Week 1

To Proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom


This week’s reading – Luke 10.1-12

After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!” And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.” But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, “Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.” I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.


Supporting Material

1) Week 1 – Background

2) Week 1 – Instructions

 

 

What is Mission in Montreal?


St Barnabas Anglican Church  –  St Lambert  –  Quebec

 

 

Giving all a chance to speak and be heard

Welcoming all, without qualms

Going where the Spirit leads; where one is drawn

 

 

Living with

Readying

Going

Mission means to get going, with an action or connection that you feel is yours to do,
learning to live with people where they are, readying them to share
the good news in the way they are called to

 

 

 

DwellingMission is not short term. It involves dwelling with people,remaining with them for the long haul.

Partnering – The Church does mission best when it is not in it for itself, but partners with others
whom it serves and by whom it can be served.

Working – The mission of God is no easy task. It involves working toward a kingdom of Justice and Peace.

 

 

 

The Church proclaims the good news of the Kingdom when it sends ambassadors out,
to learn and to love, from a space that is prepared to receive others.

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3 responses to “Week 1

  1. Mr. Meredith Cotton

    Proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom: I commend you for addressing change within the Christian Church. However, the change for Church renewal may be greater than any of us envision: a move from its roots in an old world theocracy to a non-dual contemporary teaching. In this regard, missionary zeal, a part of the old world vision, may be of lesser importance in an emerging electronic age.

    From my perspective, the Christian teaching emphasizes a practical individual seeking of experiential truth, the universal inter-connectedness of everything, its oneness. To suggest that we, the blessed believers, should seek others who do not embrace our faith and judge those closed to our solicitations seems to promote personal separation and polarized community. Black and white perspectives of the early church fathers are part of our current angst.

  2. Karen Chalk

    Dear Meredith,

    Thank you for these comments, I waited to reply simply because I wanted to see if anyone else did, and also to delay a bit so that the comments would really begin around the time we expect people to begin the study, some time after Ash Wednesday.

    I love the way you go right at the kind of anxiety around mission, and in particular around proclamation that so many people in the church and outside the church have. The legacy of old world style mission, almost always undertaken in lock-step with colonizing power, is as horrifying as can be for people of this era. Not only are we rightfully cautious about forcefully imposing our beliefs on other people, we also learned that it is precisely the “other” who can enrich our own experience, and deepen our faith. And it is precisely in this context that we offer our study, so thank you for hitting the nail right on the head so to speak.

    So, what can mission look like is a pluralistic world? How can we respect, even embrace the other, and still “proclaim” a message of hope, of charity, and faith? Does our proclamation need to be nuanced so that our genuine desire for good will and mercy shines through? The health of our communities depends on our posture towards others. This week we mine the experience of participants to enlarge our old understanding of proclamation, and to encourage the giving up of power that comes with “right belief” in favour of honesty and humility. Can we share our faith while discovering the depth of other faith experiences? Can we teach and learn at the same time? Is it by giving up “right belief” that truth is uncovered for everyone?

    So I encourage more input, and argument, in the Spirit of openness. Indeed, Black and white perspectives of any age are a stumbling block to genuine mission, and a huge obstacle to healthy relationships in our diverse communities.

  3. Karen Chalk

    New sentences which describe proclamation:

    The church proclaims the good news of the kingdom when its message escapes all boundaries of race, place and time, when it remains steadfast in the face of trial, and when working together, you are already proclaming something of the good news!

    St. Andrew and Mark’s Dorval bible study Lent 2012.

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