Welcome welcome friends back to the gospel of Luke. Today is the final bit in section "three" of Luke's gospel which is Jesus trip from Galilee to Jerusalem. (if you have not noticed by now Luke is the only gospel to feature a very clear path that Jesus takes that can be traced and followed rather than the other gospels where he sorta just poofs around from place to place.) Section two ends with his triumphant entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday) and the ever so glorious story of him cleaning the temple. Mixed in there are other great parables about who is the greatest in the kingdom of God. As we conclude our time in the travels of Jesus - how does this mobile Jesus inspire you and cause you to reflect on the church which is by most accounts - stable and unmoving.
Scripture to Read
Questions to Consider
What does this reveal to me about Jesus?
What about this reading is comforting? What is challenging?
The story of Jesus travels begin in a temple studying and growing with God and God's teachers and culminates in him rejecting what the temple has become. How has church changed for you? What changes are positive? What are negative? Why?
Today I've got part 4 of Bible Project's series on the Gospel of Luke. This will take us through nearly the end.
Praying the Hymns
Hymn 276 in our United Methodist Hymnal is "The First One Ever", another wonderful hymn recognizing the achievements of some of the major women in Jesus' story. A you sing this hymn I encourage you to think about what wonderful church ladies inspired your faith growing up or presently? We take time in this hymn to give them thanks.
The first one ever, oh, ever to know of the birth of Jesus was the Maid Mary
Was Mary the Maid of Galilee, and blessed is she, is she who believes.
Oh blessed is she who believes in the Lord, oh blessed is she who believes.
She was Mary the Maid of Galilee, and blessed is she, is she who believes.
The first one ever oh ever to know of Messiah, Jesus when He said “I am He”
Was the Samaritan woman who drew from the well and blessed is she who perceives.
Oh blessed is she who perceives the Lord, oh blessed is she who perceives.
Twas the Samaritan woman who drew from the well and blessed is she, is she who perceives.
The first ones ever, oh, ever to know of the rising of Jesus, his glory to be,
Were Mary, Joanna, and Magdalene and blessed are they, are they who see.
Oh blessed are they who see the Lord, oh blessed are they who see.
They were Mary Joanna and Magdalene and blessed are they are they who see