A community of faith
seeking to love and serve
in the Spirit of Jesus Christ
Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit
Here is the link to this Sunday's lessons:
Here are questions for us to prayerfully consider as we prepare for worship:
Job 38:1-7, (34-41) Though parts of God's reply to Job (and his friends-- and us) seem harsh, it is still a response. God engages Job even with Job's questions and complaints. This divine poem points us to important things to remember in our own lives-- that God listens, God cares, and we can count on God's grace to operate in our lives no matter what hardship-- or joy-- we experience.
Psalm 104:1-9, 25, 37b Another divine poem that describes God's choreography with Nature. Humans are part of Nature and the wildness of winds and flames can be scary for us as individuals, families, and communities (e.g., Hurricane Michael and the wildfires in the western U.S.). How do you understand our part in Nature when its power is unleashed and our fellow humans (or we) suffer? How can we experience Nature in a way that deepens our faith in God and deepens our wisdom and love for one another and all of God's creation?
Hebrews 5:1-10 How do these verses shape your view of Jesus and also your view of human ministers? These verses indicate that congregations and ministers share challenges due to ignorance, being easily misled (wayward), and weakness. So it is not a surprise that the church and its ordained leaders often have challenges in how to grow in our faith as individuals and as a community. What can each of us do to improve how clergy and people support each other and grow into a vital, loving, Christ-following community?
Mark 10:35-45 James and John, two of the Twelve, make a power play to be the top two deputies in Jesus' Messianic kingdom. This type of manipulation is common to anyone who has been in leadership positions. What is Jesus' commentary on this typical human behavior? What do we need to learn in order to be different types of leaders as followers of Jesus? Name one thing you can stop doing and one thing you can start doing in order to be part of this different type of servant leadership.
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.
FYI, our Thursday book group is still reading Falling Upward by Richard Rohr. Come join us as you are able.