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!


[Illustration via Google Images.]

Monday, January 5, 2015

Blogging through January

After completing the Advent Sermon Series, we return to the Lectionary as our guide. In preparation for worship each Sunday, be sure to refer back to this post each week and reflect on the readings and questions / comments. Then, let us gather on The Lord's Day to sing, pray, listen, and commune with our Holy and Loving God. 

Photo of Statue in Germany by Andreas Praefcke via Wikimedia Commons
January 11, 2015 
Read Genesis 1:1-5 along with Mark 1:4-11 and consider the following:
  1. Do you notice a common theme between the two texts? If so, what?
  2. How might you describe John the Baptist to someone who is un-churched?
  3. How might you explain the importance of baptism to someone?

"Calling of Samuel" by Joshua Reynolds via Wikimedia Commons
January 18, 2015
Read 1 Samuel 3:1-10 and John 1:43-51. 
  1. A theme common to the Old and New Testament readings is being called to do the work of our Abba Father. What does this mean to you?
  2. What derogatory remark does Nathanael make about Jesus' potential?
  3. What is the invitation Philip offers to Nathanael?

 Reinhardhauke via Wikimedia Commons
January 25, 2015
Read Jonah 3:1-5 along with Mark 1:14-20 then respond to the following:
  1. What is the entirety of Jonah's "sermon" to Ninevah?
  2. What happens as a result of Jonah's final obedience to God?
  3. In the reading from the Gospel of Mark, Jesus begins his ministry in Galilee. What happens beforehand?
  4. How might this be significant?
As always, I look forward to being with you in worship. Until then, may each day and each week be filled with courage, wisdom, and blessing upon blessing.