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! 

May 2021

May 8-9 Easter 6

- Acts 10:44-48         The Spirit poured out in the Gentiles
- Psalm 98
- 1 John 5:1-6           The victory of faith
- John 15:9-17           Christ the friend and lover

Questions to Ponder:
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
What attributes do you look for in a friend? Why?
Think of one friend that you can do something special for this week.

 

May 13 Ascention of our lord

 

MAY 15-16 Easter 7

- Acts 1:15-17, 21-26           Matthias added to the apostles
- Psalm 1
- 1 John 5:9-13                    Life in the Son of God
- John 17:6-19                     Christ’s prayer for his disciples

 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 it make you feel to know that Jesus prays for his disciples?
Pray for someone today. Tell them!

 

May 22-23 Pentecost

- Acts 2:1-21                       Filled with the Spirit to tell God’s deeds
- Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
- Romans 8:22-27               Praying with the Spirit       
- John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15    Christ sends the Spirit of truth

 Questions to Ponder:
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
What vision do you have for your family? Your church? Your community?
If you could have a conversation now with Jesus, what would you talk about?

 

May 29-30 The Holy Trinity

- Isaiah 6:1-8             Isaiah’s vision and call
- Psalm 29
- Romans 8:12-17     Living by the Spirit
- John 3:1-17            Entering the reign of God through water and the Spirit

Questions to Ponder:
Is there a word, phrase, or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
What do you think it means to “bear witness to the Spirit”?
What do you think it means to be born of water and Spirit?





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