Wednesday Morning Bible Study
Ruth is a story of family and survival. It is a story about the preservation of life in the face of death and upholding memory to ward off the loss of identity. Ruth, a Moabite, an outsider, is a woman who demonstrates faithfulness that transforms the existing reality of being an outcast foreigner, who escapes that role. There are many themes identified in Ruth: marriage (specifically Levirate Marriage and marriages to foreigners); the prominence of women and gender roles; and survival, love, harvest, covenant, and faithfulness. The main theme in Ruth focuses on identity; who people are, especially as connected to a group of people. Family, then as it is now, is the center of identity and survival. How does one survive and thrive with or without family? The following are theological issues the book of Ruth addresses:
1. Who is included in the family of God? Is our identity as God’s children determined by whom we exclude or whom we include?
2. To what extent is identity affected by location? Specifically, how can Israel be the people of God in exile?
3. Does time have an impact on identity? In other words, how do subsequent generations interpret a received tradition?
We meet in the Fellowship Hall from 10:00-11:30. All are welcome. Come join us.
Pastor Rick's Sunday School Class: What Lutheran Believe!
Beginning on Sunday, March 11, my Sunday School Class will be discussing our Basic Beliefs as Lutheran Christians. Our topics will include our views of: Grace, The Sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism, God's Word, The Apostles' Creed, and Worship.
We will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 10:30-11:30. Everyone is welcome. Come join us!