Preparing For Worship

Leading up to Sunday, October 15

Scripture Passage

1 Peter 2:9-25

Reflection

“Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.” (1 Peter 2:18-19)

This passage is a hard one. Submission is already a hard concept, but submission in the face of unjust suffering and harm…to that, can we give a wholehearted “Amen!” in our own lives or considering our Christian sisters and brothers around the world and through time?

The painting below depicts Christ in such a moment. Consider spending a few moments with this painting. Notice the crowd and their facial expressions. With all that you know of this scene, imagine Pilate’s words and the people’s screams. Ponder the face and stance of Jesus and where His gaze is fixed. Ask the Lord to draw you into Christ’s example in the face of unjust suffering. Allow these moments to prepare your heart to worship our Lord and to receive the teaching of His Word – even a challenging passage like this one.

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Mihály Munkácsy, Ecce homo!

1896, oil on canvas, Déri Múzeum

Public Domain

Songs We’ll Be Singing

Song of…

Invocation: This is Amazing Grace

Adoration: Good, Good Father

Confession: Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

Thanksgiving: How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

Response: Be Thou My Vision