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Habits of Hospitality: SHARING OUR AUTHENTIC SELVES

Habits of Hospitality concludes with this week’s focus on sharing our authentic selves with others in the midst of offering hospitality in the course of our mission. We come in peace offering peace. We come seeking not to impose but to welcome, and so to learn from those among whom we come. And we share Christ with those we’ve welcomed out of who we really are, not as if Christ is to us some “widget” or “service” we’re selling.

 

 


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    References:

  • Deuteronomy 34:1-12
  • Psalm 90:1-6
  • 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
  • Matthew 22:34-46

Season of Saints: Clothing of the Saints

This service kicks off the series in conversation with the Epistle reading for All Saints and Charles Wesley’s paraphrase of that reading in his hymn “What Are These Arrayed in White?” What they are and what they wear are clues for what God longs for all of us to become: beloved saints-- and what it takes for us to become them.

 

 


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    References:

  • Joshua 3:7-17
  • Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37 (UMH 830)
  • 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
  • Matthew 23:1-12
  • (more...)

Season of Saints: Stories of the Saints

What is the primary distinguishing mark of the stories saints tell? They are stories of deliverance, stories of salvation, and never stories merely of personal or family accomplishment. How will God help you tell your story the way the saints do?
 


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    References:

  • Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
  • Psalm 78:1-7 (UMH 799)
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
  • Matthew 25:1-13

Season of Saints: Thanksgiving of the Saints

What is Thanksgiving Day like where you are? More importantly, how shaped by Thanksgiving, and in particular the Great Thanksgiving, the thanksgiving of the saints, is your life? How might a life of thanksgiving for God’s mighty acts of salvation, unfolding from day to day, give you strength to tell the story of the saints and wear the clothing of the saints with confidence and joy?
 


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    References:

  • Thanksgiving Day (USA)
  • Deuteronomy 8:7-18
  • Psalm 65 (UMH 789)
  • 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
  • (more...)

    References:

  • Deuteronomy 8:7-18
  • Psalm 65 (UMH 789)
  • 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
  • Luke 17:11-19

Season of Saints: Shepherd of the Saints

So far, we’ve talked mostly about ourselves as saints or potential saints. Today, at the end of one church year and the cusp of the next, we speak and sing primarily of the one around whom the universe itself pivots, Christ the King, Shepherd of the saints.  Christ, our Shepherd-King gathers and makes saints from the most marginalized, damaged, abused, abandoned people on earth, leading the saints to eternal life now and in the new creation. 


 


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    References:

  • Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
  • Psalm 100 (UMH 821)
  • Ephesians 1:15-23
  • Matthew 25:31-46