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Transitions: WHO?

In the season of “Who?” we find ourselves in times of transition; we get anxious; we try to force fit things; and in all of that, we risk missing whom God may be providing for us in such a time as this. Are you in a season of “Who?” You may not be able to let go all the anxiety. But you may be able to interrupt it long enough to breathe and to seek God’s voice and the Spirit’s leading. It’s there. And often, it’s the voice reminding us to ask a question we may not have thought to ask in our anxiety-driven tunnel vision... 

View the 2018 Post Pentecost Series Overview »

    References:

  • 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
  • Psalm 20 or Psalm 72 (UMH 795)
  • 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 (11-13), 14-17
  • Mark 4:26-34

Transitions: HOW?

Today we may all be on the edge or in the middle of some sort of season of “How?” And that’s why we’re reaffirming baptism today. Because it’s in baptism that we remember what we’re all supposed to be about. It’s in baptism that the Holy Spirit first starts pouring spiritual gifts into our lives. It’s in this community, living this baptismal covenant together, that we’re learning how to use these gifts and to live as Christ’s representatives on mission with him in the world.

View the 2018 Post Pentecost Series Overview »

    References:

  • 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23) 32-49
  • Psalm 9:9-20 (UMH 744)
  • 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
  • Mark 4:35-41

Healing Hands: BRING LIFE

Today marks the beginning of a new five-week series. This series follows Jesus in the Gospel of Mark and John as his ministry begins to take shape and become known through the land.

View the July 2018 Healing Hands Series Overview »

    References:

  • 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
  • Psalm 130
  • 2 Corinthians 8:7-15
  • Mark 5:21-43

Healing Hands: SEND FORTH

Today’s service focuses on Jesus sending the disciples forth in twos to spread the good news of the gospel. You may take some time in your service to recognize your church’s mission work in the local or global community.

View the July 2018 Healing Hands Series Overview »

    References:

  • 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
  • Psalm 48
  • 2 Corinthians 12:2-10
  • Mark 6:1-13

Healing Hands: BECOME KNOWN

Today’s service focuses on how the news of Jesus’ gospel is spreading through the land. It has reached the ear of King Herod at his court. This week, consider celebrating a reaffirmation of baptism in your church.

View the July 2018 Healing Hands Series Overview »

    References:

  • 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19
  • Psalm 24
  • Ephesians 1:3-14
  • Mark 6:14-29

Healing Hands: Draw Crowds

Today’s service focuses on the crowds that flocked to Jesus wherever he went. They sought healing from him, just by being in his presence or touching the hem of his robe. This movement of crowds following Jesus from place to place inspired this week’s ritual action. We suggest a “movement song” (a congregational song that both encourages us and enables us to move as we sing) that can be sung as a response in the midst of ritual, or even as a song that is sung in the midst of the sending as people go into the world.

View the July 2018 Healing Hands Series Overview »

    References:

  • Samuel 7:1-14a
  • Psalm 89:20-37
  • Ephesians 2:11-22
  • Mark 6:30-34, 53-56