Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Blogging through February

As you prepare for worship each week, please set aside some time to read and reflect on the texts for the upcoming Sunday. In addition, during the Season of Lent, I hope you will spend some additional time in prayer for the church and for your pastor and elders. Then, as a loving, welcoming community, let us gather and give our Holy God all glory and honor and praise.  

February 1, 2015
Read Deuteronomy 18:15-20 and Mark 1:21-28 and consider the following:

  1. Who do you imagine is the "new prophet" of whom God speaks in the Old Testament reading?
  2. In the gospel reading, what "new" thing does Jesus do? 
  3. How do the people respond?

February 8, 2015
Read Isaiah 40:21-31 and Mark 1:29-39. Then reflect on the following:

  1. Take a few moments to make a list of God's qualities that are mentioned in the Old Testament reading. 
  2. What quality resonates most with you? Why?
  3. In the gospel reading we find Jesus hard at work. What is he doing that demonstrates his particular authority?
  4. How do the people respond?
February 15, 2015
The readings for Sunday include 2 Kings 2:1-12 and Mark 9:2-9. After reading them, take a moment to reflect on any relationship you see between the two texts. Then consider what Jesus' transfiguration meant in the context in which it happened and what it might mean to you today.

February 22, 2015
Read Genesis 9:8-17 and Mark 1:9-15 and consider the following:
  1. What covenant does God establish in the reading from Genesis?
  2. How do you feel whenever you see this sign today?
  3. The gospel reading concerns Jesus' baptism and temptation. What makes this text significant for this first Sunday in Lent?
I look forward to being with you in worship each Sunday. Come along and bring a friend!


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