This fall we will focus on texts from Luke’s Gospel. Knowing that Gospel presentations of Jesus are all different, we will consider Luke’s Jesus, and his understanding of faith. We will be challenged by Jesus’ parables and lessons to redefine many aspects of our understanding and practice.

We invite you to read the text before coming to worship, and begin reflecting on Jesus’ challenging Way.

 

 

September 4 – Dan : A Faith that Redefines Hate
Luke 14:25-33 - ‘Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple.


September 11 – Russ: A Faith that Redefines Joy
Luke 15:1-10 - ‘Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?


September 18 – Russ: A Faith that Redefines Shrewdness
Luke 16:1-13 - And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.


September 25 – Amy: A Faith that Redefines Fairness
Luke 16:19-31 - ‘There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.  And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,


October 2 – Amy: A Faith that Redefines Faith
Luke 17:5-10—Sayings of Jesus  - ‘If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea”, and it would obey you.


October 9 – Russ: A Faith that Redefines Healing
Luke 17:11-19 - As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13they called out, saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’


October 16 – Amy: A Faith that Redefines Persistence
Luke 18:1-8 - Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, ‘In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, “Grant me justice against my opponent.”


October 23 – Russ: A Faith that Redefines Prayer
Luke 18:9-14 - ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector.


October 30 – Amy: A Faith that Redefines Wealth
Luke 19:1-10 - He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax-collector and was rich.
Magolene “Mack” Cameron Good Samaritan Offering


November 6 – Russ: A Faith that Redefines Blessing
Luke 6:20-31 - Then he looked up at his disciples and said: ‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God… ‘But woe to you who are rich…


November 13 – Amy: A Faith that Redefines Endurance
Luke 21:5-19 - When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said,  ‘As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.’


November 20 – Russ: A Faith that Redefines Death Bed Conversions
Luke 23:33-43 - When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left...  Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’  He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’

 

 

“In spiritual philosophy a distinction is often made between choice freedom and creative freedom. In choice freedom, the outer world presents us with options and we choose… In creative freedom, we do not begin by reacting to what is happening.  We gather ourselves in.” -John Shea