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Sibling Rivalry (Joseph)

Sibling rivalry.“Dad loves me the most!” Rivalry exacerbated.“Dad gave me this long robe!” Siblings responding.“We hate him.” Rivalry turns to plotting.“Throw him in the pit! Sell him into slavery.” Story turns. Released from slavery.“I have power in Egypt.” Sibling rivals

Posted in Call to Worship, Genesis, Genesis 37, Genesis 37: 3-8, 17b-22, 26-34, Genesis 50, Genesis 50:15-21, narrative lectionary, Old Testament

Learning in the Desert

God taught the people as they wandered in the desert.  Work hard,Be good stewards of the soil and produce.Plan now to set aside a significant portion of your labors and wealth for others. Rest regularly, Be good stewards of your body

Posted in Call to Worship, Exodus, Exodus 23, Exodus 23, Exodus 23:10-13, 19a, Old Testament

Sustains & Undergirds

Like the sun that warms,and energizes our planet…Like the water that refreshes,and teems with your creation…And like the soil and love from,which we are made…Your presence sustains andundergirds all that is. Be with us,circle and flow betweenour homes reminding usthat

Posted in Call to Worship, Invocation

Enough.

We worry.  Enough.  Abundant  Bountiful Lavish Ample.  God provides enough for today,Yet we greedily collect, buy, and hoard. We fail to trust there is enough for all.  Enough Complete Worthy  Sufficient  Delightful Beloved.  God creates us. We are worthy and beloved.

Posted in Call to Worship, Exodus, Exodus 16, Exodus 16:1-3, Exodus 16:1-3, 13-26, Exodus 16:13-26, Old Testament

Get Going

The cries of injustice have reached God’s ears and heart. God says, “I see their oppression and suffering.” “We see it, too, God,” we respond. “Are you going to rescue them now?” And god responds, “So get going. I’m sending you

Posted in Call to Worship, Exodus, Exodus 3, Exodus 3:7-12, Exodus 4, Exodus 4:10-17, Old Testament

A Falling Out

Paul and the Corinthians had a falling out. It’s not gone well. Paul is as human as any of us.We are molded by the same Creator. Conflict. Hurt. Polarization. Rejection. These are the ways of humanity. There is always a way forward.

Posted in 2 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians 2, 2 Corinthians 2:1-10, 2 Corinthians 2:1-11, Call to Worship, Invocation, New Testament

Alone Together

Life goes up. Life goes down. Life goes on.  We weep. We laugh and dance. We suffer and we pray.  Together we cling. Together we share our song.Together we are one human family.  Let us worship alone, yet not alone. 

Posted in Call to Worship, Invocation, Job, Old Testament

Consume Us

Hear Me, God!Listen to Me! Respond to my challenge and my suffering! We gather with ears, with eyes, and with hearts to listen, to perceive, and to experience Divine wisdom. May she fill us and consume us. Amen.

Posted in Call to Worship, Job, Job 38:1-11, Old Testament

Sprouting Hope

In his despair, Job envies a tree.For when a tree is cut down, new sprouts mean resurrection and hope. Job yearns to be hidden away in a place where devastation cannot touch him.Hidden from harshness, Job anticipates vindication.  Before God

Posted in Call to Worship, Job, Job 14, Job 14:7-15, Job 19, Job 19:23-27, narrative lectionary, Old Testament

Despair, Weariness, Anger…and Trust.

Job was a faithful man. A man of integrity, he was loyal to the God of love, justice, and mercy. His life was blessed. Job’s faithfulness was blessed with a life without strife and challenge.Or so he thought. It all

Posted in Call to Worship, Job, Job 3:1-10, Job 3:1-10, Job 4:1-9, Job 7:11-22, lamentation, Old Testament
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