Jesus Comes to Show Us Peace
More than 100 church family members shared in the Cross+Gen Event for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany last Sunday evening. And while food amounts ran too close for comfort, the evening itself was a great opportunity for all generations of the congregation to begin its engagement with Jesus through the Focus Bible Passages of the next 14 weeks.
Using the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) as our central thematic verse for the season, eight different kinship groups acted out the grand reversal that Jesus shows by valuing all of us even when we’re poor, or hungry, or meek or mournful by worldly standards. Jesus comes with a love that shows equal regard for all of us always … and calls us into ministry for the same.
The Faith Formation Steering Team and Council challenge all households in the congregation to GRAB A Minute With Jesus a couple times each week using the simple exercise below to encourage and guide your encounters with Jesus through a Focus Passage for each week, which starts on Thursday and concludes on Wednesday in order to anticipate and reflect on the Focus Passage at worship together on Sunday. Shared at least twice each week (once between Thursday and Sunday and again between Sunday and Wednesday) the collective story of God’s eternal love in Jesus seeps more deeply into our souls and illumines Jesus’ engagement in every new day.
Focus Passages for each week are available at the church office and on the Holy Trinity website at http://www.engagedbygrace.org/focus-passages/. Please contact any one of the creative team members below with questions or suggestions.
Blessings on your engagement with Jesus this week.
Advent, Christmas and Epiphany Creative Team
Richard Boettcher, Genie Craven, Julie Hallas, Hannah Meyer, David Michael, Amy Schueler
Minister of Music Josh Brodbeck, Pastor Steve Wachtman
GRAB A MINUTE WITH JESUS
Gather Up … and Down
Gather thoughts and share recent Ups and Downs within your daily life.
Read God’s Word where Jesus engages us
Read the Focus Passage once or twice (a second voice can expand hearing). Ponder and share any wisdom God’s Word shines on your Ups and Downs. Talk about any thoughts or ideas that arise from the Dialog Questions provided.
ACT in Prayer
Ask God’s help for others and yourself.
Confess your selfishness, pride and sin. Thank God for specific blessings in your life.
Bless (a different Blessing Card for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany) Bless one another laying hands on another’s head, shoulder, arm or hands.