Here are questions for us to prayerfully consider as we prepare for worship this Sunday (the lessons are from the Track 2 option). We hope you will find them a useful resource as you prepare to receive them in church. Click on the red headings below to go to the reading.
The Collect of the Day
Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
This is one of multiple prophetic passages in the Bible that contrast religious practice with social justice. According to Isaiah, what does God prefer from us as our way to offer sacrifice? How do we measure up in our individual and common life in terms of offering sacrifices to God by doing justice?
This psalm is one of the traditional penitential psalms. It is good to read and reflect on it during Lent and at other times when we need to repent of our individual and corporate sins. As you read it, be aware of any sins that come to your mind. Then read it again with those sins in mind, trusting in God’s love and forgiveness, no matter what we have done or failed to do.
Paul boasts of this church because their faith is growing abundantly, and their love is increasing. If Paul visited us today at Christ Church, what do you think he would notice first? What would Paul boast about in our community as he came to know us better?
This Gospel is often popular with children because they can relate to not being able to see well in a crowd. It is an insightful passage regardless of our age, height, or status because of how we can see ourselves in the story. Are we the person who has been touched by God’s grace and responds in tangible ways to change our lives and reflect our faith? Are we a member of the crowd who rejects the working of God’s grace in the life of someone we feel should not be part of God’s people? Or are we a silent bystander, waiting for Jesus to speak up and show us the way?