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Rise Up! — FOCUS

We can listen for God’s voice, get on the move, and develop confidence in God being one who truly answers us. But these processes, whether foregrounded or running in the background of our lives, may not be enough in themselves to lead us or sustain us on “this tedious journey.” We have to stay focused on where we’re heading if we’re going to get there. And we need to stay focused on the one who gives us the power to get there. So the first response to this week’s sermon is a sung affirmation of faith to strengthen our focus, collectively, on the redemptive presence, work, and power of our God.


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    References:

  • Isaiah 40:21-31
  • Psalm 147:1-11, 20c (UMH 859)
  • 1 Corinthians 9:16-23
  • Mark 1:29-39

Rise Up! — GOD IS SPEAKING! (Transfiguration)

We who follow Jesus follow where he leads. And he most often leads into places of suffering and death, including his and potentially our own death. We’ve been learning what it is to listen, to move, to answer, and to focus in the midst of life. Now we are called to do this far more profoundly in the face of the constant suffering and death into which we are sent by Jesus as signs and witnesses of his death and life. 
 

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    References:

  • 2 Kings 2:1-12
  • Psalm 50:1-6 (UMH 783)
  • 2 Corinthians 4:3-6
  • Mark 9:2-9

Rehab — MORTALITY

Lent begins with dust and ashes. We start this time of intensive preparation for baptism or realigning our lives with the vows of the baptismal covenant acknowledging our human limitations. We remember we are dust and to dust we will return. Our efforts in this life will one day be reduced to ashes. And in the meantime, we have deeply ingrained habits marked by sin, stained by selfishness, and resistant to our own efforts to change them. 
 


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    References:

  • Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
  • Psalm 51:1-17 (UMH 785)
  • 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
  • Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Rehab — WILDERNESS

Heading into the wilderness, whether it’s imposed upon us or we voluntarily go, is only the first step in the rehab journey toward reconciliation, healing, and wholeness. But it is a step we must take to start the process of recovery.
 


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    References:

  • Genesis 9:8-17
  • Psalm 25:1-10 (UMH 756)
  • 1 Peter 3:18-22
  • Mark 1:9-15

Rehab — INTERVENTION

With a theme like this, it may be tempting to move into heavy-handed “holier than thou, hyper-righteousness” mode. Instead, gentleness, transparency, and humility are needed. Prepare yourselves to model these things in the ways you as worship leaders lead today. There’s no shame in admitting we need help. We do. And thanks be to God, God is ready to offer help to one and all, through prayer, through sacrament, and through our interactions with others in our daily lives. 


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    References:

  • Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
  • Psalm 22:23-31 (UMH 752)
  • Romans 4:13-25
  • Mark 8:31-38

Rehab — PROGRAM

At some point, we have to take that step of faith and just do it, whether we think we can or not, whether we are afraid or not, whether we think it might kill us or not. The good news is that we don’t have to be perfect, and we don’t have to work the program alone. God promises to be with us in our journey. 


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    References:

  • Exodus 20:1-17
  • Psalm 19 (UMH 750)
  • 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
  • John 2:13-22