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 (11/24/2013) Jeremiah 23:1-6; Luke 1:68-79, Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43
Prior week (12/1/2013) Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44
Last week (12/8/2013) Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12
December 15, 2013 3rd Sunday of Advent
In this season of Advent we look forward in hope to the birth of Christ, God among us (Emanuel). 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.
Isaiah 35:1-10 – The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad…
- Jesus quoted most often from the book of Isaiah. As a teacher or Rabbi. He referred to one who lived in the 8 centuries before the His birth, according to the authors of the New Oxford annotated bible.
- Notice the references that Isaiah made to the coming of the Messiah,
- As you read, imagine the words filling all your senses, let sight, smell and touch be filled by the desert.
Luke 1:46b-55 – …and my soul magnifies the Lord …”
- These are the words spoken by Mary the mother of Jesus, upon hearing the news of the coming birth from an angel.
- Consider that these words came to here before she was married.
- How would you expect a young woman to feel hearing se would receive the birth of god into the world, yet even out of wedlock? Does that make Mary’s response even more remarkable?
James 5:7-10 – Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the LORD…
- Tradition places James the brother of Jesus as the author, in the decades following Jesus’ birth, ministry, death and resurection.
- How does James prepare us to receive Christ?
- Consider the other scriptures that come from others, that speak of the coming of the LORD
Matthew 11:2-11 – When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing…
- What is John the Baptist’s response of news of Jesus’ ministry, even though John is in prison?
- How does Jesus convince John that it is indeed himself that people talk about?
- What does Jesus say about the importance of John the Baptist?
Next week (12/22/2013) Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25
Week after next (12/29/2013) Isaiah 63:7-9; Psalm 148; Hebrews 2:10-18; Matthew 2:13-23
And the next week (1/5/2014) Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147:12-20; Ephesian 1:3-14; John 1:(1-9), 10-18
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.