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Luke overall: At a retreat, Gloucester Outdoor Church analysed first half of Luke and decided that “We found that Jesus helped poor men, some women and some rich people. Jesus was: saviour, forgiver, kind, wise, peaceful, the Son of God. These were the themes that came through.”
Luke 22:19: “He took a piece of bread, gave thanks to God, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in memory of me.” Comments from Paul (ex-homeless): Maybe the Lord told people to remember him by eating bread and drinking wine because he knew that was the only way some people would get a meal. You can’t preach unless you feed people. You can’t listen to a sermon on an empty belly. Everyone you meet is like Jesus. And he separated the sheep and the goats on the basis of whether you’d fed and clothed and visited people, not on the basis of whether you’d sung songs and prayed and preached. On the other hand, providing food is like supporting people with their alcohol and drug abuse. It’s a double edged sword: if they know they can get a meal every night, then they’ll spend their money on booze and drugs. One comment: We want to feed people in a spiritual way.
Church is for the bums. Christ came to heal the sick, not to visit the well. When the people who were invited didn’t turn up, then he sent his servant out to bring in the tramps, people in the roads and country lanes.
Luke 10:38-end: Mary and Martha. Comment at Gloucester Outdoor Church: “Jesus values sitting and listening at his feet over busyness and activity elsewhere.” When Jesus says that what Mary has chosen “Will not be taken away from her”: one comment was: “It all depends on what was going to be taken from her. It all depends on what He was saying. Mary must have been interested in what He was saying: She was listening to Him.”
Luke 11:2-4 (the Lord’s prayer). One comment at Gloucester Outdoor Church: For spiritual warfare: “I pray to angels as mediators, and pray the Lord’s prayer again and again until the evil is gone. If the first time it doesn’t work, I pray it again.”
Luke 2:1-4 “At that time the Emperor Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Roman Empire … Everyone, then, went to register himself, each to his own town. Joseph went from Nazareth to Bethlehem.” Comment Gloucester Outdoor Church Nov 2015: So the whole land was turned into a bunch of refugees: people scurrying back and forth: just like nowadays with more refugees
Luke 22:3-6 Judas agrees to betray Jesus. One comment at Gloucester Outdoor Church: “Everyone is 2-faced – they say something to your face and then something else behind your back …. but then we’ve all done that.”
Luke 1 (the Christmas story): comments at Gloucester outdoor church: Jesus had to be born a person so he could relate to us. He didn’t know he was God as a child. You can’t understand someone by watching them. You have to experience their life.
16th Dec. Good service: 6 of us. Pam: Jesus had to be born a person so he could relate to us. He didn’t know he was God as a child did he. You can’t understand someone by watching them. You have to experience their life. We read out 2nd verse of little town of Bethlehem about what can we give God. the wise men brought gifts to Jesus so when we give gifts we’re putting ourselves in the position of God. So instead of writing Christmas cards to each other, we wrote thank you cards to God.
Luke 12:35-38: “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.”
Comments at Gloucester outdoor church group 22nd Oct 2014: we open ourselves up to God by praying. It is hard to accept love: we feel guilty, empowered (in the wrong or right) way. We help others by allowing them to love us, because they get a chance to serve. God is in us and leaves when we sin so we need to house clean to bring him back. To be served by a master would be as surprising as the job centre being nice to you.
Luke 7:36-50. A sinful woman anoints Jesus’ feet – comments from Gloucester Outdoor Church. Luke 7:38: 37 “In that town was a woman who lived a sinful life. She heard that Jesus was eating in the Pharisee’s house, so she brought an alabaster jar full of perfume 38 and stood behind Jesus, by his feet, crying and wetting his feet with her tears. Then she dried his feet with her hair, kissed them, and poured the perfume on them. … “I tell you, then, the great love she has shown proves that her many sins have been forgiven. But whoever has been forgiven little shows only a little love.” The comment: She already knew she was forgiven before Jesus said this. Why else would she react that way? The character and love of Jesus is so strong that we just have to come into contact with him. Another question: Why did she cry?
Parable of Prodigal Son: Luke 15:11-32 – Eddy (Gloucester) tells this story: “I was in my 20s, working on a farm, and being ripped off by the farmer. It was late at night, and we were both tired, and he told me to do his job and mine – I had to do the horses and the pigs. He went into the farmhouse. But for me, it was 10:00 pm at night by the time I finished and finally got back into my caravan, covered in pig poo. I was ill, and it was the final straw. I had to clean myself off, and I just felt terrible. I broke down and cried. And I felt God speak to me. He said “Your brother knows what to do.” So the next day, I phoned my brother and told him what was happening. He said: “Come to Gloucester”. I got my stuff together, and got on the train. As I left the area, it felt like a massive weight was being lifted off my shoulders. When I got to my brother, he put me up in a hotel for 2 weeks, and then I got employment. Because of this, I know that God answers prayers.”
Luke 22:24-27 Lisa (Gloucester, UK, busker) comments: Jesus must have had clean feet.
Me: But the disciples washed his feet
Lisa: Jesus was a traveller, so he’d have to keep his feet clean. If you walk a lot you have to take care of your feet.
Me: Fair point.
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