When everything shut down in March 2020, our seven-year-old’s world completely changed. School moved home and online, soccer abruptly ended, and play dates with friends disappeared. His time with his parents increased, including many walks through our small town as we adjusted to the changes.

During this time of significant...

Write a letter to someone for whom you are grateful. Remind them of how/why they matter to you.


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Lectionary Week
October 16–22, 2023
Scripture Overview

Popular images often portray God as a passive grandfather figure. However, this is not the picture scripture provides. God’s presence has a profound impact on the physical world. In Exodus, Moses feels insecure about the calling on his life and asks to see God’s glory. God in part grants this request, but no one can experience the presence of God completely and live. The psalmist describes how God is exalted and how God’s holiness shakes the earth itself. The New Testament readings explore different themes. Paul opens his letter to the Thessalonians by commending them for their faith and partnership in spreading the gospel. In Matthew, the Pharisees attempt to trap Jesus in his words, but he confounds their efforts.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Exodus 33:12-23. When have you struggled to believe that God is with you? How did you find a sign of God’s presence?Read Psalm 99. How has God heard your cry? How can you listen with God for the cries of others?Read 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10. When does your faith call you to live in a counter-cultural way? How do you show the world how to live?Read Matthew 22:15-22. You belong to God. How do you feel God’s call on your life?

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