“Bumper sticker Theology: I can do all things through a verse taken out of context.”
Think about the bumper stickers you see around town – a sports team, a band, an honor roll student, a stick-figure family, a funny joke. These are all indicators of something different. They tell a part of the story, but not the full story. That same kind of short hand gets used with scripture. Often verses get shared – think guy in a clown wig with a John 3:16 sign or the “Do Justice. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly” button – but we miss the whole context of the story. This worship series gives us the opportunity to move beyond the pithy quote toward the depth of our sacred stories. We’ll share the verses before and after that give greater depth to our understanding of some well-known passages.
Spiritual Practice: This series focuses on experiencing the full story of well-known Bible verses. For our spiritual practice you are invited to consider how these texts prepare you for worship. Here are some things to consider:
- When does your preparation for worship begin? Is there a ritual that goes into this preparation? Does it happen as soon as you click a link or sit in a pew? Or is it something that begins when you wake up? The night before when you go to bed? When you finsh your overnight shift?
- How is your prayer life different when you arrive at worship with a specific prayer request? How does the prayers of others impact your worship experience? How would prayer help you prepare for worship?
- What is your relationship with scripture outside of worship? Do you regularly read the Bible or rarely read the Bible?
Throughout this series we want you to expand your worship preparation. Read the lesson for that Sunday mid-week. If you usually read the lesson before participating in worship, then read a bit more – the whole chapter, maybe the whole book. Look for connections you make about the bigger context in relationship to the Sunday pericope.
-Rev. Steve Jerbi