Read along with the lectionary (pre-planned readings of the Bible) to help uncover the power of scripture in our life.
We currently use the Narrative Lectionary in worship.
For the next month, we will be looking at Old Testament stories where people interact directly with God. Take your time to prayerfully work through these readings.
Sept 8th– Genesis 2: Adam names the animals and finds a life partner.
Sept 22– Genesis 32: Jacob wrestles with God, his name is changed to Israel
Sept 29– Exodus 1-3: God’s name is given to Moses
One element holding the first four weeks together is the theme of names.
Adam (whose name means “earthling”) is created from the Adamah (meaning “earth”). Adam is placed in the garden, where he is given the calling of tending and keeping the creation and naming God’s creatures. But Adam is alone so God created woman, a fit life partner for Adam. The theme of “names” continues as God turns Sarah’s painful, scornful, disbelieving laughter at God’s promises into the laughter of faith as the promise of Isaac is kept. Jacob, whose name means “heal” or “cheater” has his named changed by God to Israel — one who strives with God and prevails. Finally, in Exodus 2, the unnamed Pharaoh is outwitted by the Shiphrah and Puah, and in Exodus 3, God calls Moses, giving the gift of the divine name.
We hope you enjoy the artwork that you’ll find here and that it will enhance your readings this week.
Below you will find three prayers that compliment the readings. The first follows the theme of the reading and the second is an intercessory (asking God for something) prayer.
God of promise, Abraham scoffed and Sarah laughed when they were told of your plans for them and their family. Yet you remained faithful to your promise, and gave them a son, Isaac. Help us to trust in your promises for our lives, and to live according to your will. Amen.
Creator God, you call us to love and serve you with body, mind, and spirit through loving your creation and our sisters and brothers. Open our hearts in compassion and receive these petitions on behalf of the needs of the church and the world. Holy One, hear our prayers and make us faithful stewards of the fragile bounty of this earth so that we may be entrusted with the riches of heaven. Amen.