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Bible Challenge Week 49 December 9th-15th

12ba4fb9-5a18-4263-b078-33c47ce543e3Weekly Word from Bishop Barker for Week 48
December 9th-15th

This week in the Hebrew scriptures we will finish the Books of Micah and Nahum, and begin the Book of Habakkuk. We will also read Psalms 123 through 128. In the New Testament we will begin re-reading the Gospel According to Saint Mark – the last New Testament Book we will cover in the Bible Challenge!

I wonder…

– The writer of the short Book of Nahum speaks to the historical event of the downfall of the Assyrian empire, interpreting that event as an example of God’s judgment on a villainous nation (including the great city of Nineveh.) Are there ways in which our nation is out of sync with God’s hopes for us as a country? Do you believe God acts in this here and now to punish wayward states?

– The opening lines of Psalm 127 are used in our Episcopal rite for the “Blessing of a New Home.” Have you ever hosted or attended a house blessing? Would it be a meaningful celebration for your family to work with your parish priest and bless your home at the beginning of the new year?

– The Gospel of Mark – which we begin re-reading this week – is sometimes compared to a newspaper story for its brevity and plain language. If you had to tell the whole story of Jesus to someone in two minutes or less, what would you say?

May you prepare well for the coming celebration of Christ’s incarnation!
May each and everyone one of us be blessed by the Word this week!



Please consider inviting a friend to join us in our read.

May each and everyone one of us be blessed by the Word this week!


In love and Faith –

+ Bishop Barker


This week’s readings:

Day 337  – Monday, December 9, 2013
– Micah 7, Psalm 123, Mark 1
Day 338  – Tuesday, December 10, 2013
– Nahum 1, Psalm 124, Mark 2
Day 339  – Wednesday, December 11, 2013
– Nahum 2, Psalm 125, Mark 3
Day 340  – Thursday, December 12, 2013
– Nahum 3, Psalm 126, Mark 4
Day 341  – Friday, December 13, 2013
– Habakkuk 1, Psalm 127, Mark 5
Day 342  – Saturday, December 14, 2013
– Habakkuk 2, Psalm 128, Mark 6
Day 343  – Sunday, December 15, 2013 – Enjoy hearing the Scriptures read aloud in church

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