As you are all aware we’re in the middle of Lent and are thinking through ways that we can be prepared awake for Christ. This Sunday we’ll be discussing this in terms of creating alternatives in our world as we live out the way of Christ. The passage we’re focusing on is:
“At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”” (Luke 13:31–35)
“Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.” (Philippians 3:17–4:1)
1. When have you experienced someone around you imitating Christ?
2. When you think of alternative ways of living as the body of Christ (in Paul’s words our “citizenship is in heaven”), what makes you most excited?
For those of you looking for some guidance in reading during Lent I handed out a Lenten Reader put together by the Evergreen Community in Portland. You can download it here or pick up a copy that we’ve printed out for you on Sunday.
This sunday we will be doing our Last Sunday Discussion Series with Minda Coombs and Meredith Distante who will be talking with us about Eating Well and Being Well.
Finally, don’t forget that our Voluntary Simplicity class begins next Thursday March 4th. Please let the office know if you’re planning to come so we can have enough copies of the book for everyone. The books at $20 and the course is free. We have some books available for loan as well.