Lesson: Luke 12:22-34
Message: “Bringing it all home – Kin-dom economics”
During the last few weeks the lectionary has been leading us through the meat of Jesus’ teachings in the Gospel of Luke. Many of these lessons were directed at growing the leadership of the disciples so that the ministry that they were doing together would continue on. Strangely, however, the lectionary leaves off the big finale of this message – and some really good news – when it skips past the lesson that we’re reading for this Sunday. After all of the hard words, Jesus tells his followers not to worry and particularly not to worry about being sustained in their work together. Then he lays out a vision for living in the world that’s disconnected from the importance of possessions. This singular focus away from personal ownership and toward mutual support in God’s kingdom/kin-dom/family has some really interesting economic ramifications.
This week we’ll explore where the somewhat impractical nature of Jesus’ economics might take us, and what that could mean for the environment, for poverty and homelessness, and for our own contribution to making over the world in the image of God’s goodness.
Blessings and peace,
Prelude: “By What Name?” Niedmann
Meditation: “Meditation on a Kyrie” LeVines
Postlude: “Song of Rejoicing” McMane