We began offering Lessons and Questions in Lent when our seasonal focus was on Worship. They were well received, so we’re continuing the practice and we hope you will find them a useful resource as you prepare to receive the readings in church each week.
Lessons & Questions for Easter III, May 5, 2019
This is the story of Paul’s famous “road to Damascus” conversion. Have you ever experienced this type of dramatic change in your own life or observed it in the lives of people you know? What stands out to you in these stories of faith and new life? How do the dramatic stories compare with the stories of those who have grown up in the church and been faithful (more or less) for their entire lives? What can these different types of disciples learn from each other?
One of the more beautiful lines in the Psalter is “Weeping may spend the night, but joy comes in the morning.” This poetry is not to be taken literally (i.e., weeping often lasts much longer than a night!). Yet it offers hope that our sorrow can be transformed over time and with grace. When have you experienced a transition from weeping to joy? How did your faith help you to move from grief to a place of hope and new life?
These verses have echoes of what we say or sing during the Sanctus in the Eucharistic prayer: “Holy, holy, holy…” God and the Lamb are at the center of heaven and the center of our worship on earth. Angels and all of creation celebrate God’s self-giving love in Jesus that brings healing and forgiveness to God’s people. How do we remember this part of our faith in our everyday lives? How does that belief change how we live and treat others?
May 5 is the second Sunday in our four-week sermon series on Fellowship, one of the Seven Marks of Discipleship for Christ Church. The Gospel lesson for this Sunday offers different aspects of fellowship to explore. What can be a better example of fellowship than fishing with your friends? While his friends are fishing, Jesus shows up, helps them to catch fish, and makes them a meal. He then takes Peter, the disciple who denied him, to the side and checks on their relationship. Jesus makes clear that love for him involves loving and caring for other people. For this Sunday, reflect on your different experiences of fellowship—the fun and easy parts and the harder parts that may involve difficult conversations. How are both aspects part of your faith and your life and ministry at Christ Church? What may you need to explore in order to go deeper in Christian fellowship?