2024: The Year of Salt and Light
Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth.”
Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world.”
Following on from the themes of Prayer, Discipleship and Pilgrimage, from Advent 2023, the Diocese of St Davids will focus on Social Responsibility.
The year of Salt and Light, as it has become known, naturally follows discipleship as it helps us focus on how we live our lives within the worldwide context on our pilgrimage through ordinary life.
Social responsibility is so big and so wide that it would be impractical to try to tackle it all in even one year. Thus, we have chosen to focus on a few areas during different seasons in the year. Bishop Joanna was keen to encourage us to raise our eyes not just upward but also outward, not to focus only on God or ourselves or the issues closest to us, but on the wider world we live and move in.
Thus, there will be an element of challenge, getting us to consider that which we may not be comfortable with. A further element is one of encouragement. Simply put, social responsibility is so integral to the Christian faith, that many of us are already involved in it in one form of another. Be it volunteering; advocating; spreading Jesus’ message of love, hope, and peace; or just being there for our neighbour; we should not underestimate the effect of "doing the little things", just like we cannot underestimate the effect salt and light.
- Advent Bible Study - Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
- Epiphanytide - Strangers, foreigners, and sojourners (Refugees)
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Week 3: The Earth Belongs to God
Our Christian Faith and Doctrine (foundation of our beliefs) lead to acknowledge God as a Creator, sustainer, restorer and judge.
As we look to the act of creation, we see a God who intends to make all things good, a God who initiates and remain involved, and when things go to pots he presses the reset button, he does so in the totality of meaning of reset as in Noah and Jesus’ death on the cross, but also in the specific by bringing/allowing an end to cultures and kingdoms, history is a reflection of that.
Furthermore, Jesus tells us that there will be an end for this earth and creation, and a New City, Earth and Creation is just round the corner, this will occur at the command, order and action of God. All of the universe and all of creation belongs to God.
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it (v1)
Read Psalm 24 a couple of times alone or in a small study group, for the first time read all the verses without stopping to reflect, preferably out loud. Read it again, the whole Psalm slowly with a couple of seconds between each verse.
Read it again for the third time stopping at each verse for reflection / discussion.
What is the implication of verse 1 on our view of others in relation to what ‘belong to us?’
1 Corinthians 10:23-33
for “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” (v26)
Now discuss the implication of Psalm 24:1 in connection with 1 Corinthians 10:31-33
- Lent Bible Study
Did you know that the Bible contains the world’s most colourful collection of word pictures? From the rainbow in Genesis to the kaleidoscopic City of God in the book of Revelation the colours keep on coming. Together they illuminate our relationship to God, to one another, and to the world around us.
During Lent this year we will explore how the Bible reveals:
- the relationship between Paul McCartney and the Good Samaritan.
- how St Paul taught the Galatians a chemistry lesson
- why Jesus prioritised the poor...
- a new Creation over the Rainbow.
- .....swapped Pilate’s purple for crimson....
- ....and transformed a grey dawn through the white light of a Rising Son.
As St David taught us, while the big issues do matter, how we deal with the ‘little things’ can put a whole new complexion on the challenges we face. The reading and interpretation of scripture plus purposeful discussion, music, and fellowship will combine to inform and strengthen our commitment to love God, and our neighbours as ourselves.
Email StDavids.YearOf@cinw.org.uk to register your interest. (Also available in Welsh.)
- Eastertide 2024 - Racial Justice
- June 2024 - Poverty / Food poverty / Housing
- July 2024 - Human Trafficking / Slavery
- August 2024 - Family
- Creationtide 2024 - Environment
- October 2024 - Farming & Fishing
- Kingdomtide 2024 - Peace & War