April 14, 2019, Lectionary

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They were so happy to arrive at Elim, a place of 12 wells and 70 palm trees, that they camped there. I wonder if the children ran around counting wells and palm trees. Exodus 15:22-27

I used to think His mercy was available to me once, and then I shouldn't need it much more. The "forever" of His mercy was for anyone else whenever they were ready to use it. Now I think I need His mercy every day, and I'll be claiming it still in eternity. Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

The palm tree is used by the psalmist as a beautiful picture of blessing and fruitfulness throughout the life cycle for those who trust in God. Psalm 92:12-15

Compare what was said during Jesus' triumphal entry with what was said at Jesus' birth (Luke 2:14). Who said it? With what results? Luke 19:28-40

Thoughts about Listening

Sometimes, when something turns out much better than I had feared, that's when I can listen better. I'd like to listen better even in the midst of fear. Exodus 15:22-27

I'll look for the doors that are open to me today. I'll do my best to use well today's opportunities. Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

I think listening well can help me live well all the way to ending well. Psalm 92:12-15

If we don't learn to listen across our differences, the rocks might cry out. Luke 19:28-40

Bible Reading Group Study Guide

1.    It’s Palm Sunday. Do you know what the reference to Palms means? Discuss with your group.

2.    Read or listen to Exodus 15:22-27. What did Israel find at Elim that made them happy? Re-tell the story in your own words.

3.    Read or listen to Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29. What pieces of this reading do you recognize from previous hearings? How is God’s mercy abundant and enduring for you?

4.    Read or listen to Psalm 92:12-15. Who is like a palm tree and with what characteristics, according to this psalmist?

5.    Read or listen to Luke 19:28-40. Compare the words sung here with the words sung in Luke 2:14. In what ways are they similar and why do you think that is so? Compare the sending of the disciples with the sending in Luke 22:7-14. In what ways are they similar, and in what ways different? What might account for those similarities and differences? How will you respond today to Jesus’ sending?


1.    Hoy es el domingo de Ramos. ¿Sabes lo que significa la referencia que se hace sobre las Palmas? Discuta con su grupo.

2.    Leer o escuchar Éxodo 15: 22-27. ¿Qué encontró Israel en Elim que los hizo felices? Vuelva a contar la historia con tus propias palabras.

3.    Leer o escuchar el Salmo 118: 1-2, 19-29. ¿Qué piezas de esta lectura reconoce de audiencias anteriores? ¿Cómo es que la misericordia de Dios  es abundante y duradera para ti?

4.    Leer  o escuchar el Salmo 92: 12-15. ¿Según el salmista, quién es como una palmera y con qué características?

5.    Leer o escuchar  Lucas 19: 28-40. Comparar las palabras aquí cantadas con las palabras cantadas en Lucas 2:14. ¿De qué manera son similares y por qué cree que es así? Comparar el envío de los discípulos con el envío en Lucas 22: 7-14. ¿De qué manera son similares y de qué manera son diferentes? ¿Qué podría explicar esas similitudes y diferencias? ¿Hoy, cómo responderá  al mandato de Jesús?