God is Wild Summer Exploration

 

We often try to domesticate God, but what if God is wild?

This summer we have a summer exploration theme: God is Wild. Lots of times, we think we know what God is up to, and people think they have a pretty good sense of what God thinks. This is what I like to call our “God box.” We think we know what is in that box. But I wonder if by doing that if we make God too small? And what if God is wild and can’t fit in a box?

Each week this summer, we’ll focus on a different story from scripture where God acts in a way that seems contrary to the order we might expect. Why would someone plant a weed in a garden? Why did God make such strange creatures? Why doesn’t God know how to dress for a party? Does God change God’s mind? What is that crazy dream about? All these questions have something to do with the texts we found that tell us wild stories about God.

Along with that, you’ll hear “Wild” songs all summer long (You can read John Kerns’s post about the wild songs), and hear poetry that is about the wilderness or wild things.

We also have a summer book read, and three dates for discussions if you’d like to participate: Brené Brown’s newest book, Braving the Wilderness will help us form discussions about being brave in unknown territory; being brave in the face of vulnerability, and finding true belonging. Join us for a book discussion night upstairs at the Moon Palace Bookstore, 3032 Minnehaha Ave. There is also a cafe there if you want to grab food or drink.

There is one book behind the counter with my name on it that you are welcome to buy from Moon Palace! I put it there just for you!

June 12th
7:30-8:30 PM
(Chapter 1)

July 10th
7:30-8:30 PM
(Chapters 2-4)

August 14th
7:30-8:30 PM
(Chapters 5-7)

Join us for a God is Wild Summer Exploration!

 

State of the Spirit (Garage)

On February 25, following worship, we’ll have an annual meeting following worship, with LUNCH included just in case the regular BREAKFAST isn’t enough. Two meals in one day!

At this meeting you’ll hear from:

  • The Think Tank that has been planning short-term next steps
  • The Connectors who are working on some of those next steps
  • Our (fairly) new pastor on first impressions and more.

We’ll discuss:

  • Our financial state, and hopes for this next year
  • Our membership state and our hopes for next year
  •  New initiatives

As with everything at Spirit Garage, your participation is key to the ongoing success of Spirit Garage! See you there, February 25, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

FAQs Bible Study

Wednesdays during Lent, 7-8 PM beginning February 21st
Peace Coffee, 3262 Minnehaha Ave in Longfellow

As we continue to “Live the Questions” in the season of Lent, consider this Lenten practice:
Wednesday evenings from 7-8 PM you’ll find me sitting at Peace Coffee with the scripture for the following week. (Except March 7th).

One of the best ways to study the scripture is to ask it a lot of questions, so I’m calling this “Frequently Asked Questions” bible study. The main goal will be to ask the text as many questions as we can, and see what that might open up for us.

Here are some examples of questions we might ask:

Who is in this story?
Who is this story written for?
Who is this story written about?
Who wrote this story?
What did they want their audience to think when they read this story?
What should we think instead?
What happened before this story?
Why did he say THAT?
What does this mean?
In what tone of voice do you think he said that?
What did the setting look like?
Who else might have been there?
What was that silent character thinking?
Why don’t the women have names?And lots more…you get to ask. I don’t guarantee answers, but Jesus didn’t either. Often he just asked more questions.

Then come on Sunday and see how these questions get woven into the fabric of the message.

From the workbench of…

Holly Johnson
Pastor @ Spirit Garage