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! 

June 2022

JUNE 25-26 (Pentecost 3)

1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21    Elijah says to Elisha, follow me and do not continue plowing
Psalm 16
Galatians 5:1, 13-25          Love is the whole law; gift of the Spirit
Luke 9:51-62                     Jesus says, follow and do not look back

If “love is the whole law,” do we still need the 10 commandments? Why/Why not?
Which fruits of the spirit do you have in your life?
Why is it so hard to not look back/get stuck in the past for some people?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?

July 2022

JUly 2-3 (PENTECOST 4)

Isaiah 66:10-14       Jerusalem, a nursing other giving life to her children
Psalm 66:1-9
Galatians 6:[1-6] 7-16        Do what is right now and reap at the harvest time
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Jesus send out seventy disciples into the harvest

How often do you hear images of God as mother? Read Isaiah carefully. Not only is Jerusalem referred to as “her”, but so is the image of God (v 13).
In what ways do we “bear one another’s burdens”? What are the community organizations that you support with time or money to help others?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?

JUly 9-10 (PENTECOST 5)

Deuteronomy 30:9-14        The Lord will take delight in your fruitfulness
Psalm 25:1-10
Colossians 1:1-14             The gospel is growing, bearing fruit in the whole world
Luke 10:25-37                   The parable of the merciful Samaritan

Who have you “not ceased praying for”? Who does not cease praying for you?
What does it mean to “show mercy”? Who, in your life, needs mercy?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?

JULY 16-17 (PENTECOST 6)

Genesis 18:1-10a    The hospitality of Abraham and Sarah to three visitors of the Lord
Psalm 15
Colossians 1:15-28 Hymn to Christ, the firstborn of all creation
Luke 10:38-42         Jesus says, Martha, your sister Mary has chosen the better part

Name a time that you have been like Martha.
Name a time that you have been like Mary.
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?

JULY 23-24 (PENTECOST 7)

Genesis 18:20-32    Abraham bargains with God for the righteous of Sodom and Gomorrah
Psalm 138
Colossians 2:6-15 [16-19]  Buried with Christ in baptism, raised with him through faith
Luke 11:1-13                     Jesus teaches the disciples to pray

Who taught you how to pray?
What is your favorite prayer?
Pray the Lord’s Prayer for one week in the morning and at night. Reflect.
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?

JULY 30-31 (PENTECOST 8)

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23  Search out wisdom, for all is vanity
Psalm 49:1-12
Colossians 3:1-11   Clothed in Christ, your life is hidden with him in God
Luke 12:13-21         Jesus says, be on guard against reed; be rich toward God, our treasure

What “kind of greed” is a struggle for you?
Name the riches that you have in God and say a prayer of thanks.
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?

August 2022

aUGUST 6-7 (PENTECOST 9)

Genesis 15:1-6                 God’s promise of a child for Abram and Sarai
Psalm 33:12-22
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 A model for us; Abraham’s faith in a new home given by God
Luke 12:32-40         God will give you the treasure of the kingdom; sell all that you have

Remember a time that someone broke a promise to you. Remember a time someone kept their promise.
Read Luke as if Jesus is directly talking to you. How does it make you feel?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?

AUGUST 13-14 (PENTECOST 10)

Jeremiah 23:23-29            God’s word is like fire, like a hammer that breaks rocks
Psalm 82
Hebrews 11:29-12:2          The faith of the Hebrew people, a great cloud of witnesses
Luke 12:49-56 Jesus brings fire on earth and has a baptism with which to be baptized

Who are the people in your “great cloud of witnesses” that helped you in your faith life?
How do you hear Jesus’ words about bringing division and not peace? What is the greater context of this passage?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?

AUGUST 20-21 (PENTECOST 11)

Isaiah 58:9b-14       Do not trample the sabbath, but feed the hungry
Psalm 103:1-8
Hebrews 12:18-29   You have come to the city of the living God and to Jesus
Luke 13:10-17         Jesus heals a crippled woman on the sabbath and is condemned

 What are the “parched places” of your life that need watering?
Visit a park or garden and notice the plants and trees. Are they lush? Parched? Who cares for them?
What was wrong with Jesus healing on the sabbath?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?

AUGUST 27-28 (PENTECOST 12)

Proverbs 25:6-7                Do not put yourself forward
Psalm 112
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16      God is with us; let acts of mutual love continue
Luke 14:1, 7-14       An image of God’s reign; invite the poor, crippled to your banquet

Show hospitality to strangers this week.
Who can you invite to your home to be honored?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?

SEPTEMBER 2022

September 3-4 (PENTECOST 13)

Deuteronomy 30:15-20      Walk in the way of life and hold fast to God
Psalm 1
Philemon 1-21                   Paul says, receive Onesimus as a coworker
Luke 14:25-33 Jesus says, disciples, give up your possessions and carry the cross

 Read Psalm 1 as a prayer for each day.
Who is your coworker in faith? Call them and tell them, “thank you” or take them out for coffee.
What do you need to “let go of” or “give up” in order to follow Jesus?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?


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