Genesis 32:22-31e. Jacob wrestles with a "man" at the Jabbok and is renamed Israel because he has "striven with God and with humans, and has prevailed."
Romans 9:1-5. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, declares his great concern and anguish for his own people.
Matthew 14:13-21. Upon hearing of the death of John the Baptist, Jesus and the disciples withdraw to a quiet place, but the crowd follows, and more than 5000 people are fed.
- Genesis 32:22–31
- Psalm 17:1–7, 15 (UMH 749)
- Romans 9:1–5
- Matthew 14:13–21
Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28. Sibling rivalry moves from murderous intent to economic gain as Joseph's brothers sell him into slavery.
Romans 10:5-15. The connections between hearing, believing, confessing and calling upon the name of Jesus as Lord for salvation.
Matthew 14:22-33. Jesus frightens the disciples when he walks toward them on the stormy sea. He tells them not to be afraid. Peter walks toward him and sinks, only to be lifted by Jesus. The disciples declare Jesus to be the Son of God.
- Genesis 37:1–4, 12–28
- Psalm 105:1–6, 16–22, 45b (UMH 828)
- Romans 10:5–15
- Matthew 14:22–33
Genesis 45:1-15. Joseph, now second in command in Egypt, reveals his identity to his brothers and promises to provide land, food, and protection for the family during the famine and beyond.
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32. Paul concludes his excursus on the theological connection between God's covenant with Israel and the Jewish-Gentile church with a strong affirmation of Israel's place in God's saving intent toward the whole world.
Matthew 15:(10-20), 21-28. Jesus tells the crowd that it is what comes out of the heart that pollutes us. Then Jesus discovers great faith coming from a foreigner (the Canaanite woman) who won't take "no" for an answer.
- Genesis 45:1–15
- Psalm 133 (UMH 850)
- Romans 11:1–2a, 29–32
- Matthew 15: (10–20) 21–28
Exodus 1:8-2:10 -- A pharaoh who did not know the family of Joseph made his descendents into hard-labor slaves and tried to reduce their numbers by infanticide. The Hebrew midwives and the daughter of Pharoah had other ideas, so Moses was raised in the royal household.
Romans 12:1-8 -- Paul calls the Christians at Rome to offer themselves fully to God.
Matthew 16:13-20 -- In a stronghold of Roman authority, Jesus asks the disciples whom others say he is. Peter confesses, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."
- Exodus 1:8–2:10
- Psalm 124 (UMH 846)
- Romans 12:1–8
- Matthew 16:13–20
Exodus 3:1-15. God calls Moses from a burning bush and commissions him to collaborate in delivering the Israelites from Egyptian oppression.
Romans 12:9-21. This week's focus is on being one body in Christ—loving one another, respecting and forgiving one another, loving and reaching out in care to enemies, and blessing even those who persecute us.
Matthew 16:21-28. Any who will be disciples of Jesus must lay claims to themselves aside, pick up a crucifix, and follow him.
- Exodus 3:1–15
- Psalm 105:1–6, 23–26, 45c (UMH 828)
- Romans 12:9–21
- Matthew 16:21–28
Exodus 12:1-14. God instructs Moses and Aaron how the people are to prepare for "The Passover of YHWH" and its observance throughout all generations.
Romans 13:8-14. Paul exhorts the Romans to "owe no one anything except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law."
Matthew 18:15-20. Jesus teaches how to deal with conflict between church members and promises his presence wherever two or three are gathered in his name.
- The Season of Creation Begins (Sundays of September)
- Exodus 12:1–14
- or Psalm 148 (UMH 861)
- Romans 13:8–14 (more...)