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Healing Hands: Draw Crowds

Today’s service focuses on the crowds that flocked to Jesus wherever he went. They sought healing from him, just by being in his presence or touching the hem of his robe. This movement of crowds following Jesus from place to place inspired this week’s ritual action. We suggest a “movement song” (a congregational song that both encourages us and enables us to move as we sing) that can be sung as a response in the midst of ritual, or even as a song that is sung in the midst of the sending as people go into the world.

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    References:

  • Samuel 7:1-14a
  • Psalm 89:20-37
  • Ephesians 2:11-22
  • Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Healing Hands: Feed the World

This is the last week in this series. The feeding of the five thousand as read from John drives home the fact that Jesus truly feeds the world, physically and spiritually. This week, we invite you to consider celebrating the end of the series with a community meal. Organize it in the way that your community does best, perhaps catered by the church or potluck style. Advertise it throughout the four weeks leading up to this last one, and be sure to invite your community — whatever that means to you!

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    References:

  • 2 Samuel 11:1-15
  • Psalm 14
  • Ephesians 3:14-21
  • John 6:1-21

BUILD UP...In Love

Paul’s writing asserts that Christians are created to live in community with one another. This requires a certain level of spiritual maturity that we can reach only when we act toward one another in the spirit of Christian love. Hence the names for our series: ...in Love. Each week we will focus on the text and how Paul instructs us to act. The first week, we must “Build Up One Another in Love.”

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    References:

  • 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a
  • Psalm 51:1-12 (UMH 785)
  • Ephesians 4:1-16
  • John 6:24-35

LIVE...In Love

Today is the continuation of the new four-week series. Paul’s writing asserts that Christians are created to live in community with one another. This requires a certain level of spiritual maturity that we can reach only when we act toward one another in the spirit of Christian love. Each week, we will focus on the text and how Paul instructs us to act. This second week, we are called to “Live in Love.”

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    References:

  • 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33
  • Psalm 130 (UMH 848)
  • Ephesians 4:25-5:2
  • John 6:35, 41-51

GIVE THANKS...In Love

“Understand what the will of the Lord is.” This week’s passage includes a tall order: to know the will of God. If only that were a simple task. We use this language frequently, but it is more often spoken in an effort to assure ourselves in the face of doubt rather than spoken in confidence. If only we understood what God’s will was. And yet, much like Jesus, our author “does not leave us orphaned” here...

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    References:

  • 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14
  • Psalm 111 (UMH 832)
  • Ephesians 5:15-20
  • John 6:51-58

MOVE...In Love

“Understand what the will of the Lord is.” This week’s passage includes a tall order: to know the will of God. If only that were a simple task. We use this language frequently, but it is more often spoken in an effort to assure ourselves in the face of doubt rather than spoken in confidence. If only we understood what God’s will was. And yet, much like Jesus, our author “does not leave us orphaned” here...

View the August 2018 ...In Love Series Overview »

    References:

  • 1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43
  • Psalm 84 (UMH 804)
  • Ephesians 6:10-20
  • John 6:56-69