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Mystery Worship Series, week 1: Disoriented

Today marks the beginning of a new four-week series. We are taking a deep dive in the mysterious and complicated story of Job, which is neatly condensed into four lectionary readings in the month of October. Challenge your congregation to go beyond the surface of Job and allow themselves to wrestle with a mysterious piece of Scripture.

    References:

  • Job 1:1; 2:1-10
  • Psalm 26 or Psalm 25 (UMH 756)
  • Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
  • Mark 10:2-16

Mystery Worship Series, week 2: DESERTED

Job maintains hope. Even though Job cannot see God, God is mindful of Job. Hope is an assurance in God, even when God’s justice is elusive and God’s presence is a mystery. Hope in this sense in not just a belief or an expectation. Hope is something that we live for, strife for, and long for, not just for ourselves, but for others as well. Job hopes for justice and hopes for God, even when he cannot exclusively see God and justice in his current state.

    References:

  • Job 23: 1-9, 16-17
  • Psalm 22:1-15 (UMH 752)
  • Hebrews 4:12-16
  • Mark 10:17-31

Mystery Worship Series, week 3: SILENCED

Laity Sunday
Today is the third week of the “Mystery” series. Job has come nearly face-to-face with God, or at least to God’s very real presence. The reading this week is a small part of God’s response to Job’s accusations. We find Job, and perhaps ourselves, silenced in the reality of God’s almighty power. God reminds Job that God alone created the foundation of the earth and cosmos. God controls all of creation, the animals, the seas, the lightning. It is a remarkable reminder of God’s power, one that should leave us awestruck.

    References:

  • Job 38:1-7 (34-41)
  • Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c (UMH 826)
  • Hebrews 5:1-10
  • Mark 10:35-45

Mystery Worship Series, week 4: RESTORED

Restoration in this text is not referring to the external or the temporal understanding of material means, but it is translated as the state of being full, abounding, and being content. Ultimately, Job illustrates that in spite of our personal pain and hurt, when we cannot change our situation, we can change our perspective. 

    References:

  • Job 42:1-6, 10-17
  • Psalm 34:1-8 (19-22) (UMH 769)
  • Hebrews 7:23-28
  • Mark 10:46-52

    References:

  • Isaiah 25:6-9
  • Psalm 24
  • Revelation 21:1-6a
  • John 11:32-44

Dwellings Worship Series, week 1: HOPE

All Saints Sunday

During this series, remind people that God dwells here and desires to be close to us. Our title for this week is “Hope,” and we can dwell in the hope that Christ is coming to abolish death and mourning and pain. As you go through this month, keep your eye on the coming season: Advent. What does it mean to dwell in hope as you move toward Advent?

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    References:

  • Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost 2018, Year B
  • Ruth 1:1-18
  • Psalm 146 (UMH 858)
  • Hebrews 9:11-14
  • (more...)