Lectionary Scriptures and Comments

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Today’s Scriptures
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Psalm 104:24-34, 35b http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20104:24-34,%2035b%20&version=MSG

Isaiah 44:1-4 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%2044:1-4&version=MSG

Galatians 6:7-10 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians%206:7-10&version=MSG

The People Closest to Us in the Community of Faith 052513

Galatians 6:10 speaks to us today of ‘let us work for the benefit of all,
starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.’

Sometimes a community of faith becomes self-serving, and a good excuse for a
potluck dinner and needs to reach out to enclose more of humanity, especially those in need.

But the other side to this is the idea from Galatians—that first we should reach out to those closest to us in the community of faith, as
if we need to keep strong this community first, and keep it safe.

Pray for peace,

Pastor Bill


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Psalm 104:24-35

The Message (MSG)

24-30 What a wildly wonderful
world, God!
You made it all, with Wisdom
at your side,
made earth overflow with
your wonderful creations.
Oh, look—the deep, wide
brimming with fish past
sardines and sharks and
Ships plow those waters,
and Leviathan, your pet dragon, romps in them.
All the creatures look expectantly to you
to give them their meals on time.
You come, and they gather around;
you open your hand and they eat from it.
If you turned your back,
they’d die in a minute—
Take back your Spirit and they die,
revert to original mud;
Send out your Spirit and they spring to
the whole countryside in bloom and

31-32 The glory of God—let it
last forever!    Let God enjoy his
He takes one look at earth and triggers an
points a finger at the mountains, and volcanoes erupt.

33-35 Oh, let me sing to God all my
life long,
sing hymns to my God as long as
I live!
Oh, let my song please him;
I’m so pleased to be singing to God.
But clear the ground of sinners—
no more godless men and women!

O my soul, bless God!

Isaiah 44:1-5

The Message (MSG)

Proud to Be Called Israel

44 1-5 “But for now, dear servant Jacob,
listen—    yes, you, Israel, my personal
God who made you has something to say to you;
the God who formed you in the womb wants to help you.
Don’t be afraid, dear servant Jacob,
Jeshurun, the one I chose.
For I will pour water on the thirsty ground
and send streams coursing through the parched earth.
I will pour my Spirit into your descendants
and my blessing on your children.
They shall sprout like grass on the

prairie,   like willows alongside
creeks. This one will say, ‘I am God’s,’
and another will go by the name Jacob;
That one will write on his hand
‘God’s property’—    and be proud to
be called Israel.”

Galatians 6:7-10

The Message (MSG)

7-8 Don’t be misled: No one
makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The
person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring
God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his
life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting
God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real
life, eternal life.

9-10 So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will
harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now,
therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit
of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of


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