Isaiah 5:1-7: A metaphorical prophecy of judgement against Israel and Judah, pictured as God’s vineyard, for their lack of justice. OR Jeremiah 23:23-29: A prophecy against false prophets who make up lies in God’s name, compared to God’s true word which burns like fire and smashes rock like a hammer. Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19: A Psalm of repentance for abandoning God, and praying for God to once again tend and protect God’s people as a vineyard that is well cared for. OR Psalm 82: This Psalm, picturing a ‘council of the gods’, has God speaking judgement over the gods of nations who oppress the poor and allow injustice to continue unchecked. Hebrews 11:29-12:2: A reminder of the “great cloud of witnesses” – people of faith who suffered for their message and stayed committed to God through great trial and heartache – who surround us. They encourage us to stay firm, and follow Christ – the one who endured the cross – faithfully. Luke 12:49-56: Jesus grieves his coming suffering, recognising the conflict that will arise over his message, and challenging people to discern the true nature of the time they live in, in the same way that they interpret the weather. (Bible readings summaries by John van de Laar, Sacredise)
Readings: Amos 8:1-12: Amos sees a vision of a basket of ripe fruit – this is a symbol that because of corruption Israel is ripe for God’s judgement. Psalm 52: Judgement comes to the one who lies, while God’s care is extended to the faithful. Colossians 1:15-28: Jesus, the visible image of God, the Creator and reconciler of all. Luke 10:38-42: Jesus is a guest in the home of Mary and Martha. Martha serves, while Mary sits at Jesus’ feet. Martha is unhappy but Jesus refuses to criticise Mary. Continue reading →
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West Epping Uniting Church used the reading focused upon the mantle passed from Elijah to Elisha in an intergenerational service. They talked about our heroes, and what mantles God might be calling them to take up. They then created and put on their own mantles. Very creative.
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