Author: Carole Boshart

Second Sunday after Epiphany: The Old Testament Passage – Doing what had been done, but doing it better!

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD under Eli. The word of the LORD was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was.” 1 Samuel 3:1-3 I remember this passage from three years ago. I remember how unsure I was about using the Revised Common Lectionary as the source of my comments and writing. Unsure how to format and stylize the posts, what titles to use, how much explanation to give – just unsure and trying to figure out how to do things. I imagine young Samuel felt the same way, learning how to “minister” to the Lord and work in the temple. And, it seems, how to recognize the voice of the Lord. It was not often heard in the days of young Samuel and aging Eli. [...] […]

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Holy Name of Jesus Day & New Year’s Day: Old Testament Passage, Gospel Passage, Psalms Passage – What’s in a new name?

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them, The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. “ (Numbers 6:22-26)  […]

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Baptism of the Lord: Gospel Passage – A small glimpse of the Spirit that is to come

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.” (Mark 1:4 – 6) […]

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Baptism of the Lord: Old Testament Passage – When the Light has been created, step into it

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.”(Genesis 1:1-5) […]

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