If you have been following along, this past weekend we heard from Fr. Andrews for Week 2 of our Lenten Series – The Altar. We encourage you to take some time this week to listen again, jotting down those comments or thoughts that you want to talk to God about or using the following Discussion Questions with a friend or family member. Giving the best we have (time included) will help make worship more meaningful, not just for ourselves, but for our families as well.
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Week 2 – Hollow Worship
The temptation to experience worship as hollow or empty is universal. God’s solution for our hearts is the invitation to offer Him our first-fruits. Sacrifices that are intentional, consequential, and representational have the power to transform our hearts and fill up what might be hollow worship.
- What is the most thoughtful gift you have received? Tell us the story.
- Have you ever experienced “empty” or “hollow” worship in the Mass? Share what that experience has been like? In the past, what might you have thought “caused” that?
- Are there any areas in your life where God has been calling you to give first-fruits and you know you are not consistent in that? What is one area of your life you would like to begin being consistent in giving the Lord your first-fruits? Please share and discuss.
- In this area (where God is calling you to offer first-fruits), what is one way this sacrifice can be both intentional and consequential? Share and write down your answers.
- How is this offering connected to how you are called to live? Guarding against mere “substitutionary sacrifice” (I offer this instead of my heart), how is the offering of first-fruits going to impact your life (representative – I offer this on behalf of my heart)? Discuss
God in Real Life
This week, how can you bring your first-fruits, your heart, and the people on your heart to God at the altar in the Mass?
The Lord God took Abram outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can. Just so,” he added, “shall your descendants be.”
Abram put his faith in the Lord, who credited it to him as an act of righteousness. ~ Genesis 15:5-6
Adapted from a message series and materials from UMD Newman