Here is the link to this Sunday’s lessons.
Here are questions for us to prayerfully consider as we prepare for worship this Sunday, the third Sunday in Lent. We hope you will find them a useful resource as you prepare to receive them.
This story is told in the context of all that the Lord has done for Israel in their deliverance from Egypt—great miracles that brought judgment on their oppressors and protection and provision for them. In this context, their complaints against Moses and lack of trust in God stand out even more. However, they were facing new and scary hardships—not enough water in a dry land. Have you ever had a similar experience when God has done great things for you in the past, but a new challenge comes up and you were afraid? How did you respond? How did it work out?
A shorter version of this psalm is used in Morning Prayer in The Book of Common Prayer. Try reading it this week. What emotions does it stir in you? If you read it after reading the lesson for this Sunday from Exodus, how does that shape your response? If you read it during your prayers this week, try tracking the different feelings and thoughts that come up for you.
These eleven verses include the depth and breadth of the Christian faith. In even fewer words, it is this: God came down and became human to rescue all people. That rescue involved the death of God-made-human, Jesus. But his death was not the end of the story—God-made-human was raised and that began the work of restoring humanity into a relationship with God and one another. The quality of that restoration is described in the first five verses—capped off by a Spirit-filled love. Reflect on these verses this week and during the rest of Lent. What do they mean for you? Do you believe them?
This passage reports the longest conversation between Jesus and any individual. In this case, it is a non-Jewish woman. This was very unusual practice for a person of his day and culture. What does that reveal about Jesus? The conversation moves from social surprise to humor (even playfulness); then to more serious issues of life, faith, and worship of God. Which parts stand out to you? What questions are raised for you by this give and take? What may you take from this passage to inform how you reflect on Jesus and on the faith he taught and lived?