Proclaiming the Kingdom: Parables of Luke – Week 1

This study looks at eight parables from the Gospel of Luke – eight stories from ordinary life circumstances – that reveal the nature of God’s Kingdom. In these stories we find there is no length to which God will not go to redeem his people.

The six-week study, part of the diocesan Adult Christian Formation program,  can be used any time of year and is well-suited for individuals, small groups, and congregations.

Each session includes readings from Scripture, commentary and questions from the Rev. Drs. John Lewis and Jane Patterson, and short videos with people from around the diocese as they tell their own stories of the Kingdom breaking into their lives.

To access other sessions of this study, click here.

Session 1 – God Crosses the Widest Breach

By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death (Luke 1:79).

You will want to read or listen to the scripture before moving on to the commentary and questions.


The scripture passage

Read Luke 1:67-79.

or Listen to it read by Mike Monroe from Grace Church, San Antonio.


Commentary and questions for reflection
from the Rev. Dr. Jane Patterson

Read God Crosses the Widest Breach

or Listen


Reflection response (video): Think about a time you recognized God breaking into your life.
Patty Brooke from St. David’s Episcopal Church, San Antonio, recalls a dark time in her life when God broke in.


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