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Weekly Readings

July 11 7th Sunday in Pentecost

The Common Thread

Though sin warps us and makes us crooked, God will restore us again. He forgives the sin of repentant people. The Israel of God (Gal 6:16) is predestined to be the redeemed in the land. Those who hear the word of truth, and believe, are guaranteed a righteous inheritance. Theirs is the kingdom of heaven, even if half of the kingdoms of this world are promised to others (Matt 5:3). (

Amos 7:7-15

Psalm 85:1-13

Ephesians 1:3-14

Mark 6:14-29

July 18 8th Sunday in Pestecost

The Common Thread

Proper feeding of the people, the sheep of God’s pasture (Psalm 100:3), is a primary duty of a pastor or shepherd. The right food is central to that good feeding, so right doctrine is essential. Through correct preaching of the Word, the flock comes to understand that their righteousness comes from the Lord, the great Shepherd of the sheep (Hebrews 13:20). He is the provider, restorer, and deliverer, the one who has reconciled sheep and Shepherd through the cross. Knowledge of this truth brings the sheep to a satisfying table, and to still waters where they may rest in the love of the Shepherd. (

Jeremiah 23:1-6

Psalm 23:1-6

Ephesians 2:11-22

Mark 6:30-44

July 25 9th Sunday in Pentecost

The Common Thread

Does it seem like the end of the world? Look to the rainbow. “Be not afraid.” Are you weak and heavy-laden? Because Christ dwells in your heart through faith, you will be strengthened with power through his Holy Spirit. “Be not afraid.” Are the storms of life against you? Even so, Christ is nearer than you imagine. “Be not afraid.” Give thanks; God’s steadfast love endures forever. (

Genesis 9:8-17

Psalm 136:1-9

Ephesians 3:14-21

Mark 6:45-56