Christmas One

Grace To experience the gift of mercy. Readings 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 Psalm 148 Colossians 3:2-17 Luke 2:41-52 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 Ask: Where do you hear God’s voice in this story? What encouragement or challenge does this story bring to

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Advent Week 4

Grace To be faithful servants of a new world order. Readings Micah 5:2-5a Psalm 80:1-7 Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-55 Isaiah 9:2-7 Luke 2:1-20 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Micah 5:2-5a as a Lectio Devina 1) Have one person read the verses through twice. 2) Speak out

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Advent Week 3

Grace To embrace the discomfort of being at Christ’s table. Readings Zephaniah 3:14-20 Isaiah 12:2-6 Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:7-18 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. In chapter three of Zephaniah, the prophet calls out the elite of Jerusalem for the ways which they have used their power unjustly.

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Advent Week 2

Grace To know freedom through obeying Jesus and his teachings. Readings Malachi 3:1-4 Luke 1:68-79 Philippians 3:1-11 Luke 3:1-6 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Malachi 3:1-4 Reflection: Two messengers are referred to in the beginning of this passage, indicating the coming of John the Baptist and

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Advent Week 1

Grace To experience the gift of repentance This weeks readings and reflections are taken from ‘Ancient Christian Devotional,’ (Ed. T. Oden & C. Crosby), pages 11-15. Please enjoy! Theme The start of Advent is an invitation to Keep Watch and anticipate the coming of Christ. Scripture tells us that we are forgiven! It calls us to walk in the

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Acts 10:1-48

Grace: To find Christ in the midst of chaos Readings Acts 10:1-8 Acts 10:9-23a Acts 10:23b-33 Acts 10:34-48 Reading deeper… Jim Reiher, The Book of Acts: A Social Justice Commentary, Chapter 10. Devotion 1 Be still and aware of God’s presence within and all around. Read: Acts 10:1-8 Ask:  What stands out for you in this passage? Share your thoughts

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Acts 9:1-43

Grace To learn how to pray. Readings Acts 9:1-9 Acts 9:10-19a Acts 9:19b-31 Acts 9:32-43 Reading deeper… Jim Reiher, The Book of Acts: A Social Justice Commentary, Chapter 9. Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Acts 9:1-9 Reflection: What strikes you in this text? Paul’s transition from

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Acts 8:1-40

Grace To release our identities to be defined by the hands of the living God. Readings Acts 8:1-3 Acts 8:4-25 Acts 8:26-40 Reading deeper… Jim Reiher, The Book of Acts: A Social Justice Commentary, Chapter 8. Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence together, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Read: Acts 8:1-3 Reflection: Stephen had

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Acts 7:1-54, 8:1a

Grace To follow Jesus into the scandal of justice, healing and restoration. Readings Acts 7:1-53 Acts 7:48-49 Acts 7:54-8:1a Reading deeper… Jim Reiher, The Book of Acts: A Social Justice Commentary, Chapter 7 Devotion 1 Wait: Take time to sit in silence, allowing space for God’s voice to be heard. Take time to read this long passage of scripture individually

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Acts 6:1-15

Grace To mutually affirm and challenge each other in seeing our vision become a reality. Devotion 1 We begin by thinking of our grace for the week, with a focus to affirm and challenge each other, and to release one other as a body of believers- to love, to serve and to see God’s Kingdom as we are individually gifted. Read: Acts 6:1-7 Reflection: As we

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