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#URMoreThanDust - April

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.

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Prayers & Readings

Subthemes

Date Subtheme Readings Notes
2 Apr 2017 The Jesus Manifesto Jesus in conversation with his neighbours.

Luke 4: 13-28
Genesis 4
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 130
Romans 8:6-11
John 11:1-27
John 11:28-45

Jesus makes the bold claim that he is God’s Messiah.

His claim causes a great upset and he is about to be stoned but the scripture says he managed to elude the crowd. Jesus found it hard to be accepted by the people who knew him. It is never easy living your life in a fishbowl. Ministry is about honesty and integrity. Jesus in this passage is summarising the whole of his ministry. It is a great starting point to consider when starting mission.

Recurring themes in the readings of surprise, the unexpected and reversals.

9 Apr 2017 Who do you think I am? Jesus in conversation with his friends.

Suggested Holy Week readings:
Psalm 31:9-16
John 12:1-11
John 12: 20-36
Hebrews 12:1-3
John 13:1-17
John 18-19
Matthew 27:57-66

Jesus knew that his time was drawing to a close and he began to teach his disciples to become aware of the many trials and tribulations they would have to face.
Recurring themes in the readings include perseverance, difficulty and hard times.

16 Apr 2017 From Dust to Glory. Jesus in conversation with Mary.

John 20: 1-18

Suggested Easter readings:
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Colossians 3:1-4
Isaiah 25:6-9
1 Corinthians 5:6b-8
Luke 24:13-49

As the dust settles we realise something has changed. Out of the ashes comes 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…

23 Apr 2017 It’s for everyone… Jesus in Conversation with the world

Matthew 28:16-20
Matthew 5:13-16
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Psalm 16
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-23
John 20: 24-31

The dust gets blown far and wide and becomes salt and light…