Live the Word to Sunday

Live the Word to Sunday, a Lectionary Discussion

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 (8/31/2014, Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost) Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28
Prior week (9/7/2014, Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost) Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 148; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20
Last week (9/7/2014, Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost) Exodus 14:19-31; Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35

September 21, 2014 Fifteenth Sunday of Pentecost

Having received the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, followers of Christ, filled with His very presence, brought his LIVING WORD to the world. What we receive will carry us through to Kingdom tide or what is known as the ordinary season. May you receive the gift offered in His sacrifice made for you and Christ’s saving grace. The focus of this first of three year cycle is the Gospel of Matthew. 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.

Exodus 16:2-15 – The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron…
  • God had brought the Hebrew people out of Egypt, freed from a harsh slavery, destroyed Pharaoh’s army in the Red Sea and now the they faced starvation in the desert, so they complained.
  • Notice how God responded.
  • Also consider how God met their needs not their wants.
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 – O give thanks to the LORD…
  • Here the Psalm writer offers us a prayer that helps us remember the great things that God has done, recounting the entire story of Exodus in a few verses.
  • We are called to remind God, tell him what he has done.
  • Do you think the reminder is for God’s benefit or ours?
Philippians 1:21-30 – For me living is Christ, and dying is gain…
  • A former prosecutor of the church, the Apostle Paul is responsible for the initial growth of the church as it spread throughout the world from Jerusalem.
  • Even through frequent beatings, a stoning, jail, Paul still prefers to press on, so much does he love his service in Christ.
  • How does Paul endure these trials and troubles?
Matthew 20:1-16 – For the Kingdom of heaven is like…”

  • Jesus tries to explain heaven in terms we may understand. By the way the daily wage was just enough to feed a family for one day.
  • Notice the concept of fairness that we hold is much different to Jesus.
  • Consider the meaning of the word Grace, blessings undeserved.

Next week (9/28/2014, Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost) Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-4; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32
Week after next (10/5/2014, Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost) Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46
And the next week (10/12/2014, Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost) Exodus 32:1-14; Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23; Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14

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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