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 reflects the Hebrew wisdom tradition that provides insights about life and how to live. On the topic of giving, this passage tells us to consider how God gives to us. Obviously, we cannot match God in resources or generosity. But we can be inspired to follow God’s example—to give without favoritism and with the desire to help people flourish. What other ways does God give to the world?
Read this psalm as part of your daily prayers this week. What images stand out to you as you reflect on its poetry?
This is a great summary of a life of faith well lived— “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” How would you summarize your life of faith now? How might you summarize it at the end of your life?
With whom do you identify in this passage? Or do you feel you are not represented in this story told by Jesus? If you are not the tax collector (compromised and repentant sinner) or the Pharisee (super religious person), who are you in relation to God and to others in your community of faith? How does your identity translate into how you practice your faith? In how you treat others in your community?