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! 

SEPTEMBER 2022

September 24-25 (PENTECOST 16)

Amos 6:1a; 4-7       Warnings to those who are comfortable or wealthy
Psalm 146             
1 Tim 6:6-19           Eager to be rich or eager to pursue richness of God’s justice                    
Luke 16:19-31         Story of poor Lazarus and the wealthy man

 Where in your life do you feel secure? And where do you feel wary?
In what ways do you hear good news in these readings? In what way do you feel uncomfortable with the readings?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?

October 1-2 (PENTECOST 17)

Hab 1:1-4; 2:1-4      Wicked surround the righteous; wait for the Lord
Psalm 37:1-9
2 Tim 1:1-14           Guard the treasure entrusted to you; faith and love in Christ
Luke 17:5-10           Faith the size of a mustard seed

Who in your life has been (or is) an influence of “sincere faith”?
Name what is uncomfortable in the Luke text. Read the verses around this text.
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?

October 8-9 (PENTECOST 18)

2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15  Naaman washes in the Jordan and is cleansed
Psalm 111
2 Tim 2:8-15           If we die with Christ, we live with Christ
Luke 17:11-19         One leper made clean by Jesus gives thanks to God

Why is it easier to complain than to give thanks?
Who is someone you can say “thank you” to today?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?

October 15-16 (PENTECOST 19)

Gen 32:22-31          Jacob’s struggle with the angel: I’ll not let go until you bless me
Psalm 121
2 Tim 3:14-4:5        In the presence of Christ the judge, proclaim the message
Luke 18:1-8            The widow begs for justice; God grants justice to those who cry to him

 Are you as persistent as Jacob in your prayers? Why/Why not?
If you are/were bold enough to make demands of God, what would it be?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?

October 22-23 (PENTECOST 20)

Jer 14:7-10, 19-22             Jerusalem will be defeated
Psalm 84:1-7
2 Tim 4:6-8, 16-18             The good fight of faith
Luke 18:9-14                     A Pharisee and tax collector pray together

How does the Lord give you strength for your daily life?
How would you define humbleness? How does that relate to your faith?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?

October 29-30 (reformation)

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

Do you know the story of the Reformation? Why not read about the life of Martin Luther.
Obviously, continuing in God’s word is not as easy as it sounds? What makes it difficult? What helps you stay in God’s word?
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?

 

November 5-6 (All Saints)

Dan 7:1-3, 15-18     The holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingdom
Psalm 149
Eph 1:11-23  God raised Christ from the dead and made him head over all the church
Luke 6:20-31           Jesus speaks blessings and woes

 How do you honor/remember loved ones who have died? Why is that important for you?
Read the blessings and woes several time from different perspectives: as one who is always hungry; as one who feels invisible; as one who is grieving; as one who is rich
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?


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