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 part of Scripture reveals a surprising view of God—that God changes his mind. There are a few other examples of this in Scripture (see Jonah 3:10). What do you think about this view of God? Does it fit with your beliefs? How does it compare with other parts of Scripture (consider Psalm 102:25-27 or Hebrews 13:8 as two examples)? How might these different views of God help us see more fully, at least in part, the mystery of who God is?
How do we pray? The psalms give us many rich examples. This psalm points to our cry for mercy for ourselves as our central prayer to God. As we mature in our faith, it becomes our prayer for others, too
The description of grace “overflowing” for us is a powerful image. God’s love and forgiveness are not limited or given in small doses. How have you experienced overflowing grace in your life? How do you share that grace with others?
With whom do you identify, the grumbling religious folks who tried to keep their community and their faith pure? Or the sinners whom Jesus welcomed? Why? Is there another group with whom you might identify? Maybe religious folks who are gracious to all types?
This Sunday we continue our service related sermon series.