“Jesus Christ is Lord.” Wow. WOW! THAT’S who’s in charge! Prose is inadequate for such an overwhelming, awesome affirmation! Paul recites an early hymn to convey the magnificence of Christ’s Lordship. Today hymns like “At the Name of Jesus” and “He Is Lord” help us wrap our hearts and minds...

O Jesus, grant me the faith to call you “Lord” and the conviction to live as if you are, truly, the Lord of my life; to the glory of your holy name. Amen.


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Lectionary Week
September 25–October 1, 2023
Scripture Overview

For the second time this year, we read the story of the Israelites complaining in the desert about their lack of water, only to see God provide a miraculous spring. The psalmist reminds the people of the many powerful deeds performed by the Lord, including leading them through the sea out of Egypt and providing them water from the rock. Paul emphasizes to the Philippians the need for humility and unity. In quoting the earliest known Christian hymn, Paul encourages them with the example of Christ, who gives up all his rights for the sake of others. In back-to-back encounters with religious leaders, Jesus evades an attempt to trap him in his words and then teaches that true obedience is shown not by our speech but by our actions.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Exodus 17:1-7. When have you tried to “do it all”? How can admitting your limitations help you lead?
Read Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16. Recall times when you have known God’s presence. How might remembering and retelling these stories shape your faith?
Read Philippians 2:1-13. How does your life speak of God’s love for you and for all humanity?
Read Matthew 21:23-32. How have you created your idea of Jesus in your own image? What would change if you found your identity in Jesus rather than creating Jesus’ identity from your own?

Respond by posting a prayer.