by: Micki Gowdy
Good morning Irvington UMC and friends! It’s time for Friday’s edition of “Take 10 at 10:00” – an opportunity to stop, breathe, and join together in a time of worship and reflection. If your schedule doesn’t permit you to take the time at 10:00 am, try it at 10:00 pm, or at any other time during the day. It will be posted on Facebook and on our website at www.irvingtonumc.org. Friday’s “Take 10 at 10:00” is a weekly devotional offering a hymn suggestion, Scripture readings, and thoughts and questions for reflection. We are going to be focusing on our “Wesleyan Way” (following a guide written by Scott Jones, a Bishop in the UMC). So, find a Bible and get a notebook or open a new computer tab, and let’s get started!
1. If you have access, go to Youtube or some other music site and listen to the hymn, “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing.” You can listen to a traditional version or there is a contemporary version by the David Crowder Band that takes it up a notch. The song was written by Charles Wesley in 1739. What is the Wesleyan view of God and Jesus in this song?
2. Icebreaker question: What is your reaction to roadside billboards or pamphlets that say things such as “If you died tonight, where would you spend eternity?” Responses might be they irritate you, you ignore them, you question whether such messages are helpful or harmful, or they make you think about your beliefs on heaven, hell, and a life beyond this one.
2. Scripture readings: find a Bible or a Bible app and reading the following verses. Leviticus 19:11-18, Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Matthew 22:34-40.
3. Questions for thought:
• Deuteronomy 6:1-9 describes a covenant (kind of like a contract) between God and Israel. What are the terms of the contract? What are the people supposed to do? What does God promise to do?
• The command to “love your neighbor as yourself” in Leviticus 19:18 seems buried amid numerous other instructions. Do you see a theme or thread?
• Matthew 22:35 says that the Pharisees (Jewish legal and religious scholars) came to Jesus to test him with the question: “What is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus’ response comes from Deuteronomy (one of the five books of Jewish Law). What do you think they expected him to say?
• Deut. 6:4 is called the “Shema” (which is Hebrew for “listen”). It is a central affirmation of the Jewish faith, so the Pharisees would have agreed it was the greatest commandment. They might not, however, agreed to what Jesus says is the second greatest commandment. What does Jesus mean when he says the second commandment is “like” the first? What does Jesus mean when he says that “all the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands?”
• After listening to the hymn, reading the Bible, and thinking on these questions, is there one word that comes to mind that is most descriptive of our Wesleyan way of life? Hint: it begins with an L.
Have questions or comments? Let us know. Tomorrow’s Ten at 10:00: Music from the Sanctuary.