Image: Tabernacle Replica located at Timna Park in the region of Eliat in Israel. https://www.imb.org/image/tabernacle-replica-3/

If you use people’s stuff (mine included) please use their names as well!

Resources (images, exegetical, liturgical, song) h

My husband’s preaching this one; he’s choosing to focus on the image of tentmaking as what we all do from Acts 18:1-4; that we are vocationally called to be Christians fulltime and…well, sermon to follow. He’s adding v. 26 to the 1 Corinthians reading.

IMAGES

Mainly unity https://www.google.com/search?safe=strict&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS891US891&source=univ&tbm=isch&q=images+1+corinthians+1:10-18&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjzwsG7h5XpAhVcmHIEHbdxA8kQsAR6BAgKEAE&biw=1093&bih=500

Tentmaking

EXEGESIS

Both passages-unity but not based on who the leader is https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1337

Podcast on the two passages https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1337

Audio recorded sermon on Acts 18 https://commons.ptsem.edu/id/04586

Note: The Corinthian passage is the RCL for Epiphany 3A; these references are for it.

Several pastors discuss 1 Corinthians lectionary passages from RCL, incl. this one (focus on unity) and 19-28 (focusing on “call”) http://wordandworld.luthersem.edu/content/pdfs/15-4_Nations/15-4_Dinovo.pdf*

The speech-act of transferring listeners from false reality to the reality of having the mind of Christ http://wordandworld.luthersem.edu/content/pdfs/16-4_Corinthians/16-4_Brown.pdf

Unity as having more in common with Christians throughout the ages than with nonChristians from today https://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/epiphany-3a/?term=epiphany%203A

Unity http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=26

Focusing on Unity, this link provides further links to authors including Lillian Daniel, Kathleen Norris and Princeton Seminary presidents Gillespie & McCord. See https://preachingandworship.org/search/1%20corinthians%201%3A10-18 

Paul is addressing problem that the Corinthians do not understand that the cross of Christ was God’s way of upending their ways of defining and valuing themselves and one another->unity http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=3139

The Cross Creates Its Own Economy http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=796

Friends in Low Places: Status in Church and Work https://www.theologyofwork.org/new-testament/1-corinthians/friends-in-low-places-1-cor-118-31

Tentmaking https://www.theologyofwork.org/new-testament/acts/a-clash-of-kingdoms-community-and-powerbrokers-acts-13-19/tent-making-and-christian-life-acts-181-4

Also Tentmaking https://www.theologyofwork.org/key-topics/women-workers-in-the-new-testament/the-tentmaker-priscilla-acts-182

The concept of tentmaking as a missionary strategy https://worldwidetentmakers.com/education/what-is-a-tentmaker/ and the issues involved https://www.imb.org/2018/05/24/good-bad-tent-making-missions/

CHILDREN’S SERMON
He sent me to tell you the Good News without using big words        http://www.sundayschoollessons.com/epi3mtart.htm

LITURGICAL PIECES

Called by God

O God, giver of all good gifts,

you have given me life.

You have bestowed upon me your love

and that love includes your plans for me.

What am I to do?

All life is a call and a response.

I pray for grace to hear God’s voice

and a heart to respond.

I am ready to listen.

Help me to listen to the rhythm of each day, day by day,

so that I am not overwhelmed with thoughts of the future.

Yet guide me into that future so that I know who and whose I am.

I shall listen.

I shall listen to the voices of those witnesses who have lived before me.

I shall listen to those who are here to give me guidance and encouragement,

for it is clear that whatever plans you have for me,

I will never journey alone.

I will listen to my feelings as I grow and change,

processes that I know will be lifelong.

I shall listen to you.

And even though I want easy answers,

I know that what you want is a relationship.

So when I answer you,

may my response be to my potential

and to your love of all creatures on your good earth.

Let me serve with the gifts you give me.

O God, I know that vocation is truly a gift of your love.

What am I to do?

I am ready to listen.

~ posted on Consider Your Call. http://www.consideryourcall.org/sites/default/files/CYC-Media/Toolbox/Materials/Worship-Toolbox.pdf

Prayer of Brokenness/Confession

Holy Christ,

we come to You knowing that we have fallen away

from Your intentions for us.

We have followed the paths of greed and envy,

turned away from our brothers and sisters in need

in order to satisfy our own desires.

You gave Your life for us,

and yet we are willing to give so little at times.

Forgive us for not understanding that You laid down Your life for us.

Forgive us for not recognizing the sacrifice of love,

to live for others instead of ourselves.

Call us back, to repent, and return to the kingdom of God.

In Your precious Name we pray. Amen.

Blessing/Assurance of Pardon

Christ continues to lay down his life for us,

so that we might have life.

Christ continues to show us the way,

so that we might live into the truth and the life.

Christ continues to love us,

so that we might love God and love our neighbors as ourselves.

Know that you are forgiven, loved, and given new life. Amen.

~ written by Rev. Mindi, and posted on Rev-o-lution. http://rev-o-lution.org/

 

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JAN 6, 2014

Pastoral Prayer: Looking for Light

Here’s a prayer of intercession for the season of Epiphany from Rev. Abigail Carlisle-Wilke.

Prayer of Intercession

(inspired by passages like Isaiah 9:2,

Matthew 4:14-16, Isaiah 60:1-3, Matthew 5:14-16)

Lord,
We come to you in a time of coldness and darkness,
Looking for warmth and light.
There are those whose homes are physically freezing,
And there are those whose lives are spiritually chilly
We know that we can help warm people’s homes.
We also know you can warm people’s lives.

We pray that there will be no more gloom for those who were in anguish
We pray that you lift away people’s burdens.
We pray you remove the things that oppress from people’s lives.
We pray you give courage to those who fear.

Lord your light calls us forth to follow and serve you.
Your light still shines for all to see in this world.
May we continue to reflect your light in our lives,
in our service, in our words and in our deeds.

~ written by Rev. Abigail Carlisle-Wilke, and posted on Rev Abi’s Long and Winding Road. http://vicarofwadley.blogspot.ca/2011/01/prayer-for-epiphany-3a.html

 

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JAN 15, 2012

Prayer of Confession: God, You Call Us

Here’s a prayer of confession written by Rev. Scott Cervas, of the Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church in Lexington, KY.  It would be suitable for use on Epiphany 3A or 3B, or on any other occasion when the subject of God’s call is being explored.

Prayer of Confession

(inspired by Jonah; Mark 1:14-20)

God…you call us…and sometimes…we duck under the table…
hoping you didn’t notice us when you walked into the room.
You call us…and sometimes…we grab a stapler and a stack of papers…
trying to look too busy to be bothered at the moment.
You call us…and sometimes we just say, “No!”
We know that we aren’t expected to do everything…
but we often forget that you call us to be our selves
in the places where our very self is what is most needed.
So give us the grace to say “Yes” to your call…
even now…as we offer our silent confessions…

— written by Rev. Scott Cervas, and posted on the LiturgyLink website. 


Benediction

(inspired by John 17:21, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18)

My fellow servants, we are one.

The bread we share makes us one.

The cup we pour makes us one.

Even as our dearest sisters and brothers

     come and go from us, we are one. 

Even as we scatter from this place

     to so many diverse pursuits

     throughout this city, this state, this globe,

     we are one. 

With gratitude we share the Table.

With gratitude we depart. 

With gratitude we release one another,

     trusting in the One

     Who makes us one.

  Go in peace.

Benediction for November 25, 2012, written by Paul Randall, and posted on Ecclesia.  http://www.ecclesiahouston.org/

HYMNS

Presbyterian Hymnal

1.10-17

120.6 Hail Thee, Festival Day!

136.3 Sovereign Lord of All Creation

235.5 With Joy I Heard My Friends Exclaim

241 Behold the Goodness of Our Lord

285.2 God, You Spin the Whirling Planets

314.3 Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song

346.3 Christ, You Are the Fullness

380.3-5 O Christ, the Healer

429.2 Lord, You Give the Great Commission

436.4 We Are Your People

438 Blest Be the Tie That Binds

442 The Church’s One Foundation

443.1+2 O Christ, the Great Foundation

457.4 I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art

465 Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather

471R O Praise the Gracious Power

500.3 Become to Us the Living Bread

503.3+4 Come, Risen Lord

507.3 I Come with Joy

517.3 We Come as Guests Invited

 518 Sheaves of Summer

521.3 You Satisfy the Hungry Heart

Hymns relating to the cross https://hymnary.org/texts?qu=1+corinthians+1%3A10-18&media=text&page=0

SOURCESSONGSWRITERS
ATW 466I am awareMcBride
DMACThat we’d be onescore lyrics
SIS 185/SOF 43/ATA 174Bind us togetherGillman

From http://www.hymntime.com/tch/sca/1%20Corinthians.htm (links there are live)

1:8

1:10

1:18

BULLETIN

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Worship Without Walls                                              610-626-3143  

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Prelude Together                                                                      King and Country   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RClrQg7DhV8&fbclid=IwAR2ua5DlZiM0elWKzKUjGxHMz1LKi6O7fCSYeLb0dK2prD1geNySmQMtjeg

This is for the busted heart
This is for the question mark
This is for the outcast soul
Lost control, no one knows
Sing it for the can’t-go-backs
Sing it for the broken past
Sing it for the just found out
Life is now upside down

If you’re looking for hope tonight, raise your hand
If you feel alone and don’t understand
If you’re fighting in the fight of your life, then stand
We’re going to make it through this hand in hand

And if we fall, we will fall together
Together



This is for the second chance
This is for the new romance
Sing it for the loved in vain, overcame
It’s not too late

If you’re looking for hope tonight, raise your hand
If you feel alone and don’t understand
If you’re fighting in the fight of your life, then stand
We’re going to make it through this hand in hand

And if we fall, we will fall together
Together
When we rise, we will rise together
Together
(We will rise together)

(Listen)
If you’re looking for hope tonight
(And you’re all alone)
If you’re feeling alone tonight
(Can you feel)
If you’re in the fight of your life
(I can promise)
We’re gonna make it happen, yeah
I will be by your side
(By your side)
Cause love’s in the air tonight
(Can you feel it)
Come up and see the light
whenever ever ever
Just as long as we’re together, say

If we fall, we will fall together
(I got you my brother)
Together
(I see you my sister)
When we rise, we will rise together
Together

If we fall, we will fall together
(Take my hand)
Together
(Help me stand)
When we rise, we will rise together
(We will rise together)
Together

Together we are dangerous
Together with our differences
Together we are bolder, braver, stronger

Opening Prayer1

O God, giver of all good gifts, you have given us life. You have bestowed upon us your love and that love includes your plans for us.

What are we to do? All life is a call and a response.

Give us grace to hear your voice and a heart to respond. In Christ we pray, Amen.

Call to Worship1                                                                                                                  

In the rhythm—and chaos—of each day, day by day,

open my ears that I may hear.

Without being overwhelmed by the future

Instead knowing who I am and whose I am,

open my ears that I may hear.

Given the voices of those who have lived before me,

open my ears that I may hear.

Gifted with those who provide guidance and encouragement,

open my ears that I may hear.

Provided with ways to grow and change,

open my ears that I may hear.

Given a relationship with you instead of just a set of rules,

open my ears that I may hear.

Given your love and everlasting presence,

open my ears that I may hear.

*Opening Hymn  Open My Eyes That I May See

Open my ears, that I may hear Voices of truth thou sendest clear;
And while the wave notes fall on my ear, Everything false will disappear.

Chorus: Silently now I wait for thee, Ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my ears, illumine me, Spirit divine!

Open my eyes, that I may see Glimpses of truth thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key That shall unclasp and set me free. Chorus

Open my mind that I may read More of Thy love in word and deed;
What shall I fear while yet Thou dost lead? Only for light from Thee I plead. Chorus

Open my mouth, and let me bear Gladly the warm truth everywhere;
Open my heart and let me prepare Love with thy children thus to share.
Chorus

Call to Confession: As we sing our desire to be instruments of God’s peace, we are reminded of the ways we fall short. Let us ask God’s forgiveness.

Prayer of Confession2

God, you call us…and sometime…we duck under the table,
hoping you didn’t notice us when you walked into the room.

Forgive us, Lord.
You call us…and sometimes…we grab a stapler and a stack of papers,
trying to look too busy to be bothered at the moment.

Forgive us, Lord.
You call us…and sometimes we just say, “No!”

Forgive us, Lord.
We know that we aren’t expected to do everything…
but we often forget that you call us to be our selves
in the places where our very self is what is most needed.

Forgive us, Lord.
So give us the grace to say “Yes” to your call…
even now…as we offer our [silent confession]…. 

Thanks be to God for the Good News:  In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

Gloria Patri: (Blue #579) “Glory Be to the Father”

Sharing of the Peace: The peace of Christ be with you.    And also with you.

Prayers of the People/Lord’s Prayer (traditional)                      Blue Hymnal, p. 14

Celebration of Birthdays and Anniversaries                              

Offering Hymn The Old Rugged Cross

1On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross The emblem of suff’ring and shame,
And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best For a world of lost sinners was slain.
 Chorus: So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross, Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross, And exchange it some day for a crown.
2Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above To bear it to dark Calvary. Chorus
3To the old rugged cross I will ever be true, Its shame and reproach gladly bear Then He’ll call me someday to my home far away, Where His glory forever I’ll share   Chorus (repeated two times) ending with a final repeat of the line “And exchange it some day for a crown”

* Doxology (Blue, #592)   Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivaDXu27_IY

* Prayer of Dedication (adapted from Pentecost Offering resources)                              Good and gracious God, pour out your power upon all the gifts we offer:                our time, our talents, and our lives, so that all of your children everywhere may know your love. Strengthen our resolve to act especially on behalf                       of your children. Enable us to support whatever enables them to be who you create them to be. In the name of Jesus, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Prayer for Illumination  Wonderful Words of Life https://youtu.be/Pi8EGVzV758

Sweetly echo the gospel call, Wonderful words of Life;

Offer pardon and peace to all, Wonderful words of Life,

Jesus, only Savior, Sanctify forever,

Beautiful words, wonderful words, Wonderful words of Life,

Beautiful words, wonderful words, Wonderful words of Life,

Message Together                                                                                   Pastor Len

Confession of Faith from the Belhar Confession3  

We confess that God unites us in faith together.

We come to know the height, and the breadth,

and the depth of the love of Christ together.

We are built up to the full stature of Christ together.

We know and bear one another’s burdens together

We admonish one another. We comfort one another.

We suffer with one another. We need one another.

We build up one another.

We pray together. We serve God in this world together.

We fight against all which may threaten or hinder this unity together.

Thanks be to God for drawing and keeping us together.  Amen.

 *Closing Hymn They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love

1-
We are One in The Spirit, We are One in The Lord.
We are One in The Spirit, We are One in The Lord.
And we pray that all unity may one day be restored.


Chorus
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, By our Love,
Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love.


-2-
We will work with each other, We will work side by side.
We will work with each other, We will work side by side.
And we’ll guard each one’s dignity And save each one’s pride.


Chorus


-3-
We will walk with each other, We will walk hand in hand.
We will walk with each other, We will walk hand in hand.
And together we’ll spread the News that God is in our land.


Chorus


-4-

All praise to the Spirit, From whom all things come

And all praise to Christ Jesus, His only Son

And all praise to the Spirit, who makes us one


Chorus


*Charge and Benediction                                                Pastors Barb and Len

Postlude The Lord Bless You and Keep You                        written by John Rutter

Sung by Batavia Madrigal Singers (Virtual Choir)

1Opening prayer adapted from post on Consider Your Call http://www.consideryourcall.org/sites/default/files/CYC-Media/Toolbox/Materials/Worship-Toolbox.pdf. Call to Worship by Barb Hedges-Goettl uses the themes and categories of that post/prayer.

2 Written by Rev. Scott Cervas, and posted on the LiturgyLink website

3 Original resource written in the themes/words of the South African Belhar Confession by Barb Hedges-Goettl

SERMON

How do you identify? It’s a question that gets a lot of attention these days. On Mother’s Day, we pay special attention to those who identify as a Mother, either because they are biological or adoptive mothers or because they function in the formative years of a child as a mother.

We identify by so many different characteristics: I am male, I am female, I am gender fluid. I am straight or gay or bi or trans or queer. I am a child or an adult, a son, daughter or sister, brother, cousin, Aunt, Uncle. I am a doctor, lawyer, Indian chief… or I am a retiree.

Some ways we identify draw us together like I am the member of the Hedges-Goettl clan, or I am a Navy veteran, or I am the member of a teacher’s union.  In the passage from Acts today, Paul was staying with Pricilla and Aquilla “because he was of the same trade – by trade they were tentmakers.” Their shared work drew them together. They related to each other through their shared identification as tentmakers.

Sadly, some of the ways we identify tend to separate us. I am a Republican or Democrat, or Libertarian, or Independent.  I am employed or unemployed. I am a citizen or an immigrant. I am Black or Latinx, or Asian, or White. I identify as right so you are wrong.

The Corinthians passage is all about how folks are divided by how they identify. I was baptized by Paul or by Apollos or by Cephas. The funny part of the passage is that Paul can’t even remember exactly who he baptized: He know he baptized Crispus and Gaius… oh yeah, also the household of Stephanus… eventually he admits “I don’t know if I baptized anyone else.” This doesn’t mean that Paul doesn’t care about baptism, on the contrary he cares immensely that the faithful are baptized into the family of Christians and have received the Holy Spirit to empower them when they were baptized. He just doesn’t care a wit about WHO baptized the faithful Christian.

Christ is not, never was and never will be divided. Whether we agree in our politics, whether we agree about what we enjoy or what occupation employs us, whether we are powerful or of noble birth or not…  Christ cannot be kept from the poor and the powerless. In the community of faith, I am not a follower of this famous philosopher or that famous entrepreneur.

In the community of faith, I am not a follower of this musician or that artist or this preacher or that healer. In the community of faith, I am not a follower of any of the myriad ways that I identify myself except that in the community of faith we are ALL followers of Christ crucified and saved by the power of God.

We don’t need what Paul calls “eloquent wisdom.” We need to lay bare the cross of Christ so that its power is not obscured by fancy words or lofty sayings.

This is a time when many in Delaware County (over 4000 diagnosed with Covid), and many in this state and many in this nation and in many nations…when the people of the world understand something about suffering. How foolish then to hold up to others the folly of the cross, an ultimate symbol of suffering!

But as Paul says “The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the POWER OF GOD.”

But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God.

We have a chance, and opportunity, A CALLING. To a world, a nation, a state, a county… to our own neighborhood right now that may be struggling to make any sense of the evil of disease and the grief of loss… to hear again the words of Romans 6:5 and to share Paul’s ridiculous, miraculous, truthful hope: For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his

We are being saved by the POWER OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST.

This is for the busted heart
This is for the question mark
This is for the outcast soul
Lost control, no one knows
Sing it for the can’t-go-backs
Sing it for the broken past
Sing it for the just found out
Life is now upside down

If you’re looking for hope tonight, raise your hand
If you feel alone and don’t understand
If you’re fighting in the fight of your life, then stand
We’re going to make it through this hand in hand


And if we fall, we will fall together

When we rise, we will rise together

For Christ never was, never is, never will be divided. We are followers of Christ crucified and saved by the POWER OF GOD.

AMEN