In the scripture, the early community of believers were gathered together, learning a new way of being together in community “day by day”.
Emerging Leader Lauren Jewett explores the three parts of the familiar Psalm 23 (“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…”) Using the metaphor of a shepherd and a flock of sheep, God’s care for us established. Our needs will be met and God promises sanctuary when we are most terrified.
Psalm 16 is a song of trust and reassurance that God will protect us, save us. Guest preacher Rev. Sandhya Jha suggests that we can hear this text from our own point of view—that we need not fear—but also encourages us to see the others around us who might also be living in fear. She asks these questions: Saved from what? Protected from what? Safe from what?
In Luke 1:5-24, 57-80 , the angel Gabriel announces to Zachariah that he and his wife Elizabeth are going to have a baby (who will grow up to be John the Baptist), even though both are getting on in years.