Get reading for Worship!


Did you know that most of the time we follow a pattern of scripture readings in our worship services? It’s called “following the lectionary” and it is based upon a three-year cycle of Bible readings. Many churches follow this pattern — Lutheran, Presbyterian, Catholic, etc. Sometimes, we set aside the lectionary readings in order to do a sermon series based upon other Scripture readings that we would not otherwise hear in worship.

We invite you to spend some time each week “reading ahead” and pondering the readings that you will hear in upcoming worship services. If you take this challenge, think about how it will change how you hear the word in worship after you have spent reading it during the week. It’s a great way to get ready for worship by reading for worship! 

January 2022 

JANUARY 22-23 (3 EPIPHANY)

- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10           Ezra reads the law of Moses before the people
- Psalm 19
- 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a              You are the body of Christ
- Luke 4:14-21                               Jesus reads from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah

Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
Why do you think we are reminded in Luke 4 that Jesus is “filled with the power of the Spirit” has he begins his ministry?
How do encourage others to use their gifts for the body of Christ?

JANUARY 29-30 (4 EPIPHANY)

- Jeremiah 1:4-10                I appointed you a prophet to the nations
- Psalm 71:1-6
- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13        If I speak without love, I am a noisy gong
- Luke 4:21-30                     Jesus says a prophet is not accepted in his hometown

Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
Name ways that you can “speak with love.”
Why do you think they were so upset by the story Jesus told in the synagogue?

February 2022 

February 5-6 (5 EPIPHANY)

- Isaiah 6:1-8 [9-13] Isiah says, “Here am I; send me.”
- Psalm 138
- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11I am the least of the apostles
- Luke 5:1-11 Jesus calls the disciples to fish for people

What question do you want to ask God?
Name a time that you felt like giving up and then discovered God had another idea for you.
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?


February 12-13 (6 EPIPHANY)

- Jeremiah 17:5-10 Blessed are those who trust the Lord, they are like trees by water
- Psalm 1
- 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 Christ has been raised, the first fruits of those who have died
- Luke 6:17-26 Jesus speaks blessings on the poor and hungry; woes on the rich and full

Describe (or draw/color) the image of “like trees by water”.
Why is healing prayer (and healing touch) so powerful?
Who are the healers of today?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?


February 19-20 (7 EPIPHANY)

- Genesis 45:3-11, 15Joseph forgives his brothers
- Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40
- 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50 The mystery of the resurrection of the body
- Luke 6:27-38 Love your enemies

What do you think the brothers were thinking/feeling when they were with Joseph?
In what ways can you “bless those who curse you”? Can you name who they are?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?

FEBRUARY 26-27 (transfiguration of Our Lord)

- Exodus 34:29-35 Coming down from Mt Sinai, Moses’ face shone
- Psalm 99
- 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 With unveiled faces we see the Lord’s glory as we are transformed
- Luke 9:28-36 [37-43a] Jesus is transfigured on the mountain

Have you ever had a “talking with God” moment that made you shine?
Read the transfiguration story from Luke and place yourself in the “shoes” of each character in it. How does the story change for you?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?


March 2022 

March 2 (Ash Wednesday)

- Joel 2:1-1, 12-17 Return to the Lord, your God
- Psalm 51:1-17
- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Now is the day of salvation
- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 The practice of faith

Have you ever fasted? Why/How is it considered a spiritual faith practice?
What does it mean to “practice faith”?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?

March 5-6 (1 Lent)

- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 The Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand
- Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
- Romans 10:8b-13 If you confess that Jesus is Lord, you will be saved
- Luke 4:1-13 The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness for forty days

In your life, how do you “confess” that Jesus is Lord?
Why do you think Jesus had the temptation in the wilderness experience?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?


March 12-13 (2 Lent)

- Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 The covenant with Abram and his descendants
- Psalm 27
- Philippians 3:17-4:1 Our citizenship is in heaven from where we expect a Savior
- Luke 13:31-35 I have desired to gather Jerusalem as a hen gathers her brood

Look up how many time the phrase, “do not be afraid” is in the Bible. Who says it?
How does God protect you in your life?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?


March 19-20 (3 Lent)

- Isaiah 55:1-9 Everyone who thirsts, come to the water; seek the Lord
- Psalm 63:1-8
- 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Israel, baptized in cloud and seas, ate the same spiritual food as Christians
- Luke 13:1-9 Unless you repent, you will perish; parable of the fig tree

Name a time when you have been extremely thirsty for water.
Name a time when you have been extremely thirsty for God.
Does Luke 13 sound like good news or bad news? Why?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?

MARCH 26-27 (4 LENT)

- Joshua 5:9-12 Israel eats bread and grain, the produce of the land
- Psalm 32
- 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 The mystery and ministry of reconciliation
- Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 The parable of the prodigal father and the repentant son

Why is reconciliation labeled a mystery? A ministry?
Who are you in the Luke 15 parable? Why?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?

April 2022 

April 2-3 (5 Lent)

- Isaiah 43:16-21 The Lord gives water in the wilderness to the chosen people
- Psalm 126
- Philippians 3:4b-14 To know Christ and his resurrection, to share in his sufferings
- John 12:1-8 Mary anoints Jesus for his burial

Why was Judas so upset by what Mary had done?
When was the last time someone treated you lavishly and lovingly?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?

APRIL 10 (Palm/Passion Sunday)


- Isaiah 50:4-9a The servant of the Lord submits to suffering
- Psalm 31:9-16
- Philippians 2:5-11 Humbled to the point of death on the cross
- Luke 23:1-49 The passion of the Lord

What does it mean to be in the “same mind” as Christ Jesus?
Read through the passion story with other people.
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?

April 15 (Good Friday) 


APRIL 16 (Easter Vigil)


APRIL 17 (Easter Day)

- Acts 10:34-43 God raised Jesus on the third day
- Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
- I Corinthians 15:19-26 Christ raised from the dead, the first fruits
- Luke 24:1-12 The women proclaim the resurrection

What amazes you about the Easter story in Luke? What bothers you about the story?
Why did they not believe the women?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?


April 23-34 (2 Easter)

- Acts 5:27-32 The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus
- Psalm 118:14-29
- Revelation 1:4-8 Jesus Christ, the firstborn of the dead, is coming
- John 20:19-31 Beholding the wounds of the risen Christ

How can God be both the beginning and the end? 
What are you afraid of in your life? How would you like Jesus to bring peace to you?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?







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