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What if our job is to build a new post-pandemic church?

The Creator is worthy!God is worthy indeed! The cool breezes, grey and damp days, and blowing leaves remind us of the divinity that undergirds the world.The Creating One is worthy! In each generation a particular purpose and particular tasks become

Posted in 2 Samuel, 2 Samuel 7, 2 Samuel 7:1-17, Call to Worship, Old Testament

Our Authentic Purpose

Hannah yearned for purpose in a world in which women’s worth was only childbirth and nurturing children. Like Hannah, we live in a world which defines our worth by standards not all of us can meet. Like Hannah, we hurt

Posted in 1 Samuel, 1 Samuel 1, 1 Samuel 1:1-20, Call to Worship, Old Testament

According to God’s Menu

At the Passover, the people gathered around the table with symbols of their liberation. The blood on the doorpost reminds them that God heard their cries and acted as protector and liberator. The unleavened bread marks the flight out of bondage.

Posted in Exodus, Exodus 12, Exodus 12:1-13, Exodus 13, Exodus 13:1-8, narrative lectionary, Old Testament

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

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

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
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