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! 

 July 2021

july 24-25 PENTECOST 9

2 Kings 4:42-22       Elisha feeding a hundred people
Psalm 145:10-18
Eph 3:14-21            Prayer for wisdom, strength, and Christ’s indwelling
John 6:1-21            Christ feeding the five thousand

Questions to Ponder:
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
What’s the biggest crowd that you have fed? What was that like?
If you had no fear, what would you pray to God for?
What does it mean for the church if Jesus fed the people with as much as they wanted?

 

july 31-August 1 PENTECOST 10

Exod 16:2-4, 9-15    The Lord gives manna in the wilderness
Psalm 78:23-29
Eph 4:1-16              Maintain the unity of the faith
John 6:24-35           Christ the bread of life

Questions to Ponder:
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
How does God sustain you in your daily life?
What is God’s calling for your life? How do you lead a life worthy of that calling?
Give an example of how Jesus is the bread of life for you and for others.

August 2021 

August 7-8 PENTECOST 11

1 Kings 19:4-8         Elijah given bread for his journey
Psalm 34:1-8
Eph 4:25-5:2           Put away evil, live in love
John 6:35, 41-51     Christ, the bread of life

Questions to Ponder:
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
What sustains you on your journey through daily life?
What do you need “to put away” in order to focus upon God?
What’s the big deal about bread in the gospel of John?

 

august 14-15 PENTECOST 12

Proverbs 9:1-6        Invited to dine at wisdom’s feast
Psalm 34:9-14
Eph 5:15-20            Filled with the Spirit, sing thanks to God
John 6:51-58           Christ the true food and drink

Questions to Ponder:
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be and why?
What is the difference between being smart and being wise?
Remember a story about an important Holy Communion experience.

 

august 21-22 PENTECOST 13

Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18       Joshua calls all Israel to serve the Lord
Psalm 34:15-22
Eph 6:10-20                      Put on the armor of God
John 6:56-69                     The bread of eternal life

Questions to Ponder:
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
What “gods” do you need to put away in order to serve God?
How does God give you strength? What favorite Bible passage helps you?
How does Holy Communion strengthen you for today? And for eternity?

 

august 28-29 PENTECOST 14

Deut 4:1-2, 6-9        God’s law; a sign of a great nation
Psalm 15
James 1:17 -27       Be doers of the word, not hearers only
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23   Authentic religion

Questions to Ponder:
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
Do you know the 10 commandments? How would you rewrite them in your own words to better understand them for you life today? Try it.
What is one action that you can do this week to live out your faith?
Examine your heart. Remember, God forgives all of us.

September 2021 

September 4-5 PENTECOST 15

Isaiah 35:4-7a         Like a stream in the desert, God comes with healing
Psalm 146
James 2:1-10 [11-13] 14-17         Faith without works is dead
Mark 7:24-37          Christ healing a little girl and a deaf man

Questions to Ponder:
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
Where is your favorite place to enjoy the water? Why?
Who can you help today?
What needs healing in your life?





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