Thursday Thoughts  

Question:  What gift have you received that you didn't deserve?  Alternate:  What gift have you been the most excited to give someone else?

Exodus 16:2-15
     Story of Manna;  man hu:  What is it?
     sat by "pots of meat"  What have we given up in hopes of something better?
     "This is the bread the LORD has given you"  What an image of grace.
     How have you leapt off a cliff, trusting that God will provide?
          How do we trust in God?

At this point, we got in a wide-ranging conversation that touched on culture, religion, the role of the United States in the world, and the question of how dominant the "Christian" culture in America is and should be.  No problems were solved, and unanswerable questions were raised.

What is (or should be) our relationship to the immigrants in our midst?  Is our relationship changed because of the obvious cultural and ethnic differences?

Sermon scripture:  Matthew 20:1-16
     Parable of the vineyard workers.
     Quote from the group:  "I don't like that story--it's not fair."
     What does fairness look like in the Kingdom?
     Are we happy when others receive grace?  Are we really?

Next week's Readings:
     Exodus 17:1-7
     Philippians 2:1-13
     Matthew 21:23-32


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