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Word of Life

This May Sanctuary First takes up the theme for Heart & Soul 2017: Word of Life.

In the readings this month we encounter and re-encounter the life giving presence of the Word. There can be no ‘Word’ without the ‘Thought’ and there can be no Word spoken without the ‘Breath’. It is when the Thought is spoken out on the Breath that the Word is heard and understood.

In the same way, there can be no Son without the Father, and there can be no Father without the Son. Furthermore, our knowledge and understanding of the Father and Son comes to us through the revelation of the Spirit. Thus we have the mystery of the Trinity. The three in one and one in three God revealed to us in the Son.

As well as looking at the lectionary, key passages this month are John 1 and Ezekiel 37: 1-14 and we will be returning to them throughout.

Jesus’s presence walks and talks with us today, like the encounter the disciples had on the road to Emmaus (see Luke 24.13-35). As we think about the Word of Life we begin to understand the significance of the breath of God, the Spirit of God at work in our hearts and lives voicing that Word. Jesus informed his disciples that it would be the Spirit, his Spirit, that would lead them into all truth. We must go to the scriptures and interpret and understand them through the eyes and ears of Jesus and wait for the breath of the Spirit to bring words to life, turning bones into life and life into all its fullness.

Prayers & Readings

Subthemes

Date Subtheme Readings Notes
30 Apr 2017 The Word of Life Brings..

Acts 2:11-14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
1 Peter 1:17-23
Luke 24:13-35
Ezekiel 37: 1-14
John 1.1-13
John 1.14-18

Looking at what The Word of Life Brings…

We channel the question in Acts 2:12 “What does this mean?”

The Word of Life brings change
The Word of Life brings contentment
The Word of Life brings hope
The Word of life brings clarity of thought
The Word of life brings dead bones to life
The Word of life brings light to humanity
The Word of Life makes God known

7 May 2017 Hopeless Place (Hope in a hopeless place)

Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 23
1 Peter 2:19-25
John 10:1-10, 16
Ezekiel 37: 12-14
1 John 1:1-7
Galatians 6: 2

We find hope in the Hopeless Place when the Word of Life sustains us and nurtures fellowship. Keep Ezekiel 37: 1-14 as a recurring reference.

Fellowship of believers
Fellowship of the Shepherd
Fellowship of suffering
Fellowship of strangers
Fellowship of the Communion of Saints
Fellowship of light
Fellowship of service

A source of inspiration was the film ‘The Book of Eli’.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_Eli
Check out the film review

14 May 2017 Bonewhisperer (Speak to these bones)

John 1: 1-9
Ezekiel 37: 1-14
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14
1 Kings 19. 9-16
Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16

The Bone Whisper can see further than we can. The Word of Life whispers to dry bones, ‘You can live!’
Themes of trust and incarnation.

The Word of Life, speaks into our lives - from creation, to times of persecution, fear and personal trial and humiliation and even rejection.

The breath of the designer that speaks a word of order into chaos
The breath of hope that speaks life into a graveyard
The breath that restores in times of rejection
The breath that whispers peace in times of loneliness and bereavement
The breath that whispers in the silence I am for you
The breath that whispers glory in times of great persecution
The breath that whispers all is well in times of great distress

21 May 2017 You only get resurrection in a graveyard

Acts 17:22-31
Psalm 66:8-20
1 Peter 3:13-22
John 14:15-21
Ezekiel 37: 1-14
Hebrews 13:5
Deuteronomy 31:6

God is closer to us than we might ever imagine. In him we live and move and have our being. This week we explore the nature of God.

God’s presence can be encountered by all, an inclusive prayer for unbelievers
We are called to witness to his presence -  a prayer of deliverance and awareness of God’s providence
God’s presence gives us courage to speak about him
The Holy Spirit is our counsellor - a prayer of confidence
Our awareness of God’s presence brings life to others - a prayer to be an example to others
Jesus makes his promise to never leave us - a prayer of reassurance
An instruction to God’s people to be courageous, a prayer for the adventurer

28 May 2017 Re-creating our relationships

Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
John 17:1-11

The Word of God draws close to us and speaks into our daily routines as our guide, comforter and tutor. We are thinking about creation, recreation, re:creation and re-creating our relationships. Turning broken bones into living legends

The notion of the Word is a person, the person of Jesus.

The Word of God shaping my conversation with my family members
The Word of God shaping my conversation with neighbours
The Word of God shaping my conversation with those who I work alongside

Could use Martin Joseph & Stewart Henderson’s poem/song “Everything in heaven comes apart”.