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  1. "God's Promises to Abraham" - Sun, Sept 19, 2021

    Pastor Ron Glusenkamp

    Genesis 15:1-6 (NRSV)

    After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” But the word of the Lord came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.

  2. "God's Promises to Abraham" - Sat, Sept 18, 2021

    Pastor Ron Glusenkamp

    Genesis 15:1-6 (NRSV)

    After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” But the word of the Lord came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.

  3. Creation, Fall and Forgiveness - Sun, Sept 12, 2021

    The Narrative Lectionary
    John Martin

    Genesis 2:4b-7 & 15-17 (NRSV)

    This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

    Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

    Genesis 3:1-8 (NRSV)

    Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

    The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

    “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

    When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

    Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

  4. Creation, Fall and Forgiveness - Sat, Sept 11, 2021

    The Narrative Lectionary
    John Martin

    Genesis 2:4b-7 & 15-17 (NRSV)

    This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

    Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

    Genesis 3:1-8 (NRSV)

    Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

    The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

    “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

    When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

    Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

  5. "Called to be 24/6 in a 24/7 World" - Sun, Sept 5, 2021

    Pastor Ron Glusenkamp

    Exodus 20:2-11 (NRSV)

    
    Pause each day this week and read the 10 Commandments in rhyme (as written by Dr. Elton Trueblood):

    Above all else love God alone;

    Bow down to neither wood nor stone.

    God’s name refuse to take in vain;

    The Sabbath rest with care maintain.

    Respect your parents all your days;

    Hold sacred human life always.

    Be loyal to your chosen mate;

    Steal nothing neither small nor great.

    Report, with truth, your neighbor’s deed;

    And rid your mind of selfish greed.

    Matthew 22:34-40 (NRSV)

    Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

    Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

  6. "Called to be 24/6 in a 24/7 World" - Sat, Sept 4, 2021

    Pastor Ron Glusenkamp

    Exodus 20:2-11 (NRSV)

    
    Pause each day this week and read the 10 Commandments in rhyme (as written by Dr. Elton Trueblood):

    Above all else love God alone;

    Bow down to neither wood nor stone.

    God’s name refuse to take in vain;

    The Sabbath rest with care maintain.

    Respect your parents all your days;

    Hold sacred human life always.

    Be loyal to your chosen mate;

    Steal nothing neither small nor great.

    Report, with truth, your neighbor’s deed;

    And rid your mind of selfish greed.

    Matthew 22:34-40 (NRSV)

    Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

    Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

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