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September 2014
Lectionary Readings

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This interactive demo is designed to give you a taste of what you will actually experience online as a subscriber. The demo lets you sample the resources available for two Sundays prior to today. Click on the Lectionary tab above to see the lectionary readings for every Sunday and festival in the church year. Click on Commentary to read expert commentary on the selected texts. Click on Bible to access the full NRSV. Click on Library to review a list of articles on preaching skills and the challenges of preaching today, including essays from New Proclamation on preaching in the seasons of the church year.

Beginning in December 2013, use the new Lectionary Notes tab to go to Gail Ramshaw's insights on the texts in "The Readings in the Bible" and "The Readings on This Day."

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Lectionary 24 / Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Proper 19
Sunday, September 14, 2014

S. D. Giere
Deliverance comes to the Israelites from the living God, but it does not come without pain and death. What may appear to be a fantastical story of the deliverance of the Israelites from the armies of the Egyptians through the parting of the Reed Sea is centrally about God's faithfulness—a faithfulness that is both delivering and frightful.With the first Passover just marked and the Egyptians'...  Read more...

Hank Langknecht
The reading from Genesis gives us an unvarnished look into the hearts of the caught and guilty; it is not a pretty picture. The brothers of Joseph, assuming that he may want to avenge being sold into slavery and deprived of his family, throw themselves at his mercy and resort to one of the most greasy and manipulative family tricks: quoting the dead to their own advantage. During the long Joseph...  Read more...

Deirdre J. Good
September 11, 2001, is a day engraved on the memory of the world. Four years later, the world is a different place. Today's readings speak of miraculous deliverance by the hand of God from enemies (Exodus) and the limitless compassion and forgiveness of the heavenly Father (Ps. 103:13 and Matthew). Paul speaks of the need to be careful of the consciences of "weak" community members.As God...  Read more...

Carol J. Dempsey
At the heart of Jewish and Christian life is reconciliation. Today's readings advocate forgiveness as a virtue and a way of life. Joseph forgives his brothers their past unkindness (Gen. 50:15-21). Ben Sira encourages one to forgive one's neighbor and extend mercy to all (Sir. 27:30—28:7). The psalmist proclaims that God is merciful and gracious and does not retain anger forever (Psalm 103)....  Read more...

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Lectionary Notes by Gail Ramshaw
The Readings in the Bible
The allegory of the laborers in the vineyard is in the fifth section of Matthew's gospel, during which Jesus goes to Jerusalem and prepares for the end. For Matthew, "heaven" is a circumlocution for God, and "the kingdom"...  Read more...

The Readings on this Day
The standard Sundays continue reading Matthew, now in the fifth section of the gospel. Today begins a four-week semicontinuous reading of Paul's letter to the Philippians....  Read more...

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