Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Scripture Lessons for Wednesday, March 22, and Sunday, March 26, 2017

Hello Everyone,

Take a midweek break to worship God and hear the story of Jesus' Passion. Wednesday Lent Worship is at 6:00 PM at Grey Eagle UMC and 7:15 PM at Peace United Church. I look forward to see you there. Our Scripture Lessons for Wednesday are:

Psalm 35:1-18, 27-28 – Questions from the bulletin: Who is speaking and what is happening to him/her? What does she/he want God to do? What had he/she done for their enemy? How did they reciprocate?

Isaiah 50:4-11 – More questions: What seems to be the servant’s work? What has happened to the servant? Who is the one who helps the servant? What does the servant want to happen to the people who torment her/him?

John 18:1-27 – And a few more: How often are we like Judas? Can we be forgiven? Can Judas? Why do you think the slave whose ear got cut off was named? Why do you think John does not tell about the healing of his ear as in Luke? Have you ever been like Peter and denied someone (or Jesus) because you didn’t want to take the risk? Have you ever been tempted to strike out at someone because you didn’t like what they said?

This Sunday we are continuing our Worship Series "Did Jesus Have to Die?" This week our frame is "Seeing the Truth" as we travel back to Jerusalem and meet a man who was born blind. Here is the synopsis for this week: "Jesus is the Light that drives out darkness and we can begin worshiping in Spirit and Truth. Yet, we are resistant to the revelation and the truth. Why is the Truth so hard to accept?"

Our Lessons are:

1 Samuel 16:1-13 – God sends Samuel to anoint a new king because Saul is not working out. Where does God send Samuel? Which family is chosen? Why don’t the first seven sons pass muster with God? Who is the one chosen? Have you ever felt chosen by God to do something outside your comfort zone?

Psalm 23 – What more can be said? A shepherd, a flock, and dinner at God’s home.

Ephesians 5:8-14 – Be very, very careful not to slip into racism, as some have done, when reading this passage. This is about moving out of the shadow and darkness of sin into the light of the world which is Jesus Christ. We who were asleep are now awake. We who were dead are now alive. All because of Jesus Christ.

John 9:1-41 – Nicodemus came to Jesus under the cover of darkness in John 3. Jesus met the woman at the well at high noon in John 4. Nicodemus didn’t get it while the woman did. The struggle of seeing and unseeing continues in John 9. Why was the man born with blindness, the disciples want to know? His sin or his parents’ sin? Why does the man not know who gave him his eyesight back? Why won’t the Pharisees not believe him? It seems the Pharisees in this story not only are the blind ones but they are unhearing also. Have you been unseeing and unhearing to the work of God? How do we regain our sight and hearing?

Have a blessed week serving God by serving others.

Peace in Christ,
Pastor Gary

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