Tomorrow is the Fifth Sunday in Lent. The Sunday scripture readings are powerful affirmations of life in the midst of death: the valley of dry bones in Ezekiel 37:1-14; a heart-searching song in Psalm 130; a consideration of life in the Spirit in Romans 8:6-8, and finally the raising of Lazarus in John 11:1-45. Working Preacher is one of the resources in our church used widely by pastors and congregations in their study of scripture and preparation for worship. It is a wonderful website full of commentaries, reflections, and questions for preaching, and for personal prayer and corporate worship. In our Catechism Study class on Wednesday evenings, we’ve been talking about ways of preparing for worship, for hearing the Word freshly. Working Preacher offers reflection questions for each week of Sunday scripture lessons. Here are the ones for this Sunday. We’ll be using them in worship this week.
Discussion Questions for Lent 5
Whose death have you wept over, grieved deeply? (John 11:1-45)
When was a time you felt God breathing new life into you? (Ezek 37:1-14)
What’s foremost on your mind when you pray these days? (Ps 130)
How do you perceive the presence, work, or impact of the Spirit in any given moment? (Rom 8:6-11)
This week’s Reflect & Connect questions written by Rod Boriack.