Mike's Summer Series
If we are travelling by air, we have to pack with care so as not to be charged for extra weight in our luggage. We only take what we need. So if we imagine the journey of faith in the same way, what do we need to take with us? What is the basic baggage of faith? This series reduces the baggage to 6 articles only, which will equip us not only for a new season of church life, but for living as faithful people from day to day.
JULY 2nd: The story of Jesus - in the Gospel of Mark. The reading will be Mark 1: 32-45. Copies of the Gospel will be available to purchase after worship. Our trust is placed in Jesus so it's necessary to remind ourselves ever and again about his life, character and teaching. This book was written in 70 CE and is therefore an historical document, but if we read it as an essential part of the church's memory of Jesus, with minds open to God, we'll find how contemporary it is. Our hymns should reflect the life and character of Jesus, and I'll be happy to get your suggestions.
JULY 9th: A scientific timeline of life on earth. You can find your own online or use the one provided in the order of service sheet. We'll read Genesis chapter 1, which gives a biblical account of evolution according to the information available 4 centuries before Jesus, much of which was incomplete or inadequate just as the latest science may be now. Our faith claims that God is the creator, the one responsible for the evolution of the universe. One thIng we can know for certain is that God has spent more time with the stars than with any living thing; and on this planet a lot more time with bacteria than with humanity. Maybe, after all, we're not the centre of the universe? To see ourselves in the light of the whole creation of God, is an essential part of faith.
Reading: Genesis 1: 1-25 / 1:26 - 2:3
JULY 16th: Verse 28 of chapter 3 of Paul's Letter to the Galatians. We could call this the " bonfire of the prejudices" as it tells us that all races, all social conditions, all genders, are one and equal in Christ, and must be treated as such in his church. It was a discovery of the first believers that God's spirit inspired people regardless of their race, social status or gender, and that they were equally important to the church community. If people were good enough for God how could they be unacceptable to human beings? A great movement of liberation took place in these communities which has challenged all subsequent generations of the church.
Reading: 1st Corinthians 12: 1-13