Weekly Scripture Readings August 22, 2012

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Some of you know the name of Fr. Pat Reardon, Pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois. He spoke at chapel several years back. In a recent pondering, Fr. Pat reflects on the prayer, offered by countless believers on a daily basis, “Come, Holy Spirit.” Fr. Pat suggests that this prayer is much riskier than our relatively domesticated view of the Holy Spirit would suggest. To pray, “Come, Holy Spirit,” is to invoke the presence of the living God – the risen Jesus Christ. Such a prayer engages the one who offers up this plea with the false gods of any age: this prayer serves as the ground of binding and loosing in truth and grace! In that (S)pirit, I offer the following readings for the coming week. Read and pray these passages at your own risk!

Genesis 1:1-2:7
Exodus 3:1-14
Judges 13:21-14:7
Isaiah 6:1-13 & 61:1-11
Mark 1:9-13
John 16:1-15
Acts 4:23-37

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Tom Ribar is the Waynesburg University Chaplain. He received his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.