Parables and Possessions
Led by Rev. Antony Oakley
Beeston Methodist Church
Monday evenings, weekly, from 6th October – 17th November (excluding half term 27th October)
7.30pm – 9.00pm at Chilwell Road church premises
(tea and coffee will be available from 7.00-7.30pm)
God beyond all speech, above all thought and surpassing all imagination; when you speak to us may we listen, when you draw near to us may we rejoice in your presence, and when you reveal yourself to us may we bow before you in adoration. Amen.
Gregory of Nazianzus (329-389)
Each session consists of four parts:
Jesus’ experiences – reflection;
Jesus’ teaching – parables and stories;
Go and do likewise – what it means for us today; and prayers.
Week 1: Temptation (wealth, possessions, consumerism)
Week 2: Betrayal (where do our true values lie?)
Week 3: Forgiveness (Church of Scotland Lord’s Prayer talks about forgiving debts, not sins or trespasses)
Week 4: Ridicule (trauma, prophetic voice, being disregarded)
Week 5: Sacrifice (what do others give up for us, what do we give up for others?)
Week 6: Transformation (Christ’s love active in the world, not only for ourselves but for all humankind).
Please come to as many (or as few) sessions as you can.