Giving in Grace Bible Study Series 4

Luke 15:11-32 (NRSV) The Parable of the Prodigal and His Brother 11 Then Jesus[a] said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. 13 A few days later the […]

Giving in Grace Bible Study Series 3

The Parable of the Good Samaritan 25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus.[a] “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and […]

Giving in Grace Bible Study Series 2

The weekly bible study series continues this week online or in person on Sunday, November 5th from 9-9:45am in the common room (dates to follow include Nov 12th & 19th). Follow this link for a video discussion of the passage and its relevance to our lives today. The gift of God’s grace is the focus of […]

Giving in Grace: Bible Study Series 1

FIRST, WE GIVE OF OURSELVES: GIVING IN GRACE Bible Study: “We Give of Ourselves” You can watch here and respond below within the comment section. OR Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-7 In this passage of Scripture, The Apostle Paul writes of what we might call the first “world hunger” offering. In the passage from 2 Corinthians 8, […]

“Consider the Birds”

This morning’s reflection on the way out the door to school with she who is rapidly approaching age four: “Look, poppa, the birds in the air. They are singing for us. Wow.” Those moments of grace-filled witness gave way to something more, as we – she and I – flew among them and their song […]

Week 6: Sabbath as Counter to Covetousness

“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord* has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect […]

Week 4: Sabbath as Belonging

The Hebrew Scriptures, the Gospels, and the Epistles- basically, the entirety of the Scriptural tradition- are each full of stories of what it means to belong. The story of the Israelites that we’ve been following these last few weeks in our community exploration of Sabbath, is a journey marked by a disparate people becoming God’s […]

Week 3: Sabbath and Memory

We likely all remember the major highlights of the Exodus story. The Israelites follow Moses, trusting (sometimes) God. They have moments of anxiety and fear. They create Golden gods and they bicker. And yet, God’s covenant is renewed and eventually, after 40 years, they make it to the Promised Land. But right before they enter, […]

Week 2: Sabbath as Rest from Anxiety

In last week’s Sabbath reflection, we noted that Sabbath, as a guiding principle, is rooted in the creation narrative- on the seventh day, God rested. But God did more than to simply rest from action, from creative energy. God rested from anxiety about that work as well. On the seventh day, God did not show […]