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.

Amos 8:4-7

This is a harsh critique of how the economic system of the prophet’s day worked against the poor. What are examples of the same problems in our country today? If you need some ideas to consider, do an internet search on “food deserts.” What do you find? What is like Amos’ critique of the economic system of his day? What is different? What can we do about it?

Psalm 113

This is another good psalm to use as part of our regular prayers this week. What does it say about God and nature? About God and people who are poor and disadvantaged? How do these words inspire and direct our faith and actions?

1 Timothy 2:1-7

We pray for the President and Governor and other public officials during the prayers of the people on Sundays. Do you pray for these leaders during the week? Does it matter if you are on the same side with them politically? Why or why not? How would it shape our prayers if we prayed from this perspective for Donald, Ron, and the other leaders– “God our Savior…desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth”? We all need God’s grace, especially our political leaders.

Luke 16:1-13

Have you ever done something wrong in order to accomplish a greater good? If you have, in reflecting on what you did, do you find that you had mixed motives? Today, how do you look back on the wrong you did and the greater good that was accomplished?