The people gather
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Our guest from Scotland, Rev James McEwan, shares a story from his days milking a goat on television, and discusses the faith that is for all.
Paul opens today’s readings for us, with the idea that active waiting comprises and requires a radical generosity that displaces fear, anxiety and burnout, a radical generosity outwards and towards others. We are to be prepared and ‘waiting in faith’ which is to be engaged with life and with those around us.
Sabbath economics – what’s it all about? And was Jesus just dreaming when he called his followers to live in a way that modern economists now recognise as better not only for individuals but also for society?
Praying it is one thing; living it, another. Loraine takes us on a journey through the Lords Prayer across different cultures, times and contexts to challenge us. How might Jesus’ words sound to the poor, the outcast, the marginalised? What does that mean for us?
Kathy tries to read the story of Martha and Mary as one about balance, but decides: following Jesus is about being wildly, madly, and deeply extravagant. Love of God, neighbour, and self is more important than anything else; and everything hangs on these. Whatever we are doing, whoever we are with, we are to attend fully, be fully extravagantly present.
Paul dives into the Biblical book of Amos, the ‘prophet of doom’. Long suspected of being some sort of communist, Amos railed against the increasing disparity in his society between the wealthy and the poor. He held God’s people accountable for their failure to fully embrace God’s idea of justice; instead, they took advantage of the helpless and oppressed the poor. How do we measure up, using the metaphorical ‘plumbline’ mentioned by Amos?
Paul examines today’s scripture readings for the stories of faithfulness and new beginnings amidst challenging and grief-stricken times. God is present with us, and provides for the future.
Jan leads a worship service of joy and praise, using popular song picks from the congregation and our guest preacher Rev Phil Swain from Turramurra Uniting Church via Project Reconnect, as he speaks the people in today’s story about the life of Jesus on the road.
Throughout scripture, God reminds and challenges people to remember our own journey, and to live that out in compassion and care for others. We are called to cast away fear and to embrace those who look, sound and act differently to us.
Pigs, cliffs, demons and Jesus: John unpacks today’s gospel reading as an “extraordinary story that demonstrates how the Roman Empire was destroying the hearts and minds of a colonised people, and at the same time reminds the listeners of the promise of God’s liberating power.”