small groups

Our Lenten Small Groups have been in progress!  If you haven't had the chance to partake in this study, it can be found below!  Please be sure to view our newest study, 'How Christians Face the Future, Hellos & Goodbyes.'  This small community faith study is written by Father Frank Cancro. 

For more information, please contact Debbie at formation@queenoftheapostles.org or call 704-825-9600, ext. 26.

  

 

Week 1 :

SCRIPTURE:  Matthew 4: 18 – 22

 

As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.

He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

At once they left their nets and followed him.  He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of

Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee,

mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.

QUESTIONS:

 

1.  Can you think of at least one “portable” time in your own life? How do you look at it now?

  

2.  Has there ever been an occasion where you have had to “pick up” your faith and move it to a different idea, notion or practice?

 

3.  What elements of your religious life help you face the reality of change in your life?

PRAYER:

 

Make us your Bread, Lord,

then break us up and pass us around.

Make us your Wine of new life, Lord,

so we can be poured out on the world

to nurture your Grace.

Make us portable enough

to be passed into the hands of many people

so we can proclaim your Word

and spread your Good News

in the living out of our everyday lives.

 

Amen.

Week 2 :

SCRIPTURE:  Matthew 25: 31 – 36

 

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his

glorious throne, and all the nations will be

assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd

separates the sheep from the goats.

He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.  Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me,  naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’

QUESTIONS:

1.  Who are the hardest people or situations to say “hello” to? Why?

 

2. Do you find elements of the Gospel’s call to hospitality having an effect in your everyday life?

3.  What are the challenges, especially with people of other faith traditions, to being “open” and “hospitable” to them?

PRAYER:

 

Slowly and gently open our hands and our arms, O Lord,

so we can embrace the world you have given us as a gift. Open our eyes so we can see where your embrace, through our arms, might bring light and love and hope to others.

Keep us always open to the possibility that we are your messengers and we are your ministers of peace.

Help us say “hello” each day to the task

of bringing your face into clearer view.

 

Amen.

Week 3 :

SCRIPTURE:  John 14: 25 – 28

 

“I have told you this while I am with you.

The Advocate, the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name—he will teach you everything and remind you of all that [I] told you.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.

You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I.

QUESTIONS:

1. What do you think of the notion that “goodbyes are never terminal:” that we say “goodbye to our goodbyes?”

  

2. Do you have a personal example of a goodbye that was also an experience of gratitude or encouragement?

 

3.  What is the easiest and hardest experience for you as a Christian in dealing with grief and separation?

PRAYER:

 

In our coming and our going, Lord, may we see you.

In our living and our dying, Lord, may we walk

with you. 

In letting go of secure and safe things in order

to embrace your will

may we always find your love and the strength

that comes from your Son’s Word.

May his Word always help us

with new beginnings and

always hold us close in the midst

of our many goodbyes.

 

Amen.

Week 4 :

SCRIPTURE:  Matthew 28: 16 – 20

 

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.

When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.

 

Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

 

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the    Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,

teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

QUESTIONS:

 

1.  What transitions have you experienced in your church life and what have you learned from them?

 

2.  Do you see the Holy Spirit afoot in the many transitions in the church today? Where and how?

 

3.  What do people fear the most about transitions of any kind in their lives? Why?


PRAYER:

 

We are passing through many transitions, Lord:

A new church, new ministries and schedules

and even the anticipation of letting go of one pastor

and welcoming someone new.

Help us see your hand at work here.

Empowered by your Holy Spirit may we

dwell in the midst of these transitions

not in fear or sorrow but rather

in hope and anticipation of

Your next great work among us.

 

Amen.