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See All The People Worship Series: THE EXPECTANT CROWD

Like Jesus, we are called to accept people as they are and to strive to develop a Christian relationship with them. Not only did Jesus heal people, he also taught the people. Jesus perceived their unexpressed needs. Looking into the eyes of his disciples, he taught them about the many ways in which they were blessed.

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    References:

  • Jeremiah 17:5-10
  • Psalm 1 (UMH 738)
  • 1 Corinthians 15:12-20
  • Luke 6:17-26

See All The People Worship Series: THE QUESTIONING CROWD

Both our culture and our church have become increasingly divided; we demonize the “other” and cease listening to one another. In the CEB, verse 27 begins, “But I say to you who are willing to hear: Love your enemies.” Jesus challenges the crowd to hear. Then he says the shocking phrase, “Love your enemies.” What?! He doesn’t just tell us to listen to them. We are to love them!

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    References:

  • Genesis 45:3-11, 15
  • Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40 (UMH 772)
  • 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50
  • Luke 6:27-38

See All The People Worship Series: THE ASTOUNDED CROWD

Jesus embodies what many of us seem to forget. He shows us the importance of setting apart in prayer before coming back to see all the people informed in the fullness of God’s glory. In him, we are reminded to trust in the essential directions we have been provided to pray, listen, and care for the holistic needs of people.

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    References:

  • Exodus 34:29-35
  • Psalm 99 (UMH 819)
  • 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
  • Luke 9:28-36 (37-43)

With All Your Heart Worship Series: RETURN TO ME

“Ash Wednesday begins with dust and ashes.” This service is the beginning of our holy season of Lent. Historically, this was a time in the church year for interested people to undergo intensive catechesis and formation in preparation for baptism and joining the church. 

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    References:

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

With All Your Heart Worship Series: GOD'S GENEROUS HEART

As the first Sunday of Lent arrives, we find ourselves at a border with the ancient Israelites in our reading from Deuteronomy. We are standing on the edge of the wilderness, looking with great anticipation toward the Promised Land. 

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    References:

  • Deuteronomy 26:1-11
  • Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 (UMH 810)
  • Romans 10:8b-13
  • Luke 4:1-13

With All Your Heart Worship Series: IMITATING

This week, we turn our gaze upward, aspiring to imitate our Creator, the source of our promise, our dreams, and our guiding star along our Lenten pathway. 

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    References:

  • Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
  • Psalm 27 (UMH 758)
  • Phillippians 3:17-4:1
  • Luke 13:31-35