Question of the Week

Based on each Sunday’s Scripture readings, your “Question of the Week” offers opportunities for deeper reflection and faith-sharing. Make the “Question of the Week” your starting point in for small group faith-sharing, family prayer time, and daily reflection.

Basado en las lecturas de la Escritura de cada domingo, su “Pregunta de la Semana” ofrece oportunidades de reflexión más profunda y compartimiento de la fe. Haga la “Pregunta de la Semana” su punto de partida en para el compartimiento de la fe del grupo pequeño, tiempo del rezo de la familia y reflexión diaria.


Trust in God

12-31-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Genesis 15:1-6, 21:1-3 (God's promise of family for Abraham)
  • Reading II: Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19 (Abraham's reward for his trust in God)
  • Gospel: Luke 2:22-40 (Simeon's proclamation of God's promise of salvation)
  • Key Passage: The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him. (Luke 2:40)
  • Adults: Are you obedient to God's will for you?
  • Children: In what ways are you obedient to your parents?
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Acceptance of God's Will

12-24-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 (The Lord's promises to David)
  • Reading II: Romans 16:25-27 (Doxology)
  • Gospel: Luke 1:26-38 (The annunciation of the Lord)
  • Key Passage: Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:38)
  • Adults: What work of justice could you do this week to bring someone joy?
  • Children: Is there something hard you need to do this week? What might make it easier?
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Bringing Joy through Justice

12-17-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11 (The mission to the afflicted)
  • Reading II: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 (Christian conduct; blessing)
  • Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28 (John as witness to the light)
  • Key Passage: The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
  • Adults: What work of justice could you do this week to bring someone joy?
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Patience

12-10-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 (Promise of salvation)
  • Reading II: 2 Peter 3:8-14 (Christ will come in judgment)
  • Gospel: Mark 1:1-8 (John the Baptist)
  • Key Passage: The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
  • Adults: With whom could you be more patient this week, as God has been patient with you?
  • Kids: With whom can you be more patient?
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God's Faithfulness

12-03-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7 (Prayer for the return of God's favor)
  • Reading II: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 (Thanksgiving)
  • Gospel: Mark 13:33-37 - (Need for watchfulness)
  • Key Passage: God is faithful; and by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:9)
  • Adults: How do you know when you're following Christ and living his teachings faithfully?
  • Kids: What good thing might God be asking you to do right now?
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Using Your Gifts

11-19-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 (ideal wife)
  • Reading II: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 (the need for preparation)
  • Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30 (parable of the silver pieces)
  • Key Passage: The servant said, "Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents." His master said to him, "Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy." (Matthew 25:20b–21)
  • Adult: What gift have you not developed as you had hoped? What could you still do?
  • Child: What gift has God given you? What do you want to do with it?
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Actions and Consequences

11-12-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Wisdom 6:12-16 (the availability of wisdom to those who seek)
  • Reading II: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (resurrection of the dead)
  • Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13 (parable of the ten virgins)
  • Key Passage: Jesus said, "Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour" (Matthew 25:13).
  • Adult: We meet Christ sometimes when we least expect it. How can you be ready to see him in all the ways he is present?
  • Child: What are some surprising ways in which you meet Christ in your daily life?
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Sincerity of the Heart

11-05-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Malachi 1:14b-2:2b, 8–10 (punishment for imperfect sacrifices)
  • Reading II: 1 Thessalonians 2:7b-9, 13 (Paul's sincerity)
  • Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12 (hypocrisy of the scribes and Pharisees)
  • Key Passage: Jesus said, "Therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach." (Matthew 23:3)
  • Adult: Is there an area of your life in which you sometimes feel like a hypocrite?
  • Child: Why is it important for you to live according to how you believe?
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Love of Neighbor

10-29-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Exodus 22:20-26 (social laws)
  • Reading II: 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 (a model for believers)
  • Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40 (the greatest commandment)
  • Key Passage: [Jesus] said to him " 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Matthew 22:37–39)
  • Adult: In a practical sense, what is one thing that would change in your life if you loved your neighbor as yourself?
  • Child: Why is it hard sometimes to love your neighbor?
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Social Responsibility

10-22-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 (rewards to Cyrus, king of Persia)
  • Reading II: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5 (a model for believers)
  • Gospel: Matthew 22:15-21 (paying tax to the emperor)
  • Key Passage: At that [Jesus] said to them "Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's." (Matthew 22:21)
  • Adult: How much responsibility do you feel the government should take for meeting the needs of the less fortunate in our society? How willing are you to contribute?
  • Child: Who needs help in your neighborhood or community? What could you and your family do to help?
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Living Our Faith

10-15-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Isaiah 25:6-10 (a feast for all peoples)
  • Reading II: Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 (generosity)
  • Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14 (the wedding banquet)
  • Key Passage: Jesus said, "Many are invited, but few are chosen." (Matthew 22:14)
  • Adult: How do you translate your faith into the work of the Reign of God?
  • Child: What three things can you do this week to show that you are a follower of Jesus?
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Dealing with Injustice

10-08-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I:Isaiah 5:1-7 (the vineyard song)
  • Reading II: Philippians 4:6-9 (joy and peace in Christ)
  • Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43 (parable of the tenants)
  • Key Passage: Jesus said, "Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit." (Matthew 21:43)
  • Adult: How have you used your talents and abilities well for the Reign of God?
  • Child: What can you do in your week to help the love of God grow in the world?
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The Challenge to Forgive

10-01-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I:Ezekiel 18:25-28 (personal responsibility)
  • Reading II:Philippians 2:1-11 (imitating the humility of Christ)
  • Gospel: Matthew 21:28-32 (parable of the two sons)
  • Key Passage: A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, "Son, go and work in the vineyard today." He answered, "I will not"; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, "I go, sir"; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father? They said, "The first." (Matthew 21:28–31)
  • Adult: When have your actions not measured up to your promises? What was the outcome?
  • Child: Why is it important to follow through on your promises to others?
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