June and July: Asking the Questions Jesus Asked

If you know any toddlers, you may not be surprised that 70-80 percent of their conversations are comprised of questions. Surveys have indicated that only 15-25 percent of adult conversations are composed of questions. We stop asking questions at an alarming rate.

One reason this is alarming is that while Jesus is asked 183 questions in the New Testament, he asks over 300 questions. Questions help us see our surroundings in a new way. Well-asked questions can unsettle long-held assumptions. Questions open us up to mystery and allows us to become inquisitive, life-long learners. For the church, continuing to ask questions places us in the position of listening, instead of presuming that the proprietors of all of the answers. Jesus answered less than handful of the questions he was asked. Can studying the questions of Jesus help us ask the right questions for ministry today?

Throughout June and July we are going to focus on the questions Jesus asked. Each Sunday, we will read scripture in which Jesus asks a question. On Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. we will offer a book study. The book is titled Jesus is the Question: The 307 Questions Jesus Asks and the Three He Answered by Martin Copenhaver.

Here is the worship schedule for June and July:

  • Sunday, June 3 - Communion:  Haven’t you ever read what David did when he was in need, when he and those with him were hungry? (Mark 2:23-3:6)  Music from the Phil DeGreg Jazz Trio.
  • Sunday, June 10 - Choir Recognition: Who are my mother and my brothers? (Mark 3:20-35) Music from the Sanctuary Choir.
  • Sunday, June 17: Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith? (Mark 4:35-41) Music from the Summer Choir.
  • Sunday, June 24: How much bread do you have? (Mark 6:35-44) Music from Kara and Matt Miller.
  • Sunday, July 1 - Communion: Why do you make a commotion and weep? (Mark 5:21-43) Music from Suzanne Edwards.
  • Sunday, July 8: Can worry add a second to your life? (Matthew 6:25-34) Music from Tara Downie, soprano.
  • Sunday, July 15: What/who are you looking for? (John 1:28, 18:7, and 11:1-13) Music from Brian Shepard, tenor and organist.
  • Sunday, July 22: Would you give a snake to a child who wants bread? Ore a scorpion for and egg? How much more will the heavenly father give the  Holy Spirit to those who ask? (Luke 11:1-13) Music by the Razor’s Edge Barbershop Chorus.
  • Sunday, July 29 Do you love me? (John 221:15-19) Music by the Wing Walkers.