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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Acts 2:1-21
- Psalm 104:24-24, 35b
- Romans 8:14-17
- John 14:8-17 (25-27)
The Inheritance of God Worship Series: THE INHERITANCE OF WISDOM
This series begins with the observance of Trinity Sunday, one of the most widely debated yet central doctrinal understandings of the Christian faith. To understand the Trinity is to understand God’s presence with us and our lives with one another.
- Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
- Psalm 8 (UMH 743)
- Romans 5:1-5
- John 16:12-15
The Inheritance of God Worship Series: THE INHERITANCE OF ATTENTIVENESS
The prophet Elijah was a great risk-taking communicator, speaking God’s truth to power. In the previous chapter, he had declared the God of Israel’s superiority over the prophets of Baal, which resulted in the killing of these prophets. This sets us up for today’s scene, where Jezebel promises to exact revenge upon Elijah.
- 1 Kings 19:1-15a
- Psalm 42 (UMH 777
- Galatians 3:23-29
- Luke 8:26-39
The Inheritance of God Worship Series: THE INHERITANCE OF (em)POWER(ment)
Elisha is dedicated to Elijah’s prophetic ministry and does not want to see Elijah go away. So he clings to him. He clings to Elijah on the journey to Bethel, even though Elijah advises him to “stay here.” Elisha again clings to Elijah—this time more boldly—as they journey to the Jordan, despite Elijah’s command to “stay here.”
- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
- Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 (UMH 798)
- Galatians 5:1, 13-25
- Luke 9:51-62