April 14, 2019: Palm/Passion Sunday

Discussion Questions

Do you like parades?  What do you most (or least) enjoy about them?

If you remember Palm Sunday celebrations from your childhood what do you remember about them?

What parts of the Passion story (Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, and crucifixion) are most significant to you? Why?

Acting on the Word

Attend Maundy Thursday and/or Good Friday services this week.  Spend some time in prayer with the readings for the week, reflecting on what Jesus has done for us.

Daily Readings

Sunday:         Matthew 21:11-17      Jesus Enters Jerusalem

Monday:       Matthew 21:23-27      Jesus’ Authority Challenged
Tuesday:       Matthew 23:23-39      Woes Against the Pharisees

Wednesday:  Matthew 26:1-16        The Plot Against Jesus

Thursday:      Matthew 26:17-35      The Last Supper

Friday:          Matthew 27:27-61      Crucifixion

Saturday:       Matthew 27:62-66      The Guard at the Tomb

 

What is happening in each reading?  What is Jesus doing?  What are the disciples doing? What are others doing?

 

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April 7, 2019: Sheep and Goats

Discussion Questions

Where do you most easily see Jesus?

Who do you find it hardest to have compassion for?

Who do you find it easiest to have compassion for?

When have you been a “goat”?  a “sheep”?

 

Acting on the Word

Offer assistance to someone you usually wouldn’t this week.  Afterwards, reflect on how Jesus was present in that encounter,

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:         Matthew 25: 31-46     Parable of the Sheep and the Goats

Monday:       Psalm 98                     Psalm
Tuesday:       Matthew 24:29-51,     Teachings of Jesus

Wednesday:  Matthew 25:14-30      Parables of Jesus

Thursday:      Matthew 26:1-5          The Plot to Kill Jesus

Friday:          Matthew 26:6-13        The Anointing at Bethany

Saturday:       Matthew 26:14-16      Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

 

What do you learn about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus?

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March 31, 2019: Waiting Bridesmaids

Discussion Questions

Do you find it easy or hard to wait for something?

When have you had to wait longer than you anticipated?  How did you respond?

Are you always prepared, or are you more likely to wing it?

 

Acting on the Word

Whenever you have to wait this week (in line at the store, to meet someone, etc.), use the time you wait to pray.  Does that change your experience of waiting?

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:         Matthew 25:1-13        The Parable of the Bridesmaids

Monday:       Psalm 90                     Psalm
Tuesday:       Matthew 22:15-33      Questions for Jesus

Wednesday:  Matthew 22:34-46      The Greatest Commandment
Thursday,:     Matthew 23:1-36        Woes
Friday:          Matthew 23:37-39      Lament over Jerusalem

Saturday:       Matthew 24:1-28        Teachings of Jesus

What do you learn about being a disciple of Jesus from these readings?

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March 24, 2019: Invited to the Feast

Discussion Questions

Do you like attending wedding receptions?  Why or why not?

Have you ever turned down an invitation to a party?  Why or why not?

In what ways is gathering for worship like gathering for a party?

What things in your life make you “too busy” to spend time partying with Jesus?

 

Acting on the Word

Invite someone to join you for a party, a meal together, a cup of coffee, or for worship.  If they agree, pay attention for ways God is present with you as you are together.

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:         Matthew 22:1-14        Parable of the Wedding Banquet

Monday:       Psalm 81                     Psalm
Tuesday:       Matthew 20:17-34      Works of Jesus

Wednesday:  Matthew 21:18-22      The Fig Tree

Thursday:      Matthew 21:23-27      The Authority of Jesus Questioned

Friday:          Matthew 21:28-32      Parables of Jesus

Saturday:       Matthew 21:33-46      Parables of Jesus

 

What do you learn about being a disciple of Jesus from these readings?

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March 17, 2019: Generosity or Fairness?

Discussion Questions

When have you felt you were treated unfairly by an employer?

When has your generosity been questioned by others?

When have you been shown grace?

 

Acting on the Word

Pay attention for those moments when you feel resentful about another’s good fortune.  Try to respond to your annoyance by praying for them and for yourself.

 

Daily Readings

Sunday:         Matthew 20:1-16        Parable: The Generous Boss

Monday:       Psalm 16:5-11             Psalm
Tuesday        Matthew 16:1-12        Teachings of Jesus

Wednesday:  Matthew 16:13-23    Jesus Foretells His Death
Thursday:      Matthew 17:9-27        Teachings of Jesus

Friday:          Matthew 18:10-14      Parables of Jesus

Saturday:       Matthew 19:1-30,       Teachings of Jesus

 

What do you learn about being a disciple of Jesus from these readings?

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March 13: Lanesboro activities cancelled

The fog is still quite dense, the gravel roads are close to impassible in places, and there are multiple reports of flooded roads, so all afternoon and evening activities at Lanesboro United Methodist Church are cancelled today.

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March 10, 2019: Unforgiving Servant

Discussion Questions

Have you ever loaned money to someone and not been repaid?

How did that feel?

Have you had to repay a loan?  What was that like?

What do you find the hardest to forgive?

When have you experienced forgiveness from others?

Acting on the Word

Identify those you need to forgive, and work on forgiving them.

Daily Readings

Sunday:         Matthew 18:15-35      Forgiveness

Monday:       Psalm 65                     Psalm

Tuesday:       Matthew 14:1-12        Death of John the Baptist

Wednesday:  Matthew 14:34-15:9   Teachings of Jesus

Thursday:      Matthew 15:10-20      Teachings of Jesus

Friday:          Matthew 15:21-28      Teachings of Jesus

Saturday:       Matthew 15:29-39      Teachings of Jesus

What do these passages say about what it means to follow Jesus and/or obey God?

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