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Bitter Complaints

Born to Trouble

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B

“What shall we pray about today?” Perhaps your congregation is used to hearing such a phrase in worship on a regular basis. Many congregations have a regular time of sharing “joys and concerns” during worship. But for others, it seems like an intrusion on the order of worship; and should the attempt be made, there would be an uncomfortable silence. Yet scripturally, we know we are called to pray for one another. How can we do that without hearing what the needs might be, or where the hurts are?

“Born to Trouble” is a series built on the lectionary readings from the Book of Job. As stated in the general worship notes for this series, the questions arise, “Why do we believe? What is faith all about?” “Born to Trouble” invites us to examine the depth of our souls and the foundations of what we believe. Our mission, to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, needs to go through the experience of wrestling with Job. It is how we learn to cling to faith, even as we live in this random world.

Our hymnody can be a help to the theme of being heard by God. Songs that let people know they are in God’s mind and in God’s hands help confirm the idea that even when they have no sense of being heard, faith says that God is listening. Singing of God’s active participation in the lives of those who love God can be a powerful witness.

Following are songs that will help you plan for this series. Some of these songs help us access the feelings of lament and despair with the hope of God’s grace and love present to sustain us in hard times. Other songs help us rejoice in adoration for God’s greatness and abundant love for God’s children. Hold both of these themes in creative tension during this series, so that your congregation can grow in faith and understanding.

Abbreviations:

  • United Methodist Hymnal=UMH
  • Worship and Song=W&S
  • The Faith We Sing=TFWS

THEME SONGS AND SERVICE MUSIC

  • “El Shaddai” 123 UMH
  • “God of the Sparrow God of the Whale” 122 UMH
  • “Give to the Winds Thy Fears” 129 UMH
  • “God of Wonders” 3034 W&S
  • “Healer of Our Every Ill” 2213 TFWS
  • “We Are Called to Sing Your Praise” 2216 TFWS
  • “Goodness Is Stronger Than Evil” 2219 TFWS

An anthem that can be used during one of these Sundays or throughout the series as a choral Call to Worship or response to the sermon is Mark Miller’s “I Believe.” The text comes from the wall of a cellar in the Cologne concentration camp during WW2. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiFvgwXPNnE.

October 10, 2021 – Job 23:1-9, 16-17

This week, we recognize that in a new wind that blows, we see a new vision of God and a new way of relating to the one who loves us so completely. God has come down to meet us, known as the condescension of God.

  • “El Shaddai” 123 UMH
  • “God of Wonders” 3034 W&S
  • “Come Down, O Love Divine” 475 UMH
  • “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” 474 UMH
  • “By the Babylonian Rivers” 2217 TFWS
  • “Goodness Is Stronger Than Evil” 2219 TFWS
  • “Breathe” 3112 W&S
  • “Word of God, Speak”

In This Series...


Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B - Lectionary Planning Notes Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B - Lectionary Planning Notes Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost, Year B - Lectionary Planning Notes Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost, Year B - Lectionary Planning Notes

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In This Series...


Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B - Lectionary Planning Notes Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B - Lectionary Planning Notes Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost, Year B - Lectionary Planning Notes Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost, Year B - Lectionary Planning Notes