Grace for God’s Community
(Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 5th – 11th June 2017)
- READ Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a. The story of Creation is a familiar passage to us. Did you notice that though God separates light from darkness and day from night on the first day, but God doesn’t eliminate the darkness? Of course we are to shine a light into acts of darkness but periods darkness can be a time of growing and discovering more of God’s grace. How have you connected to God in a new way through an experience of darkness?
- The Sabbath, a day of rest is as important to our lives as service. God’s Spirit recreates our hearts and minds as we worship and rest. In what ways is God offering you and the community of faith rest?
- READ Psalm 8. Think of a clear, undimmed night sky! It’s alive and vibrant and ordered. In what ways can you thank God for experiences that confirm God’s presence as Creator?
- How can we as a faith community experience the awe of creation and hear anew God’s call to care for the earth?
- READ 2 Cor. 13:11-13. An interesting passage that speaks about conflict within the church community at Corinth. No faith community is immune to this kind of scenario. How can our faith in God as Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, enable us to be participants in seeking and bringing about unity and peace?
- READ Matthew 28:16-20. The Great Commission is a very familiar passage to us. Jesus promises the disciples that he’d be with them always. How have fellow believers witnessed to you when it’s been tough to believe?
- The Great Commission is for all believers. Many in our community and who cross our path daily long to hear that they can belong too. Who are these people in your life who need to hear the good news of acceptance, abundant grace and God’s amazing love?
Light a candle as a symbol of Christ’s presence in your midst.
- We continue to pray for the our Nation.
- We think of places where acts of terrorism have taken place: Manchester, London and Kabul. We remember our own nation and the upsurge of gender-based violence. We think of the Paris agreement – in the light of creation in our lectionary verses this week we cannot ignore this. Hold these place and people in prayer. Amen.