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LectionAid 1st Quarter 2012

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Sunday: March 4, 2012, 2nd Sunday of Lent

Readings: Psalm 22:23-31, Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, Romans 4:13-25 [Mark 8:31-38 or Mark 9:2-9]
Writer: Ed McNulty

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Sunday: March 11, 2012, 3rd Sunday of Lent


Readings Psalm 19, Exodus 20:1-17,1Corinthians 1:18-25, John 2:13-22]
Writer: Ed McNulty

Jesus’ strong objection to commercializing the temple and ruining worship for Gentiles reminded me somewhat of the action of an American who upset so many because he violated something that all too many worship, America. As long as Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke and acted for racial justice for African Americans many whites supported him as opposed him, most of the latter, of course, living in the relative safety of the north. But all this changed after his April 4, 1967 speech at Riverside Church when he denounced the Vietnam War as wrong and harmful to America. President Johnson was enraged, and one of his advisers declared that King had gone “over to the Commies,” and both the liberal New York Times and the Washington Post denounced him. Many angry white liberals stopped sending funds to the SCLC, and even many black civil rights leaders broke with him. He had upset the tables of the American government, something that they believed he had no authority in doing. He defended his action on “Face the Nation” by saying, “I have worked too long now and too hard to get rid of segregation in public accommodations to turn back to the point of segregating my moral concern. Justice is indivisible. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. And wherever I see injustice, I’m going to take a stand against it whether it’s in Mississippi or in Vietnam.”
For more of his speech see David Bromwich’s article “Martin Luther King’s Speech Against the Vietnam War” at” http://antiwar.com/orig/bromwich.php?articleid=12844 .
We never hear about this speech during the January celebrations of MLK, but you can hear 23 minutes of it on You Tube. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b80Bsw0UG-U.)

Sunday: March 18, 2012, 4th Sunday of Lent

Readings: Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22, Numbers 21:4-9, Ephesians 2:1-10, John 3:14-21
Writer: Nikk Adams

Paul Valery (Ambroise-Paul-Toussaint-Jules Valéry) was a French poet, essayist, and philosopher. His interests were sufficiently broad that he can be classified as a polymath. In addition to his poetry and fiction (drama and dialogues) and aphorisms on art, history, letters, music, and current events, he also wrote many misanthropic diatribes on human nature. One of his most famous quotes was “Latent in every man is a venom of amazing bitterness, a black resentment; something that curses and loathes life, a feeling of being trapped, of having trusted and been fooled, of being the helpless prey of impotent rage, blind surrender, the victim of a savage, ruthless power that gives and takes away, enlists a man, drops him, promises and betrays, and - crowning injury - inflicts on him the humiliation of feeling sorry for himself.” (Paul Valery) At that moment one can only turn to God in Jesus Christ or turn away from your life.

March 25, 2012, 5th Sunday of Lent

Readings: [Psalm 51:1-12 or Psalm 119:9-16], Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 5:5-10, John 12:20-33
Writer: Nikk Adams

April 1, 2012, Passion/Palm Sunday

Readings: Psalm 31:9-16, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, [Mark 14:1-15:47 or Mark 15:1-39, (40-47)]
Writer: Nikk Adams

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Sunday: April 8, 2012, EASTER/ Resurrection of the Lord

Readings: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24, [Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 25:6-9], [1Corinthians 15:1-11 or Acts 10:34-43], [John 20:1-18 or Mark 16:1-8]
Writer: Nikk Adams

Since I have lost a child I loved the story of Lorrain who was just six weeks old, born with a heart defect that could not be repaired. She had been taken home to be cared for by her young parents until she died. Her parents were two young professionals can handle anything, right? Aren't they supposed to be able to fix any problem, mend any defect, and make it all right? Not so. As much as these young parents wanted to make her better, this beautiful little girl could not be fixed.
Saddened and unbearably helpless, her parents loved and tenderly cared for her until she quietly went to sleep for the last time in her own home. Together they drove her to the funeral home to be laid out in her christening gown and placed in her little white bassinet to be buried. On the way to meet the young family the next morning, the nurse stopped at a florist to pick up some beautiful yellow roses to give to them. She did not know why she stopped for the flowers, she just felt moved to do so. The parents, seeing the roses, smiled.
The young parents knew that Lorrain was safe in God’s care. In the face of the tremendous loss of a newborn baby girl, this young couple could find solace in the gift of yellow roses, only because they had the faith to believe. Faith forged and practiced throughout life seems to be that soft place on which to rest when tragedy comes our way.
As I was telling this story several years later at a large gathering, a young woman came to the stage to speak with me. "I am Lorrain's mother," she said to me, "and there is more to that story. A friend sent a beautiful rosebush for our garden when Lorrain went to heaven," she explained. "And every year, on the anniversary of her death in February, a lovely rose blooms." She thanked me for keeping her daughter's memory alive in the telling of the story. I don't think she could possibly have any idea just how powerful that experience was for others to hear. Over the years of telling that story, I have had many parents come forward to share their own very personal experiences of losing a child, and finding comfort in an unexpected way just as these young parents did. (Trudy Harris Glimpses of Heaven: True Stories of Hope and Peace at the End of Life's Journey [Kindle Edition] p137) This gives us all wonderful glimpses of our future in the midst of a terrible lose.

Sunday: April 15, 2012, 2nd Sunday of Easter

Readings: Psalm 133, Acts 4:32-35, 1John 1:1-2:2, John 20:19-31
Writer: Nikk Adams

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April 22, 2012, 3rd Sunday of Easter

Readings: Psalm 4, Acts 3:12-19, 1John 3:1-7, Luke 24:36b-48
Writer: Stan Adamson

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April 29, 2012, 4th Sunday of Easter

Readings: Psalm 23, Acts 4:5-12, 1John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18
Writer: Stan Adamson

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May 6, 2012, 5th Sunday of Easter

Readings: Psalm 22:25-31, Acts 8:26-40, 1John 4:7-21, John 15:1-8
Writer: Donald Denton

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May 13, 2012, 6th Sunday of Easter

Readings: Psalm 98, Acts 10:44-48, 1John 5:1-6, John 15:9-17
Writer: Donald Denton

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May 20, 2012, 7th Sunday of Easter, Ascension Sunday

Readings: Psalm 1, Acts 1:15-17, 21-26, 1John 5:9-13, John 17:6-19
Writer: Ed (Buddy) Cooper

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May 27, 2012, Day of Pentecost

Readings: Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, [Acts 2:1-21 or Ezekiel 37:1-14], [Romans 8:22-27 or Acts 2:1-21], John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
Writer: Ed (Buddy) Cooper

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