ISSL Reflections December 11 2022 Luke 1:57–66, 76–79 Post 3

VII.Our time with Elizabeth and Zechariah comes during our season of Advent. Which seems appropriate since one of the themes associated with Advent is the dawning of … of what, a new age, the Kingdom, the birth of Jesus and … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections December 11 2022 Luke 1:57–66, 76–79 Post 2

IV.Let’s expand our reading today to include all the words attributed to Zechariah on this occasion. V.Luke 1:57-79 (NRSVue) Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections December 11 2022 Luke 1:57–66, 76–79 Post 1

I.Last week we spent time with the silent Zechariah. This week we turn to Elizabeth, listen to her and her neighbors and relatives and hear from an unsilenced Zechariah. As we spent time with this passage, let’s make sure we … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections December 4 2022 Luke 1:8–20 Post 2

IV.Notice the exchange between Gabriel and Zechariah – Gabriel: “… Zechariah … your prayer has been heard…. “Zechariah: “How do I know this will happen? For I am old …”Gabriel: “… my words .., will be fulfilled in their time.” … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections December 4 2022 Luke 1:8–20 Post 1

I.Please take some time with this account. Notice all the characters mentioned. Notice what each has to say or not say. Do such interruptions while one is performing a sacred task surprise you? II.Luke 1:8-20 New Revised Standard Version Updated … Continue reading

May 10, 2020, Zechariah 8:1-8, 11-17 – Post 3 – ISSL Reflections

This week’s Scripture passage –https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Zechariah+8%3A1-8%2C+11-17&version=NRSV VIII.Do the words of the Prophet offer you hope? Encouragement? A vision of a place, a home to get back to? IX.How does the prophet describe where the people are? How does he describe where … Continue reading

May 10, 2020, Zechariah 8:1-8, 11-17 – Post 2 – ISSL Reflections

This week’s Scripture passage –https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Zechariah+8%3A1-8%2C+11-17&version=NRSV IV.These words were first heard and later read in a world far distant from our own. The passage as we find it in our Scriptures was selected to be read for this coming Sunday several … Continue reading

May 10, 2020, Zechariah 8:1-8, 11-17 – ISSL Reflections

I.Zechariah tells us, “The word of the Lord of hosts came to me saying …” Where is the Prophet Zechariah? The Lord of Hosts? The people who are receiving this Word? First, read the passage through slowly and with an … Continue reading