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Quakes & Tornadoes, Virus & Famine, and Sunshine & Storms

Across the waters,the restless breath blew.And God began to create. Beneath the stars,the earth was filled with quakes & tornadoes, virus & famine, and sunshine & storms.And the people struggled to survive. God loved the ones, created from the dust and God’s

Posted in Call to Worship, Confession of Sin & Assurance, Genesis, Genesis 1, Genesis 1-2, Genesis 1-2:1, Mark 13, Mark 13:1-8, 24-37, narrative lectionary, New Testament, Old Testament

We Hear Your Words

We hear your words.And twist them around. We hear your words.And sometimes use them to justify deviousness, to manipulate, to promote our own self-interest, and to harm others. We hear your words.Help us to hear and understand your words. Remind

Posted in Call to Worship, Invocation, Mark, Mark 12, Mark 12:1-17, narrative lectionary, New Testament

That We Hear AND Listen

Jesus tells the disciples for a third time what is to come:The Human One will be handed over…They will ridicule him, spit on him, torture him, and kill him. After three days, he will rise up.” (Mark 10:33–34 CEB) And

Posted in Call to Worship, Invocation, Lent, Lent 2, Mark, Mark 10, Mark 10: 35-45, Mark 10:29-45, Mark 10:32-52, narrative lectionary, New Testament

Easy to Say; Hard to Do

Prayer of Confession We confess it is easy to claim to follow you and much harder to act on it. Forgive us when we forget that Jesus showed us the way. Remind us that though it is hard, you make

Posted in Confession of Sin & Assurance, Lent, Lent 1, Mark, Mark 10, Mark 10: 17-31, narrative lectionary, New Testament

It is not an easy path.

The call is made to each of us.It requires much. The call requires that we follow the ten commandments.It requires more. God asks for our whole selves. Christ asks that follow his teachings and example whit all we have and

Posted in Call to Worship, Lent, Lent 1, Mark, Mark 10, Mark 10: 17-31, narrative lectionary, New Testament

Demons – A Call to Worship

We gather in this place, on this sacred ground weekly.We come to be with friends.We come for inspiration and hope.We come to be among those   who love like Jesus. The demons surround us. We yield to them. We adapt to

Posted in Call to Worship, Invocation, Mark, Mark 5, Mark 5:1-20, narrative lectionary, New Testament

God Knows It’s Hard

Prayer of Confession We seek oneness with you but fail to accept and love our neighbors. We say we care for all. In reality, there are limits to our caring and our willingness to take risks for love.  Forgive us,

Posted in Confession of Sin & Assurance, Mark, Mark 2, Mark 2:1-22, narrative lectionary, New Testament

Among the Tax Collectors

He sat in their midst.He ate with them. He ate with those who were despised.He saw their humanity. He got to know them.He included them. He loved them. Let us worship.We come to worship the God of the one who

Posted in Call to Worship, Invocation, Mark, Mark 2, Mark 2:1-22, narrative lectionary, New Testament

Christmas Eve – Exile to Hope

Under siege, Jerusalem wailed in despair.The walls fell. The Temple crumbled. In the darkest of hours, we long for hope. Exiled to Babylon, the people adapted and faith was tenuous. In the darkest of hours,we long for hope. In time, the people returned

Posted in Call to Worship, Christmas Eve, Ezra, Isaiah, Jeremiah, narrative lectionary

In the Darkest of Times

In the darkest of times,God has not forgotten us. When we feel under siege,God is planning wondrous things for us. Though we endure hard times, though we may be scattered to the winds, and weep at great loss,God readies a

Posted in Advent, Call to Worship, Invocation, Jeremiah, Jeremiah 33, Jeremiah 33, Jeremiah 33:1-3, narrative lectionary, Old Testament, Seasons of the Church
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