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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...)

The crossing of the Red Sea in this week’s reading from Exodus is a foundational story for Jews, Christians, and peoples around the world throughout human history seeking or trusting in God’s power to deliver them from oppression and danger.

The teaching in Matthew this week focuses on forgiveness as an indispensible practice for all Christians to offer to one another, and indeed to all people, under all circumstances always.



  • Exodus 14:19–31
  • Exodus 15:1b-11, 20–21 (UMH 135)
  • Romans 14:1–12
  • Matthew 18:21–35

Today is an opportunity to “switch streams” in your preaching and focus without “missing a beat.” We completed the readings in Romans last Sunday. Today we begin a series in Philippians.  


  • Exodus 16:2–15
  • Psalm 105:1–6, 37–45
  • or Psalm 78 (UMH 799)
  • Philippians 1:21–30
  • (more...)


  • Exodus 17:1–7
  • Psalm 78:1–4, 12–16 (UMH 799)
  • Philippians 2:1–13
  • Matthew 21:23–32