Memory verse for July:  

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

–Psalm 23:4

Collect for the Seventh Sunday After Pentecost (Sunday 19 July 2020):

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Readings for Sunday 19 July: Psalm 86; Romans 8:18-25; Matthew 13:24-30, 34-43

Study Questions for Matthew 13: 24-30, 34-43

  1.  In explaining the parable of the weeds and the wheat, Jesus does not further elaborate on vv. 29-30.  Given that we are talking about an end-time harvest, why do you think the harvester allows the “weeds” to grow up along with the “wheat,” when doing so inevitably limits the capacity of the “wheat” to come to full fruition?  (Hint 1:  Biblical scholars suggest that the particular weeds in this parable look very much like wheat.  Hint 2:  for one possible answer, look at 2 Peter 3:9)
  2. What is the encouragement for disciples in this passage?

The e100 Readings for the Week are:

Healing a Blind Man: John 9:1-41

Healing a Demon-Possessed Man: Mark 5:1-20

The e100 is a Bible reading plan in which participants can read and reflect on 100 of the most significant Bible passages over the course of a year.

60 Days of PsalmsA guide to praying through the entire Book of Psalms in two months.