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 ( 8/3/2014, Eighth Sunday after Pentecost) Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 17:1-17, 15; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21
Prior week (8/10/2014, Ninth Sunday after Pentecost) Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28; Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33
Last week (8/17/2014, Tenth Sunday after Pentecost) Genesis 45:1-15; Psalm 133; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15:10-20, 21-28

August 24, 2014 Eleventh 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 1:8-2:10 – Now a new King arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph…
  • Under the prior Pharaoh or King the Hebrew people had been given much due to the good will created by Joseph when he saved the Egyptian people from seven years of famine. For the story of how Joseph go tto that point of favor read Genesis 37 to 50.
  • Why does the new King fear the Hebrew people?
  • Notice the ways the King tries to weaken the Hebrew people and how with God’s help, they prosper, in spite of those efforts.
Psalm 124 – If it had not been the LORD who was on our side…
  • Here we have words attributed to the traditions given to us by King David, often in prayer form, here as a song of worship to God.
  • Consider these references to the great things, chief among them is the example from the Exodus story.
  • We are called to consider where in our lives have we seen examples of thriving in spite of circumstances? Where do we need to bring to God those things that are beyond our ability to deal with ourselves?
Romans 12:1-8 – I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice to God …
  • From the Apostle (which means one sent by God) Paul we have advice that he gave to the church in Rome in the decades following Christ’s death and resurrection. This advice has been passed down church to church and combined with other letters to form a large part of our New Testament Bible.
  • Consider the choice Paul presents to us, to be conformed to this world or use the gifts God has granted us.
  • Notice the types of gifts and consider where you are gifted.
Matthew 16:13-20 – Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi…”

  • Why do you suppose Jesus chose Ceararea Philippi is a Roman City as a setting to pose this question to his Disciples?
  • Notice Peters response and a promise Jesus makes.
  • why do you suppose Jesus asked to Disciples not to tell any one?

Next 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
Week after next (9/7/2014, Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost) Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 148; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20
And the next week (9/14/2014, Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost) Exodus 14:19-31; Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35

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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