Questions for Pondering

Questions for Pondering — July 16, 2017
Pastor KikanzA NURI-ROBINS
Sermon Title:  Making Room at the Table
Sermon Text:  Luke 16:19-31

19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.  22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’

25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ 29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ 30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ 31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

7th Sunday after Pentecost

This is a modern dance with real animals.  It’s supposed to symbolize peaceful coexistence but it’s usually pretty loud and the dancers have to watch where they step all the time.  I heard someone say they didn’t know peace was so smelly.                                                                                          –                                                                                                              Peace Dance, Brian Andrew

Questions to Ponder:
  1. Think of a time when you tried to make room at a table for yourself. If you were silenced or felt isolated, what were the circumstances.  If you had a seat but no voice, what were the circumstances?  Did things change?  How?
  2. Think of a time when you invited others to sit at a table where you had a place.  What was done to make the newcomers welcome and comfortable?  How did things change?  What did you learn about yourself?  …from those who had been invited?