is freedom to revel in the Spirit’s fruits: love, joy, peace, patience, and the like. This is the path of life. PRAYER: Sovereign God, ruler of all hearts, you call us to obey you, and […]

Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 19, 2019

by Dan Wilkinson

Easter initiates a new day. It anticipates a new heaven and a new earth. The risen Lord is making all things new. In the mystery of holy baptism God has made new people of us. Today the Lord Jesus invites us to see everyone in a new light—through the lens of love. Prayer O Lord […]

Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 12, 2019

by Dan Wilkinson

The gift of new life, of eternal life, is the gift of the risen Christ. It is the promise of Jesus. It was true for Dorcas in Joppa. It was true for those “who have come out of the great ordeal” in the Revelation vision. It is true for us and for all the baptized: […]