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Living Worship Series: FOLLOW ME

In the stories of Jesus seeing his disciples after the resurrection, several times we see Jesus having conversations with his disciples without them recognizing him—at least not right away. They don’t recognize him until he does something familiar. 

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    References:

  • Acts 9:1-6 (7-20)
  • Psalm 30 (UMH 762)
  • Revelation 5:11-14
  • John 21:1-9

Living Worship Series: LISTEN TO ME

Jesus does not always answer the questions the way we want. People gather around Jesus and demand that he tell them, plainly if he is the Messiah. Jesus replies that he has already told them, but they did not believe. 

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    References:

  • Acts 9:36-43
  • Psalm 23 (UMH 754 or 137)
  • Revelation 7:9-17
  • John 10:22-30

Loving Worship Series: MARKED

This passage begins a collection of passages known as the Farewell Discourse. Jesus is preparing the disciples for a life without his physical presence. More than offering comfort, Jesus is trying to reorient them toward their mission. 

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    References:

  • Acts 11:1-18
  • Psalm 148 (UMH 861)
  • Revelation 21:1-6
  • John 13:31-35

Loving Worship Series: SENT

As disciples, we are all sent into the world to live out the love we have experienced. Embracing the reality that we are all “sent” in some way helps us keep perspective when are tempted to let our hearts be troubled or when we are tempted to give in to fear. There is intentionality in our efforts to keep God’s commandments.

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    References:

  • Acts 16:9-15
  • Psalm 67 (UMH 791)
  • Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
  • John 14:23-29

Loving Worship Series: EMBODIED

In chapter 17 in the gospel of John, we have a plea for Jesus’ followers to become one. It is a poetic prayer that is simultaneously beautiful and repetitive, as we would expect to find in the Gospel of John. We get a glimpse into Jesus’ heart and longing for the believing community, which is another opportunity to try to grasp how Jesus understands unity.

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    References:

  • Acts 16:16-34
  • Psalm 97 (UMH 816)
  • Revelation 22:12-14
  • John 17:20-26

Loving Worship Series: EMPOWERED

Here we move from the promise of the Spirit as Advocate and Comforter, made by John in the Farewell Discourse, to a powerful birth of a Spirit-filled community that is empowered to live its mission in the world.

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    References:

  • Acts 2:1-21
  • Psalm 104:24-24, 35b
  • Romans 8:14-17
  • John 14:8-17 (25-27)