Lessons for the week of September 24, 2017

This Sunday we will return to The Path, chapter 3. It is the story of Abraham and Sarah and all those around them. If you do not have The Path, you can order it at Amazon (including a Kindle option) or www.forward movement.org. The corresponding chapters are Genesis 12:1-25:11 if you prefer to read it in your own Bible. For those with The Path, remember to prayerfully consider the questions on pages 37-38.

Here are the other assigned lectionary readings that we will cover:
Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16  Verses 1 & 2 give us an idea of how our ancestors understood the purpose of ancient Scripture stories:

"Hear my teaching, O my people; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will declare the mysteries of ancient times."Scripture is written often in the form of parables that help us to understand the mysteries of life. We bring our modern, Western, and more literal way of interpretation to Scripture at the risk of misunderstanding its message. Scripture is not a documentary, nor a textbook. Keep this in mind as you read and prayerfully consider the story of Abraham.

Matthew 21:23-32  This Gospel makes clear that God values what we do, not what we say we are going to do. In our world today, there is a lot of talking (especially on social media) that can lead to anger and division. Consider this week what we can do to bring justice, healing, and peace instead of more empty and divisive words. A good start to more doing-- willingness to listen and pray before we respond with actions. Seek to do what will bring justice and healing to God's world. Consider not adding our angry words to the public conversation (James 1:19-20).

I will be the preacher this Sunday. Please pray for me as I prepare to speak and for all of us as we prepare to hear and respond to God's Word.


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Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit

724 Pilgrim Mill Rd.

Cumming, GA 30040

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Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit  

724 Pilgrim Mill Rd., Cumming, GA 30040