Monday, March 21, 2016

Readings for Holy Week and the Day of Resurrection, 2016

Hello Everyone,

Palm Sunday, yesterday, was the beginning of Holy Week and we have six more days of Lent, until Saturday, March 26. Each day has assigned readings, which means lots of reading for those of us who have been keeping up on the scripture readings. Here, with minimal comment, are the lessons for each day of the week.

Monday, March 21
Isaiah 42:1-9 – The first of the “Servant Songs”. This servant is a light to the nations, given as a covenant to the people.

Psalm 36:5-11 – The psalmist’s description of God’s steadfast love.

Hebrews 9:11-15 – Christ came as a high priest to offer his blood for our redemption. He is now the mediator of a new covenant.

John 12:1-11 – Mary (sister of Martha and Lazarus) anoints Jesus’ feet with nard and the powers that be plot Lazarus’ death.

Tuesday, March 22
Isaiah 49:1-7 – The second “Servant Song”. A light to the nations to bring salvation to the ends of the earth.

Psalm 71:1-14 – The psalmist’s prayer for protection from his enemies. He places his trust and hope in God.

1 Corinthians 1:18-31 – We proclaim a crucified Christ for God chose what is foolish and weak so that all may boast in the Lord.

John 12:20-36 – Jesus speaks about his upcoming death which will be the judgment of the world.

Wednesday, March 23
Isaiah 50:4-9a – The third “Servant Song” goes through verse 11. Humiliated yet vindicated by God.

Psalm 70 – The psalmist prays that enemies will be brought to shame and will turn back to God and may all others praise God.

Hebrews 12:1-3 – Surrounded by the great cloud of witnesses, let us run the race of faith looking to Jesus who endured hostility from sinners.

John 13:21-32 – Jesus predicts his betrayal (by Judas) and when Judas leaves Jesus declares that the Son of Man has been glorified.

Thursday, March 24 – Maundy Thursday
Agape Supper at Grey Eagle UMC at 5:30 pm.

Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14 – The origin of Passover. Put the blood of a lamb on the door posts and Death will pass over your house.

Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 – The psalmist rejoices because God has rescued him and he will praise God in front of all people.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 – The Lord’s Supper as Paul was taught by the Lord through others.

John 13:1-17, 31b-35 – Jesus has a meal with the disciples before Passover. He washes their feet and gives them a new commandment.

Friday, March 25 – Good Friday
Good Friday Worship at Peace United Church at 7:00 pm.

Isaiah 52:13-53:12 – The fourth and most poignant “Servant Song”. No wonder the early church saw this as a picture of Jesus.

Psalm 22 – Jesus on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsake me?”. Do we also hear, “From you comes my praise . . .”

Hebrews 10:16-25 – God has given a new covenant in our hearts and our faith is assured, so we should provoke each other to love.

John 18:1-19:42 – The Passion of Jesus, the Christ, according John.

Saturday, March 26 – Holy Saturday
Job 14:1-14 – Who can bring a good thing out of a bad thing? While there is hope for a fallen tree, will dead humans live again?

or Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-24 – I have seen great affliction but the steadfast love of God endures forever.

Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16 – Listen to me, oh God, and be my rock of salvation. Let your face shine on your servant in steadfast love.

1 Peter 4:1-8 – Since Christ suffered for us, we should live new lives and maintain our love for one another.

Matthew 27:57-66 – The burial of Jesus by Joseph of Arimathea.

or John 19:38-42 – The burial of Jesus by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus.

Sunday, March 27 – Resurrection Sunday (Easter)
Sunrise Worship at Peace United Church at 7:00 am.
Worship at Grey Eagle UMC at 9:00 am.
Worship at Peace United at 10:30 am.

Acts 10:34-43 – Peter speaks to the crowds about the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 – Give thanks to the Lord for his steadfast love endures forever. This is the day the Lord has made, so rejoice and be glad.

1 Corinthians 15:19-26 – The reassurance from actual witness that Jesus, the Christ, is raised from the dead.

John 20:1-18 – Mary Magdalene alone discovers the empty tomb and encounters the risen Jesus.

or Luke 24:1-12 – Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and other women discover the empty tomb and encounter two angels.

I pray that you will read as much as possible and reflect on the death of Jesus on the cross. Then let us all celebrate the Resurrection on Sunday.

Peace in Christ,
Pastor Gary

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