From Chaos to Community: Rites of Passage
In the times of horrific rites of passage, God has provided, and Goes does provide. That is part of our family legacy.
- Genesis 22:1-14
- Psalm 13 (UMH 746)
- Romans 6:12-23
- Matthew 10:40-42
From Chaos to Community: Legacy
Like all human families, the first families of our faith tradition were not perfect. They had their share of failure and struggles, just like everyone else. But throughout it all they knew the abiding presence of the Lord God was with them—perhaps most clearly known during moments of difficult decision, rites of passage, and periods of painful transition.
- Genesis 24:34-38
- Psalm 45:10-17 or Psalm 72 (UMH 795)
- Romans 7:15-25a
- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
The Apostle's Tale: Freedom
The flow of this series, as the flow of these scriptures, does not go “up” as much as it goes “deep.” This series is more like a dive from the heights than a climb up the mountain or a journey from point A to point B. As you move into today in particular, picture freedom as the diver on the board or at cliff’s edge, poised to jump.
- Genesis 25:19-34
- Psalm 119:105-112 or Psalm 25 (UMH 756)
- Romans 8:1011
- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
The Apostle's Tale: Groaning
As we come into the second week of our series, we move from the freedom we have found in Christ to confront our differences head-on, and God’s call to welcome all of God’s children, to dealing with the way things are: the sufferings of the present time.
- Genesis 28:10-19a
- Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 (UMH 854)
- Romans 8:12-25
- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
The Apostle's Tale: Intercession
On this third week of our series, Paul reminds us that even though we sin and fall short of the glory of God, and even though God calls us to join in the groaning of creation and to enter fully into the suffering of the world on behalf of others, God does not abandon us in this work. The good news of Jesus Christ is that God is with us every step of the way.
- Genesis 29:15-28
- Psalm 105:1-11, 45b (UMH 828)
- Romans 8:26-39
- Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
The Apostle's Tale: PROMISE
Today is about that solid ground of God’s promises for us, especially when we may not see them fulfilled even in our lifetimes. Just as God has formed a covenant with the people of Israel for their salvation and mission in the world, God has just as surely covenanted with all people, Jewish and Gentile alike, who turn to Christ as Savior and commit their way to him as Lord. As dystopian and toxic as this world may seem or be, the promise of complete salvation for us and renewal of all things in creation abides.
- Genesis 32:22-31
- Psalm 17:1-7, 15 (UMH 749)
- Romans 9:1-5
- Matthew 14:13-21