Word Studies for the Week of October 22nd, 2017

October 22 ● Re-making God's People: Give to God ● Matthew 22: 15-22 Matthew shows both Herodians (those with a liberal bent) and the Pharisees (those with a conservative bent) trying to pin down Jesus. While we should be careful about how we identify modern people in the biblical text, does this kind of thing go on today? Why is asking Jesus to take sides in an argument an attempt to trap him? What is it about taking sides that could negatively affect what Jesus is trying to do? Strict Jewish law forbade using human images on coins; the Romans tolerated no ...

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Word Studies for the Week of October 15th, 2017

October 15 ● Re-making God's People: Celebrate with God ● Matthew 22: 1-14 Because of the decline in church attendance in America today, do we read the parable of the wedding banquet in the text above in a new light? Verse 5 portrays those who respond to the invitation with apathy, verse 6 to those who respond with wickedness and violence.  How come each of them stand under the judgement of the king? What reasons do people give today for not participating in a life of faith? What reasons do people give for being hostile faith today? Who does the king order ...

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Word Studies for the Week of October 8th, 2017

October 8 ● Re-making God's People: Produce for God ● Matthew 21: 33-46 How does the story in the above passage make you feel? Is what happens to the tenants just? What about the behavior of the owner? What is the true sin of the tenants? Can you think of examples from daily life where we may be guilty of the same thing? What things does the owner build in the vineyard and what is the purpose of each? What does that tell us about the owner’s priorities? The priests and Pharisees are not equivalent to modern Jewish people, so who would they remind us of in ...

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High School Youth Group News October 2017

Holy Cross High School Youth Group plans to attend Youth Gathering in Houston Our young people are planning to join 30,000 other youth from around the country for 5 days of worship, fun, and service to a city this Summer. We will be asking for all to help make this possible. Please read the experiences from the last gathering in Detroit below: Why the Gathering? An article published in Detroit during the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering described how the “Skittles” were taking over the city. This was referring to the several thousand youth and adults in Hart Plaza ...

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Word Studies for the Week of October 1st, 2017

October 1 ● Re-making God's People: Respond to God ● Matthew 21: 23-32 How well do you relate to authority? Are you generally compliant, are you resistant or does it depend upon who you are dealing with in authority? What makes it hard for those in authority and who have power to see their need for God? How might giving someone some authority actually help that person spiritually? Why do the chief priests and elders question Jesus about his authority to teach and heal? Are they threatened by Jesus? If so, how come? How do you determine if someone is ...

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Women’s Self Defense Class


Word Studies for the Week of September 24th, 2017

September 24 ● Re-making God's People: Work with Each Other ● Matthew 20: 1-16 What does the fact that the laborers in the vineyard are paid the same no matter how long they work impress upon you? What does this parable say about the value of work? Does it affirm it or does it degrade it? Does the parable say anything about what our attitude towards work should be? Why do you think the master goes out 3 times during the day to look for workers? Does it say something about the need for the work? Or, does it say something about the needs of the worker? Why ...

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Word Studies for the Week of September 17th, 2017

September 17 ● Re-making God's People: Forgive One Another ● Matthew 18: 21-35 Is the parable of the unforgiving servant about being ungrateful, lack of empathy, or both? How might empathy and gratefulness be related? Which is more challenging for you, to be grateful, or to have empathy for others? Empathy and gratefulness are tools that are given to help us forgive one another; in your experience, which tool works better to help engender forgiveness? How much does the servant owe the king? Why is the size of the amount significant? What does it show about ...

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Nursery School Update


Word Studies for the Week of September 10th, 2017

September 10 ● Re-making God's People: Keep Together ● Matthew 18: 10-20 Does the parable of the lost sheep make sense to you? Why would God rejoice more over the found one that was lost? What does the parable of the lost sheep tell about the nature of God? Use some words to describe the attributes of God raised up in this parable. Jesus precedes the parable with a teaching on temptation and follows up the parable by teaching about forgiveness; based on this, what is the cause of people going astray? What is the price of keeping a community together? Read ...

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