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 (3/23/2014, third Sunday in Lent) Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42
Prior week (3/30/2014, fourth Sunday in Lent) I Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41
Last week (4/6/2014, fifth Sunday in Lent) Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45

April 13, 2014 Palm Sunday

As we come to the end of this leg of our journey through Lenten season, we follow Christ as he faces his passion. May you realize the 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.

Liturgy of the Palms: Mathew 21:1-11, Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Liturgy of Passion: Isaiah 50:4-9a – The LORD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word…
  • Written as long as 800 years before the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus, Isaiah speaks to a people brought back from exile.
  • Israel had been forced from their homeland by the Babylonians.
  • Notice from where Israel gathered the strength to rebuild even with enemies on all sides.
Psalm 31:9-16 – Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress…
  • The Psalm writer is considered to be King David who reigned nearly 1000 years before Christ lived as a human.
  • Psalms are written in the form of a prayer, when taken to heart provides stronger ties to God.
  • Consider the Psalm to be of strength for times of trouble.
Philippians 2:5-11; – Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus…
  • Originally written by the Apostle Paul as a letter one of the first churches, this letter has been past on from church to church, read and re-read before becoming part of our New Testament bible, truly standing the test of time..
  • Notice the power that comes from the weak form that God chose to enter our world.
  • Consider that this was done for you and I!
Matthew 26:14-27:66 – Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests….
  • The last supper appears in all four Gospels, Matthew, Mark Luke and John.
  • As you read put yourself into the story, use all your senses of sight, taste, hearing and feeling.
  • Notice the response of the Disciples, those who have known Jesus through most of his ministry for the past three years.

Next week (4/20/2014, Easter Sunday) Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-18; or Matthew 28:1-10
Week after next (4/27/2014, Second Sunday of Easter) Acts :14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-21

And the next week (5/04/2014, Third Sunday of Easter) Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; 1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35

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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