OK, we didn’t have a sermon, but this will be the place to post sermons when we do have them, as we will on Feb. 1.
We had g00d scripture discussion. Here are a few of the points made:
1 Sam 3:1-10
P. told about the place of the boy in the temple. Referred to commentary that pointed out that the voice of God calls us where we are. Some times we are enlightened to act within our regular jobs. If we are testing whether the idea we have is God’s voice or not, we can test it against scripture, tradition, reason and experience as Wesley taught.
PC said that listening to each other was another way to discern God’s “voice”, especially in church matters.
MH agreed and amplified.
AD mentioned the value of setting aside time to be open to spiritual promptings..just quiet time or reading time.
DC gave background about the author of John’s Greek language and audience. He referred to the beginning of the chapter where “In the Beginning was the Word”. He identified the Word as the idea of a thing, the Platonic idea as being similar to the perfect creation of the Hebrew God. Jesus was the Word made flesh in John and John took pains to emphasize his perfection with stories of miracles etc. In this reading some clairvoyance is suggested, though it might have been intuition on Jesus’ part. Jesus told his followers “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet” .
P. read a little of a commentary that described how a rabbi called followers and what it meant to follow .” To be invited to become a disciple was to be invited to become like the rabbi by observing and practicing everything the rabbi did, and in so doing, to multiply the rabbi’s life with God and others through your own.” Telling Nathanial and others that they would have visions similar to Jacob’s ladder, reminded P. of Jesus’ words to the Woman at the Well. Jesus knew about her without having made her aquaintance before and then promised her water that would quench her thirst for ever. Jesus seemed to be saying that if you try to be close to God as he teaches, you will have glimpses of the Holy.
MH related these ideas to becoming a new church.