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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. 

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    References:

  • 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.”

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    References:

  • 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
  • Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 (UMH 798)
  • Galatians 5:1, 13-25
  • Luke 9:51-62

The Inheritance of God Worship Series: THE INHERITANCE OF TRUST

In scripture, we encounter the character of Naaman, a great commander of King Aram’s army. He is suffering from leprosy and is desperate for healing. A young woman, a captive from Israel (the “other,” who lacks power and social standing), speaks with authority and certainty to Naaman’s wife that the prophet Elisha in the land of Israel could heal Naaman. Maybe it was out of desperation, or maybe it was the still, small voice of God speaking to Naaman, but Naaman trusted the Israelite woman and embarked on a journey to the land of Israel to be healed.

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    References:

  • 2 Kings 5:1-14
  • Psalm 30 (UMH 762)
  • Galatians 6:(1-6) 7-16
  • Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Living as Disciples Worship Series: WEEK 1

I think that often when we read the parable of the Good Samaritan we miss the point of the story. In the parable, when the lawyer (who was not a lawyer like we think of a lawyer, but really more like a seminary professor or highly educated clergyperson) correctly identifies the Samaritan as the neighbor, Jesus responds with the words, “That is the right answer; do this and you will live.”

    References:

  • Amos 7:7-17
  • Psalm 82 (UMH 804)
  • Colossians 1:1-14
  • Luke 10:25-37

Living as Disciples Worship Series: WEEK 2

So this second week in our series on “Living as Disciples for the Transformation of the World” we consider the story of Jesus’ visit to the home of Mary and Martha in Bethany. For those of you who read my words regularly what I’m about to write may sound like I am beating a dead horse, but I simply cannot and will not read the story of Mary and Martha as an indictment of Martha and a lauding of Mary. 

    References:

  • Amos 8:1-12
  • Psalm 52 or 82 (UMH 804)
  • Colossians 1:15-28
  • Luke 10:38-42

Living as Disciples Worship Series: WEEK 3

As Christians and as United Methodists, most of us assume that we are expected to pray. The founder of Methodism, John Wesley, listed prayer as one of the spiritual disciplines to which we are to attend to daily. According to a Pew Research report, 55 percent of American Christians say they pray every day. These persons rely on prayer when making personal decisions and consider prayer and essential part of their identity. There are literally millions of books of prayers, books on how to pray, and books about the power of prayer. We assume that since Jesus prayed, that means that we also should pray.

    References:

  • Hosea 1:2-10
  • Psalm 85 (UMH 806)
  • Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19)
  • Luke 11:1-13