Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Hunger Games

John 6:56-69 "To whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life."
Ephesians 6:10-20 Put on the whole armour of God.
Psalm 34: 15-22 The Lord redeems his servants

There has been a trilogy of books called the Hunger Games which are very popular with youth and adults alike. The first book has already been made into a movie which should be released on DVD soon. Today's service with explore the scriptures through the words and actions of this book as a reflection on our world today and in the future. As Paul says to the Ephesians, it is time to suit up and put on the whole armour of God and stand against the wiles of the devil.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Beauty of the Table

Proverbs 9:1-6
Wisdom has built her house

John 6:51-58
The bread that came down from heaven

In John's gospel, Jesus offers his body and blood to his followers as a way to let his life and presence live in them. And of course we too would have Christ live in us. So we gather at the Table to receive the life Christ gives, and in the beauty of the table, for our eyes to open to the beauty of our world.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Beware what you wear!

Ephesians 4:25-5:2 Do not let the sun go down on your anger
Psalm 34:1-8 Taste and See that the Lord is good
John 6:35, 41-51 I am the bread of life

In Paul's letter to the Ephesians, we are being called to take off our protective armour of anger, bitterness, wrath, slander and malice and instead put on a cloak of kindness, forgiveness that causes us to speak the truth. In today's world, our spirits often need a makeover, and perhaps we should come with a warning label. What are the marks of a new life in Christ? How will we be reinvigorated to embrace our Christian calling? How will we re-imagine what we wear to show the world what loving Christ has done for us?

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Christ is Our Unity

Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 Manna in the wilderness
Ephesians 4:1-16 Unity in the body of Christ
John 6:24-35 Bread from heaven

In the Ephesians reading, Paul raises the question of Christian unity and finds the answer in Christ as "head of the body". Similarly, in the John reading, Jesus, engaging the "works and faith" conversation, focuses attention on belief in the one God sent -- Christ again. Within our own hearts, and among the church communities of the world, the centrality of Christ is the key to wholeness, to "breaking down the walls that divide."

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