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Narrative Lectionary: Advent 4 Luke 1:5-25, 57-80 (Psalm 113)

NEWLY ADDED: Word study (from Blue Letter Bible site):

https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTgbxn81cx4nLTOazOfA

 

Luke 1:5-25, 57-80

https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=4222

Stresses the parallels between Abraham/Sarai and John/Elizabeth and the long history leading to salvation.

https://clergystuff.com/daily-devotions/luke-15-13-57-80-zechariahs-song

Devotional on Zechariah’s song and John as the last prophet of the Messiah (newly discovered NL site)

http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S2305-08532013000100035

This dramatic, scholarly monologue, examines the events that Luke 1 recounts, retelling them from the eyewitness viewpoint of Elizabeth, from a female and gynocentric perspective.

https://www.preceptaustin.org/luke-1-commentary

Multiple translations & commentaries of Luke 1 presented in interlinear fashion

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benedictus_(Song_of_Zechariah)

Wikipedia on Song of Zechariah

https://zenit.org/articles/reflection-on-canticle-of-zechariah/

Pope John Paul II on the Song of Zechariah

https://www.efca.org/blog/understanding-scripture/advent-devotional-zechariah%E2%80%99s-song-benedictus-luke-167-79-cf-15-25-57

Exegetical commentary on Song of Zechariah from the Evangelical Free Church tradition

https://www.truthforlife.org/resources/sermon/zechariahs-song/

https://www.oneplace.com/ministries/truth-for-life/

Sermons on Zechariah’s Song by Alistair Begg (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alistair_Begg)

https://www.lifeway.com/en/articles/sermon-christmas-zecharaiah-song-benedictus-luke-1   Sermon: What did Zechariah sing? Includes retelling of story in Buechner-style fashion

https://spaciousfaith.com/new-testament-texts/luke-15-25/

Another one that reminds me of Buechner, but more pointed at the listeners than the last

https://www.salvationarmy.org.nz/zechariah%E2%80%99s-song

Sermon Zechariah’s song of salvation focusing on the salvation of the listeners

For Psalm 113 resources, see https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTrw8s7zJwjvREBpy8

For Psalm 113 bulletin, see https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTry3rylKpfkNxFuf6

For a sermon (in two voices) on Psalm 113 focusing on word study, see https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTry4vtnRwmk5Lx4b1

For bulletin on Song of Zechariah/Fourth Sunday of Advent which we are treating as joy:    Includes opening prayer, call to worship, rite of confession, hymns, offering prayer, Advent candle lighting (but we are calling this Sunday “joy.”)  https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTgbxGz2NX22aFtG-eCA

Images

Newly discovered site for NL bulletin covers and other NL resources!! https://clergystuff.com/free-stuff#narrative-lectionary-2019-20-bulletin-covers  Look for Zechariah’s song

Music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwavglPhNGA

James Beuaregard’s song is based on Luke 1:67-79; request chords/lyrics/notation from jamesbeauregardmusic@gmail.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rYw41Tkk_c

Chant of Canticle of Zechariah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feBexmmxpjo

Vaughn-Williams version of Song of Zechariah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne9DOokin9s

A contemporary take with Powerpoint including lyrics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm-2aEZKh4k

An animated musical theater-style version of Zechariah’s song (likely entitled “His name is John!”)

Luke 1:57-80 hymns (Presbyterian Hymnal)

1.68-79

1 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

2 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

186 Thy Mercy and Thy Truth, O Lord

204 Psalm 72

205 All Hail to God’s Anointed

230 This Is the Day the Lord Hath Made

236 Now Israel May Say

423 Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun

601 Song of Zechariah (Benedictus) *

602 Song of Zechariah (Benedictus) *

1.78-79

4 Creator of the Stars of Night

5.3 Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

9.2 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

20 Watchman, Tell Us of the Night

30.2 Born in the Night, Mary’s Child

31.3 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

32 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

68.3 What Star Is This, with Beams So Bright

69 O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright

141.2 A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing

301.3 Lord Jesus, Think on Me

454.2+3 Blessed Jesus, at Your Word

462 Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies

463 Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies

506.1+2 Deck Yourself, My Soul, with Gladness

510.1+5 Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts

511.1+5 Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts

548.1+2 O Radiant Light, O Sun Divine

549.1 O Gladsome Light

550.1 O Light Whose Splendor Thrills

 

Psalm 113 PH

113

204 Psalm 72

205 All Hail to God’s Anointed

225 Praise the Lord! *

226 Sing Praise Unto the Name of God *

253 I’ll Praise My Maker

254 Psalm 146

600 Song of Mary (Magnificat)

113.1-4

185 Psalm 33

213 God, Our Lord, a King Remaining

214 O Come and Sing Unto the Lord

215 Come, Sing with Joy to God

220 All People That on Earth Do Dwell

227 Not Unto Us, O Lord of Heaven

423 Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun

477 Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim

491 Stand Up and Bless the Lord

113.3

205.3 All Hail to God’s Anointed

229.3 From All That Dwell Below the Skies

423.1 Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun

473.5 For the Beauty of the Earth

546 The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended

113.4-6

148 At the Name of Jesus

155 Rejoice, the Lord Is King

185.10 Psalm 33

191.3 God Is Our Refuge and Our Strength

194 Peoples, Clap Your Hands!

204.8-11 Psalm 72

205.3+4 All Hail to God’s Anointed

213 God, Our Lord, a King Remaining

227.1 Not Unto Us, O Lord of Heaven

259.1 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

113.5-9

49.2 Once in Royal David’s City

67.4 Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning

253.2+3 I’ll Praise My Maker

254.9 Psalm 146

332 Live Into Hope

600.4 Song of Mary (Magnificat)

 

Narrative Lectionary Advent 2: Isaiah 40:1-11 (December 8, 2019)

Image from https://www.facebook.com/IVCF2100/photos/a.270824899621445/602942626409669/?type=3&theater

This one is less mature/developed than some I have done, but there is a lot out there since this is also RCL.

EXEGESIS

https://www.ccel.org/ccel/henry/mhc4.Is.xli.html

As if it were designed for a prophetic summary of the New Testament, it begins with that which begins the gospels, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness” (ch. xl. 3), and concludes with that which concludes the book of the Revelation, “The new heavens and the new earth,” (ch. lxvi. 22).

 

Speak to the heart of Jerusalem (v. 2); speak that which will revive her heart, and be a cordial to her and to all that belong to her and wish her well. Do not whisper it, but cry unto her: cry aloud, to show saints their comforts as well as to show sinners their transgressions; make her hear it:”

 

We must get into such a frame of spirit as will dispose us to receive Christ and his gospel: “Prepare you the way of the Lord; prepare yourselves for him, and let all that be suppressed which would be an obstruction to his entrance. Make room for Christ: Make straight a highway for him.

 

http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=3491

(RCL context) Images, juxtapositions and sudden, surprising comfort

 

http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2254 (RCL context) Three proclamations build on the imperative to comfort God’s people in verse 1: highway in the desert; the Words; heralding good tidings.

 

http://www.textweek.com/prophets/isaiah40a.htm “Voices Crying Out: Comfort and Transformation in an Age of Mass Incarceration,”

“How might Christians raise awareness of different forms of exile in our nation and world?”

 

https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1099 (NL context)

Double imperative: Comfort! Comfort! The people of Jerusalem are not “deserving” of comfort according to the norms of retributive justice, but God insists — no, commands — that they be comforted.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0H4DcY7g3R8&feature=youtu.be

Two minute Youtube video on “The people are like grass.”

 

See complete list of Isaiah 40:1-11 Working Preacher commentaries at https://www.workingpreacher.org/search/Default.aspx?cx=001947499050786061073:fplx-aun2rq&q=Isaiah%2040&cof=FORID:10&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&search_domain=WWW

 

Preaching and Worship resources from Calvin College’s curated resources

https://preachingandworship.org/search/Isaiah%2040%3A1-11?per_page=5&utm_expid=.L5KxfuTYSbqP5Sj9IZIYNA.1&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fpreachingandworship.org%2F

 

 

TEXT

Jewish Bible translation

https://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/15971/jewish/Chapter-40.htm

Paraphrase

http://laughingbird.net/ScriptureParaphrases.html   Go to site: Prophets: Isaiah 40

Word study

 

Comfort

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H5162&t=KJV

 

speaking comfortably

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H3820&t=KJV

 

bringing good tidings

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H1319&t=KJV

 

 

LITURGY RESOURCES

 

BULLETIN

Advent candlelighting; opening prayer; call to worship; rite of confession; hymns; offering prayer; and a confession of faith. Please note **/*** at the end indicating sources and give appropriate credit. If not **/*** then from Barb Hedges-Goettl, please give credit if using/adapting these as well. Thank you.

https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTgbczUlfR4L9bVY0YzQ

 

LITURGICAL PIECES

Prayers

http://laughingbird.net/ScriptureParaphrases.html  Under Prophets: Isaiah: 40

 

Call to worship

https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2011/11/call-to-worship-isaiah-40-1-11.html

 

Opening liturgy

https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2011/11/opening-liturgy-isaiah-40-1-11.html

 

More from worship.blogspot.com at

https://re-worship.blogspot.com/search?q=+Isaiah+40

Scroll down to see the Isaiah 40 links

 

In the context of Blue Christmas/Longest Night; if you’re not doing a separate service, you could provide for folks in need of this kind of a service this week. See

https://cmbs.mennonitebrethren.ca/worship_resources/blue-christmas-longest-night/

 

MUSIC
Hymns

https://sermonwriter.com/hymn-list/isaiah-401-11-hymns/

 

https://hymnary.org/browse/scripture/Isaiah/40

 

Handel’s “Messiah”

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_dfK-LGFNw

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAw-sRbnU34

 

IMAGES

https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=ACYBGNSEa08Vqn48U-athg6nxl2LirYBaA:1575413346344&q=images+isaiah+40:1-11&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiL-oeHyJrmAhWxTt8KHaWsCVQQsAR6BAgJEAE&biw=1242&bih=597

 

https://janrichardsonimages.com/search.php?search=isaiah+40&match_type=all

Note: these are copyrighted and available for a fee or if you pay to be a member.

Narrative Lectionary: 1 Kings 12:1-7, 25-29 (October 27, 2019)

 

A Question/Crisis of Servanthood: 1 Kings 12:1-17; 25-29; (Mark 10:42-44)

 

CROSS REFERENCES

The labor protested by the people is depicted in 1 Kings 5

Two golden calves cf Exodus 32

Comparison of Aaron (Ex. 32) and Jeroboam https://www.jstor.org/stable/3263268?read-now=1&seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

God’s response to Israel’s request for a king 1 Samuel 8:11-17

The king as the helper of the needy Psalm 72:12-14

Bethel (where Jeroboam puts a golden calf): Genesis 12:8; 28:10-19 and 35:9-15.

Ahijah info: https://globalchristiancenter.com/christian-living/lesser-known-bible-people/31919-ahijah-the-shilonite

 

POTENTIAL THEME:

Servant leadership means that the leaders serve the people rather than vice versa

This means that Christians are called to serve the world, and also to let others help/serve them. (While some help too little, others do not accept help enough.)

Of course there is a whole field in and outside of Christian circles dealing with servant leadership For a general overview, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Servant_leadership (not very well-written)

See also noblesse oblige-the duty of the nobility to take care of and serve the people https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noblesse_oblige

 

For a Christian overview, see https://faithandleadership.com/programs/spe/articles/200706/servant.html

This articles focus on learning servant leadership through suffering is an interesting juxtaposition to the response of Rehoboam’s subjects to his inability to hear their cries & respond appropriately to their suffering. Sometimes Christians seem to call one another to suffering as though all suffering is good–some suffering requires protest, leaving, or refusing to participate.

 

Patheos has numerous articles on Christian servant leadership; see https://www.google.com/search?q=patheos+servant+leadership&oq=patheos+servant+leadership&aqs=chrome..69i57j33.10598j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

 

Theology of Work has a five day devotional on servant leadership

https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/2931

and an article dealing directly with the story of Rehoboam https://www.theologyofwork.org/old-testament/samuel-kings-chronicles-and-work/from-failed-monarchies-to-exile-1-kings-11-2-kings-25-2-chronicles-10-36/rehoboams-failure-to-tell-good-advice-from-bad-2-chronicles-101-19

Other articles by Theology of Work at https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=ACYBGNSX4mrWVe7FGx5_8ficOXGl_wsj4Q:1571017107630&q=theology+of+work+servant+leadership&spell=1&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjQmIvlzprlAhXhlOAKHcUVBV4QBQguKAA&biw=1821&bih=876

 

Institute of Faith, Work and Economics offers this take

https://tifwe.org/a-biblical-mandate-for-servant-leadership/

 

ILLUSTRATIONS

The servants (and lords!) at Downton Abbey, who see service as honorable and rewarding

 

Public servants today: Marie Yovanovitch (could be contrasted with others!)

 

IMAGES

Engravings https://preachingandworship.org/search/1%20kings%2012

Children’s illustration http://www.freebibleimages.org/illustrations/rehoboam-jeroboam/

Servant leadership images https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=ACYBGNTZfGKwA5ChwdT7BtQobd5aj4lYhg:1571016590950&q=images+servant+leadership&tbm=isch&source=univ&sxsrf=ACYBGNTZfGKwA5ChwdT7BtQobd5aj4lYhg:1571016590950&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj60tvuzJrlAhWCY98KHdu7DKAQsAR6BAgKEAE&biw=1821&bih=876#imgrc=E4oR051DF6aJvM

 

PRAYERS

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Mighty God, your servant Rehoboam divided your kingdom with his tyranny, yet you remained faithful to both kingdoms, even in the midst of conflict. Show us your presence in conflict, and help us to resolve our differences, uniting this world in your name. Amen. https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2564

HYMNS

Built on a rock   ELW 652
God of tempest, God of whirlwind ELW 400

CITY (Presbyterian Hymnal)

348 Christian Women, Christian Men

408 Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life

413 All Who Love and Serve Your City

424 O Jesus Christ, May Grateful Hymns Be Rising

431 O Lord, You Gave Your Servant John

437 Our Cities Cry to You, O God

 

Also PH 477 Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim

COMMITMENT: PLEDGE OF

100.2 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

101.2 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

157 Our King and Our Sovereign, Lord Jesus

183.4 In You, Lord, I Have Put My Trust

227.3 Not Unto Us, O Lord of Heaven

252.1 O Lord, You Are My God and King

339 Be Thou My Vision

342.4 By Gracious Powers

343 Called as Partners in Christ’s Service

350 Fill My Cup

364 I Sing a Song of the Saints of God

365 Jesus, Priceless Treasure

369 I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me

370.4 Just as I Am, Without One Plea

372 Lord, I Want to Be a Christian

375 Lord of All Good

384 O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go

388 O Jesus, I Have Promised

389 O Jesus, I Have Promised

391 Take My Life

392 Take Thou Our Minds, Dear Lord

398 There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit

410 When I Had Not Yet Learned of Jesus

354 Index of Topics and Categories

414 As Those of Old Their Firstfruits Brought

427 Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service

447 Lead On, O King Eternal

448 Lead On, O King Eternal

461.4 God is Here!

516 Lord, We Have Come at Your Own Invitation

522 Lord, When I Came Into This Life

525 Here I Am, Lord

 

COMMITMENT: PRAYER FOR

132.1 Come, Great God of All the Ages

316.3 Breathe on Me, Breath of God

321 Holy Spirit, Truth Divine

339 Be Thou My Vision

351 Give to Me, Lord, a Thankful Heart

357 O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee

360 Hope of the World

366 Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me

378 Make Me a Captive, Lord

387 Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

396 O for a Closer Walk with God

397 O for a Closer Walk with God

425 Lord of Light, Your Name Outshining

456 Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun

461.4 God is Here!

516 Lord, We Have Come at Your Own Invitation

522 Lord, When I Came Into This Life

535 Go with Us, Lord

COMMITMENT: URGED

333.1 Seek Ye First

398.2 There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit

490.4 With Glad, Exuberant Carolings

 

EXEGESIS

Brueggemann on the results of oppressive leadership (last 3 paragraphs deal with this passage): http://www.jmm.org.au/articles/2620.htm

 

Working Preacher’s commentaries and podcasts:

https://www.workingpreacher.org/search/Default.aspx?cx=001947499050786061073:fplx-aun2rq&q=1%20kings%2012:1-17,%2025-29&cof=FORID:10&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&search_domain=WWW

 

Working Preacher podcast addressing servant leadership, faithfulness of God, Reformation Sunday setting, and Jeroboam’s actions https://www.workingpreacher.org/narrative_podcast.aspx?podcast_id=1186

Another entry on leadership

http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=4214

 

Working Preacher podcast addressing bully leadership and how to understand power & God’s power  https://www.workingpreacher.org/narrative_podcast.aspx?podcast_id=677

 

Working Preacher: The yoke amid the rivalry https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2564

 

America, Trump and the Two Golden Calves. Written right after Trump’s election, this Israel-based evangelical/conservative author proposes the two golden calves, placed by Jeroboam in two very different geographic/socio-political settings could represent the Democrats and Republicans (neither one actually being God!)

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/78807/america-trump-two-golden-calves-opinion/

 

Blogging the Bible: Two golden calves. Actually. So, why doesn’t God get angrier about them?  Asks lots of questions about God’s actions in this time period; addresses broader context of chapters 12-16. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2006/11/two-golden-calves-actually-so-why-doesn-t-god-get-angrier-about-them.html

 

PRAYERS, ETC.

Except the Sarasota Statement, these are all by Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using/adapting.

 

Opening Prayer (Psalm 72:12-14 The Message)

God, our Parent and Creator, you are worthy to rule over us.

You rescue the poor and the destitute.

You open a place in your heart for the down-and-out.

You restore the wretched of the earth.

You free them from tyranny and torture.

You bleed with those who bleed.

You die with those who die.

Teach us, your people, to be more like you.                                                                                  In the name of Jesus, our best example,                                                                                          and in the power of the Spirit, we pray. Amen.

 

 

Call to Worship

One: O God, you have served us from eternity.

Many You made us. You provide for us. You watch over us.

You rescue us. You stay with us. You save us.

You have compassion on us. You love us.

And so, O Lord, this day and forevermore

we love and serve you.

.

*Opening Hymn  O Worship the King, O Glorious Above               Blue Hymnal, 476

*Call to Confession                                                                                             Reader

We are called to serve one another and to serve the Lord. This call is not easy,                      and we do not do it consistently or well. Let us ask for—and receive–God’s forgiveness.

*Prayer of Confession (unison)                                                                           Reader

God, sometimes we are all too human.                                                                                          We hedge our bets by not giving you our all.                                                                            We like to be needed, serving others to feel important.                                                    We like to be in charge, refusing the help offered by others. 

(Silent confession)

Forgive us and cleanse our motives.                                                                              Empower us to serve you fully.                                                                                              Enable us to treat those we help as the important ones.                                          Humble us so that we accept the help of others.

*Assurance of Pardon (Matthew 20:28)                                                                                              The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve,                                                                 and to give his life as a ransom for many.                                                                                Thanks be to God for the Good News: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

Offering Hymn Lord of Light, Your Name Outshining                             Blue Hymnal, 425

* Prayer of Dedication (unison)                                                                           Pastor Barb

O God, make us servants of your grace. Use our talents in your service.                       Commission us to fulfill your purpose. Invest these gifts with your love. Amen.                                         

Prayer for Illumination (sung )                                                         Blue Hymnal, #129 v. 3

Come, O spirit, dwell among us; Give us words of fire and flame.

Help our feeble lips to praise You, Glorify Your Holy name.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Three in one: what mystery!

We would sing our loud hosannas Now and through eternity.

 

Hebrew Scripture Reading: I Kings 12:1-19                                                               Reader

Message Are You Being Served?                                                                   Pastor Barb

*Confession of Faith (Preamble to the Sarasota Statement**)

      We are people of hope who confess Jesus Christ is Lord over a Kingdom                     in which no one is hungry, violence is no more, and all suffering is gone.                     All sit together around a shared table, wolves and lambs enjoy each other’s company, and every tear is wiped away from every eye.

    Our hope is not simply that we will experience this Kingdom in the future,         but that, as Christ’s prayer demands, this Kingdom comes “to earth as it is                    in heaven.” So, we lament any and all instances of its absence. When we witness hunger, injustice, discrimination, violence, or suffering, we grieve deeply and repent of our sins that have enabled such brokenness to persist – knowing that these things should not be.

     Furthermore, we are incited to act and to be vehicles of change through          which God’s Kingdom breaks into the world and our earthly lives.                                    Our commitment is to acts that feed, clothe, instruct, reconcile, admonish, heal,   and comfort – reflecting the power of God’s hope and an eagerness to see  the Kingdom made manifest.

     We believe God’s Kingdom comes not because we are confident in our own capacities, but because we trust in God, who can do more than we can ask                  or imagine. We are humbled and amazed that, in and through the life, death,              and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God includes us in the work of redeeming all creation and reconciling the whole world. And so we thank and praise God. Amen.

 

*Closing Hymn  Lord, You Give the Great Commission                   Blue Hymnal, 429

 

 

 

 

Narrative Lectionary Genesis 32:22-30 Jacob Wrestles with God (9/22/19)

Here’s a link to the resources for 9/22 on One Drive; can’t seem to get it to copy into this doc                                              https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTgapanNNgdPBZo3b3Bw

My bulletin for this passage (preached at my church on 9/15 instead!) https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTgapd1kTzvjFgJ7JuDw

Fall Narrative Lectionary: Genesis 2:4-25 (9/8/19)

Cover image: https://www.galerieart.cz/chagall_021_tvoreni.jpg

Another 20th century illustration of creation: https://www.picassomio.com/carlos-cenoz-bermejo-dino/9951.html

Google: Images Genesis 2:18 or whatever piece you are using

CHILDREN’S SERMON

http://storypath.upsem.edu/this-moose-belongs-to-me/ Children’s storybook “This Moose Belongs to Me” addresses issues of stewardship.*

LITURGICAL RESOURCES

https://spaciousfaith.com/2013/10/25/worship-pieces-genesis-24-9/ Call to Worship from Gen 2:4-9

https://www.reformedworship.org/article/december-2012/praising-god-maker

Eight worship service outlines on the theme of creation (from “Reformed Worship”)*

Week 1: In the Spotlight of God’s Love (Matt. 10:28-31)
Week 2: Taste and See that the Lord Is Good (John 4:46-53)
Week 3: Wondrous Time (John 2:1-12)
Week 4: God the Gardener (Gen. 2:4b-15; John 6:1-15)
Week 5: The Gift of Community (Gen. 2:15-25; Ps. 92; John 5:1-18)
Week 6: Communion with God (Gen. 3:1-8; Ps. 23; John 14:15-24)
Week 7: The Challenge of These Days (Prov. 30:18-19, 24-28; Ps. 104; John 3:1-8)
Week 8: The Wonder of the New Creation (John 11:1-7, 17-25)

https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-story-of-creation-for-child-like.html An intergenerational story of creation (Genesis 1-2) told in gestures and words*

 

Opening Prayer adapted from the Book of Common Worship (1993)

O God, we believe you still create. You still speak. You still guide. You still are with us. You still breathe life into the world. You still provide for us what we need. We want to see more clearly. We want to listen more carefully. We want to walk more faithfully. We want to breathe more deeply. We want to trust more completely. Empower us this hour to see and to hear, to walk and to breathe, and to trust you.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Call to Worship

Original Resource by Barb Hedges-Goettl. Please give credit if using/adapting.

One: O God, we come one by one.                                                                                           Many: O God, we come together.                                                                                               

We come because it is not good to be alone.                                                                              We  come because we need companionship on the journey.                                                     We seek communion with you.                                                                                                    We seek communion with one another.                                                                                     Provide us today with the helps and companions we need,                                                 that we may walk faithfully and joyfully in your way.                                                     ALL: IN JESUS’ NAME, AMEN.

Rite of Confession Original Resource by Barb Hedges-Goettl. Please give credit if using/adapting.

*Call to Confession: At times we forget—or do not believe—that God has called us to live together in harmony. Let us ask God to forgive and re-direct us.

*Prayer of Confession

O God, it is hard to journey together. This one complains too much.                                 That one goes too fast. This one gets on my nerves. That one slows me down.                 We don’t agree on where to go and how to get there. Yet you created us                           to live together and to help one another. Forgive our disbelief.                         Redirect us so that we see your image and your gifts in each person.                   (Silent confession)

*Assurance of Pardon: God created us to live with one another in harmony and without shame, relying on God’s grace and mercy. Together, we share—and give thanks for—the Good News:                               In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

 

Prayer of Dedication adapted from the Book of Common Worship (PC-USA 1993)

O God, you greatly love us. You ever seek us. You mercifully redeem us.                 Give us grace that in everything we may yield our gifts and ourselves,                          our wills and our works as a continual thank-offering to you.                                    Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Prayer of Great Thanksgiving (Eucharistic Prayer)

One: The Lord be with you.

Many: And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

O God, you created the vast universe and called it good. You made us in your image   and called us very good. And then you declared that it is not good for us to be alone. You give us all of creation, each other and your Son as companions on our journey.  And so we thank you, O God.

You gave Adam and Eve the food and water of the garden, providing for their needs. So, too,  you provide for us through this meal. You join us to creation. You join us to you. You join us to each other and to all the faithful in every time and place. And so we thank you, O God.

When we are rebellious, rejecting your help and the help of others, you do not leave us alone.   Instead, you faithfully pursue us, calling and claiming us as your people, made in your image. You call us to live in harmony with creation. You call us to live as neighbors and family. You call us to live united to you.  And so we thank you, O God.

Let your Holy Spirit move over us and over these earthly gifts of bread and cup.  Join us together in the  communion of the body and blood of Christ. Join us together with another and all your people in anticipation of the heavenly banquet,  in which all creation will join in your praise, all divisions will be healed and we will be united with you forever.     Amen.

EXEGETICAL RESOURCES

Word study on “help meet/suitable companion” Genesis 2:18 https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H5828&t=KJV

NL from Working Preacher commentary* https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2553

https://www.hprweb.com/2015/07/an-anthropology-of-gaudium-et-spes/

Discussion of the theological anthropology in Gaudium et Spes/Genesis 1 and 2, in which the human is seen as a creation in the likeness of Christ, the Trinity and God the Creator.*

https://www.hprweb.com/2015/08/an-anthropology-of-gaudium-et-spes-part-2/

Part 2 of discussion of anthropology in Gaudium et Spes/Genesis 1 and 2: the above: created in God’s image as male and female.*

https://reformedjournal.com/faith-humility-and-pedogenesis/

This article, “Faith, Humility, and The Process of Soil Formation,” discusses the importance and variety of soil, creation of the first human, and the human mission of cultivating the earth.*

https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/helper-what

“A Helper for What?” looks at how to work together at work.*

http://day1.org/7267-creation_is_underway

“Creation is underway,” in Buechner’s narration of the morning’s household events as an analogy of Genesis 1-2 from his Alphabet of Grace.*

SERMONS

http://day1.org/4421-greg_garrett_always_creating_a_sermon_delivered_to_the_academy_of_homiletics

Uses creation from Genesis & John to demonstrate how imago dei means sub-creating, which points to truth and leads to flourishing.*

 

https://thebibleproject.com/videos/genesis-1-11/

Animated video introducing Genesis 1-11’s literary design, flow and its contribution to the story of Jesus*

 

HYMNS
157 hymns for Genesis 2*: https://hymnary.org/texts?qu=Genesis+2&media=text&page=0

“Sing We Now of Eve”* Based on Genesis 2; 3:1-20 Recommended Tune: Picardy, a French carol, Chansons populaires des provinces de France (1860)vMeter: 87 87 87* https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/sing-we-now-of-eve-first-woman

Sung version of the creation story from Madagascar with translation* https://globalworship.tumblr.com/post/44250422616/masikoro-believers-sing-creation-story

Summer Hebrews Series #3: Hebrews 4:14-5:10 [Matthew 26:36-40 (46)] for Narrative Lectionary (July 28, 2019?)

Lord, that I might see!, sculpture in Matyas Church, Budapest, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source. To me, this image could represent the need for a high priest who understands this supplicant.

OTHER IMAGES https://images.knowing-jesus.com/Hebrews/4

Also at https://www.google.com/search?q=images+hebrews+4:14-5:10&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwik7JSCz8fjAhUhpFkKHTQSArwQsAR6BAgJEAE&biw=1507&bih=665 However, here there were a lot saying “Jesus is better.” To me this feels uncomfortable in that this quote leaves open the possibility that, since we say Jesus is better, we think we are better too. And then there is the whole question of the relationship of Jesus/Christianity to Judaism…

THEMES

Jesus’ sym/empathy for us results in our being bold before God. Could our sym/empathy for others encourage their boldness? How, then, do we respond to their bold requests? What is the response when boldness is present even when no sym/empathy has been indicated (Frequently not well!)

 The contrast is usually drawn between a high priest who sympathizes and one who does not. (My pastor husband once got a phone call at the church asking, “Are you the pastor who listens?”) But–what about a priest who sympathizes as opposed to all the people who don’t? Where do we go when humans cannot/do not sympathize—or maybe when they cannot/do not even hear our pain/hurt/need?

 

LITURGICAL RESOURCES

Meditation on Servanthood http://sacredise.com/daily-worship/week-23-29-september-2018/*  NOTE these copyright provisions for Sacredise resources:

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Prayer of Great Thanksgiving (Eucharistic Prayer)                                                                Here is a link to an original eucharistic prayer by Barb Hedges-Goettl based on the themes and language of the Hebrews passages that make up the summer Narrative Lectionary series on Hebrews. Please give credit if using/adapting. https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTgalit3nYcgaqOmOlZg

Prayer of invocation/opening prayer (from Hebrews 4:14, 5:4-6, The Message)                      Original prayer by Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using/adapting.

O God, you call Jesus your own son and celebrate him.                                                          You make him a priest forever, a priest of the royal order.                                                          Through him, you give us ready access to yourself.                                                                Don’t let us lose track of what you have given us.                                                             Remind us today—and every day of what we have in Jesus,                                                    your Son, our High Priest. In his name we pray, Amen.

 

Call to worship (from Hebrews 4:14-16, The Message)                                                              Original prayer by Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using/adapting.

One: We shave a high priest who can understand us.

Many: We have a high priest who is in touch with reality.

We have a high priest who has been through weakness and testing.

We have a high priest who has experienced it all—all but sin.

So we can walk right up to him. We can receive what he is ready to give.

We can take the mercy. We can accept the help.

THANKS BE TO GOD!

 

Rite of Confession

Original resource by Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using/adapting.

Call to Confession (from Hebrews 4:14-16 J.B. Philips version)

We do not have a superhuman High Priest to whom our weaknesses are unintelligible. No! Instead, he himself shared fully in all our experience of temptation, except that he never sinned. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with fullest confidence…

Prayer of Confession: O God, sometimes we act like we don’t know that Jesus has pioneered the way. We forget what it means to follow. We go our own way instead of humbly following your way. We refuse to live by faith, relying instead on what we see. Forgive us. (Silent confession)

Assurance of Pardon: When we come to God, we receive mercy for our failures and grace to help in the hour of need. Thanks be to God for the Good News: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

 

Prayer: The God who Serves

http://sacredise.com/prayers/season/lent/the-god-who-serves/   **See note above re Sacredise copyright

 

Though you are God,

with all the influence and status that the name implies,

you refused to pull rank,

and parade your power among us.

 

Instead, you chose to step down into our experience,

living among us, as one of us,

with all the struggle and suffering

that goes with being human.

 

More than that, you adopted the role of slave,

washing feet, serving people of no reputation or social standing,

and giving of yourself completely.

 

As incredible as it sounds,

you are the God who serves,

and we can respond in no other way

than to give ourselves to you in praise.

 

Amen.

 

Prayer: Where are the Leaders?

http://sacredise.com/prayers/type/intercession/where-are-the-leaders/ **See note above re Sacredise copyright

There are so many people of influence in our world, Jesus,

Those with loud voices and deep pockets,

those with large lives and wide networks.

But, where are the leaders?

 

As we struggle to keep our broken humanity

from splintering into countless irreparable fragments;

As we wrestle with our greed and arrogance,

our ignorance and short-sightedness,

our violence and coldness,

our carelessness and narcissism,

Where are the leaders?

 

Raise up for us, O God, leaders worthy of the name,

men and women who like Christ

are unafraid of challenge,

unashamed of serving,

and unattached to their own personal gain;

men and women who like Christ

call to the best within us,

and then lead the way.

 

And, in our own small spheres, God,

may we be the leaders we seek.

 

Amen.

Prayer: Counting the Cost

http://sacredise.com/prayers/subject/abundant-life/counting-the-cost/**See note above re Sacredise copyright

How do we do what’s right, Jesus,

when it costs us so much to follow you?

when the good and the true and the beautiful

cannot be purchased

in a ‘buy-now-pay-later’ scheme

as a quick-fix solution to our longing for life?

How do we do what’s right when it takes so much time,

and when the life it brings comes

according to the timetable of eternity,

not the stopwatch of our up-to-the-minute world?

 

How do our leaders do what’s right, Jesus,

for the weak and marginalised,

for people beyond our borders,

when the cost could be to forfeit their opportunity to lead?

 

How do our corporations do what’s right, Jesus,

for our suffering planet,

for the rights and needs of the poor,

when the cost could be to lose investors,

and sacrifice the lives of their own workers?

 

How do our protectors do what’s right, Jesus,

for the broken and desperate,

for our allies and enemies,

when the cost could be to face the attacks

of those they seek to defend?

 

We need to learn how to do what’s right, Jesus,

our world needs us to learn it;

we need to count the cost of your call,

and measure it against the abundant life you promise.

Help us, in our own small way, to be those who do the right thing,

and in so doing, demonstrate the goodness

that following you brings to all.

Amen.

PRAYER RECALLING CHRIST’S SAVING WORK From Book of Common Worship (1993). Include the words “Reprinted by permission from Book of Common Worship , © 1993, Westminster/John Knox.

By the mystery of your holy incarnation,

by your baptism, fasting, and temptation;

and by your proclamation of the kingdom,

Good Lord, deliver us.

By your bloody sweat and bitter grief;

by your cross and suffering;

and by your precious death and burial,

Good Lord, deliver us.

By your mighty resurrection;

by your glorious ascension;

and by the coming of the Holy Spirit,

Good Lord, deliver us.

In our times of trouble;

in our times of prosperity;

in the hour of death,

and on the day of judgment,

Good Lord, deliver us.

CONFESSION OF FAITH-Parts of Westminster Confession & Larger Catechism that refer to themes of our Hebrews passage: https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTgalg6V4RG_IFlW0zmg                                                             To use these in worship, it would be best to re-cast them in more modern language, using shorter sentences and “we believe” language. If I end up using any of them in my worship service, I will post my adaptation at the link above.

SERVICE focusing on JESUS AS HIGH PRIEST (from Calvin Institute on Christian Worship); incl. hymns, prayer of intercession and thanksgiving, and sermon ideas https://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/jesus-the-great-high-priest-weekday-worship/

LITURGY FOR THE CELEBRATION OF SACRIFICE (interestingly, elsewhere entitled “The Meal of Jesus”) http://sacredise.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/A-Liturgy-for-the-Celebration-of-Sacrifice.pdf **See note above re Sacredise copyright

WORSHIP SERVICE from Calvin Institute of Christian Worship entitled “Maturing the Soul” based on Hebrews 5.

https://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/maturing-the-soul-hebrews-5

 

TWO-VOICED READING of Hebrews 1:5-10 https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/10/readers-theatre-hebrews-5-1-10.html

 

SONGS
Hymn Suggestions (from http://sacredise.com/lectionary-resources/proper-24b/)
Hail Thou Once Despised Jesus
O Worship The King
O Jesus I Have Promised
Now and Forever
Above All (Link to YouTube video)
That’s Why We Praise Him (Link to YouTube video)
Lord Reign In Me (Link to YouTube video)
Creation’s King

Peace on Earth: A Conversation (available free through Spotify) by Psallos; lyrics right of our passage! https://open.spotify.com/album/3XtnMc71puzYSq3SgsH6Cs?si=i_7NVsa5Q9a3ed2fyAlhww

One Small Voice (can change the world, but you better be strong) by Carole King (about being bold!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaPYz-6Bji4

 

For songs below:

PH The Presbyterian Hymnal (Presbyterian Church USA; Westminster/John Knox Press)
PsH The Psalter Hymnal (Christian Reformed Church; Faith Alive Christian Resources)
RL Rejoice in the Lord (Reformed Church in America; W.B. Eerdmans Publishing Company)
RN Renew! (Hope Publishing Company)
SFL Songs for Life (children’s songbook; Faith Alive Christian Resources)
SNC Sing! A New Creation (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Christian Reformed Church,
Reformed Church in America; Faith Alive Christian Resources)
TH Trinity Hymnal (Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church in America;
Great Commission Publications)
TWC The Worshiping Church (Hope Publishing Company)
UMH The United Methodist Hymnal (United Methodist Publishing House)
WOV With One Voice (Augsburg Fortress)

For the series on Hebrews

“Since Our Great High Priest Christ Jesus” PsH 230
“Before the Throne of God Above” (available on CCLI website, with license)

Additional songs and hymns that fit well with Jesus the High Priest
“Alleluia, Sing to Jesus” PsH 406
“Amazing Grace” PH 280, PsH 462, RL 456, RN 189, SFL 209, TH 460 TWC 502, UMH 378
“And Can It Be” PsH 267, RL 451, RN 193, TH 455, TWC 473, UMH 363
“By the Sea of Crysta” PsH 620, TH 549
“Hail the Day” PsH 409, RL 331, TH 290, TWC 258, UMH 312
“In Christ Alone” (copyright 2002 Thankyou Music, available through CCLI)
“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” PH 376, PsH 568, RN 196, RL 464, TH 529, TWC 558, UMH 384
“My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” TWC 517
“Now Behold the Lamb” SNC 144
“O For a Thousand Tongues” PH 466, PsH 501, RL 362/363, RN 32, SFL 19, TH 164, TWC 130 UMH 57
“Savior Like a Shepherd” PH 387, PsH 591, TH 599, TWC 522, UMH 381
“Since Our Great High Priest Christ Jesus” PsH 230
“What a Friend We Have in Jesus” PH 403, PsH 579, RL 507, SFL 52, TH 629, TWC 622
“What Wondrous Love” PH 85, PsH 379, RN 277, SFL 169, TH 261, TWC 212, UMH 292
“When Peace Like a River” PsH 489, TH 691, TWC 519 UMH 37

From the Presbyterian Hymnal (1990)

 

Hebrews 4.14–5.10

83 O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High (boldface means whole hymn is pertinent)

144.3+4 Alleluia! Sing to Jesus! (.3+4 means verses 3 and 4 are particularly pertinent)

 

4.14-16

28.2 Good Christian Friends, Rejoice

63.2 As with Gladness Men of Old

81 Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days

110 Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands

112.3 Christ the Lord Is Risen Again

141 A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing

154 Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor

341 Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!

381 O Come Unto the Lord

395 Have Mercy, Lord, on Me (Take Pity, Lord)

403 What a Friend We Have in Jesus

465.4 Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather

470.3 O Day of Radiant Gladness

485R To God Be the Glory

566 Glory to God in the Highest (Gloria in Excelsis)

575.6 Glory to God in the Highest (Gloria in Excelsis)

 

4.14b

86 When We Are Tempted to Deny Your Son

348.3 Christian Women, Christian Men

360.3+5 Hope of the World

388 O Jesus, I Have Promised

389 O Jesus, I Have Promised

416.1 Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

417.1 Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

419 How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord

442.3+4 The Church’s One Foundation

443.1 O Christ, the Great Foundation

461.4 God is Here!

538.2 Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing

 

4.15

27.1 Gentle Mary Laid Her Child

49.3 Once in Royal David’s City

62.2 Bring We the Frankincense of Our Love

72.3 When Jesus Came to Jordan

77.1 Forty Days and Forty Nights

80 Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley

81.2 Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days

83.2 O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High

97.1 Go to Dark Gethsemane

108.3 Christ is Alive!

298.1 There’s A Wideness in God’s Mercy

308.2 O Sing a Song of Bethlehem

331.3 Thanks to God Whose Word Was Written

338 Kum ba Yah

406.1 Why Has God Forsaken Me?

 

4.16

150.2 Come, Christians, Join to Sing

212.4 Within Your Shelter, Loving God

251.3 Your Faithfulness, O Lord, Is Sure

261 God of Compassion, in Mercy Befriend Us

269.2 O God of Bethel, by Whose Hand

296.3 Walk On, O People of God

298 There’s A Wideness in God’s Mercy

301 Lord Jesus, Think on Me

303 Jesus, Lover of My Soul

333.2 Seek Ye First

354 Guide My Feet

356.3 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

363 I Want Jesus to Walk with Me

376 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

383 My Faith Looks Up to Thee

387 Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

404 Precious Lord, Take My Hand

416.3 Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

417.3 Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

457 I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art

489 Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty

 

5.1-10

70 Christ, When for Us You Were Baptized

72 When Jesus Came to Jordan

 

5.5

159.3 Why Are Nations Raging *

 

5.7-10

296 Walk On, O People of God

 

5.7

97.1 Go to Dark Gethsemane

406 Why Has God Forsaken Me?

 

5.9

72.3 When Jesus Came to Jordan

103 Deep Were His Wounds, and Red

107 Celebrate with Joy and Singing

123.3 Jesus Christ Is Risen Today

299.6 Amen, Amen

308.4 O Sing a Song of Bethlehem

355 Hear the Good News of Salvation

359 More Love to Thee, O Christ

366 Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me

378 Make Me a Captive, Lord

388 O Jesus, I Have Promised

389 O Jesus, I Have Promised

391 Take My Life

392 Take Thou Our Minds, Dear Lord

393 Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said

457 I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art

466 O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

598 This Is the Good News

VIDEO SUGGESTIONS (from http://sacredise.com/lectionary-resources/proper-24b/)
Psalm 104
Dying To Power
Justice, Power and the Kingdom

 

CHILDREN’S SERMON

In Beautiful Moon: A Child’s Prayer, by Tonya Bolden, a little boy saying his bedtime prayers becomes the high priest praying for people all around his city.  Read this book today to connect prayers of intercession with being a priest like Jesus.  Before reading note that the moon is what everyone in the story sees, but urge worshipers to listen more to the little boy’s prayers than to the moon.  Reads aloud in 2 minutes.  Note: Children may need an alternative to “high priest,” such as minister, pastor, bridge, translator, representative, prayer “warrior.” http://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com/2015/09/year-b-proper-24-29th-sunday-in.html

 

One could even briefly tell the story of Cyrano deBergerac and explain needing someone else to speak for you—do they know of anyone/any time when someone needs another person to speak for them? How does Jesus do this for us (with a better ending) and why? https://www.shmoop.com/cyrano-de-bergerac/summary.html

 

 

 

EXEGESIS

4:14-5:10 NL context. ”Passage includes an odd pair of words: sympathy and boldness…”   https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2513

 

4:14-5:10 In the context of Cancer Awareness Day; addresses sympathy, boldness, and mercy & grace. From the African-American Lectionary. http://www.theafricanamericanlectionary.org/PopupLectionaryReading.asp?LRID=47

 

4:14-5:10 Sermonic outline, suggested links, books, articles, song and video for use of exact pericope in Holy Thursday/footwashing context; from the African-American lectionary.  Possible titles: “Jesus, High Priest for All People”; “A High Priest Who Understands” or “Incarnate, Intermediary and Intercessor.”

http://www.theafricanamericanlectionary.org/PopupLectionaryReading.asp?LRID=204

 

4:14-5:10 Commentary on this exact pericope! “Faithful Christian living is not about trying harder; it is about trusting more.” This is from an ATLA article, likely available through alumnae services from your seminary if you attended one: http://web.b.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=10&sid=e2f01fa3-0619-4fcd-a833-b7fd7f935f2b%40sessionmgr102

 

4:14-5:10 2011 audio sermon from Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, TX. Also sermons on the others in our series. https://www.redeemersa.org/resources/multimedia/details?id=265015

 

4:14-5:10 1984 audio sermon on our pericope emphasizing obedience and being content to be a servant http://commons.ptsem.edu/id/03050

4:14-5:10 Verse-by-verse commentary. Calls the passage “Jesus, Our Sympathetic High Priest,” with these subtitles (potential themes) for verses/sections. Each section also has questions for consideration.

4:14: Hold fast to your confession                                                                                                4:15 A Sympathetic High Priest                                                                                                    4:16 Approaching the Throne of Grace (Word study on mercy, grace, help, timely help) 5:1-4 Qualifications for a High Priest                                                                                                5:1-3 A Gentle High Priest                                                                                                               5:4-6 A Priest in the Order of Melchizedek                                                                                      5:7 Jesus’ Cries to God Were Heard (?)                                                                                              5:8 Learning Obedience Through Suffering. This can be problematic in that is tends to idealize suffering without giving the sufferer (and others) the right to protest/seek change/etc.                                                                                                                                         5:9-10 Being Made Perfect                                                                                                              5:9-10 Source of Eternal Salvation

Uses reputable albeit older commentaries (footnoted)    http://www.jesuswalk.com/hebrews/4_sympathetic.htm

Hebrews 4:14-5:10 Meditation (with a prayer) on Jesus as High Priest    https://www.patheos.com/blogs/giveusthisday/january-3-hebrews-414-510-2/

 Hebrews 4:14-5:10 is RCL for Good Friday A/B/C; see http://www.textweek.com/epistlesrevelation/hebrews4_5.htm

4:14-5:10 with cross-references footnoted                     https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Heb%204.14%E2%80%935.10

4:14-5:10 Brief but verse-by-verse with word study:   http://www.generationword.com/notes_for_notesbooks_pg/hebrews/4_14.htm

4:14-5:10 Verse-by-verse International Bible Lesson Commentary (Sunday School Context) https://www.ouosu.com/IBLC/2015/01/Commentary%20on%20Hebrews%204_14_5-14%20KJV.pdf

Hebrews 4:12-16 is RCL for Proper 23B/Ordinary 28B/Pentecost 21   http://www.textweek.com/epistlesrevelation/hebrews4.htm

Hebrews 4:14-16 devotionals                                                    https://www.luthersem.edu/godpause/devo_date=4/2/2010 https://www.luthersem.edu/godpause/?devo_date=4/22/2011

Hebrews 5:1-10 In the context of the book of Hebrews (and, from 2015, leading-up-to-the-elections!) Incls. theological issues & two illustrations https://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/lent-5b/?type=lectionary_epistle

Hebrews 5:1-10 sermon from Eugenia Gamble, PC(USA) highlighting suffering through an extended real-life illustration. Addresses question of whether we are to seek out suffering. http://day1.org/825-suffering_for_faith

Hebrews 5:1-10 Sacrificial understanding of Lord’s Supper. From United Methodist perspective. https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/sacrificial-meaning-of-holy-communion

Hebrews 5:1-10 Jesus as High Priest (Working Preacher RCL) https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1414

Hebrews 5:1-10 Vulnerability of Jesus, religious leaders, & people of faith (Working Preacher RCL) https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=3800

Hebrews 5:1-10 What does greatness mean? Addresses global and local application. http://sacredise.com/lectionary-resources/proper-24b/

Hebrews 5:1-10 The job of high priest & Jesus’ qualifications. Illustration for the incarnation. https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=423

Hebrews 5:1-10 For a relationship to exist between God and God’s people, as well as among groups and between individuals, things must be repaired and restored between us; the only way that can happen is if God does it. (Roman Catholic context/examples.)       https://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-24b/?type=lectionary_epistle

Hebrews 5:5-10 is RCL for Lent 5B and Proper 24B/Ordinary 29B; the textweek entry itself is labeled 5:1-10 http://www.textweek.com/epistlesrevelation/hebrews5.htm

Hebrews 5:5-10 devotionals                                                                                                          Mar 14, 2018  Hebrews 5:5-10. What shape will the new covenant take? Who is this God who is present for us, full of mercy and eager to welcome us back. https://www.luthersem.edu/godpause/?devo_date=3/14/2018

Mar 18, 2015  Hebrews 5:5-10. One of my favorite Sunday school activities is for children to go all around the church and see how many crosses they can find.   https://www.luthersem.edu/godpause/?devo_date=3/18/2015

Dec. 19, 2018…5:5-10 My three-year-old will not be good at Advent this year. He does not like waiting. As anyone with a toddler knows, patience is…                https://www.luthersem.edu/godpause/?devo_date=3/18/2015

 Overview of Hebrews and word-based commentary on Hebrews 5:5-10 from Working Preacher; RCL (Holy Week) context; also addresses larger context of 4:16-5:10.   https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=277

There are many more resources for Hebrews 5:5-10 if you decide to focus there. Try a search on preachingandworship.org for that specific passage.

 

 

Summer Hebrews Series #2: Hebrews 2:10-18 (Matthew 12:46-50) for Narrative Lectionary (July 21, 2019?)

Featured image: https://images.knowing-jesus.com/i/hebrews-2-15-freed-from-fear-of-death-yellow-7548

THEMES/IDEAS

Collect form

One commentator notes that Hebrews consists essentially of three things: Scriptural quotes/interpretation, theology, and exhortation. To me, this boils down to who God is/what God does and who we are and what we need to do/can do. This relates to the possibility of looking at Hebrews through the construct of a Collect, an originally Latin Roman Catholic prayer a particular form, basically consisting of an address of God that mentions the attributes of God that relate to the petition (O God, who….) and then a petition (empower us….) and a purpose clause (so that…). We are referring to this as “Who God is and what God does, and what we need and why.” This seems to encompass a lot of the book of Hebrews as it develops its theology of who God is and what God does in order to talk about what we need to do/can do and why. [For a more detailed explanation of the form of a collect (with 5 parts, adding an address of God, a conclusion calling on the mediation of Christ and an Amen) see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collect

 

Christmas

This pericope is set for the first Sunday of Christmas in the RCL. (My husband and I are planning a Christmas in July for the last Sunday of the month; you could pair this whole series with Christmas/incarnation themes).

 

The folks at Working Preacher have commentaries for both the NL and the Christmas setting; this link has a few lines from each commentary and the links to each of them.

See https://www.workingpreacher.org/search/Default.aspx?cx=001947499050786061073:fplx-aun2rq&q=Hebrews%202:10-18&cof=FORID:10&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&search_domain=WWW

 

 

For the Christmas setting, see also http://www.textweek.com/yeara/christma1.htm

 

Vv. 10-12

Verses 5-12 were included in the RCL with 1:1-4. See http://www.textweek.com/epistlesrevelation/hebrews1_2.htm

and the blog from last week for details.

 

Other exegetical resources for Hebrews 2 are at the bottom of this blog…

 

 

HYMNS for Hebrews 2:10-18

(Numbers are from the Presbyterian Hymnal/1990)

2.10a

180 The God of Heaven

185.5-10 Psalm 33 (The .5-10 means verses 5-10 are particularly pertinent)

224 Bless the Lord, My Soul and Being

267 All Things Bright and Beautiful

271.1 Many and Great, O God, Are Thy Things

288 I Sing the Mighty Power of God

290 God Created Heaven and Earth

293 This Is My Father’s World

294 Wherever I May Wander

455 All Creatures of Our God and King

467.1+2 How Great Thou Art

 

2.10b

11.3 O Lord, How Shall I Meet You?

75.1+4 O Wondrous Sight, O Vision Fair

140.2 Holy, Holy

155.3 Rejoice, the Lord Is King

341 Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!

346.2 Christ, You Are the Fullness

388.4 O Jesus, I Have Promised

389.4 O Jesus, I Have Promised

426.5 Lord, Speak to Me, That I May Speak

441.5 I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord

485 To God Be the Glory

492.3 Baptized in Water

518.4 Sheaves of Summer

 

2.11-13

385.3 O God, We Bear the Imprint of Your Face

 

2.11b-12,17a

55.4 That Boy-Child of Mary  (Bold type means the whole hymns is particularly pertinent)

157.1 Our King and Our Sovereign, Lord Jesus

518.4 Sheaves of Summer

 

2.14a

4.2 Creator of the Stars of Night

5.2 Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

14.1 Savior of the Nations, Come

27 Gentle Mary Laid Her Child

29.3 Go, Tell It on the Mountain

36.2 In the Bleak Midwinter

41.2 O Come, All Ye Faithful

49.2+3 Once in Royal David’s City

 

2.14b-15

9.2 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

14.2 Savior of the Nations, Come

20.3 Watchman, Tell Us of the Night

26 Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light

28.3 Good Christian Friends, Rejoice

31.3 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

32 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

90.2 Ride On! Ride On in Majesty!

91.2 Ride On! Ride On in Majesty!

105 Because You Live, O Christ

107 Celebrate with Joy and Singing

108 Christ is Alive!

109 Christ Is Risen

110 Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands

112 Christ the Lord Is Risen Again

113 Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!

118 The Day of Resurrection!

119.2 The Strife Is O’er

120R Hail Thee, Festival Day!

121.3 That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright

155.2 Rejoice, the Lord Is King

165.4+5 When in the Night I Meditate

281.3 Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

290.4 God Created Heaven and Earth

360.5 Hope of the World

383 My Faith Looks Up to Thee

406 Why Has God Forsaken Me?

495 We Know That Christ Is Raised

533.2 O Perfect Love

538.3 Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing

540.4 God Be with You Till We Meet Again

582 Dying, You Destroyed Our Death (Memorial Acclamation)

601.5 Song of Zechariah (Benedictus)

 

2.17

3.1 Comfort, Comfort You My People

26 Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light

85 What Wondrous Love Is This

103 Deep Were His Wounds, and Red

140.3 Holy, Holy

144.1+4 Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!

296.2 Walk On, O People of God

341.1 Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!

355 Hear the Good News of Salvation

395.2+3 Have Mercy, Lord, on Me (Take Pity, Lord)

466 O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

467.3 How Great Thou Art

485.1 To God Be the Glory

 

2.18

77.1 Forty Days and Forty Nights

80 Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley

81.2 Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days

83.2 O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High

97.1 Go to Dark Gethsemane

360.3 Hope of the World

388.2 O Jesus, I Have Promised

389.2 O Jesus, I Have Promised

403 What a Friend We Have in Jesus

 

BULLETIN COVERS/IMAGES

https://www.google.com/search?safe=strict&q=hebrews+2+images&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwje8Yyg_7TjAhVBB50JHRlUBI8QsAR6BAgHEAE&biw=1482&bih=710

 

https://images.knowing-jesus.com/Hebrews/2

 

SERMONS

Complete sermon on the pericope (2nd one on the page); Christmas context

http://day1.org/623-the_future_of_preaching

 

Audio sermon from Princeton Seminary on the Fellowship of Suffering

https://preachingandworship.org/api/lc/94c5581e083ea2a5305a320a2da4968d5d2ba8c2e9d62

 

Another audio from Princeton, this one says it’s the worship service but it’s only 21 mins long so maybe not; with Chuck Colson reflecting on being in prison

 

 

http://commons.ptsem.edu/id/01638

 

Typed sermon from Arthur Landwehr sermon collection. “God Give So You Can,” Hebrews 2:9-13. Refers to a novel from 1964! Methodist pastor in Chicago.

 

45 minute audio of 1956 sermon from Princeton on Hebrews 2 addressing the faithfulness of God

http://commons.ptsem.edu/id/02544

 

An order of worship around Hebrews 2 from Calvin Symposium on Worship

The theme that year was Hebrews, so other pages may be of interest for the series.

https://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/with-every-good-thing-series-yet-at-present-hebrews-2

 

PRAYERS

This set of prayers has one for each verse of Hebrews 2

https://prayer.knowing-jesus.com/Hebrews/2

 

Offering prayer from UMC Discipleship

Dear God, for whom and through whom all things exist, you are the Sovereign of the universe! Yet you have named us among your beloved children and call us to live as brothers and sisters of Christ. On this World Communion Sunday, we rejoice that you gather us around the Table of your Son, the risen Lord. May our offerings reach out to bring hope and grace to our near and distant neighbors, whom you know and love. We pray in the most excellent name of Jesus. Amen. (Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12)

 

Reflection with prayer on the exact passage:

https://doers.org/february-14-hebrews-210-18/

 

Worship pieces (prayers, etc.) based on Hebrews 1-2, https://www.ministrymatters.com/worship/entry/6271/worship-elements-october-7-2018

 

 

OTHER POSSIBILITIES

(See bottom of page for exegetical resources for Hebrews 2)

My husband, who is preaching this next Sunday, felt like the assigned Hebrews pericope had a lot of overlapping themes with Psalm 69, which he also preached. See blog for 6/23 at https://wordpress.com/post/bjhlog.wordpress.com/224 for those themes to see if you agree and if any of those resources are helpful.

 

He is actually preaching Isaiah 40:25-31 and Hebrews 2:1-4 instead, with a theme of God not being done yet/who will pass the story on? Here’s the liturgical resources I wrote for those passages:

 

Call to Worship (for “other possibilities”; from Isaiah 40:27-28)

Original resource by Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using/adapting.

 

Don’t you know?

   Haven’t you heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God;
he created all the world.
He never grows tired or weary.
     He strengthens those who are weak and tired.
Those who trust in the Lord for help are renewed
We rise on wings like eagles.
   We will run and not get weary;
We will walk and not grow weak.

ALL: AND TOGETHER WE WILL PRAISE THE LORD!

 

Prayer of Confession

Original resource by Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using/adapting.

O God, at times we allow ourselves to be distracted.

We forget to look for your work in the world.

We slide away from you, drawn by other pastures.

Forgive us. Re-focus and strengthen us.

In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

 

Assurance of Pardon

Original resource by Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using/adapting.

We rejoice in the great salvation first announced by the Lord Jesus himself, and passed down to us by those who heard him speak. Thanks be to God for the Good News:

In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

 

Hymns (for the “other possibilities”)

I Sing the Mighty Power of God

How Great Thou Art

Lift High the Cross

I Love to Tell the Story

On Eagles’ Wings

 

BULLETIN COVER (for the “other possibilities”)

We are using a photo of the congregation (serendipitously taken today!) to illustrate “Who is passing the story on.”

 

EXEGETICAL RESOURCES

 

Hebrews 2:10 on Jesus our Pioneer

https://preachingandworship.org/api/lc/e4bc14f834c25d7e52848f1e346b531e5d2bac5655a5f

 

Hebrews 2:14 on the incarnation

https://preachingandworship.org/api/lc/82f6fd7e3af40cfbca5541bb745650105d2bac56558c0

 

 

The ones below were targeted for my husband’s sermon on Hebrews 2:1-4, but you can access the later verses on most of them as well….

 

Contextualization of Hebrews 2 in the larger context of Hebrews and the whole Bible

https://bible.org/seriespage/word-warning-and-exhortation-hebrews-21-4

 

Word study & devotional application of Hebrews 2

http://www.intothyword.org/apps/articles/default.asp?articleid=38977&columnid=3803

 

Sproul’s verse-by-verse exposition of Hebrews 2

https://www.ligonier.org/learn/scripture/hebrews_2/?type=devotional&sort=scripture

 

Verse by verse commentary from a Free Methodist church

http://hillsdalefmc.net/2018/07/19/pay-attention-hebrews-21-4/

 

Sermon notes from Blue Letter Bible

https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/smith_chuck/SermonNotes_Hbr/Hbr_7.cfm

 

Aquinas

https://dhspriory.org/thomas/english/SSHebrews.htm#21

 

Analysis drawing on a variety of commentators incl. word(s) study, discussions of other pertinent scriptural texts, illustrations & an extended section on “drifting away”

https://www.preceptaustin.org/hebrews_21-3

 

Summer Hebrews Series #1-Hebrews 1:1-4 and John 1:1-5 (7/14/19?)

Featured image:  https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=images&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwiX8bqd6J3jAhXFZc0KHS7nCd0QjRx6BAgBEAU&url=http%3A%2F%2Frippleeffectdisciplines.com%2F5-7-15-god-actually-communicates-with-humans-hebrews-11-4%2F&psig=AOvVaw3UkhkTpk5YQrsx7Plp3ma9&ust=1562417316242334

Note: We are planning a “Christmas in July” for 7/28. In fact, Hebrews and John 1 are together in the RCL for Christmas; see resources below–and the incarnational themes for Hebrews could lead to a twinning of Christmas/Advent themes and Hebrews throughout this series.

INTRODUCTION  to Hebrews summer Narrative Lectionary series: https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=4080

From the RCL, which also includes verses from chapter 2 in its pericope, this commentary answers the question “Why preach a series on Hebrews” and talks incarnation.  Also gives two illustrations, one from Kierkegaard and the other from The Man Which Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales. https://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-22b/?type=lectionary_epistle

Book of Hebrews resources: http://www.textweek.com/epistlesrevelation/hebrews.htm

 

WORSHIP RESOURCES

Opening prayer of adoration: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/09/opening-prayer-hebrews-1-1-4.html

1:1-4 and 2:5-12 for two readers                                                                                                            https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/09/readers-theatre-hebrews-1-1-4-2-5-12.html

Original prayers:

Opening Prayer   by Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using/adapting.

God, you have spoken, and you continue to speak, to your people.

Reveal Christ Jesus to us this day as your Son and heir.

In him, reveal to us your glory and your very self,

that we may be purified and sustained by him,

sharing in his life and light. In his name,

the name above all others, we pray, Amen.

CALL TO WORSHIP (from Hebrews 1 and John 1 The Message)                                                by Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using/adapting.

One: The Word came first.

Many: The Word was with God and the Word was God.

By his Son, God created the world in the beginning.

Everything was created through the Word.

Nothing—not one thing!—came into being without him

and it will all belong to the Son at the end.

The Son perfectly mirrors God.

He is stamped with God’s nature.

He holds everything together by what he says,

His Life is the Light to live by.                                                                                      

The Life-Light blazes out of the darkness

and the darkness cannot put it out.

ALL: THANKS BE TO GOD.              

RITE OF CONFESSION  by Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using/adapting.

*Call to Confession:

God sent Jesus to light our way, but at times we stumble about cursing the darkness instead of using the light that God provides, and so we seek God’s forgiveness.

*Prayer of Confession                                                                                        Reader O God, you give us glimpses of your light,                                                               but sometimes, instead of following you, we stumble around on our own.                        We accept poor imitations of your light.                                                                     We try to catch your light and hold it,                                                                      so that we do not have to always look to you.                                                                         You speak the words that give and sustain life,                                                                             but we listen to the noise around us instead.

Forgive us. Give us eyes to see and ears to listen. (Silent Confession)

*Assurance of Pardon (from Psalm 40, The Message)                                Pastor Barb                                                     When Jesus had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor              at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. And so we give thanks and praise                 to God for the Good News:   In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

 

FREE POWERPOINT BACKGROUND

1:1-2  https://www.heartlight.org/powerpoint/905.html

 

OTHER IMAGES for bulletins/powerpoints

https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&q=hebrews+1:1-4+images&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiT3NK75p3jAhXHX80KHZamDwMQsAR6BAgHEAE&biw=1517&bih=730

 

CHILDREN’S SERMON

For preaching series on Hebrews: http://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com/2012/09/year-b-proper-22-27th-sunday-in.html

Remaining Faithful to Jesus: “The Neglected Gift” https://sermons4kids.com/neglected_gift.html

God’s proud parent speech https://www.episcopalchurch.org/sermons-that-work

CRAFT PROJECT/Sunday School:   By His Own Mighty Word He Holds the Universe Together http://www.sundayschoollessons.com/pent17kart.htm

 

HYMNS

Hymnary search at  https://hymnary.org/search?qu=Hebrews+1%3A1-4

Cyberhymnal

:1

1:2

1:3

The Lutheran Hymnal

Hebrews 1:06  Hark! Ten Thousand Harps and Voices.

221

At Digital Hymnal (midi files, guitar chords, karaoke files, projection text):

Memorizing scripture through song: Hebrews 1:1-3                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dWMHYUtmbI

Presbyterian Hymnal (1990)

1.1-4
331.1+3 Thanks to God Whose Word Was Written
1.1-2a
255.4-6 Now Praise the Lord
327 O Word of God Incarnate
330 Deep in the Shadows of the Past
1.1
222.7 Psalm 103
319.2 Spirit
1.2-14
309 Of the Father’s Love Begotten
1.2-4
4 Creator of the Stars of Night
74 Jesus on the Mountain Peak
75 O Wondrous Sight, O Vision Fair
83 O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High
133 All Glory Be to God on High
137.2 We All Believe in One True God
346.1 Christ, You Are the Fullness
474 O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright
1.2a
10.4 On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
31.2 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
36.2 In the Bleak Midwinter
41.2 O Come, All Ye Faithful
49.2 Once in Royal David’s City
52.2 Sheep Fast Asleep
54.3 From Heaven Above
55.5 That Boy-Child of Mary
57.4 The Snow Lay on the Ground
60.3 Silent Night, Holy Night
74.4 Jesus on the Mountain Peak
75.3 O Wondrous Sight, O Vision Fair
139.2 Come, Thou Almighty King
148.1 At the Name of Jesus
412.5 Eternal God, Whose Power Upholds
454 Blessed Jesus, at Your Word
485 To God Be the Glory
512.1 Living Word of God Eternal
1.3-14
41 O Come, All Ye Faithful
42 O Come, All Ye Faithful
141 A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing
142 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
143 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
150 Come, Christians, Join to Sing
153 He Is King of Kings                                                                                                                      306 Fairest Lord Jesus
477 Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim
566 Glory to God in the Highest (Gloria in Excelsis)
575.6 Glory to God in the Highest (Gloria in Excelsis)
1.3a
133.3 All Glory Be to God on High
203.1 God of Mercy, God of Grace
263 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
412.5 Eternal God, Whose Power Upholds
474 O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright
519.4 Thee We Adore, O Hidden Savior, Thee
548.1+2 O Radiant Light, O Sun Divine
549.1 O Gladsome Light
550.1 O Light Whose Splendor Thrills
1.3c-d
110.1 Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands
147 Blessing and Honor
151 Crown Him with Many Crowns
155 Rejoice, the Lord Is King
308.4 O Sing a Song of Bethlehem
466.3 O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
1.3c
154.3 Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
341.1 Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!
492.1 Baptized in Water
1.3d
133.2 All Glory Be to God on High
194.2 Peoples, Clap Your Hands!
1.4
148.3 At the Name of Jesus

NAME: OF CHRIST
4.3 Creator of the Stars of Night
19.4 To a Maid Engaged to Joseph
142.1 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
143.1 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!
147.2 Blessing and Honor
148 At the Name of Jesus
260.2 A Mighty Fortress is Our God
310.2 Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
311.2 We Meet You, O Christ
346.3 Christ, You Are the Fullness
371R Lift High the Cross
395.3 Have Mercy, Lord, on Me (Take Pity, Lord)
442.2 The Church’s One Foundation
466.2+4 O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
477.1 Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim
498.3 Child of Blessing, Child of Promise
500.3 Become to Us the Living Bread
504.1 Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether
515.3 Now to Your Table Spread
539.1 Savior, Again to Thy Dear Name We Raise
548.2 O Radiant Light, O Sun DivineEXEGESIS

Christological questions from the passage: https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=486

Brief overview of Hebrews & our passage; also includes John 1  http://montreal.anglican.org/comments/archive/zxmascm.shtml                                                 This same author also publishes his leftover, more technical word-study type notes Again still yet includes John 1. See http://montreal.anglican.org/comments/archive/zxmascl.shtml

Commentary from the passage’s use for RCL at Christmas focuses on  “What’s His Name,” allowing readers to listen in on God’s announcement of the name of his Son,  http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1479                                 At Christmas, the RCL also includes John 1:1-14, for that commentary see http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1523

Another commentary from the Christmas context; this one addresses the wisdom underpinnings of the passage, Jesus as Logos/logic,  and even mentions John 1! Also addresses Jesus as the anointed king. http://wwwstaff.murdoch.edu.au/~loader/BEpChristmasDay2.htm

This passage is also in the RCL for 22B (October, 2018), This Working Preacher commentary takes up the challenges of the NRSV’s inclusive language translation, which loses the concept of “Son of Man,” thus truncating some of the meaning of Hebrews’ discussion of incarnation. http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2276

This one addresses the concept of Jesus as trailblazer using Harriet Tubman as an example. Also touches on the problem of the NRSV’s lack of the phrase “Son of Man.”http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=422

From the RCL context, this commentary introduces the book of Hebrews as well as discussing 1:1-4 (and 2:5-12). For chapter 1, it focuses on the word given the prophets, Christ as the Word, and the nature of the Son. http://wwwstaff.murdoch.edu.au/~loader/BEpPentecost19.html

Exhortation against lack of commitment; addresses 1;1-4 but continues through 2:12. http://www.crivoice.org/biblestudy/bbheb2.html

Hebrews as providing hope/the big picture (Christmas context) https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=3517

Incarnation plus pre-existence and exaltation (Heb. 1:1-12 in Christmas context) https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id

Christmas Reflection: Alone with the Stars                                         https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/christmas-reflection-alone-stars

 

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Summer Psalm Series #3 Psalm 27:1-6 and Matthew 6:25-34

I am glad the psalm series is 4 weeks this year rather than 6 as in some past versions, and that this week’s accompanying gospel is a robust one, since the orientation/re-orientation themes are showing more overlap that I originally thought. (See last week’s blog for overall resources for the NL psalms series, one of which really addresses this reality.)

Themes for the psalm include the Lord as light and salvation (v.1a)and also as stronghold/fortress (v.1b). The RCL using this psalm omits the triumph-over-enemies verses 2-3, yet most of us can at least relate to the idea that sometimes there seem to be forces, however we name them, that work against us. Verse 4 is a famous one:        “One thing I asked of the Lord that I will seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life/forever.” The psalm then speaks of beholding the Lord’s beauty, and inquiring in his temple (v. 4b), and of being sheltered and hidden but also set high on a rock (v.5). It continues: “Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me” (v.6a), and closes with sacrifices, joy and singing (v. 6b)

 

BULLETIN COVERS

Psalm 27

https://www.google.com/search?q=free+bulletin+covers+psalm+27&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiHodab8_HiAhXLq1kKHRmXB00QsAR6BAgAEAE&biw=1501&bih=720#imgrc=s1upHxqrVihXxM:

https://www.google.com/search?q=clipart+psalm+27&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjhgNKf9PHiAhXomuAKHXuGBTIQsAR6BAgFEAE&biw=1501&bih=665

Matthew 6

https://www.google.com/search?biw=1493&bih=665&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=nkIKXZnFGY6RggeFt6uwDw&q=clipart+Matthew+6%3A25-34&oq=clipart+Matthew+6%3A25-34&gs_l=img.3…182778.196779..197138…0.0..0.188.1524.16j1……0….1..gws-wiz-img…….0j0i8i30.cZTqWJZ-vVU

https://www.google.com/search?biw=1493&bih=665&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=ZUMKXYnPJKPZ5gL4nrfYBg&q=bulletin+cover+matthew+6%3A25-34&oq=bulletin+cover+matthew+6%3A25-34&gs_l=img.3…60253.70156..70407…0.0..0.188.3094.17j13……0….1..gws-wiz-img…….0j0i67j0i5i30j0i8i30.S-9jRfaEBnw

http://www.mscperu.org/grafic/graficoslit/aTO/08_to_a.htm

This site also has other lectionary-based ideas resource for leaders of contemporary worship. By Ann Scull, Gippsland, Australia. Includes stories, poem/meditation, reference to a meditative song, a film clip, and a kids’ sermon idea.                                     http://seedstuff.blogspot.com/2011/02/epiphany-8-february-27-god-never.html

LITURGICAL RESOURCES

Newly discovered RCL resource (both of these passages are in the RCL, although the Psalm is v. 1, 4-9) http://spirit-net.ca/sermons/s-sermon-main.php#prayer

Psalm 27

Joan Stott, prayers and meditation based on Psalm 27:1, 4-9 http://www.thetimelesspsalms.net/w_resources/epiphany3%5B3%5Da_2017.htm  http://www.thetimelesspsalms.net/w_resources/lent2c_2013.htm                                              http://www.thetimelesspsalms.net/w_resources/epiphany3a_2011.htm

Four liturgies with communion for the Psalm by Thom M. Shuman, PC(USA).  https://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.com/search?q=Psalm+27

Responsive Paraphrases and an offering prayer                            http://thebillabong.info/lectionary-2/year-a-matthew/11a-epiphany-3a/

Opening Prayer/Collect (themes from Psalm 27)                                                                              Original liturgical resource: please give credit to Barb Hedges-Goettl if using/adapting:

O God, our rock and our salvation,                                                                                               our shelter in the day of trouble,                                                                                                    lift up our heads and free us from fear,                                                                                            that we may behold your beauty                                                                                           inquire into your dwelling place,                                                                                                   and praise you with shouts of joy.  Amen.

CALL TO WORSHIP (from Ps.27 NIV) Original liturgical resource: please give credit to Barb Hedges-Goettl if using/adapting:
One: The Lord is my light and my salvation—                                                                                Many: so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?
The one thing I ask of the Lord—
the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord                                                                                                         all the days of my life,                                                                                                                      At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices                                                                                                     with shouts of joy,
ALL Praise the Lord with music and song!

*Call to Confession                                                                                                                                  Original liturgical resource; please credit Barb Hedges-Goettl if using/adapting.

God is our light and our salvation, yet at times we still tremble and are afraid.                God works within and among us to increase our faith and our support of one another. Let us together confess our need for this help and for God’s forgiveness.

*Prayer of Confession                                                                                                              Original liturgical resource; please credit Barb Hedges-Goettl if using/adapting.

O God, sometimes I am impatient with my own journey                                                        and with the journey of others. I want us all to just be there.                                 Forgive me when I look at all that surrounds me rather than at you.                     Forgive me when fear takes the place of trust in you.                                                         Be my light and fortress when I face threatening people and situations.               Overcome my fears and troubles.                                                                                                (Silent confession)

*Assurance of Pardon (from Psalm 27, The Message Paraphrase)                                 Original liturgical resource; please credit Barb Hedges-Goettl if using/adapting.

God is our quiet, secure place in a noisy and threatening world.                                         God is the perfect oasis, the source of beauty and knowledge.                                             God holds up our head and shoulders against all that tries to pull us down.                          And so we gather here to share and give thanks and praise for the Good News:                 In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

*Confession of Faith adapted from The Theological Declaration of Barmen**

The Theological Declaration of Barmen was written in 1934 by a group of church leaders in Germany to help Christians withstand the challenges of the Nazi party and the so-called “German Christians,” a popular movement that saw no conflict between Christianity and Hitler’s ideology. It is one of the confessions included in the PC(USA)’s Book of Confessions as part of our constitution.

God’s sovereign love is a mystery beyond the reach of our minds.

Human thought ascribes to God the greatest power, wisdom,

And goodness. But God reveals his love in Jesus Christ by showing power

in the form of a servant, wisdom in the folly of the cross, and

goodness in receiving sinful human beings. The power of God’s love in Christ

to transform the world discloses that the Redeemer is the Lord and Creator

who made all things to serve the purpose of his love.

 

God has created the world of space and time to be the sphere of

God’s dealings with us. In its beauty and vastness, magnificence and awfulness,

order and disorder, the world reflects to the eye of faith the majesty and

mystery of its Creator. God has created us in a personal relation with Godself that we may respond to the love of the Creator. God has endowed us

with capacities to make the world serve God’s needs and to enjoy

its good things. Life is a gift to be received with gratitude and a task

to be pursued with courage. We are free to seek life within the purpose of God: to develop and protect the resources of nature for the common welfare,

to work for justice and peace in society, and in other ways to use our creative powers for the fulfillment of human life. Thanks be to God.

Matthew

Liturgies from a Progressive/Post-Liberal Theology, Revd Rex A.E. Hunt, Uniting Church in Australia. https://www.rexaehuntprogressive.com/liturgy_collection/year_a_liturgy_collection/year_a_christmasepiphany/epiphany8a2722011.html

Two liturgies with communion for the Psalm by Thom M. Shuman, PC(USA).  https://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.com/search?q=Matthew+6

Prayers, Collects and Litanies by Bruce Prewer, Uniting Church in Australia.  http://www.bruceprewer.com/DocA/17EPIPH8.htm

For more, see http://www.textweek.com/yeara/epipha8.htm

SERMONS

Matthew

Epiphany 8A – Matthew 6:24-34 “Do Not Worry”

https://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.com/search?q=psalm+27

HYMNS

An RCL-based list of hymn resources: http://spirit-net.ca/sermons/s-hymnchoice.php

Psalm 27

Abide with me

All praise to our redeeming God

Christ the world’s true light

God of Grace and God of Glory

God is my strong salvation

In heavenly love abiding

The Lord is my light, my light and salvation

Who would true valor see

 PCUSA Hymnal (1990)                                                                                                                    .1= verse 1 is particularly tied to the theme                                                                      Bold=hymn particularly tied to theme                                                                                           ( ) link is less direct

LIGHT: GOD

179.1 God Is My Strong Salvation
186.4 Thy Mercy and Thy Truth, O Lord
(202.1) Psalm 67
203.1 God of Mercy, God of Grace
206.2+4 O Hear Our Cry, O Lord
209.4 My Song Forever Shall Record
(232.27) Psalm 118.19-29
263 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
339.1 Be Thou My Vision
340 Eternal Light, Shine in My Heart

LIGHT: CHRIST
4.1+2 Creator of the Stars of Night
5.3 Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
(9.2) O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
(10.3) On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
12.4 People, Look East
(14.4) Savior of the Nations, Come
(15.3) Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers
(20) Watchman, Tell Us of the Night
(21.3) All My Heart Today Rejoices
(22.3) Angels, from the Realms of Glory
(26) Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light
(27.2) Gentle Mary Laid Her Child
30.2 Born in the Night, Mary’s Child
31.3 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
32 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
(33.3) Holy Night, Blessed Night
(35.4) In Bethlehem a Newborn Boy
43.1 O Little Town of Bethlehem
68.3 What Star Is This, with Beams So Bright
69 O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright
73.1 Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory
84.3 In the Cross of Christ I Glory
118.2 The Day of Resurrection!
120.4 Hail Thee, Festival Day!
141.2 A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing
149.2 The Head That Once Was Crowned
203.1 God of Mercy, God of Grace
301.4 Lord Jesus, Think on Me
327 O Word of God Incarnate
340 Eternal Light, Shine in My Heart
384.2 O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
411 Arise, Your Light Is Come!
(427.3) Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service
431.3 O Lord, You Gave Your Servant John
447.3 Lead On, O King Eternal
448.3 Lead On, O King Eternal
454.2+3 Blessed Jesus, at Your Word
457.2 I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art
462 Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
463 Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
474 O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright
506.1+2 Deck Yourself, My Soul, with Gladness
510.1+5 Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts
511.1+5 Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts
526.2 For All the Saints
548.1 O Radiant Light, O Sun Divine
549.1 O Gladsome Light
550.1 O Light Whose Splendor Thrills
(601.5) Song of Zechariah (Benedictus)
(602.3) Song of Zechariah (Benedictus)
603 Song of Simeon (Nunc Dimittis)
604 Song of Simeon (Nunc Dimittis)
605 Song of Simeon (Nunc Dimittis)

CONFIDENCE
165 When in the Night I Meditate
169 In the Day of Need
170 The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want
171 The King of Love My Shepherd Is
172 My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
173 Psalm 23
174 The Lord’s My Shepherd
175 The Lord’s My Shepherd, All My Need
179 God Is My Strong Salvation
191 God Is Our Refuge and Our Strength
192 God, Our Help and Constant Refuge
193 Psalm 46
197 My Soul in Silence Waits for God
210 Our God, Our Help in Ages Past
212 Within Your Shelter, Loving God
231 Psalm 118.14-24
234 I to the Hills Will Lift My Eyes
240.4 Out of the Depths
259 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
260 A Mighty Fortress is Our God
261 God of Compassion, in Mercy Befriend Us
265 Great God, We Sing That Mighty Hand
275 God of Our Life
293 This Is My Father’s World
307 Fight the Good Fight
341 Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!
342 By Gracious Powers
348 Christian Women, Christian Men
361 How Firm a Foundation
365 Jesus, Priceless Treasure
446 Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken
447 Lead On, O King Eternal
448 Lead On, O King Eternal
476.5 O Worship the King, All Glorious Above!
544 ay Is Done                                                                                                                                     554 Let All Things Now Living

 

EXEGETICAL RESOURCES

“Salvation” in Psalm 27:

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexImage.cfm?tv=1561477322153&a

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H3468&t=KJV

See 3B, separate blog entry

Also, for illustrations, see

Devotions on Psalm 27:1-6, The Lord is My Light

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