Last Sunday of Advent

Readings Psalms 80:1-8, (and 18-end) OT Reading: Isaiah 7:10-16 NT Reading: Romans 1:1-7 Gospel: Matthew 1:18-end I didn't have the opportunity to visit a liturgical church this week (and indeed have not been able to for a long time, and who knows what the new year will bring? It does not seem to be a … Continue reading Last Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent year A

Psalm: 72:1-7, 18-19 OT Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10 NT Reading: Romans 15:4-13 Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12 Very belatedly now, I'm looking at the lectionary readings for the second Sunday in Advent. Often it is quite a challenge to perceive a connection between the readings. In this instance, there is the repeated refrain of Christ as 'the root … Continue reading Second Sunday of Advent year A

Romans 5:1-5

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, … Continue reading Romans 5:1-5

Toledot

Torah: Genesis 25:19-28:9 Haftarah: Malachi 1:1-2:7 New Testament: Romans 9:1-31 The portion Toledot means 'Generations', after the first words of the portion, "And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son." Toledot includes the following stories: Birth of Esau and Jacob Esau sells his birthright Covenant with Isaac confirmed Sojourn in Gerar Dispute about wells Covenant … Continue reading Toledot

Chayeh Sarah

Torah: Genesis 23:1-25:18 Haftarah: I Kings 1:1-31 New Testament: Matthew 1:1-17, I Corinthians 15:50-57 Chaiyeh Sarah, 'the life of Sarah' includes the following stories: Death of Sarah Rebekah chosen for Isaac Laban and Bethuel Isaac meets Rebekah Abraham's Sons Death of Abraham Descendants of Ishmael Death of Ishmael Death of Sarah The portion begins saying … Continue reading Chayeh Sarah

Vayera

Torah:   Genesis 18:1-22:24 Haftarah:   2 Kings 4:1-37 New Testament:  Luke 1:26-38, 24:35-53, 2 Peter 2:4-11 I'm running late, as per usual! So apologies for that. I will try to  post regularly but I can't promise the topics will be on time. Vayera means 'and he appeared', and covers the following stories: Abraham's angelic visitors Abraham … Continue reading Vayera

Lech Lecha

Readings Torah: Genesis 12:1 - 17:27 Haftarah: Isaiah 40:27-41:16 New Testament: Romans 4:1-24, Galatians 4:21-5:1, Hebrews 7 Note: the New Testament references are suggested by the Hebrews for Christians website. the Complete Jewish Bible and individual Messianic congregations use various different selections - there is no agreed-upon set readings. Apologies for the lateness of this … Continue reading Lech Lecha