Thursday, May 28, 2015

Trinity Sunday

Hello Church! We took a bit of a blog break for Eastertide, but now that the season of Pentecost is 1 John 4:7-21...where do you see hints of God as three persons yet one unity--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--in this reading?
upon us we are back, preparing to celebrate the first Sunday in Pentecost, also known as Trinity Sunday. We will be continuing our series in 1 John by reading

The Trinity is beyond confusing, even for me--so as part of our sermon time on Sunday I'll be talking about my favorite video about the Trinity. For those of you who wish, you can preview it ahead of time by clicking on the YouTube link below (if you receive the blog by email, you may have to go to the webpage to view the video). How would you explain our God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit--Creator, Christ and Holy Ghost--if you were asked to do so? We will dive into this together, to the best of our ability, on Sunday!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Lent Day 40

 BOOK V - The Words of Post-Resurrection Encounters

1 The first words
2 His revealing of Himself as Messiah on the Emmaus road
3 The infusion of the Spirit in His empowering of those gathered with Him
4 The conversation with Thomas
5 The prophecy to Peter of his martyrdom
6 The words of Ascension

Reflect: It seemed the words from the cross were Jesus' last...but they were not! Tomorrow he will speak again. We do not have many words recorded from the time Jesus spent with his disciples and friends between Easter morning and the day of his Ascension, but what sticks out to you from the words we do have recorded? How do these words fill you with hope as we anticipate the resurrection tomorrow?

Friday, April 3, 2015

Lent Day 39

BOOK IV - The Words of Intimate Conversation
56 His words of forgiveness
57 His assigning of John as caregiver to Mary
58 His resignation
59 His granting of salvation to one of the robbers
60 His last words before Resurrection

Reflect: On this Good Friday, we have come to the words Jesus spoke from the cross. We have been hearing these words in worship throughout Lent; how does it strike you, now, to hear them all together?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Lent Day 38

BOOK IV - The Words of Intimate Conversation

51 In the garden of Gethsemane
52 The arrest and His interpretation of it
53 His claiming, before the High Priest, His divinity
54 Testimony before Pilate
55 His prophecy about the end times

Reflect: On this day when Jesus is arrested, we are all full of questions. This is another good set of readings for reflecting on the questions Jesus asked. Go through and pick out all the questions--what do you hear in his inquiries? Was he always looking for responses, or were his questions also a way of instructing?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Lent Day 37

BOOK IV - The Words of Intimate Conversation

46 The prophecy about their weakness and failure in the face of fear
47 His assertion of His salvific role
48 The promise of the coming of the Comforter and Advocate
49 The benediction
50 His last prayer before them

Reflect: In Jesus' final hours, part of what he did was pray for us! How can Jesus' prayer here be a model of how you pray for others? Try taking his words and using them to form a prayer of your own. How does this compare to the traditional Lord's Prayer we pray as Jesus taught?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Lent Day 36

BOOK IV - The Words of Intimate Conversation

41 His direct instructions to them in preparation for His leaving them
42 The poignancy of betrayal and of human endings
43 His words concerning the bread and wine
44 Instructions about the employment of worldly goods in the work of the Kingdom
45 The new commandment

Reflect: How does it impact the way you hear these words if you know they were all spoken during Jesus' last hours with his disciples before death? Why do you think Jesus calls the command to love one another a "new commandment"?

Monday, March 30, 2015

Lent Day 35

BOOK IV - The Words of Intimate Conversation

36 A prophecy about the destruction of the Temple
37 Concerning the time of His approaching crucifixion
38 The use of extravagant devotion
39 Instructions about their last meal together
40 Final instruction about servant leadership

Reflect: Imagine Jesus speaking his words in Saying 40 directly to you.