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.
This passage lets us know two things—first, God’s desire for us is all good. Second, the commandments from God are within our power to do. These two things are inter-related. As someone has said commenting on the problems in the world (greed, violence, contempt), “We do not have to live this way.” God’s blessing and desire for our good are connected to our ability to follow the way God has set for us. And when things go awry, we have a way to recover. If we fall short in following God’s commandments, we can repent and begin again with God’s help. When our outward circumstances are less than what we expected God to provide for us, we can lean on God’s gracious presence to help us get through the hard times we face. Do you believe this and the dance we have with God as we trust God’s nearness and care for us?
What are God’s ways that we are to follow according to the words of this psalm? What are the attitudes of the psalmist in their relationship to God?
Try praying this prayer for someone this week: (I pray) “…that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father…” If you pray this for someone multiple times this week, reflect on what changes in how you perceive and relate to the other person.
How would you reply if someone asked you today, “And who is my neighbor?” Who are the people that are half-dead by the side of the road? Who might be the Samaritan? How might the story be told for the people in our world today?