Study for All Ages

 

A Place of Grace
Grace – amazing, but so much more:
Grace boats around with us
Grace creates loving kindness
Grace dispenses with demons
Grace enlivens prayer
Grace fulfills the law
Grace goads shushers
Grace hugs sinners
Grace interrupts evil
Grace jogs memory
Grace keeps company
Grace listens to pain
Grace moves culture
Grace nurtures growth
Grace overcomes boundaries
Grace provides community
Grace quiets the rich
Grace rescues us from storm
Grace – what else does it do?
S through Z are up to you!

(Letters B-R above are inspired by the 17 stories in this study.)

Experience the Grace of Communal Study
Lent Wednesdays & Maundy Thursday
Evening Meal & Study
Year-round Study:
Sundays 9:15 AM Thursdays 12-1 Fridays 1:30-2:30

Welcome to
Building Christ’s Community
“A Place of Grace”
Study of the Gospel of Luke
Lent, Holy Week, Easter &amp Eastertide 2017

 

March 5, 2017

March 12, 2017

March 19, 2017

March 26, 2017

April 2, 2017

PALM SUNDAY

MAUNDY THURSDAY

EASTER SUNDAY

April 23, 2017

April 30, 2017

May 7, 2017

May 14, 2017

May 21, 2017

May 28, 2017

June 4, 2017

June 11, 2017

June 18, 2017

 

The Gospel of Luke accompanies us this year on our sacred journey into Lent and the seasons beyond. Luke is one of the three “synoptic” Gospels. Luke “sees alike” with Matthew and Mark. But Luke also has unique material, two chapters of which we studied during Advent, Christmas and Epiphany (Luke chapters 1 & 2). Luke is also part one of a two-part volume. Its sequel is the book of Acts. Acts 1:1-11 makes reference to “the first book” and summarizes Jesus’ ascension which occurred in Luke 24:50-53.

As we continue our study of Luke we encounter…sinners!
The Gospel of Luke has about three times more references to sin and sinners than the other three Gospels. But, interestingly, Luke also has about three times the references to… forgiveness!

Now, typically, sin and sinners get a bad rap. And many times deservedly so. But in some forms of religious culture, including in New Testament times and our own, “sin” and “sinner” get used as words of division and arrogance. Ironically, the use of the terms can signal hypocrisy— a true problem, a real sin that Grace perhaps has the biggest trouble addressing. This seems to be what Jesus is tackling in Luke (and the Gospels).

“Healthy” human sin, however, seems to create a super highway for Grace. Without sin we’d have no clue about grace. Sin is an essential, non-negotiable element of human life. The sooner we are aware of this, the better. When we understand our diagnosis as “sinners” we can better access our cure of being forgiven sinners.
So sin is not merely avoiding breaking the 10 Commandments. It’s who we are and our opportunity.
The Apostle Paul is particularly eloquent in addressing this in his letters. There are different kinds and levels of sin, but shame and working harder is often not the best approach for addressing it. Rather, sin gives us the joyful opportunity of regularly offering ourselves up for divine help and healing. In this act there is the real possibility we invite the Holy Spirit into our lives. With time, experience, awareness, and practice this Spirit and its gifts of grace take root in our lives and we bear fruit. (The goal of repentance, according to John the Baptist, Luke 3:8.) What kind of fruit? Notice the goodness of forgiven sinners in Luke. Or, check out Galatians 5:22-23. So, all this robust talk of sin is here so that we have the basis for an even more robust understanding of… Grace!

Wherever Jesus goes Grace abounds. Jesus loves sinners. Jesus challenges labelers of sin. Jesus shocks culture with forgiveness of sinners, including from the cross. (“Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” –regarding his persecutors; “Today you will be with me in paradise”—to a criminal dying alongside him [Luke 23:34,:43]) In Luke’s Gospel, the cross is especially a place of grace.

In Luke study during Lent we will especially be meeting sinners, or Beautiful Sinners. Perhaps through them we will recognize our beautiful sin (“come to ourselves” Luke 15:17) and ready ourselves for God’s acceptance, Christ’s healing our deepest brokenness, and our new life of growth in the Holy Spirit. May our hearts become God’s newest Place of Grace. May our church in its pursuit of “Building Christ’s Community” (2016-2017) be renewed in the essential construction material of Grace.

And… if you read all 17 lessons in this study book, you will have read the entire Gospel of Luke! May we like mustard seeds realize our full potential to be a part of a world environment of Grace (Luke 13:18-19). Hope to see you at the Midweek Lent Communal Meals & Study of Luke!

March 5, 2017

1st Sunday of Lent & Communion Sunday

Lent Wednesdays Meal & Study – 6:15 start

Peter Takes the Bait

Luke 5:4

Many of Jesus’ stories take place by the Sea of Galilee (called Gennesaret in this story). The first people he calls disciples fished for a living. Here Jesus first borrows a boat from which to teach a crowd of learners. Then Jesus gets an even better idea for what to do with the boat.

Focus Text: Luke 5:1-11

Other Reading: Luke chapters 3, 4 & 5

Jesus’ story begins: Chapters 1-4 nutshell.

We studied Luke chapters 1 & 2 during Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. Here we learned of Jesus’ humble beginnings with Mary and Joseph, a manger and shepherds.

Also in Luke 1 & 2 we heard of John the Baptist’s (Jesus’ cousin) beginnings as the child of Zechariah and Elizabeth. John’s story continues in chapter 3 with his appearance in the wilderness and his ministry of baptism, repentance and good news.
In chapter 4 a recently baptized Jesus is tempted in the wilderness for 40 days, is lauded then threatened at Nazareth, his hometown (4:16-30); and has promising beginnings in healing and teaching.

Focus Text:

Imagine yourself as Peter (Simon) in this story.
Are you fairly comfortable and experienced at doing a certain thing? Would you be willing to invite Jesus into your routine? Would you be open to his guidance in a new way of doing something?
Invite Jesus into a place where you are worn out and tired. Allow him to restore and renew your spirit.

Prayer
Lord Jesus, your grace meets us directly where we are: Exhausted, skeptical, over-worked. Help us take the bait: We are sinners, open to your help and love. In your name we pray. Amen.

 

March 12, 2017

2nd Sunday of Lent & Cappuccino Sunday
Spring Clocks forward 1 hr Saturday night
Enjoy special caffeine beginning at 9:15AM!
Lent Wednesdays Meal & Study – 6:15 start

World’s First Hairdryer

Luke 7:38

This woman is Exhibit A in the Sinner Hall of Fame. Watch how Jesus interacts with this woman bearing salon products. Jesus uses her act of love as a teaching moment for Simon the Pharisee.

Focus Text: Luke 7:36-50

Other Reading: Luke chapter 7

Sinner, Forgiven Sinner
The Gospel of Luke uses the word sinner or sinners about three times more than the other Gospels. Luke also uses “forgiveness” and “forgiveness of sins” more than other Gospels. This particular story in chapter 7 uses the term sinner many times. Often these “sinners” are Jesus’ way to teach that traditional categories of sin are no longer useful.

Focus Text

Does the woman have a name?  Who is looking on?  What is the onlooker thinking?’
Compare to similar texts

Matthew 26:6-13
Mark 14:3-9
John 12:1-8

Prayer
Gracious God, Please include me in your gallery of beautiful sinners in need of your grace. Help me identify my true need and call out to you for help. And then let me act with extraordinary love. In Christ we pray, Amen.

 

March 19, 2017

3rd Sunday of Lent
Lent Wednesdays Meal & Study – 6:15 start

Legion

Luke 8:30

A Roman legion in this era was 4000-6000 soldiers. That is the name given by a possessed man to the demons within him. This is the story of Jesus’ most dramatic exorcism.

Focus Text: Luke 8:26-39

Extra Reading: Luke chapter 9

Compare:

Matthew 8:28-34
Mark 5:1-20
Other exorcisms in Luke (citations below)

Exorcism
Casting out unclean spirits or demons was a fairly routine aspect of Jesus’ ministry.

4:31-37,41 Demons rebuked 6:18 Hear & be healed
8:2 Mary Magdalene
9:37-43 Boy
9:49-50 Other exorcists
11:14-28 Beelzebul 13:32 tell Herod

What patterns do you notice in exorcisms?
Jesus even gives his disciples this power.

9:1
10:17-20 (we’ll study this on 6/4/17)

Prayer
Lord Jesus, We are confident that a powerful aspect of your grace is casting out evil. Help us trust the powerful nature of your healing love. Amen.

 

March 26, 2017

4th Sunday of Lent
Lent Wednesdays Meal & Study – 6:15 start

Prayer Poses

Luke 18:5

Humility, Persistence, Sleepiness. These are many of the postures for prayer in Luke.

Focus Texts:

Luke 18:1-8 The intense widow
Luke 18:9-14 Preferable prayer posture
Luke 11:5-13 Be persistent, God gives

Other Reading:

Luke chapter 6

6:17-49 Sermon on the Plain
6:12 Jesus prays
6:28 Pray for those who harm

Luke 11:1-4 The Lord’s Prayer
Luke 18:15-17 Enter like children
Luke 20:45-47 Not pray like scribes
Gethsemane Luke 22:39-46
Golgotha Luke 23:34, 46

Thinking about Prayer

Prayer is being open to God. Prayer is listening and receiving God’s grace.
“Help” is a good prayer. (So is “Thanks”)
What helps you understand or practice prayer?

Prayer
Lord, help us find a zone where we know we are connecting with you. Help us learn to hear your voice or understand how you operate in us. Thank you for wanting real relationship and conversation with us, your beautiful sinners. Amen

 

April 2, 2017

5th Sunday of Lent
Lent Wednesdays Meal & Study – 6:15 start

Unbending the Rules

Luke 13:11

This week we focus on stories about “Sabbath.” Sabbath is an element of creation (day 7, Genesis 2:2-3). Sabbath is part of the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20:8-11). But by Jesus’ day “Sabbath” has turned into a political football amid culture wars.

Focus Text: Luke 13:10-17

Other Reading: Luke 6:1-11

14:1-6 & Chapter 13

Sabbath

There are three Sabbath stories in our overall readings:

13:10-17 Crippled Woman (focus text)
6:1-11— Two-part Sabbath story
14:1-6—Man with dropsy

Clearly “Sabbath” was a contentious issue. Can you develop a healthy, gracious theory about God’s intentions for Sabbath?

Focus Text

This Sabbath story is less familiar. Enjoy the healing and the cheering at the end.
What makes a religious person a hypocrite based on this story?

Prayer

Gracious God, Teach us why rules are there. Humble those who act as though rules don’t apply to them. Trouble those who use rules as weapons. Send your Holy Spirit to teach us discernment and how to be guided in the path of grace. Through Christ we pray, Amen.

 

Palm Sunday April 9, 2017

Holy Week Begins
Lent Wednesday (April 5) Maundy Thursday (April 13)

Make Some Noise
Palm Sunday

Luke 19:40 & 18:39

Usually a key feature of Palm Sunday is, well, palms. But Luke’s gospel has no palms. But what it lacks in palms it makes up for in noise!

Focus Texts:

Luke 19:28-40 Palm Sunday
Luke 18:35-43 Noisy Beggar

Extra Reading:

Luke 19:41-48 Palm Sunday continues

Palm Sunday in other Gospels

Matthew 21:1-11
Mark 11:1-10
John 12:12-19

Persistence: On Palm Sunday & Elsewhere
In our study of prayer (3/26/17) we noted an element of persistence. The widow and judge story (Luke 18:1-8) could have fit in this week.
In the two focus texts this week people are trying to “shush” other people (notice how that goes). Do you think Jesus was laughing in 19:40?

Prayer
Lord Jesus, Keep us convicted of your glory and full of your joy. Don’t let us get shut down or shamed. Hosanna! We are beautiful, crazy, forgiven sinners! Amen.

 

MAUNDY THURSDAY– April 13, 2017

6:15 Meal provided, Communion, Sacred Readings

Jesus, Remember Me

Luke 23:42

Luke’s account of Jesus’ last days leading up to the cross has many things in common with the other gospels. Is it significant, however, that only in Luke a criminal being crucified with Jesus calls out for forgiveness and Jesus promises that he will be with Jesus in Paradise. The cross is truly a place of grace in Luke.

Focus Texts: Luke chapters 22 & 23

Compare to other Gospels:

Matthew chapters 26 & 27
Mark chapters 14 & 15
John chapters 18 & 19

Communal Reading of Sacred Texts
On Maundy Thursday Discovery hosts a communal reading of the sacred texts of Passover, Gethsemane, Trial and the path to Golgotha and the cross. Come and be a part of this sacred night together.

Prayer
Gracious God, You are a God of Grace. Show us your stuff – what you do to sin, despair and injustice. The power of your love is great. We love you. Thank you. Amen.

 

EASTER SUNDAY, April 16, 2017

Come & Celebrate Easter!
3 Worship Services & Egg Hunts

The Son Also Rises
EASTER

Luke 24:5

Follow the women to the tomb. Watch how their memory gets jogged.

Focus Text: Luke 24:1-12

Extra Reading – Jogging the Memory (Luke 24:6,8)

Luke 9:22, 9:44, 12:50,
13:31-35, 17:20-37, 18:31-33
(& en route to Emmaus 24:25-27)

Jesus foretells suffering (other Gospels, Isaiah)

Matthew 16:21-23, 17:22-23,20:17-19
Mark 10:32-34
Isaiah 52-53

Easter Stories – Comparison

Matthew 28:1-10
Mark 16:1-8
John 20:1-18

COME AND WORSHIP!

6:30 AM Sunrise service
(30 minute service + Breakfast)
8:30 Celebration Worship
10:30 Celebration Worship

EGG HUNTS after each worship service

Prayer
Lord Jesus, help us to look for what is living where there is living! Guide us in seeking and finding true provision. Make grace our way of live. Through you, in you and from you we are beautiful, forgiven sinners. Amen.

 

April 23, 2017

Present to Presence

Luke 24:31

Easter Day continues in the Gospel of Luke. Two walking companions, one of them named Cleopas, are recounting the day’s events when an informative stranger joins them on their journey to Emmaus.

Focus Text: Luke 24:13-35

Overall Reading: Luke 24

On seeing & not seeing

Luke 10:23 Blessed are the seers and hearers
Luke 19:42-44 Jesus’ desire for people to recognize peace and the time of their visitation by God.
“Now you see him, now you don’t”—why is it hard for humans to perceive and receive Christ’s presence and grace?

Notes

Luke 24:29 “Stay with us” – the walkers extend hospitality to the stranger. This is a long way from “no room in the inn” (Luke 2:7)
Luke 24:47 “Repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed to all” Luke’s theme of grace is from beginning to end of the Gospel. (1:77, 3:3, 11:4).
Luke 24:50-53 Jesus’ Ascension (Only in Luke & Acts)

Prayer
Holy One, Keep us ever-mindful of You. Keep us present to your abiding Presence. Amen

 

April 30, 2017

Zacchaeus, Start Vacuuming

Luke 19:5

Our Sinner Exhibit continues: Another tax collector (sinner). A rich one at that (see more stories on 6/11/17). Is his case for grace hopeless?

Focus Text: Luke 19:1-10

Extra Readings:
Luke 11: 37-54, 12:1-3, 14:7-24, 22:24-39

Hospitality; Sins of inhospitality & hypocrisy

In our 2013 study of the Gospel of Luke we explored more deeply who Jesus dines with and why. In our focus text today and elsewhere Jesus chooses to dine with an “obvious sinner” (recall 7:36-50 from 3/12/17; see ahead 15:1-2)

The lines of hospitality were firmly drawn by the religious establishment of Jesus’ era. He challenges those boundaries as human constructs and unhelpful in solving the pernicious nature of sin. In fact those constructs fuel the sin of hypocrisy and impede the movement of Grace.

Humility is a key element in collaborating with Christ’s grace. Perhaps that is especially seen in Zacchaeus and his scramble up a tree.

Prayer
Gracious God, Create a place in our hearts for the movement of your Spirit and the taking up of residence of Jesus Christ. In and through him we pray, Amen.

 

May 7, 2017

Youth Sunday

Roasted

Luke 15:20

Enjoy three parables of lost items in Luke chapter 15: a sheep, a coin, a son. Or, might that be sons? As one son gets found and toasted with a fatted calf the other son is feeling lost and a bit roasted.

Focus Text: Luke 15:11-32

Other Reading: Luke chapter 15

Parables

There are many parables unique to the Gospel of Luke and this week we have a chapter full of them. In Jesus’ parables there are usually familiar elements of life that lure listeners in and then something takes an unexpected turn. Usually something is revealed about “the kingdom of God” or how God’s amazing justice and grace operates – often in contrast to regular life.

Sinners, Grace & Forgiveness

The return of the “prodigal” son usually sparks conversation around – was he truly sorry? Is that father an enabler? What are details in the story that may help explain?

Who were Jesus’ first listeners to this story? (15:1-2)

Note the special word – 15:20 Compassion

Prayer
Gracious God, Help us recognize when it is that we are in the wrong. Help us “come to ourselves” and have the maturity to admit it and the courage to make amends. Cure us of insecurity and fear which often distort our radar on these things. From your beautiful sinner, Amen.

 

May 14, 2017

Celebrate the nurturing women in your life

A Woman’s Place

Luke 10:39

On Mother’s Day we visit a variety of places where Luke sees women. Luke’s Gospel contains more stories about women than any other Gospel.

Focus Text: Luke 10:38-42

Other Reading:

8:1-3 Followers (note the names)

8:40-56 Girl & woman healed

23:27-31, 47-48, 55-56 At the cross & burial

24:10 (1-12) At the tomb Other citations below

Grace creates stress and challenge
In extending welcome (grace) to women and less powerful people, Jesus challenges the culture and religion of his times. Perhaps this explains some of the uproar and division his ministry caused in the community and within families.
4:14-20 Hometown angry Jesus ministers to outsiders
8:19-21 Jesus rude to mom
12:49-53 Peace? Sword!
14:25-35 Hate family (?!); Realistic about discipleship
18:28-30 Peter – we left everything for you
21:16 Family Betrayal (21:1-19, or whole chapter for context)

Sometimes “grace” runs the danger of “cheap grace” –that we are extending grace to ourselves or another who is still harming themselves or others. But grace is not blind. Grace is not meant to “enable” bad behavior.

Grace in “not enabling” (and in speaking to the truth of God’s mercy and love for all) can cause division because it sees and challenges evil and human conventions. If you practice Grace, expect blow back!

Prayer:
Gracious God, Grace is not just a pretty word. Give us wisdom and courage to receive and practice the Grace of Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

May 21, 2017

Celebrate the Program Year! Celebrate Learning!

Start Small, Go Big

Luke 13:19

Jesus is a powerful teacher. He often uses colorful stories like parables and common objects like mustard seeds to make the invisible work of God’s kingdom and grace come to life for his listeners. Celebrate the creativity of Christian Education & Formation— it started in the Bible and especially comes to life in Jesus’ own words.

Focus Texts:Luke 13:18-19 & 17:5-6 Mustard Seeds

Overall Readings: Bearing Fruit

Luke 3:7- 9 Bear fruit (Grace working through repentance)

Luke 6:43-45 Bear fruit

Figs (a favorite fruit in Jesus’ time)

13:6-9 Fig tree gets 1 year reprieve

21:29-33 Fig tree shows what’s ahead

Sower & Seeds Luke 8:4-15

Vineyard care Luke 20:9-19

Other Teaching images

Luke 6:46-49 Well-built house

Luke 14:28-33 Planning

Luke 8:16-18 Lamp

Luke 11:33-36 Lamp

Luke 11:29-32 Jonah

Luke 12:54-56 Weather

Luke 13:20-21 Yeast

Luke 13:22-30 Narrow Door

Other Times of Teaching

Luke 6:20-49 (Sermon on Plain 6:17-49, note: 6:27 & 35 both say “love enemies”) (Sermon on the Mount/Beatitudes Matthew chapters 5-7, studied in depth in 2016)

Luke 20:1-8, 20-44 Jesus teaches at temple (Chapters 20 & 21 overall)

Prayer
Gracious God, Give us the hope to start somewhere and start small. Give us the faith to continue to trust in you. Give us the persistence to endure across all kinds of weather. Thank you for those who teach us what faith looks like across a life. In the power of the Spirit we pray. Amen

 

May 28, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend
Summer Schedule begins
Worship is at 9:30 AM
9:15 Class on Summer Break

Neighbor = The One Who Cares

Luke 10:33

Jesus agrees: An essential faith teaching is “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27) Who the neighbor is, however, challenges smug assumption.

Focus Text: Luke 10:25-37 Parable: Good Samaritan

Other Reading: Luke 17:11-19 Samaritan leper

Who were the Samaritans?

In New Testament times and in Jesus’ context in the Gospel of Luke, Samaritans were unclean foreigners—this despite sharing much the same physical, historical and even theological territory as the Jews of Jesus’ lineage. The Samaritan canon focused on the Torah and accented certain religious practices and sacred sites different from Jesus’ lineage.

Other odd Samaritan reading Luke 9:51-56

Other famous Samaritan story in John 4:1-42 (woman at the well)
Extra Note

Look at last week’s readings. It seems that it doesn’t matter who one is but how one bears fruit— i.e. is loving toward God and neighbors.

Prayer
Gracious God, Help us discern what is right by paying attention to what is loving and what is fruitful. Let the Holy Spirit engage us in lives of service. Through Christ, Amen.

 

June 4, 2017

Worship is at 9:30 AM
Pentecost!
Brunch Fellowship

The Buddy System

Luke 10:1

In Luke chapters 9 & 10 we see how Jesus shares his ministry with disciples and followers—deploying them to regions around them. In chapter 9 Jesus sends “the 12” and then in chapter 10 he sends “the 70” (a story only found in Luke). Jesus gives instruction for how followers are to do their work of healing.

Focus Text: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

Overall Reading:

9:1-6 Mission of the 12 24:48-29 Mission of All

Extra Reading – Accent on Discipleship

Luke 6:13-16, 10:1-24, 12:4-12, 22-48

Bonus Reading: All of Luke chapter 9

Pentecost Sunday & Being sent into the world

Luke 10:17-19 Depicts enormous powers that Jesus’ followers have – even in fighting Satan!

The Pentecost story is found in Acts chapter 2. Luke and Acts are actually companion volumes written by the same author (note Acts 1:1-5 which mentions the “first book” and a recap of the conclusion of Luke)

The Pentecost story is about the mighty arrival of the Holy Spirit into the grieving community of Jesus’ followers. The Spirit transforms grief and uncertainty into energy and purpose.

Notice Luke 10:17 – how those sent returned. Service is about joy! Extending healing & grace (however challenging) is rewarding!

Prayer
Dear God, Help us to serve you with joy. If we are not experiencing joy, we are not experiencing grace for ourselves. Be with those who serve you sacrificially, especially those far from home. Through Christ we pray, Amen.

 

June 11, 2017

Worship is at 9:30 AM

Rich Man, Poor Man

Luke 16:21

The Rich Man is clothed in purple and fine linen. He feasts sumptuously every day. Meanwhile Lazarus (a different one from John chapter 11) is clothed in…yuck! And he would have liked even some crumbs from the Rich Man’s table. But watch what happens in The Afterlife…

Focus Text: Luke 16:19-31

Overall Readings (mostly about money)

Luke chapter 16
Luke 6:20-21 Blessed are the poor & hungry
Luke 6: 24-25 Woes to wealthy
Luke 12:13-21 Bigger barns
Luke 16:1-13 Shrewd manager
Luke 18:18-27 Sell everything
Luke 19:11-27 Stewardship of resources
Luke 21:1-4 Widow gives all

Overall notes on Readings

All the Gospels depict a pretty grim outlook for rich people. (Notable exception: Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10).

Luke 16:31 – Notice any irony?

What does the Gospel of Jesus mean for not just prosperous people, but prosperous nations? [Statistic: 8 people have the wealth as the poorest half of the world. March 2017/Presbyterian Outlook magazine]

Do these readings make you uncomfortable or give you hope? Do they change how you think about things? How big is your closet? Your storage area(s)?

Prayer
Gracious God, Help us not give in to consumer culture. More money and more things will not make us happy. Help us learn the satisfaction of being upheld by you alone. Teach us to share. Teach us and the world your economy. Through Christ we pray, Amen.

 

June 18, 2017

Worship is at 9:30 AM
Give thanks for the faithful men in your life!
Watch for Summer Study area!

Boat People

Luke 8:23

What do you expect in following Jesus? A placid life? A retreat? Or is he there in rough waters with you? Does he challenge you to sail beyond the bay? Isn’t Christ present with us always? (Maybe sometimes just a step ahead?) What does life look like when we have taken in Christ’s grace and daily use it to buoy us? What does grace look like and feel like in the middle of a storm?

Focus Text: Luke 8:22-25

Compare Readings:

Matthew 8:18,23-27
Mark 4:35-41

Water, Boats, Fishing, Lakeshore

Our study of Christ’s grace in this study booklet began with Jesus in a boat teaching a fishing professional how to fish. We end our study here in the middle of a lake. Jesus is very much involved in whatever context we find ourselves. For many of his early followers it was alongside water. Where is Jesus with you?

A ship is a symbol of the Christian church. Why does this fit? Where is Jesus in relation to our church?

The Gospel of Luke

Has there been a particular story or aspect or phrase from the Gospel of Luke that has been meaningful to you?

Has there been a part of this study that surprised you? Or, what is something new you learned?

Prayer
Lord Jesus, Learning about Grace is a life-long event. Help us buckle up for the adventure. Continue to use our church and your world as place of amazing grace. Amen.

 

Summer of Grace – 2017

Discovery Presbyterian Church – Omaha, NE

Worship 9:30 AM Sundays

May 28 through September 3

Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend

Lawn Chair Bible Study

Wednesdays 7:00 PM

June 4

Pentecost & Brunch

June 18

Mission co-worker visit to Discovery

Barry & Shelly Dawson

(SE Asia, based in Bangkok, Thailand)

July 2

Red, White & Blue Fellowship

July 15-25

Nicaragua Mission Partners visit Presbytery

August 13

School Spirit Sunday Fried Chicken Lunch & Activities

September 6 – Wednesday

Youth & Household Potluck

Sunday September 10

Pancakes & 10:30 Worship resumes

Let God’s Grace Sustain Us All