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Be the first fruits of God's generosity toward others. Stay away from excess and impurity. Actively do the word. Restrain the tongue. Make sure the weak and vulnerable are protected. (James 1:17-27)

    References:

  • Song of Solomon 2:8-13
  • Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 or Psalm 72 (UMH 795)
  • James 1:17-27
  • Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Jesus goes to Lebanon for a vacation and there encounters a local woman whose begging ultimately convinces him to free her daughter from a demon. Returning to Galilee, and re-entering the region of the Decapolis (where he had cast out a legion of demons), Jesus heals a man who could not hear or speak. The more he ordered others not to speak of this, the more they spread it abroad. (Mark 7:24-37)

    References:

  • Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
  • Psalm 125
  • or Psalm 124 (UMH 846)
  • James 2:1-10 (11-13) 14-17
  • (more...)

Peter's confesses Jesus is the Christ. Jesus teaches his disciples about the realities of his messiahship — rejection, suffering, death, and then Resurrection. Peter rebukes Jesus privately. Jesus rebukes Peter publicly, calling him Satan. Jesus teaches all who will listen that his followers must deny themselves, take up the crucifix, and follow where he leads. (Mark 8:27-38)

    References:

  • Proverbs 1:20-33
  • Psalm 19 (UMH 750)
  • James 3:1-12
  • Mark 8:27-38

    References:

  • Proverbs 31:10-31
  • Psalm 1 (UMH 738)
  • James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
  • Mark 9:30-37

    References:

  • Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
  • Psalm 124 (UMH 846)
  • James 5:13-20
  • Mark 9:38-50

World Communion Sunday

    References:

  • Job 1:1; 2:1-10
  • Psalm 26 or
  • Psalm 25 (UMH 756)
  • Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
  • (more...)