Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Lectionary Ruminations: Scripture for Worship on May 24, 2009

Here are the passages for May 24th, 2009, the Seventh Sunday of Easter (Year B). 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 drop-down menu at

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
  • Here we read an (edited) account of the calling of Matthias, Judas' replacement among the Twelve. Why was it important that a replacement be called?
  • Why is the casting of lots considered a viable means of selection for the new apostle?
  • Why do we never hear of Matthias again within the Scriptures?
Psalm 1

1 John 5:9-13
  • It's almost cliche to point out that John considers "belief" in the Son of God important, but what does it mean to John to have such belief?
John 17:6-19
  • This prayer is made by Jesus shortly before his arrest leading to his crucifixion. How is it that we have this account? Who was watching Jesus make it, or who did Jesus relate it to afterwards?
  • I imagine that exegetes could ask all sorts of questions about this prayer. I'll try to limit myself to a couple. What does Jesus' prayer tell us about himself? What does Jesus' prayer tell us about those who follow him? Is he praying just for his followers present with him in first-century Palestine, or for all followers throughout all time and in all places?

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