Thursday, November 14, 2013

Blogging toward Sunday

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Scripture readings for this Sunday, November 17th, include Isaiah 12:1-6 and Luke 21:5-19.  First, read the passage from Isaiah and consider the following:
  1. What is the overall tone of the text?
  2. What is the reason for thanksgiving and praise?
  3. From verse 4, what will "you say?"
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Now turn to the Gospel of Luke. After reading the text, ponder these things:  
  1. What is the overall tone of this writing?
  2. There are those who are quite impressed with the grandeur of the temple. Is Jesus equally impressed?
  3. Concerning when the temple will be destroyed, what does Jesus say?
  4. In the NIV, verse 13 reads, "This will result in your being witnesses to them," while the NRSV puts it this way, "This will give you an opportunity to testify." 
  5. Think for a moment about your faith journey. In general, how comfortable are you with "witnessing" or "testifying"? How have you come to this perspective?
Finally, Lectionary readings are usually paired together for a reason. As you reflect on these two readings, one from the prophet Isaiah and one from Luke's gospel, do you see commonalities? If so, what are they?

As always, I look forward to joining you in worship this Sunday.


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