These lectionary resources were originally written for RSCM Sunday by Sunday magazine and are reprinted here with their kind permission.
Saying yes to Jesus leads straight into a practical role.
Peter, the rock, signifies the church in its day-to-day life – its ultimate victory on behalf of God is sure. We are reminded in the Old Testament readings that the greatness of God dwarfs us all and that we are constantly being challenged to choose death or life. Paul tells us that we should be a distinctive presence – in the world but not of it. Perhaps we should reassess our sense of importance before God. We pray that confession of Christ leads us to an active part in his purpose.
|Exodus 1.8 – 2.10||The Israelites in Egypt are oppressed; Moses is born|
|Psalm 124||Our help is in the Lord, who made heaven and earth|
|Romans 12.1–8||Present your bodies as holy, for we are members together|
|Matthew 16.13–20||Peter declares Jesus to be the Messiah|