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! 

 October 2021 

October 9-10 PENTECOST 20

Amos 5:6-7, 10-15             Turn from injustice to the poor, that you may live
Psalm 90:12-17                
Hebrews 4:12-16               Approach to the throne of grace with boldness
Mark 10:17-31                   Teaching on wealth and reward

 Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
How do you define justice? How does Scripture define justice?
What is one way that you can be bold in your faith this week?
If you gave up all of your possessions and nothing was holding you back, what would you do and where would you go?

 

OCTOBER 16-17 PENTECOST 21

Isaiah 53:4-12         The suffering servant
Psalm 91:9-16
Hebrews 5:1-10      Through suffering Christ becomes the source of salvation
Mark 10:35-45         Warnings to ambitious disciples

 Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
What image or symbol of Jesus is helpful for your faith? Is there any image or symbol of Jesus that puzzles you?
Try a new way to pray. If you normally use written prayers, try to simply pray in silence. If you normally “pray in your head”, try to speak your prayers aloud.

 

OCTOBER 23-24 PENTECOST 22

Jeremiah 31:7-9      The Lord gathers the remnant of Israel
Psalm 126
Hebrews 7:23-28     Christ the merciful high priest
Mark 10:46-52         Christ healing the blind man Bartimaeus

 Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
Try and describe God’s mercy through your senses. (What does it look like? Smell like? Sound like? Taste like?)
What do you want Jesus to do for you?

 

OCTOBER 30-31 reformation

Jeremiah 31:31-34  I will write my law in their hearts, says the Lord
Psalm 46
Romans 3:19-28     Justified by God’s grace as a gift
John 8:31-36           Jesus says, continue in my word and you will know the truth  

 Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
Do you have a mantra or saying that you live by? What is it and Why?
What is the Bible verse that God has “written upon your heart” to follow?
Is there something in your life that needs reforming/to be made anew?





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