Monday, July 21, 2014

Lessons for the Week of July 21 to 27, 2014

Beloved and sovereign God, through the death and resurrection of your Son you bring us into your kingdom of justice and mercy. By your Spirit, give us your wisdom, that we may treasure the life that comes from Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

1 Kings 3.5-12
Psalm 119.129-136
Romans 8.26-39
Matthew 13.31-33, 44-52 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Lessons for the Week of July 14 to 20, 2014

Faithful God, most merciful judge, you care for your children with firmness and compassion. By your Spirit nurture us who live in your kingdom, that we may be rooted in the way of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Isaiah 44.6-8
Psalm 86.11-17
Romans 8.12-25
Matthew 13.24-30, 36-43

Monday, July 7, 2014

Lessons for the Week of July 7 to 13, 2014

Almighty God, we thank you for planting in us the seed of your word. By your Holy Spirit help us to receive it with joy, live according to it, and grow in faith and hope and love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. 

Isaiah 55.10-13
Psalm 65.9-13
Romans 8.1-11
Matthew 13.1-9, 18-23

Monday, June 30, 2014

Lessons for the Week of June 30 to July 6, 2014

You are great, O God, and greatly to be praised. You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Grant that we may believe in you, call upon you, know you, and serve you, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Zechariah 9.9-12

Psalm 145.8-14
Romans 7.15-25a
Matthew 11.16-19, 25-30

Sunday, June 29, 2014

June 29

Saint Peter & Saint Paul
Almighty God, we praise you that your blessed apostles Peter and Paul glorified you by their martyrdom. Grant that your church throughout the world may always be instructed by their teaching and example, be knit together in unity by your Spirit, and ever stand firm upon the one foundation who is Jesus Christ our Lord, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Acts 12.1-11
Psalm 87.1-3, 5-7 
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18
John 21.15-19

Saturday, June 28, 2014

June 28

Irenaeus of Lyons, Pastor 
Irenaeus (ca. A.D. 130-200), believed to be a native of Smyrna (modern Izmir, Turkey), studied in Rome and later became pastor in Lyons, France. Around 177, while Irenaeus was away from Lyons, a fierce persecution of Christians led to the martyrdom of his bishop. Upon Irenaeus' return, he became bishop of Lyons. Among his most famous writings is a work condemning heresies, especially Gnosticism, which denied the goodness of creation. In opposition, Irenaeus confessed that God has redeemed his creation through the incarnation of the Son.

Friday, June 27, 2014

June 27

Cyril of Alexandria, Pastor and Confessor 
Cyril (ca. A.D. 376-444) became archbishop of Alexandria, Egypt, in 412. Throughout his career he defended a number of orthodox doctrines, among them the teaching that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is "rightly called and truly is the Mother of God"--Theotokos, "the God-bearer." In 431 the Council of Ephesus affirmed this teaching that the Son of Mary is also true God. The writings of Cyril on the doctrines of the Trinity and the person of Christ reveal him to be one of the most able theologians of his time.