The Upcoming Lectionary for August 2019

August 4, 2019, the Eight Sunday after Pentecost

Hosea 11:1-11 [“I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them.” And yet they turned away?]

Psalm 107:1-9,43 [“For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Whoever is wise will ponder these things and consider the mercies of the Lord.”]

Colossians 3:1-11 [Set your mind on things that are above, not things that are on earth. Is your new self being “renewed in knowledge according to its creator, where there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free?”]

Luke 12:13-21 [On quibbling over finances and the building up of fortunes: more usually demands yet more of what is ultimately useless.]

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August 11, 2019, the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 [Are you comfortable with rituals and offerings? Then God’s advice: “…cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.”]

Psalm 50:1-8,23-34 [“Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me; but to those who keep in my way will I show the salvation of God.”]

Hebrews 11:1-3,8-16 [Sorry for those who have to see it to believe it. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.”]

Luke 12:32-40 [Whatever it is you value, whatever makes you feel secure, that’s where your heart really is. Better your treasure was not where moth and rust (read inflation, recession or swindlers) corrupt. Keep your lamps lit.]

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August 18, 2019, the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 5:1-7 [“My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill.” But its fruitlessness made it unworthy of tending.]

Psalm 80:1-2,8-18 [“Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.”]

Hebrews 11:29-12:2 [Since were are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses let us run the race with perseverance, with eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.]

Luke 12:49-56 [Truly following Jesus will be controversial, like Jesus .]

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August 25, 2019, the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 1:4-10 [The calling; the reluctance of inadequacy; and the empowerment. Your service begins outside your comfort zone.]

Psalm 71:1-6 [Where is true refuge and sustenance?]

Hebrews 12:18-29 [His Calling is frightening, our citizenship is secured, and we worship with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.]

Luke 13:10-17 [“…be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day.” Jesus heals again on the Sabbath.]

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