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#URMoreThanDust - March

We are made up of tiny particles of dust and yet we are something more - we have the breath of life in us.

This Lent and Easter we are thinking about dust, ash, particles, molecules… humility, humanity arrogance, confidence, wonder…. We are made up of cells, memories, longings, dreams and yet we are something more than the sum of our parts. God takes the dust of what we are and shapes us into something new. God takes the dust of what we waste or damage and forms it into something new.

God changes how we see ourselves. When we read the Jesus Manifesto, when we get to know Jesus, when he calls us by name - we become more than what we thought we were… more than dust…

Join us as we follow Jesus in the dustbowl of the wilderness, avoiding the magic dust of fraudulent salesman, when he is shaking the dust from his feet with the disciples, and when he returns with a message for his neighbours, his friends and for the world. From dust to glory…

Each week contains 7 Bible references relating to the sub theme.

Prayers & Readings

Subthemes

Date Subtheme Readings Notes
26 Feb 2017 #URMoreThanDust Intro

Genesis 3:1-19
Romans 8: 18-27
Mark 9:2-9
Joel 2: 1-2,12-17
Psalm 51: 1-17
2 Corinthians 5: 20b-6:10
Matt 6:1-6, 16-21

We are made of dust but we are something more than dust. We are more than the sum of our parts.

The story of Adam and Eve speaks of a broken relationship between the creator and the creature and all creation is suffering. Paul in his epistle to the Romans talks about the creation groaning and longing to be reconciled. Transfiguration points to the new creation. Ash Wednesday seeks to re-balance our thinking about ourselves. Recurring theme of reconciliation and humility in the readings.

5 Mar 2017 God becomes a dustman

Isaiah 53: 1-6
Luke 3:15, 4:1-4 Philippians 2: 1-12
Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7
Psalm 32
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11

God becomes a dustman, ready to get his hands dusty.

The Gospel explains how messed up, broken people can see value in themselves. Jesus meets us where we are, with all our baggage and prejudices and hangups, and he stands with us in our grief and humiliation telling us we are more than dust. Covenant = not wanting to destroy but to redeem. Recurring themes in the readings of sin and relationship with God.

12 Mar 2017 Breaking stones, breaking bread

Isaiah 55: 1-8
Luke 4: 1-4
John 6: 25-39
Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17

Wrestling with needs and longings, sustenance and temptation. The quick fix in an instant world of ‘have it now - pay later’. Jesus is confronted with the everyman temptation to feed his physical need. His response reminds us that we exist beyond dust. We need to have bread for life not bread for a moment. Recurring theme in the readings of relying on, and having faith in, God.

Bread takes the dust of flour and adds a spark of life.

19 Mar 2017 A dustbowl salesman, selling dust…

Luke 4: 5-8
John 1: 1-5
Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 95
Romans 5:1-11
John 4: 5-26
John 4: 27-42

Warning against phoney worship, a cult of personality, and false power.

Our destiny lies in becoming a new kind of dust, redeemed and shaped to live in eternity. Recurring theme of ‘character’ (in the sense of ‘having character’ or ‘character development’) in the readings.

26 Mar 2017 Magic Dust

Luke 4: 1- 12
John 6: 30-34
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-12
John 9:13-41

Understanding our motives behind our activities is an essential part of spiritual growth. In all three of these temptations the ability to stop think and reflect becomes an essential part of being able to overcome our trials.
Journaling is one of those tools that help us to speak truth to ourselves.
There is a recurring theme in these readings of ‘the real deal’ or the genuine article.