Last Sunday we concluded our year-long journey with Brian McLaren guiding our worship services through his book, We Make the Road by Walking, with a time to discuss together how the Spirit has been at work in our lives in recent months and how our understanding or experience of our faith has changed during this last year. This week we will go back to using the scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary during worship. As you look back, what two or three things you’ve encountered on the road we’ve been making by walking it this last year are most important to you?
Chap. 52 – Discussion – McLaren: Luke 15:11-32; Romans 8:31-39; 1 Corinthians 15:50-58 // Genesis 9:8-17, Psalm 148, Romans 8:31-39, Luke 15:11-32
On Sunday, we reflected on St. John’s wildly hopeful revelation of the fulfillment of God that is surely coming even in the midst of the worst social chaos or inner turmoil imaginable (and John’s got a pretty darn good imagination!). It takes the eyes and ears of the Spirit of Christ to see through the spiritual darkness and get a glimpse of the fullness of the power of God. But how glorious those glimpses of the New Jerusalem are!
Chap. 51 – Dorothy Whiston preaching – McLaren: Psalm 126; Revelation 1:9-19, 19:11-16, 21:1-8, 22:16-21 // Isaiah 40:1-5; Psalm 126; Revelation 19:11-16, 21:1-6a, 22:16-17, 20; Matthew 24:23-31
On Sunday, we reflected on our own mortality. The realization that we are going to die can lead us to fear or possessiveness, but it can also teach us to number our days and to treasure this time we have been given. The Spirit overcomes our fear of death so that we can freely love our neighbors with a boundless, loving aliveness. As we walk this road together, what does it mean for us to, in the words of St. Benedict, “Keep death always before your eyes”?
Chap. 50 – Scott Roser preaching – McLaren: Psalm 90; Luke 20:27-38; Philippians 1:20-30 // FBC Worship: Job 38:16-20, 42:1-6; Psalm 90:1-6, 9b-10, 13-17; Philippians 1:20-27; Luke 29:27-38
On Sunday we reflected on the judgment of God, which McLaren puts in a very different light than we often see it through. Not the blazing light of condemnation or punishment but the enlightenment of restoring balance and setting things right. What a relief to have such a merciful God! What would this world be like if our judgment worked in the same way?! We also looked at the image of fire in the Bible as being about purification rather than torture and what that might mean for how we respond when our feet are to the fire. Allowing delays to burn away impatience….annoyances to burn away selfishness….duty to burn away laziness…. How can we best support one another as we learn to walk this road together with Christ as our guide?
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