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Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014 | LENT
FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
YEAR A

 Old Testament Genesis 2:15–17, 3:1–7
   Psalm Psalm 32
 New Testament Romans 5:12–19
GospelMatthew 4:1–11


Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Sunday School Lesson

LessonFebruary 9, 2014Treat Everyone EquallyJames 2:1-13
This treatment of the International Sunday School Lesson is written by Sam E. Stone, former editor of CHRISTIAN STANDARD. ______ By Sam E. Stone Edwin Markham once said, “We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; now let’s commit it to life.” That is James’s point. In this chapter he insists on consistent Christianity. Spiros Zodhiates observed, “Whenever James is about to scold the believers of his day, he likes to preface the scolding with a word of love, and that word is my brethren. He admonishes in love; he corrects in affection.” Problem IdentifiedJames 2:1-4James warned his readers not to show favoritism. In the first century of the church, partiality was already a problem. Even today it is easy for an unspoken caste system to develop within a congregation. All distinctions between rich and poor should be eliminated. Showing partiality was specifically forbidden by the Mosaic Law, particularly in judicial decisions (see D…

United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2014 | EPIPHANY
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
YEAR A

 Old Testament Isaiah 58:1–9a (9b–12)
 Psalm Psalm 112:1–10 (UMH 833)
 New Testament1 Corinthians 2:1–12 (13–16)
Gospel       Matthew 5:13–20


Vanderbilt Divinity Library. United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2014 | EPIPHANY
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
YEAR A

Psalm       Psalm 27 or Psalm 27:1–5
             First Reading       Habakkuk 3:1–6, 17–19
             Second Reading       1 Corinthians 2:1–11
GospelMatthew 5:13–20


The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010. Print.

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2014 | EPIPHANY
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
YEAR A

             Old TestamentIsaiah 58:3–9a
     Psalm Psalm 112:1–9
 Epistle1 Corinthians 2:1–12 (13–16)
 Gospel Matthew 5:13–20


Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2014 | EPIPHANY
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
YEAR A

     Old Testament   Isaiah 58:1–9a (9b–12)
   PsalmPsalm 112:1–9 (10)
     New Testament 1 Corinthians 2:1–12 (13–16)
 Gospel Matthew 5:13–20


Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

February 9
Speaking UpExodus 21:1–23:33; John 4:27–42; Song of Solomon 3:1–2
Because we convince ourselves that people won’t accept our testimony about God’s work in our lives, we’re not usually ready to share it. We might prejudge their reactions or simply lack confidence. Soon, staying silent becomes a way of life. We become accustomed to the monotony and forget our calling in the world.
But we’re called to action. Our words have power, and not because of our own storytelling talent or our ability to tap into others’ emotions. God can and will use our words to draw people to Him through His Spirit—perhaps without our even being aware of it. In John 4:27–42, Jesus uses a Samaritan woman with a tarnished reputation to bring Samaritans (people whom the disciples and the Jews looked down upon) to faith.

Like the disciples, we have to realize the urgency of the good news. We have to show others that the kingdom of heaven is at hand We are called to action.

Verbalizing, with humility, what…