Scripture Reflections

Tuesday noon with Rev. Karen Bridges, reflecting on the weekly readings

Scripture Reflection Tuesdays

Join Rev. Karen Bridges in the Club Room over lunch on Tuesdays to reflect on the scripture passages for the upcoming Sunday.

This is an informal gathering of people. At 12:10 pm we will begin with prayer. We will read the scripture passage out loud, then we will take some time to write, or sit and reflect on the words of the scripture. After about 10-15 minutes in silence we will have a conversation about what the scriptures were stirring in you on that day.

You do not need to be a Biblical Scholar. God speaks to each of us through the scriptures and it is always wonderful to hear the diversity of messages that are received.

Bring a bible and a journal, or simply yourself! Come when you can and bring your lunch if you wish.

2016 Jan 26

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Mark 5:21-43 Jesus healing

In this scripture we hear people expressing interest, concern and fear about what Jesus had been doing. The people of his home town are suspicious and curious at the same time. Even Herod wonders about Jesus. Is he John the baptist come back to life? Jesus like most prophets is rejected, questioned and persecuted.

  1. Why would people fear someone who has been healing and helping others?
  2. How does power effect you?
  3. Why would people and leaders fear the power that Jesus protected and exhibited?

2016 Jan 19

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Mark 5:21-34 . Jesus healing

In this passage we hear some powerful healing stories and are told that people experience this healing because they have had faith and acted on it. In the stories we also hear that people reached out to Jesus for healing rather then waiting for it to come to them.

  1. How has your faith made you well?
  2. What ails you?
  3. When you reach out to God what are you seeking?

2016 Jan 12

Mark 4:1-34 . Parables of sower and mustard seed

In this passage we hear about how Jesus used parables to teach people as a way of helping them to think about what they were learning and what they do. Jesus says several times "Listen! Pay Attention!"

  1. When have you received God's word and allowed it to transformed your life?
  2. When have you heard God's word, but you ignored it, or others distracted you from it or made you disbelieve?

2016 Jan 5

Mark 2:1-22 . Jesus heals a paralytic and eats with a tax collector

In this scripture we hear about the crowds gathering to see what Jesus would do and say. In this scripture we hear about people questioning Jesus' behaviour. Why does Jesus claim to be able to remove people's sins, why does he sit with the sinful people like the tax collectors? Why do his disciples not fast as is the custom?

  1. What is worth following?
  2. When should we like Jesus break tradition or convention?
  3. What are you in need of healing from?

2015 Dec 6

Isaiah 40:1-11 . Promise of restoration

The Isaiah passage is a familiar one that reminds us that God longs to comfort us and care for us. In the passage a voice cries out and says that we need to prepare for the glory of God to be revealed and we need to do it by removing all the obstacles that we have created from the path, so that the path is straight.

  1. What obstacles, mountains and valleys have you put up that make it difficult to be in relationship with God?
  2. When the voices says to you "Cry out" what will you cry out? What message do you have for the people around you, and the world in which you live?
  3. In this season of advent how are you preparing for the coming of God?

2015 Nov 29

2 Kings 22:1-10; 23:1-3 . Finding the book of the law

As we explore the story of the reign of King Josiah, we marvel at how young he was and perhaps naive. Perhaps this was of benefit to him and the people he served.

  1. What role did trust play in the actions of Josiah and the reactions of his people?
  2. What holds you back from trusting in God and in others?
  3. Where do you see hope and promise in this scripture and in the world?

2015 Nov 22

Isaiah 5:1-7; 11: 1-5 Israel as a vineyard

This scripture tells the story of a vine grower who does everything right and yet the crop yields sour grapes. The vine grower is disappointed and decides to destroy what he worked so hard to create. This is contrasted with the story of a shoot growing out of the stump of Jesse, reminding us that there is hope.

  1. Can you recall a time when your hard work was in vain? How did you feel? What did you do in the end? Did something good come out of the failed experiment?
  2. How does this scripture provide us with hope in a time in our history when it feels as though the world is falling apart with the refugee crisis and the continued terrorist attacks, and general unrest in the world?

2015 Nov 15

Hosea 11:1-9 Yahweh's love for Israel

This understanding of faithfulness is far more relational than judiciary. It is tender and vulnerable.

  1. Obedience or compassion: how do we choose?
  2. How can a truly all-powerful God be truly compassionate?
  3. What do we see in Christ: obedience, compassion, or something beyond them both?

2015 Nov 8

1 Kings 18:20-39 Prophets of Baal defeated

The power and the majesty of the Father of all Prophecy. The life and power of that ancient Prophet continued to inspire throughout the generations.

  1. What is the power of "prophecy" for today?
  2. How might anyone dare to speak for God in today's world?
  3. What would it mean to trust the power of our God to the extent that Elijah trusted the power of Yahweh?

2015 Nov 1

1 Corinthians 16:13-24 Stand firm in your faith

On this Stewardship Sunday we will explore the call to stewardship as seen in the passage from Corinthians. Paul encourages the people of Corinth to Be Alert! Stand firm in Your Faith, Be strong, and Be courageous.

  1. What strengthens your faith?
  2. Where have you seen the spirit moving in your life and in the life of the church this past month?
  3. How will you demonstrate your commitment to God and living in faith?

2015 Oct 25

2 Samuel 5:1-5; 6:1-5

In this scripture we hear the story of David being chosen as the King of Israel. Though he comes from humble beginnings, the people are pleased that David was chosen because of his role in leading the people of Israel.

  1. What qualities do you look for in a leader?
  2. Do you trust your calling from God as David did?
  3. Why do we assume that with ages comes wisdom?
  4. Who decides what is appropriate behaviour and conduct of a king or any other leader?
  5. Share a story of a time when you committed fully to another person which changed your life.

2015 Oct 18

Ruth 1:1-17 Ruth

In this scripture we hear the story of Ruth and Naomi and the gift of love, companionship and loyalty.

  1. What would you have done if you were given the choice to return to your family and a place of security or to follow your in-law to a life unknown?
  2. Share a story of a time when you committed fully to another person which changed your life.

2015 Oct 11

Deuteronomy 5:1-21; 6:4-9 Hear O Israel

In this scripture we are given the 10 Commandments. We are encouraged to recite the words "Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, your soul and your mind" over and over again.

  1. If you were to repeat these words several times every day this week, how would your day, your week and your life change?
  2. Which commandment do you think is most important and why?
  3. How will these commandments guide your life? What changes might you make?

2015 Oct 4

Exodus 1:8-14; 3:1-15 Moses and God's Name

In this scripture we hear the story of Moses being called by God to lead the Israelites out of slavery and to the promised land.

  1. Where do you experience Holy Ground and how does it feel?
  2. How would you react if you were Moses?
  3. How does God communicate with you?
  4. What is God calling you to do in this world?

2015 Sep 27

Genesis 32:22-30 Jacob Wrestles God

In this scripture we hear that with struggle comes blessing. As you read the scripture ponder the following questions:

  1. What are you struggling with in your life?
  2. What do you struggle with God about?
  3. How has God blessed you?

2015 Sep 20

Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7 Isaac born to Sarah

In this scripture we hear the message that God can do things that we think impossible. As you read the scripture ponder the following questions:

  1. What is the role of hospitality in our faith journey?
  2. What is God calling you to do that makes you laugh because you think it is impossible?

2015 Sep 13

Genesis 2:4b-25 Creation of Man and Woman

In this scripture we hear that God does not want Adam to be alone. God calls us into relationship which can be quite different for all people. As you read the scripture ponder the following questions:

  1. As you read this scripture what feelings and words emerge for you?
  2. In what ways is God calling you to share of yourself with others?
  3. How do you connect with others on a deeper level?