In Deuteronomy God promises to raise up a prophet like Moses, who will speak for God; in Psalm 111 God shows the people the power of God’s works. For the church these are ways of pointing to the unique authority people sensed in Jesus’ actions and words. We encounter that authority in God’s word, around which we gather, the word that prevails over any lesser spirit that would claim power over us, freeing us to follow Jesus.
Today, we are experimenting with a more informal kind of worship, with the hope of providing more opportunity for sharing and interaction with one another as well as Word and Prayer.
There will be two opportunities for you to share (if you want too).
Check in time: Has there been a hobby or activity that you have started, or maybe taken up again, since the pandemic began? If you have something to show bring that along, too.
Reflection on the gospel reading:
How does Jesus’ divine authority help us to reflect on human authorities?
Who are the authorities you have trusted most? What makes them trustworthy?
A note for all who serve as readers for the readings and prayers each Sunday. They are no longer being sent out in advance, but are included in this weekly email, so that you can look them over in advance.
They are also available for everyone else to prepare for worship, or if you miss our worship time, for your personal devotion.