Grace Avenue UMC

August 11 – 25, 2018

God made us to be together. After God created the first human being God realized, “It is not good that the human is alone” (Genesis 2:18). So God placed us in a web of relationships; families, tribes, groups, communities, etc. Finding our place in those relationships can sometimes be challenging. We want to be in relationships that are authentic, caring and hopeful. We want to belong. In John 15 we are taught that in Christ we are connected as a branch is connected to a vine. Beyond the superficiality we so often experience, we can belong to one another and to Christ who is the “True Vine”.

Scripture Readings

Aug. 11/12 – “Why We Belong”
John 15: 1-8

Aug. 18/19 – “How We Belong”
John 15: 9-17

Aug. 25/26 – “Where We Belong”
John 15: 18-27

Lifesigns: Intimacy, Fecundity & Ecstasy in Christian Perspective
by Henri Nouwen

Grounded, Finding God in the World, A Spiritual Revolution
by Diana Butler Bass

Blueprint for Discipleship: Wesley’s General Rules as a Guide for Christian Living
by Kevin M. Watson

Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe
by Erin S.

Lane Living into Community, Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us
by Christine Pohl

John: The Gospel of Light & Life
by Adam Hamilton