John 9:1-41 Worship and Preaching Resources

For an exhaustive list of resources on this text, I recommend you visit this page at The Text this Week, created and curated by Jenee Woodard.

The Text:
NRSV at Oremus Bible Browser.
New American Bible at

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Some Resources to Check Out

Sermon – Blind Spot by John Vella
Excerpt:  Most of us have blind spots, presumptions, ideas and perceptions that we don’t even think about changing. These blind spots are major roadblocks in our spiritual journey. They can cause untold harm to others and to ourselves. Even a quick reading of today’s Gospel shows us in a graphic way how blind the Pharisee’s were to Jesus and to his work. These religious leaders were leading people into the darkness, not into the light. Their interior lives had become hardened, like a rock. They had become so smug and sure of themselves that they were not able to recognize Goodness itself as it was shown to them in the person of Jesus. They were as blind as a person could be. Continue reading “John 9:1-41 Worship and Preaching Resources”

And the Dead Shall Arise

As I consider the texts for this week the theme of death and resurrection is obvious. The valley of dry bones (how many churches fit that description?), Paul’s reflections on life in the spirit and the power of the spirit to re-animate what is dead, and of course, the story of Lazarus rising from the tomb.

Several observations on these scriptures:

  • It is the breath or spirit of God which brings the bones to life in Ezekiel.
  • It is the spirit of God which gives life to our mortal bodies.
  • It is the voice (breath, spirit) of Christ which calls Lazarus forth from the grave.

My questions:

  • If a church or group of people is dying, how can we invoke the spirit of God to bring new life?
  • Is it necessary for the people or church to want new life? (at least according to Ezekiel and John the answer appears to be no, but what about now?)