Musings on Scripture

Steven Secker

    2nd April 2017 (Lent 5)

    Ezekiel 37:1-14 1The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley that was full of bones. 2He led me all round them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. …

    2nd April 2017 (Passion Sunday)

    Philippians 2:1-11 1If our common life in Christ yields anything to stir the heart, any consolation of love, any participation in the Spirit, any warmth of affection of compassion 2(then) fill up my cup of happiness by thinking and feeling alike, with the same love for one another and a common attitude of mind. 3Leave …

    26th March 2017 (Lent 4 – Mothering Sunday)

    1 Samuel 16:1-13 1The Lord said to Samuel, ‘How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.’ 2Samuel said, ‘How can …

    19th March 2017 (Lent 3)

    Exodus 17:1-7 1From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2The people quarrelled with Moses, and said, ‘Give us water to drink.’ Moses said to them, ‘Why do you quarrel with …

    12th March 2017 (Lent 2)

    John 3:1-17 1There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews 2who came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.’ 3Jesus answered him, …

    5th March 2017 (Lent 1)

    Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7 15The Lord God took the man [He had created] and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it, 16and the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you …

    26th February 2017 – (not Tranfiguration)

    For centuries Tranfiguration has been celebrated on 6th August. Only in recent times has there been a move to take this festival from the period in which we look at Christ’s ministry and what happened to Him, and put it either at the end of his early life and temptation, and thus before His real …

    19th February 2017

    Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 1The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. 3You shall each revere your mother and father, and you shall keep my sabbaths: I am the Lord your God. …

    12th February 2017

    1 Corinthians 3:1-9 1My dear fellow children of God, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, 3for you are …

    5th February 2017

    Matthew 5:13-20 13‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. 14‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15No one …

    29th January 2017

    Matthew 5: 1-12 1When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to him. 2Then He began to speak, and taught them, saying: 3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. …

    22nd January 2017

    1 Corinthians 1:10-18 10I appeal to you, friends, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and thought; 11for it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are …

    15th January 2017

    Isaiah 49:1-7 1Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The Lord called me before I was born, while I was in my mother’s womb he named me. 2He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow, …

    8th January 2017

    Acts 10: 34-43 34Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation, anyone who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him. 36You know the message He sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ — He is Lord of …

    1st January 2017 (Epiphany)

    Matthew 2:1-12 1In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? We observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’ 3When King Herod heard …

    25th December 2016

    Luke 2:1-20 1In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own towns to be registered. 4Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to …

    18th December 2016

    Isaiah 7:10-16 10The Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, 11‘Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven’, 12but Ahaz said, ‘I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test.’ 13Then Isaiah said: ‘Hear then, O house of David! Is it too …

    11th December 2016

    Matthew 11:2-11 2When John heard, in prison, what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples 3and said to him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’ 4Jesus answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see: 5the blind receive their sight, the …

    4th December 2016

    Matthew 3:1-12 1John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, 2‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 3This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said:  ‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:  “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” ’ 4John …

    27th November 2016 (Advent)

    Psalm 122 1I was glad when they said to me,     ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’ 2Our feet are standing     within your gates, O Jerusalem. 3Jerusalem—built as a city     that is bound firmly together. 4To it the tribes go up,     the tribes of the Lord,       as was decreed for Israel,     to give …