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Dwelling in the Word 2021

Over five weeks of summer, we will once again be able to use spiritual practice of DWELLING IN THE WORD together.
   

 

This year the series of readings focus on five passages from the Sermon of the Mount (Mt 5-7):

 

Beatitudes – Matthew 5:1-12

Practising Piety – Matthew 5:13-16

Lord’s Prayer – Matthew 6:9-15

Opposites – Matthew 6:19-24

Living Together – Matthew 7:21-27

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Introduction:

The idea of DWELLING IN THE WORD is quite different from a bible study.

In bible study we might look for the context of a passage, attempt to work out the original setting, even look at the place of a particular passage in the greater structure of the reading.

DWELLING IN THE WORD is quiet and reflective, an opportunity to hear a familiar passage from the Bible in a new way. The passage will be read by two different voices, which will inevitably each bring their own inflections and meaning to the text. We know the text is rich and holds many meanings.

In a DWELLING service each of us is given the space and the opportunity to respond personally to the words as heard on the day – What is important to me today as I hear these words? There is an immediacy in this format of devotion since what is important to me now, or concerning me now, may be the last thing on my mind tomorrow. There will also be some time for people to share their reflections should they wish to.

In DWELLING there are no right or correct answers. There are only our own responses to the words we have heard. Sometimes they challenge us, sometimes the comfort us, sometimes they confuse us. Always they ask us to respond, personally, and prompt us to action.

If you are doing this at home you may like to light a candle, have some quiet music playing and have a piece of paper with you to write or doodle on. Please use this as a time to listen, rather than speak, to simply dwell in the word.

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Matthew 5:1-12
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Questions to help you reflect on the passage:

· What word or phrase rings true of you?

· What word or phrase jars with you?

· What do you identify with in the passage?

· What phrase or word challenges you?

· Does this reading remind you of someone?

· Sometimes “Blessed” is translated “Happy” or even “Praiseworthy”. What word might you use?

· Does blessing also being responsibility?

 

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Week 2 - Practising Piety

 

Matthew 5:13-16
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Questions to help you reflect:

· What word or phrase rings true of you?

· What word or phrase jars with you?

· What do you identify with in the passage?

· What phrase or word challenges you?

· Does this reading remind you of someone?

· The title includes the word “piety”. Do you see piety as positive or negative?

· How might salt and light be alike? Unalike?

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Week 3 - Lord's Prayer

Matthew 6:9-15
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Questions to help you reflect on the passage:

· What word or phrase rings true of you?

· What word or phrase jars with you?

· What do you identify with in the passage?

· What phrase or word challenges you?

· Does this reading remind you of someone?

· What is your earliest memory of prayer?

· Do you know any other devotional material by heart? When do you use this?

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Week 4 - Opposites

Matthew 6:19-24
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Questions to help you reflect on the passage:

· What word or phrase rings true of you?

· What word or phrase jars with you?

· What do you identify with in the passage?

· What phrase or word challenges you?

· Does this reading remind you of someone?

· What do you treasure?

· What are you holding on to that you’d be better giving up?

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Week 5 - Living Together

Matthew 7:21-27
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Questions to help you reflect on the passage:

· What word or phrase rings true of you?

· What word or phrase jars with you?

· What do you identify with in the passage?

· What phrase or word challenges you?

· Does this reading remind you of someone?

· How do you hear “go away from me, you evildoers” to those protesting faithfulness?

· What do you think of that chorus abut building a house on sand or rock?

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