Saturday, September 06, 2008

Reflectionary: Scripture for Worship on September 7, 2008

The Reflectionary is a weekly blog entry consisting of questions and comments on readings from the Revised Common Lectionary used at many Christian churches.

A new entry is added each Saturday, and features the readings for the following day, in hopes of enhancing the experience of participation during one's regular Sunday worship gathering.

Here are the passages for September 7, 2008, the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A). All links are to the TNIV via, but if you prefer another translation, feel free to use that instead (either with your own Bible, or via the links at

Exodus 12:1-14
  • This passage starts with God telling Moses about how God's people are to order their calendar. Two questions: 1) Why don't Christians use the same calendar today? 2) The first significant action described in this passage relates to the tenth day of the first month. Why isn't the first day of this first month mentioned?
  • God gives fairly specific directions on how the Passover meal is to be prepared and eaten. What is the significance of the specific instructions? Why not use another type of animal, for example?
Psalm 149:1-9

Romans 13:8-14

Matthew 18:15-20
  • Jesus tells his followers that their actions on earth will have significance in heaven. How might this play out? What if two sets of Christians disagree? What would be the heavenly impact of such a disagreement?

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