Good Morning Friends and families of East Geelong UC,
I pray this day finds you well this morning,
staying warm and finding joy in the day ahead.
As we look towards Sunday (18th July 2021) I thought I would offer some things to get you thinking about our scripture for this weekend.
We turn our attention to Dwelling in God
We don’t do “Bible Study” for the purpose of increasing knowledge, our purpose for reading and reflecting on scripture (Bible Study) is about dwelling in God through hearing more of God’s stories. Leaving room for God to speak to us in our reflections, and preparing to meet God as we meet with one another in our gathered community.
Our songs this week include Healer of Hearts – a newer one on our list of known songs. If you are joining us on site at East Geelong UCA, you may like to listen to refamiliarise yourself with it.
A Prayer to begin…
Holy Trinity of God,
I come before you in this moment
seeking you in the word.
Open before me the passage
so that I may see more of you revealed within the words.
I pray through your almighty love and the redeeming work of the cross. Amen.
The Scripture for the day will be Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56. Additional scripture to use for your reflection this week is below the Gospel.
As you read, either on a piece of paper or in your Bible – it is okay to mark your bibles as it helps you to retain your lifelong journey of understanding…
note the words or phrases that stand out to you with a !Note the questions or confusion you have with ?Note the important things like names of people and places with *Write a sentence for yourself summing up what you hear God saying to you through this reading.
Questions to consider in reflection
How easily do I find dwelling in God?
What might be things that stop me from dwelling in God?
Am I able to recognise when I need to dwell in God?
How do I feel after I have spent time dwelling in God?
30 Then[a] the apostles gathered around Jesus and told him everything they had done and taught. 31 He said to them, “Come with me privately to an isolated place and rest a while” (for many were coming and going, and there was no time to eat). 32 So they went away by themselves in a boat[b] to some remote place. 33 But many saw them leaving and recognized them, and they hurried on foot[c] from all the towns[d] and arrived there ahead of them.[e] 34 As Jesus[f] came ashore[g] he saw the large crowd and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So[h] he taught them many things.
53 After they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret[a] and anchored there. 54 As they got out of the boat, people immediately recognized Jesus.[b] 55 They ran through that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever he was rumored to be.[c] 56 And wherever he would go—into villages, towns, or countryside—they would place the sick in the marketplaces,[d] and would ask him if[e] they could just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
New Life Corporately
11 Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh—who are called “uncircumcision” by the so-called “circumcision” that is performed on the body[a] by human hands— 12 that you were at that time without the Messiah,[b] alienated from the citizenship of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise,[c] having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who used to be far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.[d] 14 For he is our peace, the one who made both groups into one[e] and who destroyed the middle wall of partition, the hostility, 15 when he nullified[f] in his flesh the law of commandments in decrees. He did this to create in himself one new man[g] out of two,[h] thus making peace, 16 and to reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by which the hostility has been killed.[i] 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, 18 so that[j] through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer foreigners and noncitizens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s household, 20 because you have been built[k] on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,[l] with Christ Jesus himself as[m] the cornerstone.[n] 21 In him[o] the whole building,[p] being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Looking forward to worshipping in gathered space with you all this Sunday.
Blessings for the days ahead.
Yours faithfully in Christ’s fellowship