Part I: The Gospel of the Kingdom | Pentecost 15: September 17 | Preacher: The Rector
“The kingdom of God has come near.” Jesus announces the presence of the kingdom of God. God is at work in Christ to put to rights all that is wrong in the world. This is what God is like! God’s love is active. God has a mission in the world and we are invited to respond to God with faith. Faith is our appropriate response to the redemptive activity of God in the world.
Part II: The Call to Discipleship | Pentecost 16: September 24 | Preacher: John Bowen
Having announced the kingdom, Jesus immediately calls disciples. Disciples are apprentices, learning from Jesus the ways of the kingdom. The church is a learning community of practice. Disciples are participants in the life and mission of God and co-workers together with God.
Part III: The Bible and Discipleship | Pentecost 17: October 1 | Preacher: The Rector
The Bible is the story of God’s mission. It tells the story of God creating a new humanity and renewing the world. Knowing the Bible is key to learning our part in this unfolding story and for cultivating an imagination for what God is seeking to do in our world.
Part IV: Worship and the Sacraments | Harvest Thanksgiving: October 8 | Preacher: The Assistant Curate
Worship and participation in the sacraments remind us who God is and what is doing and renews us in our apprenticeship. Baptism is our incorporation into the trade school of Jesus. The Eucharist strengthens us in participation in the body of Christ. “See what you are; become what you see.”
Part V: Prayer and Discipleship | Pentecost 19: October 15 | Preacher: The Rector
“Stay with me and watch with me. Watch and pray.” “Not my will, but yours be done.” Prayer as growth in our participation in the life of God.
Part VI: Discipleship as Obedience | Pentecost 20: October 22 | Preacher: John Bowen
“Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not do the things I say?” “Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” “God … whose service is perfect freedom.” Obedience is freedom. Obedience shapes us to be our best selves. Obedience is another way of understanding that our practice is shaped by our identity as participants in the life of God.
Part VII: Community | Pentecost 21: October 29 | Preacher: Jody Balint
None of the elements above happen in isolation: we learn the Bible in community; we worship together (as well as alone); community shapes us in Christian practice and encourages us in the way of Christ. God’s intention is to create a new community, not just new individuals.
Part VIII: The Holy Spirit | All Saints: November 5 | Preacher: Canon Ruttan.
The Spirit shapes us as a community to be like Jesus (2Co 3:18). Gifts and fruits, power and guidance. The Spirit animating the life of the church (Acts).
Part IX: Discipleship and Everyday Life | Pentecost 23: November 12 | Preacher: John Bowen
Church gathered and scattered. Christ redeems all aspects of life, not just the “spiritual” or “religious.” No such thing as “secular work.” All are in “full-time ministry.”
Part X: Mission and Evangelism | Pentecost 24: November 19 | Preacher: Canon Ruttan.
Every Christian participates in God’s mission as we share in the life of God. Faith is our participation in God’s life. We are apprenticed in God’s life of mission. Evangelism is the verbalization of such faith. We witness to good news.
Part XI: Living Jesus’ Life in the Neighbourhood | The Reign of Christ: November 26 | Preacher: The Rector.
Incarnational mission. Recovering the notion of the parish. Missional discernment. Serving the community. Bloom where you are planted!
Introduction to eschatology. Our embarrassment with the topic of the parousia! The promise of all things new and the fulfillment of the promises of God. The foundation of hope, for us and for the world.
Posted on September 21, 2017
by David Anderson