Journeying with Jesus Through the Gospel of Luke
Message Series: Expecting the Extraordinary
During Advent and Christmas, we will get a head-start on the Gospel of Luke. Sunday worship will feature life application messages based on Luke’s first two chapters.
December 2 Silence is Golden (Luke 1:5-25) Chris Romig
December 9 Mary’s Surprise (Luke 1:26-56) Carolyn Wilson
December 16 O Little Town of Bethlehem (Luke 2:1-7) Chris Romig
December 23 The Shepherds and the Lamb (Luke 2:8-20) Chris Romig
December 30 The Dedication of Baby Jesus (Luke 2:21-40) Carolyn Wilson
January 6 The Boy Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52) Jamal Sarikoki
The VPC church community will be spending the first part of 2019 in the Gospel according to Luke. Our mission at VPC is “to know Christ and to make Christ known.” One of the ways we come to know Christ more deeply is to listen to His words and to reflect upon His life. Our ministry leadership is aligning many of our ministries over the first months of 2019 around this congregation-wide effort to go deeper in God’s holy Word. The Sunday messages and Pastor’s Bible study will be based on a schedule of readings through Luke.
The most important part of this opportunity is what will happen in each of our daily encounters with the Scriptures. As the New Year begins, our congregation-wide journey through Luke offers a fantastic invitation to practice the daily habit of Bible reading in a new way. As a tool for daily Scripture reflection, we will be offering a Scripture Journal published by Crossway, which features the words of Luke’s Gospel on one page with room for personal notes on the opposite page. These Scripture Journals will be available for a suggested donation of $5 (beginning December 16). They will be available in the narthex on Sunday mornings, and in the library during regular library hours. Accompanying the journals will be a reading guide/bookmark listing a schedule of daily readings (the daily readings will begin on January 1st). Even if you arrive in Florida after the beginning of January, you’ll be able to catch up with the readings!
Each daily reading from Luke will be a very short passage—sometimes only a few verses. This is to allow us to read the passage slowly (even several times), to consider the words deeply, to listen for God’s nudging, and to allow the words to remain with us through the day.
Starting December 16 and running thru January we will have Gospel of Luke Journals in the Narthex. Donation is $5 per journal. They will also be available in the library during regular library hours. Free bookmarks with the list of the daily readings from Luke will also be available for all on December 16.