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 May 19, 2019, Easter V

Acts 11:1-18

In this passage, Peter restated how the Spirit directed him to bring the gospel to Gentiles. This new direction was at first criticized by the other leaders in the early church. How does this question about full inclusion for all God’s people continue to be raised even today? Who are the people considered to be “outsiders” today?

Psalm 148

This psalm lets us know that praise of God is not limited to the human part of God’s creation—it includes the “vast expanse of interstellar space,” weather, animals, plants– even sea monsters! How do these poetic images of all of creation praising God challenge some of our assumptions about non-human parts of God’s creation? How might we change in our attitudes and actions?

Revelation 21:1-6

Images in the book of Revelation include what appear to be from the past, present, and future—and some that are unknowable as far as time. Because of that, it can be confusing. In reading this poetic passage, how is its promise about God dwelling with humanity already fulfilled? In what ways are we still looking for “a new heaven and a new earth”?

John 13:31-35

The beginning of this passage seems strange—it ties Jesus’ glory with the fact that Judas had departed from the meal with Jesus and his disciples. How does that lead to Jesus’ glorification?

These verses also include Jesus’ take on the Old Testament love commandment—not simply to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18); but to love like Jesus. What is different—and harder—about Jesus’ new commandment? If we are to love like Jesus, what must we do first?