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Dwellings Worship Series, week 4: LOVE

United Methodist Student Day

On this final Sunday of the church year, Christ the King Sunday, take the time to remind your congregation of what it means to have a crucified King who isn’t merely seeking allegiance with our lips, but desires a fundamentally different way of us being in relationship with God and with one another. Sometimes, terrible things just happen. Yet, Christ our King is right there with us and has committed to be in solidarity with and in our suffering.

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    References:

  • 2 Samuel 23:1-7
  • Psalm 132:1-12 (UMH 849)
  • Revelation 1:4b-8
  • John 18:33-37

Prepare the Way Worship Series, week 1: STAND

For the series “Prepare the Way,” we decided to use two of the lectionary texts for every week except the Sunday after Christmas. We were called to the traditional Luke texts that present Advent and the Christmas story in a familiar way. We were also called to the prophets of the Old Testament and how their words and stories connected with story of the coming of Christ. We hope that in your church, you will use both sets of texts to illuminate your Advent season.

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    References:

  • Jeremiah 33:14-16
  • Psalm 25:1-10 (UMH 756)
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
  • Luke 21:25-36

Prepare the Way Worship Series, week 2: REFINE

The word “refine” is the primary focus this week. It stems from the effects of the coming messenger’s work. It is a call to renewal on the part of God’s people. It is not so much the idea of punishment as it is the idea of being convicted in light of the Great Day of the Lord and a time of a new beginning. The prophet concludes with a promise of hope, “...I will not come and strike the land with a curse” (Malachi 4:5).

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    References:

  • Malachi 3:1-4
  • Luke 1:68-79 (UMH 208)
  • Philippians 1:3-11
  • Luke 3:1-6

Prepare the Way Worship Series, week 3: DO

This week in the Advent season is known as Guadete Sunday, or the Sunday of joy.  It is represented by a pink candle on the traditional Advent wreath. The liturgical space should support the preacher’s message. There is a strong reason for joy. Both texts make references to a happening from God...

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    References:

  • Zephaniah 3:14-20
  • Isaiah 12:2-6
  • Philippians 4:4-7
  • Luke 3:7-18

Prepare the Way Worship Series, week 4: WELCOME

The Gospel of Luke emphasizes “God’s concern for the lowly, the hungry, and the disadvantaged, and God’s judgment upon the self-indulgent.” A part of our Wesleyan DNA is ministry for and with the poor. Just as Advent leads us toward encountering the infant Christ in a stable and with the announcement of the Good News being first shared with lowly shepherds, so we are invited to become more mindful and aware of ministries with and for the excluded.

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    References:

  • Micah 5:2-5a
  • Psalm 80:1-7
  • Hebrews 10:5-10
  • Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)

Prepare the Way Worship Series: ARRIVE

For Christians, Christmas Eve is a moment of open arms— as a midwife who extends her arms to receive the newly born child. As the church, we also extend our arms to receive Jesus once again, with all that he has to offer: an incomparable love, a huge smile, the smile of God over humanity and directed individually at every human being.

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    References:

  • Isaiah 9:2-7
  • Psalm 96 (UMH 815)
  • Titus 2:11-14
  • Luke 2:1-20