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 is the source for part of the anthem we use to begin the burial office in The Book of Common Prayer, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth…” Do you have a sense of God as your redeemer? What does that word mean for you? At least part of the meaning is one who saves us from an overwhelming debt or from captivity. How has God done that for you? What were your debts? From what prison have you been set free? How does the freedom that God has provided for you change how you live today?
This psalm is the source for one of the prayers used during the Compline (or night) service, “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me under the shadow of your wings…” (The Book of Common Prayer, page 132). What does this image convey to you as you consider your relationship with God? Often a psalm uses a homey image to make a profound point: God cares for us deeply and intimately. What image would you use from nature or everyday life to convey God’s relationship with you?
Though this letter was written almost two thousand years ago, some people in the church today still get tangled up with predicting when the end times will occur. Often this is just a needless waste of time. However, it can also cause deeper problems. Some beliefs about the end times may keep people from caring about issues of justice, peace, and the environment. In other words, “The end is coming, so why worry about these things?” What are your core beliefs about God? How do they affect how you live and what you believe is important in our public life?
This is a puzzling passage with religious customs about marriage that most of us do not understand. Jesus does raise a point for us to consider today—how does marriage prepare us for heaven? How will our marriages continue on the other side of glory? Or will they be transformed in some way into something better and even more beautiful as we join the company of heaven?