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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...)

Dwellings Worship Series, week 2: VICTORY

In a period of deep division and brokenness in our country, what difference does and could Jesus make? Where does the good news speak into the places that seem hopeless and lost? Do we live as if the weight and power of sin has already been taken away and that Jesus’ sacrifice and love is available and intended for all people?

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    References:

  • Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17
  • Psalm 127 or Psalm 42 (UMH 777)
  • Hebrews 9:24-28
  • Mark 12:38-44

Dwellings Worship Series, week 3: CONFIDENCE

Jesus came to free us from the chains of shame and created the church as a place for us to be vulnerable and challenge one another in love. Regularly, we all still sin and fall short of who God desires us to be; but through vulnerability and accountability, we can hold the things we’ve done up to who we want to be without letting those things define or paralyze us.

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    References:

  • 1 Samuel 1:4-20
  • 1 Samuel 2:1-10 pr Psalm 113 (UMH 834)
  • Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25
  • Mark 13:1-8