Category Archives: “Speak to Me Lord”

Sunday Scripture readings, June 30, 2019: Called to be free

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the word “freedom” comes into focus while we gather together to celebrate with family and friends. We give thanks to God for the freedom that is the heritage of this land. And we are grateful for the men and women whose heroic sacrifices in the past and in the present ensure the many freedoms we enjoy as a nation and as individuals. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, June 23, 2019: The food that sustains us

Among the items on the menu of the Passover meal are flat bread, made without leaven, and wine. In the course of the meal, the host prays blessings over them. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, June 16, 2019: Divine communion

Something remarkable unfolded as Parisians watched the roof and spire of their city’s iconic Cathedral of Notre Dame rapidly engulf in flames some two months ago. Strangers who would ordinarily walk past each other without a nod or a greeting began to converse intensely as they shared a common sense of shock and distress. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, June 9, 2019: Complementary gifts

“New and improved” is a slogan that advertisers often use to market products and services to customers. From diets and cars to phones, clothes and vacations, the promise of something new catches our attention and appeals to our inclination to get ahead of others. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, June 2, 2019: Lifted up

Kenneth Clark, noted art historian, tells the story of the evacuation of the National Gallery of Art in London while the city struggled under heavy bombardment during World War II. To save the museum’s art, the masterpiece collection was moved to a temporary location in Wales. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, May 26, 2019: How far away is God?

How distant is God? Looking up at the night sky, the answer might seem to be “infinitely.”

      But today’s Scripture readings give the opposite answer. God is infinitely close, these texts say, and — comparing infinities — wants to be even closer. Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, May 19, 2019: To make new

“New and improved” is a slogan that advertisers often use to market products and services to customers. From diets and cars to phones, clothes and vacations, the promise of something new catches our attention and appeals to our inclination to get ahead of others. Continue reading

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