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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

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

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

Confession & Assurance: Psalm 51

Prayer of Confession Have mercy on me, God, according to your faithful love! Wipe away my wrongdoingsaccording to your great compassion! Wash me completely clean of my guilt;purify me from my sin! Because I know my wrongdoings,my sin is always

Posted in Confession of Sin & Assurance, Old Testament, Psalm 51, Psalm 51:1-3, Psalm 51:6-7, Psalms

Installation of Leaders in the Church

Installation of Leaders of the Church Pastor: In the night, Samuel heard a voice.  Now the boy Samuel was serving the Lord under Eli. The Lord’s word was rare at that time, and visions weren’t widely known. 2 One day Eli,

Posted in 1 Samuel, 1 Samuel 3, 1 Samuel 3:2-11, Installation of Deacons, Installation of Leaders, Installation of Officers, New Testament, Old Testament, Romans, Romans 12, Romans 12:4-6
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