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 12, 2019, Easter IV

Acts 9:36-43

This story reminds us of a miracle story about Jesus (see Mark 5:21-43). In addition to the amazing details about a person being returned to life, there is a certain hominess to it. Jesus tells the parents to get the girl something to eat; Dorcas’ friends show Peter the different items she had sewn before she died. This makes these miracles more human. How have you seen miracles amid the everyday parts of your life?

Psalm 23

This is probably the best known and most loved of the psalms. It is often read at funerals. Many of us learned it (along with the Lord’s Prayer) as children. Please read Psalm 23 slowly. Use it as part of your daily devotions this week. What do you notice in the words and the spirit of this beloved and familiar sacred poem?

Revelation 7:9-17

The Revelation to John is a book that many folks approach with cautious curiosity. The unreal images, ancient poetry, and non-linear quality of this work makes it hard to understand. That can be a good thing! Like with any good poetry, the purpose is not to give simple truisms. It is to challenge assumptions and help us see the world through new eyes. How does this passage from Revelation do that for you? What do you see differently? What questions do you have?

John 10:22-30

The fourth Sunday of Easter is known as “Good Shepherd” Sunday because of the Collect we pray this day and because we read one of three passages from the tenth chapter of the Gospel of John that describes Jesus as the Good Shepherd. This Sunday is also the third of a four-part sermon series on Fellowship, one of the Seven Marks of Discipleship for this parish. How does seeing Jesus as our Good Shepherd help to inspire and guide our fellowship? One thought to consider—if we belong to Jesus’ flock, we are to welcome and include all people. It is not our role to exclude people based on whom we think should be in (or not).