Good afternoon Friends,
I trust your week is off to a good start! I am enjoying the clear skies today.
I am really excited about Soup & Bread tomorrow because we’re going to continue a conversation we got started on last week on the Lord’s Prayer. Many of you know that I LOVE the Lord’s Prayer and have written extensively on the subject. But that’s not all. After we finish our bible study on the prayer we’re going to walk through the Stations I have set up based on the prayer. This will give us an opportunity to actually get our senses and bodies involved in praying. I think it’s going to be fun and meaningful.
As always there will be Soup and Bread for dinner at 6 and we’ll start at 6:45. Childcare is available and the older youth will be meeting with Jason Twyman during the same time.
On Sunday we will continue our Lenten reflections on the theme of Inward Journey, Outward Journey.
This week we will turn to a parable of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke and a short passage in Isaiah:
Luke 13:1–9 NRSV:
“At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”
Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”
“Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.”
1. What do you think is going on in these two passages? What is the the author’s main point in these texts?
2. What new light do I find in this particular reading of this passage of the text?
3. Where are these passages true to my own experience?
4. What are the implications of this passage for my life?
(These questions are adapted from the Friendly Bible Study curriculum).
In Christ’s Peace,