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Get ready for Narrative Lectionary Year 4 (Gospel of John). Walk through major themes for fall and spring and gain practical planning resources.
First Sunday in Lent
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Commentary
by Stephen Hultgren
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 is the traditional gospel lesson for Ash Wednesday, being read each year.
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Isaiah 58:1-12 Commentary
by Christopher B. Hays
A prominent strand of Old Testament theology portrays the history of God’s people as cyclical -- a cycle in which the people cry out for help, God saves them, but then they forget, go astray, and ...
Psalm 51:1-17 Commentary
by Fred Gaiser
If my commentary on Psalm 50 for the Festival of the Transfiguration (three days ago) is correct, everything hinges on Nathan’s oracle calling David and us to see ourselves as others see us -- indeed, ...
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Commentary
by Frank L. Crouch
This week’s epistle reading stands near the end of Paul’s extended defense of his ministry that occupies the first half of an impassioned letter to the Corinthians.
Ashes to Ashes
by Karoline Lewis
February 18, 2015
Oh wow, preachers. The beginning of Lent. Are you ready? I am imagine you are. Your Lenten theme is in place. Small groups are lined up. Soup suppers are in control. Dramas are ...
SB402 - Ash Wednesday
Discussion on texts for Ash Wednesday (Feb. 18, 2015): (Gospel) Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21; (1st Reading) Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 (Alt. 1st Reading) Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 51:1-17; (2nd Reading) 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10.