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Beyond the Sacred Page


Today we go to the words of scripture in Nehemiah 8:1-10 and Luke 4:14-21. The audio includes our congregation singing “Break Thou the Bread of Life,” a song in the public domain.

It’s a unique image of a communal Bible reading experience that takes a diverse group of people on a journey. Fast forward to Jesus reading in the synagogue, the inaugural act of his ministry, choosing to reveal his life and work through the beloved and well worn words of scripture. It’s not as if the Son of God is incapable of penning a new and shiny mission statement; he is the Incarnate Word himself. But he doesn’t improvise; he opens the book and makes the old words of the tradition his own. How does the word of God speak to us today?


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