Starting this Monday (July 17), Rev. Rob will be on vacation, returning to St. Luke's on Monday August 14.
While he's away, our excellent team of Lay Readers will be leading our In-Person services of Morning Prayer, and Rev. Rob has prepared Reflection Questions each week to help us engage with our Sunday the Scripture Readings.
Even though Rev. Rob is still with us In-Person this week, he's prepared Reflection Questions this week instead of a Sermon to help us get into this practice together.
The reading of Holy Scripture together as a community has been a central part of Christian worship throughout the Church’s long history. It has deep roots within the spiritual practices of Israel, and sustains God’s people today.
We read Scripture together not simply to learn new information about God’s dealings with humanity in the past, but to listen in faith to what the Living God is saying to us His people today.
It is in fact a profound act of worship, a turning of our full attention to our Lord. We listen to His Word to draw closer to Him, and to one another in love.
After every Scripture Reading in our At-Home Morning Prayer service, you're invited to take a few moments in silence to reflect upon the passage, and how God’s Spirit might be addressing us through it, as individuals and as a community.
In those moments, pay attention to any words, ideas, or images from the reading that stand out to you. In the silence afterwards, ask God to help you hear His word for you today.
After the Gospel Reading, take 1-2 minutes to reflect, and then read over this week's Reflection Questions. Take whatever time you need to prayerfully sit with these questions, taking notes if you find it helpful, or perhaps even returning to the questions throughout the week.
In addition to our Reflection Questions, we'll also have a link to a short Bible Project video from their "How To Read Biblical Narrative" series, helping us to read the story of the Bible with even more understanding.
This week, the video is called "Plot", and the link can be found right here:
May God bless you as you seek to hear His voice, and draw near to Him in faith, hope, and love
Our service of Morning Prayer, Bulletin, & Reflection Questions this week can be found here:
And our Songs for this week can be found here:
Rev. Rob serves as the Priest-in-Charge at St. Luke's Gondola Point, and as the School Chaplain at Rothesay Netherwood School