Live the Word to Sunday

Live the Word to Sunday, a Lectionary Discussion

Preparing the way for the Lord to let God’s Word work in your life during the week to make your worship experience more meaningful. Sermons during Worship services are often based upon the Revised Common Lectionary. You are invited to log onto this site and Leave Comment on the readings presented with your questions and/or thoughts. If you have not already done so,you may register here.

Previous week (1/11/2015, Baptism of the LORD, First Sunday after Epiphany) 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Luke 1:47-55; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38
Prior week (1/25/2015, Third Sunday of Epiphany) Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:5-12; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20
Last week (1/18/2015, Second Sunday after Epiphany) 1Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20); Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51

February 1, 2015, Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Now in the season of Epiphany, following the Christian calender, which started with the Advent season, celebrating the birth of Christ and hopeful of the manifestation of the divine in our lives. Our focus has moved from Mathew this past year to the Gospel of Mark for this second year of a three year cycle. As you read this week, consider how the Living Word speaks to you. Jesus is calling you to respond to his Word. Consider the hopeful questions: Where does my help come from? Where do I see God active in the world? How is God calling me to live my life? These scriptures point us toward these profound questions and to faith and to the saving grace of God. It is our hope and prayer that your worship experience be enhanced as you gain a greater sense that God is with you in Jesus Christ.

Deuteronomy 18:15-20 – The LORD your God will raise for you a prophet like me from your own people…
  • From the fifth book of the old testament, which as a collection were called Torah or the Law, we have a call to remind us of the Law, or the people God used to bring us his word.
  • Notice how we are told the way to tell a real prophet or speaker of God’s word/
  • Also consider the danger in falsely trying to appear as one of the prophets.
Psalm 111 – Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart …
  • Psalms are called prayers in the form of songs, useful in providing you with words in any situation, especially when the words don’t come, otherwise, in time of need.
  • What benefit does the psalm writer tell us can come from reading the words of God?
  • Try reading this as a prayer between you and God.
1 Corinthians 8:1-13 – Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge”…
  • The apostle Paul wrote to the first congregations after Christ rose from the dead, offering advice, encouragement and sometimes criticism, but so successfully that the church grew and his letters were passed from church to church, gaining popularity and reliable in building the body of Christ, that we have it now canonized and part of our New Testament.
  • In the first days of the church it was common that meals were taken and with folks from many backgrounds coming together, and food sacrifice to local gods common, of course questions arose especially in the strict traditions of those with Hebrew backgound.
  • Notice the similarity to the non-alcoholic Methodist communion and the potential “stumbling block” of offering wine instead of grape juice.
Mark 1:21-28 – They went to Capernaum, and when the sabbath came he entered the synagogue…”
  • Here we have from the shortest of the four gospels or good news, a milestone event, a realization that Jesus was not just a great teacher or rabbi or even a simple prophet..
  • This was something new, a visiting rabbi would try to support his teaching by quoting someone local folks could respect, honoring local customs.
  • How was Jesus different? What were the reactions of those present?

Next week (2/8/2015, Fifth Sunday after Epiphany) Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39
Week after next (2/15/2015, Transfiguration Sunday) 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9
And then (2/22/2015, First Sunday of Lent) Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15

May the Living Word dwell and lead your heart. May you hear and respond to the Word fully, by seeking to live as Jesus intended and coming to know him through his grace and healing power. May the power of Living Word bring the presence of God in you. To God be the Glory.

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