A disillusioned couple are walking along, wondering if they'd been duped by the whole 'Jesus' thing, when Jesus appears alongside them and explains to them how everything that had happened was meant to be - the old testament all pointed to this! He's alive! His kingdom is here!
Check out our gospel pages for readings and videos from Luke's gospel. We have been reading through Luke's gospel since Christmas, following the birth, life and death of Jesus - and now his resurrection!
On Good Friday we had a family gathering at Paul and Steph's house, activities for children, space for quiet prayer, reading scripture and taking communion together... followed by a great lunch!
It was good to be with friends and family.
In Luke 18 Jesus tells two stories which tell us something about how to pray. How we need to confidently keep on praying and not give up because God IS good; and we need to come to God humbly being honest about our need of him. A sense of injustice and a sense of unworthiness can be two things that drive us away from God. Jesus says let those things drive you TO God and know he is there and will hear.
Yes the temptation to give up is real, but that's where faith in who God is, kicks in.
A prayer from Lord Shaftesbury, 'friend of the poor' and social reformer (1801-1885)
O God, the Father of the forsaken, the help of the weak, the supplier of the needy, you teach us that love towards the race of man is the bond of perfectness and the imitation of your blessed self.
Open and touch our hearts that we may see and do, both for this world and that which is to come, the things that belong to our peace. Strengthen us in the work which we have undertaken; give us wisdom, perseverance, faith and zeal and in your own time and according to your pleasure prosper the issues, for the love of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
This weekend Mike K is leading our meeting, considering Jesus' teaching on prayer in Luke 11, and leading us through it practically in prayer too. 4pm. St Chads Centre.
Our once a month celebration all together is tomorrow at St Chads Centre with a meal together afterwards. Come - 10.30am
O Lord give me that transformation of mind, repentance leading to life
Cement my oneness with my blessed Lord
that faith may adhere to him more immovably
that love may entwine itself round him more tightly
that his Spirit may pervade every fibre of my being
Then send me out to make him known to my fellow men and women.
adapted from the Valley of Vision
A good morning eating a cooked brekky from Michael G, and thinking about what it means to be church in the world. And indeed on to larger things, about how God relates to his creation, time and space! Another one next month! 6th April. 8.30.
Here's a summary of last weekend's teaching from the gospel of Luke.
Over on the gospel readings page we are reading through the book of Luke several days a week. And here's a catch up on the weekend teaching from 2 weeks ago...
On Sunday we looked at Luke 6. Having been reading through some of Jesus' teaching, we zoomed in on this example of his teaching. They are challenging words. Very challenging!
Here's the whiteboard image of some of the things we learned about together.
We love. We bless. We give and forgive. We pray. And this was the point... we don't simply do this for our friends or people we like. Everyone does that - mostly. When we start to do this for people who we do not naturally like, or who don't like us, that's Christlike! And beyond that - loving, blessing, giving, praying even with people who hate us or who we really don't like or feel uncomfortable with! Jesus challenges his followers to break the mould and live in surprising ways and so demonstrate something of the kingdom of God.
Last Sunday morning we met for Urban Life Together and were thinking about how we serve together using our gifts. We looked at 1 Corinthians 12, and the words of Urban Life Value #6.
Here's our summary.
Tonight at St Chads Centre... the International supper is happening. 6.00pm.
Come and bring food from your culture, and try food from other's cultures!
Tomorrow morning we will gather at St Chads at 10.30 for our monthly celebration. Join us for worship together, to learn from the bible, and to eat together. There will be activities for the children too.
On the gospel blog page there are daily readings to listen to, and also summaries of the weekend teaching on Luke. Check it out.
Check out our 'gospel' blog, going through the Luke's gospel between now and Easter. Introductory video for Luke 1 and 2 is up. Click here. Readings have been going out Monday to Friday on the Urban Life facebook page. We will put some of them on the gospel readings page from this week too.
Listen with us and here the good news of Jesus.
"Walking with God denotes an active habit, a communion in the common movements of the day. Some bow humbly before God in the hour of prayer (prayer meeting), others sit humbly in his presence at the time of meditation, and others work themselves up to draw near to God in seasons of religious excitement. But all this falls short of walking with God.
Walking is a common pace, an ordinary rate of progress and it does not seem to require great effort; but then it is a practical working pace, a rate at which one can continue on and on and make a day's journey by the time the sun is down. So walking with God means being with him in the common things, being with him on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday - as well as the Sabbath (Sunday). It means being with him in the shop, with him in the kitchen, with him in the field, feeling his presence in buying and selling, in weighing and measuring, in ploughing and reaping - doing as for the Lord the most common acts of life."
Here's our motto, a verse from the bible for 2019. Its really important...
'O people, the LORD has told you what is good,
and what it is he requires of you:
To act justly, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God.'
Urban Life - followers of Jesus living life and bringing life in an urban setting!
The blog gives a snapshot of our life together as we post things we are learning about; things we believe; songs we love; readings and prayers to strengthen and help us; and general information about what is happening in our community.
So here are updates, reviews, reminders and support for those who are part of our community, and a chance to 'look in' for those who are interested and wondering what we are all about.