In God We Trust

Date: August 13, 2017
Liturgical Day: The 10th Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 14A

trusting in our God
with neither fear nor hatred
living faithfully

Saint Pierre Attempting to Walk on Water by Francois Boucher; Versailles, 1766

Summary:
Faith is a word that can have a variety of meanings. Some think of it as “correct belief.” Others think of it as “trust.” In this week’s Gospel lesson, Jesus encourages Peter to have faith in a difficult and dangerous situation: to trust. How might we, in these divided and dangerous days, learn how to trust in God, and in God’s ability to lead us forward to a better and more faithful future?

Some discussion Questions:
1. What led to Peter’s success (and failure) in his attempt to walk on water with Jesus?
2. In Romans 10, how is the righteousness that comes from the law different from the righteousness that comes from faith?
3. In 1st Kings 19, what does it mean that Elijah heard God’s voice coming from “a sound of sheer silence?”

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