Epiphany 6 – the Sermon on the Plain

“Jesus came down with the twelve apostles and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them. Then he looked up at his disciples and said….”          

–Luke 6.17-20
  • Where have you found unexpected love and support this week?  Where do you feel challenged to do better than you usually do this week?
  • Do you ever feel like your life is a series of moments where you pretend to be someone you’re not?  What would authenticity and reality look like for you?
  • What does a blessing from Jesus mean to you?
  • Is your life centered on taking care of yourself, or is it grounded in relationships with other people?

This Sunday at 6pm at Trinity Commons we hear Luke’s version of the beatitudes, and frankly, I find it a difficult set of beatitudes to think about.  Jesus comes and stands with us, eye to eye and face to face; and in that directness we find ourselves caught in the love of “blessed are you,” but do we hear the same amount of love when he follows it with “woe to you?”  It’s challenging to hear but not all challenging words and emotions should be avoided simply because their challenging.  Come join us Sunday night to hear what Jesus says in blessing and woe, challenge yourself to grow beyond your comfort zone, and find yourself with a group of us who recognize that while we’re imperfect we’re still loved.  Plus, our music man Kenny Lewis will be providing supper for us.  It’s sure to be a good night. I hope to see you Sunday night.

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