Sunday, June 28, 2015

Do the ends justify the means?

Genesis 24: 1-4, 10-21
Rebekah - when we first encounter Rebekah we are struck by her courage, her faith, her beauty, her kindness and her hospitality. She becomes Isaac's wife and lands herself in a very dysfunctional family. By the end of Rebekah's story, she is seen as deceitful and a liar. It appears that Rebekah uses questionable means to achieve divine ends, but do the ends justify the means? Is she really one of the bad girls of the bible? How do we know that we have discerned the will of God? Will we make good choices, or will our circumstances effect our judgement?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

How do we love and serve others?

Genesis 4: 1-16 Am I My Brother's Keeper?

Cain - bad boy number 1. Cain has the distinction of being the first murderer in the Bible. This story calls on us to explore the consequences of how Cain deals with rejection, and the assumptions that Cain makes from a place of hurt. Cain's pain and subsequent actions are familiar to most of us in this world. Though we may not have chosen to murder, all too often we place blame or place our anger on the people closest to us rather than taking responsibility for our actions. How will our choices reflect love rather than hate, compassion rather than hurt as we answer God's call in this world? listen

Sunday, June 14, 2015

With power comes great responsibility

Judges 16 Samson and Delilah

 The story of Samson challenges us to explore the reality that we all have strengths and we all have weaknesses. Samson kept secrets, and had no self-control, yet God chose him as a leader. Why would God continue to support a man who was arrogant and lustful? Was Samson a Bad Boy of the Bible or was Delilah a Bad Girl or both? How will we answer our call from God? How will we address our weaknesses and how will we use our strength?

 This was a Whole Family Worship and thus there was no formal sermon.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Behind the mask of revenge

Mark 1: 1-8 John the Baptist
Matthew 14: 1-12 Beheading of John the Baptist

For the month of June we will explore stories of both women and men who have been proclaimed as the bad boys and bad girls of the Bible. Herodias, the bad girl for the day, is the wife of King Herod. Herodias is portrayed as a trickster, as vengeful, heartless and a determined woman. In contrast her husband Herod is seen as weak and impulsive and John the Baptist is of course is portrayed as virtuous, honourable, faithful and holy. But what lurks behind Herodias' mask? What would have led her to desire the head of John the Baptist? Is she heartless or hurt? We will explore anger, gossip, grudges and discrimination and seek our forgiveness, understanding and reconciliation.