Blog Archives: March 2015

3/22/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions

March 23, 2015
Read Deuteronomy 5 and Ephesians 6:1-4.   Ask God to soften your heart to the important “soil work” often needed as we seek to honor our parents well.   1) Read this quote from “The Church of TED” (New York Times, 3/14/2015, Megan Hustad)   “Perhaps the fact that there’s no intrusive voice from above makes this all more appealing than monotheism. Instead of sola scriptura, TED & its ilk offer more of a buffet-style approach to moral formation. I’ve talked to people who say they’ve happily dispensed with God & don’t even find the ...

3/15/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions (Berkeley)

March 16, 2015
Series: 5 First Words: Observing the Sabbath Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 5:1, 6-21 and Luke 4:16-21 Speaker: Jason Yum Observing the Sabbath is a COMMAND from God. 1) The 4th commandment has the most amount of text devoted to it, yet it is the most often broken. Would you agree with this statement? Why do you think Christians and Bay Area inhabitants have so much trouble keeping this commandment? 2) Read this article from futurist / journalist Sara Robinson on bringing back the 40 hour work week. While keeping a 40 hour work week may ...

3/15/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions (Oakland)

March 15, 2015
Date: March 15th, 2015 Series: 5 First Words: Observing the Sabbath Title: Remember, God Sets the Captives Free to Worship Preacher: Patrick Vaughn Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann sums up the danger of forgetting God that leads to self-reliance by saying, “Autonomy produces death, because the self-sufficient think they live without limit, without accountability. That illusion in the long run is not sustainable.” How have you experienced the un-sustainability of self-reliance and depending upon your own abilities to create a ...

3/1/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions (Berkeley)

March 02, 2015
The second commandment is intimately connected to Israel’s experience with their God at Mount Horeb (Deuteronomy 4) when he gave them the 10 commandments. Moses, recounting the story, says to the people: 15 You saw no form of any kind the day the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, 16 so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman,17 or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air, 18 or like any ...

Maundy Thursday Gatherings Guide

March 01, 2015
Before People Arrive Prepare a simple meal of soup, bread, cheeses, nuts, bread, and wine. If you would like to have some of the traditional Passover foods, you can easily search for recipes online. Print copies of the liturgy for everyone in your group. There is a choice at the end to either read Psalm 69 together or sing a song together. If you would prefer to sing a song then print a copy of the song for everyone. Have a few bibles or the scripture lessons printed. Have bowls with water in them and towels for the washing of hands ...

Global Hunger Fast

March 01, 2015
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,for they will be filled.” (Mt 5:6) As an act of solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the globe,we challenge you to eat for seven days as half the world’s population eats every day. Set aside money you would have spent on additional groceries and donate it to the Good Friday offering. Your offerings will be used to support the Dorothy Day House Community Breakfast andthe Oakland Leadership Center. Plain oatmeal or Cream of Wheat Rice and beans Rice with bits of ...