Introducing the lessons

Genesis15:1–12, 17–18   Central to the story of Israel’s faith is the calling of Abram.  Even though he has no heir and has become a wanderer with no fixed home as yet, he trusts God’s word that he will found a nation.

Psalm27       The psalmist expresses great trust and confidence in the Lord and asks always to be in God’s presence.

Philippians3:17–4:1          The church in Philippi sent Epaphroditus to visit Paul in prison and give him a present.  Paul sends a warm letter back to the Philippians, and takes the opportunity to encourage them in their faith.

Gospel: Luke13:1–9         In our gospel Jesus uses two contemporary disasters and a parable of his own to stress the need for repentance.Some might think that those who died in these tragedies were more sinful than others. Not necessarily so. Unless people use the time allotted for a change of heart and turning to God, they too will come to a tragic end.[1]

[1]First and Second Reading Introductions: Ken Booth; Psalm and Gospel: Frederick Borsch and George Woodward, Introducing the Lessons of the Church Year, Third Edition (New York; Harrisburg, PA; Denver: Morehouse Publishing, 2009), 90.