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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

Rehab — RECOVERY

Today we celebrate what it means to continue into the stage of Rehab where we start to see some real recovery taking place. We’re not all the way there, any more than we’re at Easter in just the fourth Sunday in Lent. And indeed, the degree to which we may start to experience recovery during rehab is often mirrored by a nearly equal sense of how far we still have to go, what is still not working as it really should, or, in this case, how we are still living out sinful, destructive patterns of behavior that still need to be addressed. But we still have some reason to rejoice.


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    References:

  • Numbers 21:4-9
  • Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 (UMH 830)
  • Ephesians 2:1-10
  • John 3:14-21

Rehab — PROMISE

Above all, this season is intended to move us from uncertainty and a confused way of living toward a living hope that orders our steps in Christ’s ways. The hope in us has become real, palpable, and we confess that today. And we do so precisely in the face of the circumstances in which we find ourselves that may cause us to lose hope. That is the core dynamic of today’s service: Hope that can move us through and beyond despair. 


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    References:

  • Jeremiah 31:31-34
  • Psalm 51:1-12 (UMH 785)
  • Hebrews 5:5-10
  • John 12:20-33