What are the scriptures that bring you comfort? Are they ones you encountered in reading scripture, memorized as a child, heard in a sermon? However, these passages have been encountered, they hold value and provide comfort in our journey of faith. This summer everyone will have the opportunity to join in a scripture memory challenge. The scriptures listed below are for the months of June, July and August. If you memorize a month’s worth of scripture and recite them to Rob you can get a gift card to Patches Creamery for Ice Cream. If you would prefer there is also a contest for creating art based on the scripture passages, winner of best piece will be featured on the September newsletter. Below are the scripture for the summer!
Week one: Psalm 121 (NRSV)
1I lift my eye up to the hills—From where will my help come from 2My help comes from the Lord. Who made heaven and earth. 3He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber 4He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand 6the sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. 7The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life 8The lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.
Week two: Psalm 55:22 (NRSV)
22Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
Week three: Micah 6:8 (NRSV)
8He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Week four: Romans 10:9-10 (NRSV)
9Because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.
Week one: Philippians 4:13 (NRSV)
13I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Week two: Matthew 11:28-30 (NRSV)
28Come to me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Week three: Psalm 46:10 (NRSV)
10be still and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations; I am exalted in the earth.
Week four: John 1:1-5 (NRSV)
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him and without him not one thing came into being. 4In him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
Week five: James 1:19-21 (NRSV)
19You must understand this, my beloved: Let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. 21Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.
Week one: Psalm 23 (NRSV)
1The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me besides still waters; 3he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. 4Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me. 5Your prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.
Week two: Hebrews 12:14-15a (NRSV)
14Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 15See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God.
Week three: Jeremiah 29:11 (NRSV)
11For surely I know the plans I have for you says the lord, plans for your welfare and not harm, to give you a future with hope.
Week four: Ephesians 2:8 (NRSV)
8for by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.