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! 

March 2021

March 6-7 Lent 3

- Exodus 20:1-17The commandments are given at Sinai
- Psalm 19
- 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 Christ crucified, the wisdom of God
- John 2:13-22 The cleansing of the temple

Questions to Ponder:
Is there a word, phrase or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
Which commandment do you think is the hardest to keep? Why?
Which commandment do you think is the easiest to keep? Why?
Are there times that it is okay to be angry? Talk about anger with another person.

MARCH 13-14 LENT 4

- Numbers 21:4-9 The lifting up of the serpent
- Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
- Ephesians 2:1-10 Saved by grace through faith for good works
- John 3:14-21 The lifting up of the Son of Man

Questions to Ponder:
Is there a word, phrase or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
What would it look like for you to live a life “rich in mercy”?
What does it mean to believe? Think of a time when it was hard to believe.

MARCH 20-21 LENT 5

- Jeremiah 31:31-34 A new covenant written on the heart
- Psalm 51:1-12
- Hebrews 5:5-10 Through suffering Christ becomes the source of salvation
- John 12:20-33 The grain of wheat dying in the earth

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 that God’s law is written on their hearts?
Can you love life and serve God at the same time?

MARCH 27-28 Passion/Palm Sunday

- Isaiah 50:4-9a The servant of the Lord submits to suffering
- Psalm 31:9-16
- Philippians 2:5-11 Humbled to the point of death on a cross
- Mark 15:1-39 [40-47] The passion of the Lord

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 have the same mind as is Christ Jesus?
Spend time this week reading the passion of the Lord story. Read only a part of it each day or reread it each day in its entirety. Do you notice anything that you have never noticed before?

 

April 2021

April 1 Maundy Thursday

- Exodus 12:1-4 [5-10] 11-14 The Passover of the Lord
- Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
- 1 Corinthians 11:22-26 Proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes
- John 13:1-17, 31b-35 The service of Christ: foot washing and meal

April 2 Good Friday

- Isaiah 52:13-53:12The suffering servant
- Psalm 22
- Hebrews 10:16-25 Jesus is our merciful high priest
- John 18:1-19:42The passion and death of Christ

APRIL 3 Easter Vigil

- Romans 6:3-11 Dying and Rising with Christ
- John 20:1-18 Seeing the risen Christ

APRIL 2 GOOD FRIDAY

- Acts 10:34-43 God raised Jesus on the third day
- Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Witnessing to the risen Christ
- Mark 16:1-8 The resurrection of Jesus is announced, and the response is one of terror and amazement

Questions to Ponder:

Is there a word, phrase or image that strikes you?
To what do you hear God calling in this text?
Why do you think they were filled with terror? Think about a time you have been filled with terror.
Why do you think they were filled with amazement? Think about a time you have been filled with amazement.





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