Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Revelation Study

A small group from the Parish are listening to the book of Revelation together.
In response in part I am reading Moule's Birth of the New Testament.
The following is a quote from his introduction:
"evangelism is absolutely inseparable from the life of the Church (when it is alive) . . . . The initial kerygma or proclamation was spoken: when it came to be expanded into a written Gospel, it seems to have become explanatory rather than (primarily) evangelistic. If there are exceptions, these are perhaps the Gospels of Luke and John, which were possibly meant for non-Christian readers."

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Introduction to the Readings - Proper 3 / 20110123

Isaiah 9:1-4 – Psalm 27:1, 5-13 – 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 – Matthew 4:12-23
Intro to the Readings

Today we listen as Isaiah prophesies of those “who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” These words ring out each time we listen to Handel’s Messiah.
Psalm 27 echoes ones trust in the Lord – the Lord is my light – my salvation.
To the Corinthians the Apostle appeals for unity among those who are brothers and sisters in Christ.
In the Gospel we listen as John the Baptist is arrested. We hear again that those “who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” The Lord proclaims repentance and calls disciples.

Let us listen to the proclamation and receive the light of Christ.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Books in the process of being read! About Messy Ministry!

I recently purchased Facing Messy Stuff in the Church and When Ministry is Messy. Like most I've encountered a few messy - sticky - moments in ministry, and some that were not pretty at all. So when I saw these books I decided to acquire both.
After a quick look at
Facing Messy Stuff in the Church, by Kenneth L Swetland (2005), I'm not to excited about the book. It is a series of fourteen case studies. It appears it is a book about issue studies as much as cases studies. Maybe I'll feel differently once I've read the whole book.
But after scanning
When Ministry is Messy, by Richard C Brown (2006), I'm looking forward to reading this text. Let's see how they both hold up as I read through both over the next weeks.

Introduction to the Readings - Proper 1 / 20110102

Isa 42:1-9 – PS 29 – Acts 10:34-43 – Matt 3:13-17
Intro to the Readings
Isaiah prophesies about the Messiah – prophesies become clear after they have been fulfilled. Listen to the fulfilling of Isaiah’s prophesy.
Psalm 29 is a vigorous and powerful hymn of praise to God. The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice. The God of glory thunders.
In Acts Peter declares that the Messiah has been made known to the world. The one who is to judge the living and the dead.
St Matthew 3:13-17
Fourthly today we listen to Saint Matthew’s account of the Lord’s baptism.

Let us listen to the testimony of Scripture – the prophesies of the Messiah – and the glorious voice of the Lord of Glory!

Introduction to the Readings - Proper 2 / 20110116

Isa 49:1-7 – PS 40:1-12 – 1 Cor 1:1-9; John 1:29-42
Intro to the Readings
From the Prophet Isaiah we hear the declarations that God speaks about his servant.
Psalm 40 is a personal thanksgiving – note how many times I, the personal pronoun, is used. But the Psalmist is mindful of the great congregation.
The Apostle writes to those who are called to be saints – called to be holy.
From the Gospel of Saint John listen to the testimony of John the Baptism about the Lamb of the God the Messiah.

Listen to the testimony of John Baptist and be reminded that we are called to be saints.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Introduction to the Readings - Xmas 2

Jeremiah 31:7-14 Or Sirach 24:1-12
Psalm 147:13-21 – Or Wisdom of Solomon 10:15-21 (Canticle 11)
Ephesians 1:3-14 – John 1:(1-9) 10-18

Intro to the Readings
This is a day when alternative readings may be read.
The first reading is from Jeremiah – it is filled with hope – hope for all – hope for those mourning and lame – hope for all. Yahweh has become our Father.
The reading from Sirach speaks of Wisdom as personified, and Wisdom finds a home among God’s people.
Psalm 147 is a hymn that speaks of cold and snow, but more so of the majesty of God.
Canticle 11, from the Wisdom of Solomon, reflects the Wisdom the story of salvation – that God sets His people free.
From Ephesians we are reminded in glorious words that every blessing is ours in Christ.
The Gospel is from Saint John, from opening words of Gospel, words that speak of the Word who became flesh, and has lived among us.