Friday, October 28, 2011

The Reflectionary: Scripture for Worship on October 30, 2011

Here are the passages for October 30, 2011, the 31th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A). All links are to the CEB via BibleGateway.com, but if you prefer another translation, feel free to use that instead (either with your own Bible, or via the drop-down menu at BibleGateway.com).

Joshua 3:7-17
  • The miracle of this passage: the crossing of the Jordan, seems in many ways similar to the crossing of the sea in Exodus. What aspects aren't the same? How might these differences tell us about the distinctiveness of this situation?
Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
  • As Paul continues (and we read with no break from the epistle reading last week) describing his relationship with the Thessalonians, why do you think he chooses to highlight the items mentioned here? Might he be preparing the Thessalonians for something he is about to say later?
Matthew 23:1-12
  • This passage picks right up from where we left off last week, too. Part of the "Godly Play" curriculum (which I mentioned a few weeks ago) asks at the end of every story, "Is there any part of the story that we could leave out, and still have all the story we need?" Why do you think that the lectionary goes from week to week, in some cases picking up directly from the previous reading, and in some cases skipping several verses or chapters?
  • What does Jesus mean when he says that "The legal experts and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat"? How does this help us understand their roles?
  • Jesus tells his followers not to take on certain titles for themselves, nor to use them in reference to others. Why are these specific titles chosen? How might Jesus respond to church leaders (and members) today in this vein?

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