A Big Surprise

A Big Surprise

A BIG SURPRISE by Hugh Farquhar  The Gospel Reading in the Lectionary this week is John 1:43-51. When I turned my attention to the Reading and considered it in my way, it seemed as though one sentence, spoken by Nathaniel, was printed in bold: “Can anything good come...
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Hallelujah Anyway

HALLELUJAH ANYWAY by Hugh Farquhar The Psalm Selection designated for this Sunday is Psalm 147:12-20 This Psalm is from a section of Psalms called “Praise Psalms,” and this portion of it opens with a burst of praise, “Hallelujah . . . praise your God.” This is a...
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A Comforting Christmas

A COMFORTING CHRISMAS by Hugh Farquhar The Old Testament Lectionary Reading designated for the Second Sunday in Advent is Isaiah 40:1-11. The first verse caught my attention: “Comfort, O comfort my people” says your God. “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 40:1)...
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Mixed Metaphors

MIXED METAPHORS by Hugh Farquhar The Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures assigned in the Lectionary for this coming Sunday, Reign of Christ Sunday, is Ezekiel 34:11-15, 20-24. I remember the occasion when Queen Elizabeth presented a medal to my father. He had helped to...
Steadfast Love

Steadfast Love

By Hugh Farquhar The Psalm prescribed in the Lectionary for this Sunday is Psalm 107.  It begins on a high note: “O give thanks, for God is gracious, God’s steadfast love endures forever.” Among my most prized possessions is a gift that was given to me by a student in...
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Loving Yourself

By Hugh Farquhar The Gospel Reading prescribed in the Lectionary for next Sunday is Matthew 22:34-40. It contains some of Jesus’ most memorable words, including: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Whitney Houston had a big hit that stayed on the charts for...