APRIL 2014

Sunday, April 6th,2014

Fifth Sunday in Lent

        Ezekiel’s vision of dry bones is a promise that Israel as a nation, though dead in exile, will live again in their land through God’s life-giving spirit. Three times Israel is assured that through this vision they will know that “I am the Lord”.

Ezekiel 37:1-14

Psalm 130

I wait for you, O Lord; in your word is my hope.

Ps. 130:5

Romans 8:6-11 and John 11: 1-45

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Palm Sunday

            The servant of the Lord expresses absolute confidence in his final vindication, despite the fact that he has been struck and spit upon. This characteristic of the servant played an important roll in the early church’s understanding of the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

Isaiah 50:4-9a

Psalm 31:9-16

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.”

Ps. 31:5

Philippians 2:5-11

Matthew 26:14-27 or Matthew 27:11-54

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Maundy Thursday

            Israel remembered its deliverance from slavery in Egypt by celebrating the festival of Passover. This festival featured the Passover lamb, whose blood was used as a sign to protect God’s people from the threat of death. The early church described the Lord’s Supper using imagery from the Passover, especially in portraying Jesus as the lamb who delivers God’s people from sin and death.

Exodus 12:1-4 [5-10] 11-14

Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19

 “I will lift the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.”

Ps. 116:13

I Corinthians 11:23-26

John 13: 1-17, 31b-35

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Good Friday

The fourth servant poem promises ultimate vindication for the servant, who made his life an offering for sin. The early church saw the servant’s pouring himself out to death and being numbered with the transgressors important keys for understanding the death of Jesus.

Isaiah 52:13 -- 53:12

Psalm 22

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Ps. 22:1

Hebrews 10: 16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9

John 18:1 – 19:42

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Resurrection of our Lord

            Peter’s sermon, delivered at the home of Cornelius, a Roman army officer, is a summary of the essential message of Christianity: Everyone who believes in Jesus, whose life, death, and resurrection fulfilled the words of the prophets, “receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Acts 10:34-43 or Jeremiah 31:1-6

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

This is the day that the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Ps. 118:24

Colossians 3:1-4 or Acts 10:34-43(see above)

Matthew 28:1-10 or John 20:1-18

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