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 Lessons & Questions for January 6, 2019


Here is the link to this Sunday's lessons:
https://lectionarypage.net/YearABC_RCL/Epiphany/Epiph_RCL.html


Sunday is also the Feast of the Epiphany. Here are questions for us to prayerfully consider:

Isaiah 60:1-6  Isaiah's prophetic poetry anticipates a new reality between the people of God and the nations of the world. Christian scripture has this fulfilled at least in part through the visit of the wise men bringing gifts to Jesus. How do you read and interpret this prophetic poetry? Was it fulfilled once in the wise men's visit? Has it been fulfilled in some other way? Is its fulfillment still unfolding in ways we may not even realize yet? Or is it just an ancient poem with no relevance for history or today? 


Psalm 72:1-7,10-14  So if we gathered the leaders of the world, read this psalm to them, and then proclaimed, "The Word of the Lord," do you think it would make a difference? Does it make a difference for us? How does our biblical faith inform our public life including public policies? Does this psalmist's perspective make us uncomfortable? What might need to change in how the powerful see and treat the poor in the world? How about us? 


Ephesians 3:1-12  My sermon this past Sunday focused on the mystery of God revealed in Jesus. This passage speaks to the same mystery. Why do you think God uses mystery? Why not just let everyone know plainly what God is up to in this enterprise we call life? Is mystery because of God's vastness or our limitations or both?


Matthew 2:1-12  Foreign wise men were the surprising messengers of a new work of God in the world. Herod and his people in Jerusalem responded in fear. What do you think the wise men hoped for in their journey? Why did Herod's people respond in fear? With whom do you identify in the story?Please pray for me as I prepare to preach and for all of us as we prepare to hear and respond to God's Word.


Happy New Year! 

 
Keith +


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