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Psalm 3: Psalms in a Time of Sickness

Psalm 3

O Lord, so much troubles us. So much is rising up against us.                                                                         Danger is crowding us, pursuing us.

Many say that you will not help us.                                        But we proclaim that you are our only hope.     You are our shield. You are our glory.                                                               You alone can lift up our heads,                                                                           now bowed in shame and sorrow.

We cry out to you, O Lord.                                                                                  You hear us from your holy dwelling place. Then we lay down and sleep in peace                                                        and wake up safely, for you are watching over us.                                                                                                             

Though surrounded by ten thousand evils on every side,        we are not afraid. We cry to you, “Arise, O Lord!” Save us, O God. Disempower all that threatens us.                                  Leave our enemies powerless to harm us.                                                       

Victory comes from you, O Lord. Give us joy even in the midst of our trials;                                                               open our eyes to our blessings.

Amen.

Psalms in a Time of Sickness: Psalm 2

Why, O God, are there swarms and gatherings? Why do we rage and revolt?
Instead of serving God and God’s people, we seek our own ways and our own good. Earth’s leaders–those of power and position– are deaf to the counsel of those who heed the signs and to the danger to body and soul.

Without you, even working together is madness. You have crowned your Son King of the earth on your holy hill, granting him all power and majesty. You reveal your purposes through him.
We bow before him, listening while there is still time. We serve you with reverent fear. We rejoice with trembling. We fall down before your Son and kiss his feet. Save us from your wrath. Grant us the joy that only comes from trusting in you. Amen.

Psalms in a Time of Sickness: Psalm 1

Psalm 1: Psalms in a Time of Sickness

O God, bless us by making us more and more your people.

Keep us from following the bad advice of those who aren’t seeking you.

Redirect us away from the paths taken by those who don’t listen to you.

Free us from sitting with those who disbelieve the truth

    and scorn compassion.

Let us delight in you: in your Word and your teachings.

Fill our hearts, minds, and souls with you every hour of the day and night.

Plant us by your streams of living water. Grow us into trees rooted in you.

Make us fruitful according to your time and plan.

Let us flourish as your people, following your way,

    without withering or faltering.

Those who don’t follow you are like chaff driven by the wind.

They cannot withstand judgment.

They do not stand with the congregation of the righteous.

Their way perishes.

Chart the path for us, O God.

Watch over us on the way, O Lord, to you.

May your way guide our feet,

    and our paths help others find their way.

In the name of Jesus, our Guide and Pioneer, Amen.

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: Ruth 1:1-17 (10/13/19)

Ruth was present with Naomi; see Pooh parable below about presence. Here’s a blow-up from part of picture at https://weheartit.com/entry/331438744 as an illustration to go with the presence of Pooh with Eeyore. Need to change “Piglet” in the story to “Tigger” if using the picture. (Couldn’t find one of Pooh, Piglet & Eeyore, which actually illustrates how this is a Pooh parable rather than originally being from the AA Milne Pooh stories.)

It occurred to Pooh and Piglet that they hadn’t heard from Eeyore for several days, so they put on their hats and coats and trotted across the Hundred Acre Wood to Eeyore’s stick house. Inside the house was Eeyore.

“Hello Eeyore,” said Pooh.

“Hello Pooh. Hello Piglet,” said Eeyore, in a Glum Sounding Voice.

“We just thought we’d check in on you,” said Piglet, “because we hadn’t heard from you, and so we wanted to know if you were okay.”

Eeyore was silent for a moment. “Am I okay?” he asked, eventually. “Well, I don’t know, to be honest. Are any of us really okay? That’s what I ask myself. All I can tell you, Pooh and Piglet, is that right now I feel really rather Sad, and Alone, and Not Much Fun To Be Around At All. Which is why I haven’t bothered you. Because you wouldn’t want to waste your time hanging out with someone who is Sad, and Alone, and Not Much Fun To Be Around At All, would you now.”

Pooh looked and Piglet, and Piglet looked at Pooh, and they both sat down, one on either side of Eeyore in his stick house.

Eeyore looked at them in surprise. “What are you doing?”

“We’re sitting here with you,” said Pooh, “because we are your friends. And true friends don’t care if someone is feeling Sad, or Alone, or Not Much Fun To Be Around At All. True friends are there for you anyway. And so here we are.”

“Oh,” said Eeyore. “Oh.” And the three of them sat there in silence, and while Pooh and Piglet said nothing at all; somehow, almost imperceptibly, Eeyore started to feel a very tiny little bit better.

Because Pooh and Piglet were There. No more; no less. https://www.facebook.com/themaddieproject/photos/a.698470016946959/1794783897315560/?type=3&theater

ART/IMAGES

Ruth: http://www.textweek.com/art/ruth.htm

World Communion Sundayhttps://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=ACYBGNTPFo4ZKfSRGq0EijuChdMiVfKPJA:1569283351663&q=images+world+communion+sunday&tbm=isch&source=univ&sxsrf=ACYBGNTPFo4ZKfSRGq0EijuChdMiVfKPJA:1569283351663&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiN4uiFlOjkAhVlneAKHcMFDj0QsAR6BAgHEAE&biw=1821&bih=876#imgrc=ZZw9lbZojHRjFM:

RETELLING

Storyteller gives the whole story of Ruth. Recommends CEV. http://www.storydivine.com/?p=343\

EXEGESIS/THEMES

Podcast: Ruth is from Moab but Boaz is from Bethlehem—is Ruth a humble servant approaching Boaz? Or a feisty woman taking action? https://5minutebible.com/ruth-is-from-moab-but-boaz-is-from-bethlehem-2/

Ruth and Star Wars—is Naomi deserted by God? Or is Ruth evidence otherwise? Naomi’s complaints are not rhetorical flourish. They are the author’s explicit means of establishing the book’s central crisis: Is Naomi right? Has Yahweh forsaken her and shamed her household? If Naomi’s plight were indeed the thrust of the story, then one would expect the rest of the book to resolve this crisis, particularly at the end. This is precisely what happens.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/walkandword/2019/09/ruth-star-wars/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Living+the+Christian+Life&utm_content=870

Who is the main character in Ruth (follow-on to Star Wars article above) https://www.patheos.com/blogs/walkandword/2019/09/interpreting-ruth-part-1/

More academic take on hesed in Ruth (follow on to main character question) https://www.cbeinternational.org/resources/article/priscilla-papers/book-ruth-exemplar-faith-communities

Working Preacher commentaries on Ruth 1:1-17

http://www.workingpreacher.org/search/Default.aspx?cx=001947499050786061073:fplx-aun2rq&q=Ruth%201&cof=FORID:10&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&search_domain=WWW

Ruth refuses to be left out/leave the focus on Naomi. Ruth emerges as an acting agent in verse 14: she clings to Naomi, a term used in contexts of profound love, inalienable possession, unshakable commitment (see, e.g., Genesis 2:24; Numbers 36:7, 9; Deuteronomy 4:4; 10:20; 11:22). As Naomi remains convinced that her bitterness is solitary, she makes another appeal, urging Ruth to follow Orpah.

(Word study on “cling” https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/rth/1/1/t_conc_233014)

At that moment, Ruth adds speech to her action. Indeed, she utters what might be a speech-act, in which she actually does something in and by saying something (cf. “I do” in weddings or “I believe” in the Creed). What she says-does is powerful and it is poetic, lining out in nicely parallel lines like the best of Hebrew poetry. https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=413

Four-part sermon series on Ruth https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2123

The book of Judges, which comes right before Ruth, ends with inter-tribal conflict and these ominous words: “In those days there was no king in Israel; all the people did what was right in their own eyes” (Judges 21:25)…In this context, we get the book of Ruth, which is a tale about belonging, about blessing, about faithful love (in Hebrew, hesed), God’s faithfulness, incarnated in human beings.

Ruth, a woman, and a foreigner at that, chooses to join her story to the story we’ve been hearing the last several weeks; she chooses to enter into Israel’s covenant with God. She chooses thereby the life of being a stranger in a foreign land. She chooses to leave all that she has known and to go to a place she’s never been, with no assurance of security. A childless widow in ancient Israel had to rely on the kindness of those around her. In this story, Naomi relies on Ruth, and Ruth herself has to rely on the kindness of strangers.

One of the beautiful themes in the book is that hesed meets hesed; that is, faithfulness engenders faithfulness, kindness meets kindness. Ruth goes above and beyond the minimum requirements of the Law out of love for Naomi. And when Boaz learns of Ruth’s loyalty to her mother-in-law, he blesses her:

https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1108

Whatever Ruth’s circumstances may be, her clinging to her mother-in-law is a gift of grace that Naomi cannot at first see.  Naomi says God has turned against her (verse 13), and later she tells the women of Bethlehem, “The Almighty has dealt bitterly with me … brought me back empty … dealt harshly with me, and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me” (verses 20-21).  This is Naomi’s theology, and at first it is all she can see.

But the narrator sees things differently, attributing none of Naomi’s tragedies to God, not even the famine.  Rather it is God who has given the people food (verse 6).  This point is underscored at the end of the chapter: “They came to Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest” (verse 22).  Near the end of the book, the Bethlehemite women will articulate to Naomi what has been evident all along, that Ruth’s love is worth more than seven sons.  Grace is walking right beside Naomi, unseen, yet refusing to leave her.

Ruth holds a thoroughly action-oriented, thoroughly pragmatic theology.  She does not argue with Naomi’s perception of events, nor does she assert her own.  She simply communicates presence.  She refuses to leave.  It’s not about God’s actions or intents, but her own.  Ruth will worship the God that Naomi believes abandoned her.  And she swears to do what four other people — Elimelech, Mahlon, Chilion, and Orpah — couldn’t do: to stay.  Not even death, the chief resident of their household, will get in her way.

https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1335

Ruth and immigration from Bruce Epperly https://www.patheos.com/blogs/livingaholyadventure/2018/10/the-adventurous-lectionary-twenty-fourth-sunday-after-pentecost-november-4-2018/

Ruth.  She comes closer to God and God’s ways through her deep love for her mother-in-law.  She leaves behind her own family and her own religion and traditions not for complex theological reasons, but out of the affection for someone who loved her first. http://www.sacraconversazione.org/?p=294

PRAYERS and other bulletin pieces

Opening Prayer:

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

O God, wherever you go, we will go.                                                                                                Where you lodge, we will lodge.                                                                                                          Your people will be our people,                                                                                                          and you will be our God.                                                                                                                      We will serve you all our lives.                                                                                                          We will not be parted from you even in death.                                                                                In the name of Jesus, who joins us to you, Amen.

Call to Worship

Original resource by Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using/adapting;                     (slightly adapted from prayer for Genesis 2 on companionship)

One: O God, we come one by one.                                                                                                      Many: O God, we come with each other.                                                                                    We come because it is not good to be alone.                                                                                  We come because we want to be companions on the journey.                                              We seek communion with you.                                                                                                      We seek communion with one another.                                                                                     Make us companions to one another,                                                                                                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  (from Colossians 3:12-14, The Messsage)

Chosen by God for the new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God has picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, and quick to forgive. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

*Prayer of Confession (unison)

O God, at times we fail to act in love. Wrapped in our own concerns, we may not hear the cries of others. We can be slow to listen, but quick to give advice. Promising prayer, we may not add the power of being present with others. Uncomfortable with the pain and needs of others, we may want them to just get over it. Empower us with your love, that we may meet and hear others where they are.

*Assurance of Pardon (from Colossians 3:15-17 The Message)                                                 The peace of Christ keeps us in tune with each other. The power of the Spirit keeps us in step with one another. The grace of the Father grants forgiveness, making us grateful. Thanks be to God for the Good News: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

* Prayer of Dedication (unison)

Original resource by Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using/adapting;   Maker of all things, you bless us with many gifts: our lives, our possessions, and our time and our talents. Use this food and money—and our very lives—to show the world your presence and your love. Amen.

Eucharist Prayer/Prayer of Great Thanksgiving

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 create the vast universe and call it good. You make us in your image

and call us very good. Declaring that it is not good for us to be alone,

you make us companions on our journey.

And so we thank you, O God.

Throughout human history, you declare your presence with your people.

You speak to us through the law and the prophets, demonstrating your love and care.

You speak to us through your Son, Christ Jesus.

You speak to us through the Holy Spirit.

And so we thank you, O God.

Your Son proclaimed your reign and presence:                                                                           preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives,
teaching by word and deed, blessing the children,
healing the sick, binding up the brokenhearted,
eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners,

and demonstrating and proclaiming your love for all people.
And so we thank you, O God.
When your Son was crucified, giving his life for the sins of the world.
you raised him from the dead, breaking the power of sin and evil,

demonstrating your triumph and presence.

And so we thank you, O God.

Today we gather in your presence.

You are here in the support and love we offer each other.

You are here in our praying and singing, in our words and our silences.

You are here in your Supper.

And so we thank you, O God.

 

HYMNS I used

Not so much out there on human companioning. I used

Prelude: Faithful Friend                                                                                Twila Paris

*Opening Hymn I Come with Joy                               Presbyterian  Blue Hymnal,507

Offering Hymn  God is Here!                                                                    Blue Hymnal,461

Prayer for Illumination (sung )                                                   Blue Hymnal, #430 verse 3

This day God’s people meeting, The Holy Scripture hear                                                          Christ’s living presence greeting, Through bread and wine made near.                                    We journey on, believing, Renewed with heav’nly might,                                                             From grace more grace receiving, On this blest day of light.

 

Closing Hymn  Called as Partners                                                  Blue Hymnal, 343

Postlude He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother                                                The Hollies

Prayer for Illumination (sung )                                                   Blue Hymnal, #430 verse 3

This day God’s people meeting, The Holy Scripture hear

Christ’s living presence greeting, Through bread and wine made near.

We journey on, believing, Renewed with heav’nly might,

From grace more grace receiving, On this blest day of light.

 

Hebrew Scripture Reading: Ruth 1:1-17                                                                                           Reader

Message The Present of Presence                                                                Pastor Barb

 

*Confession of Faith: The Nicene Creed (Ecumenical version)      Blue Hymnal, p. 15

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper (see insert)

 

*Closing Hymn  Called as Partners                                                  Blue Hymnal, 343

*Charge and Benediction                                                             Pastors Barb and Len  Postlude He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother                                                      The Hollies

 

 

 

Narrative Lectionary: Exodus 1:8-2:10, 3:1-15 (9/29/19)

See file on One note: https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTgapshfJy9s21rlAGVQ

Bulletin on One note (we’re using the Exodus passage on 9/22): https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTgapjYP12mqWqSLJJyA

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

Sunday Prayer for 7/21/19: Prayer for the heat of the day

Photo of Chute de la Dame Blanche near Quebec City, 8/16/17, by Barb Hedges-Goettl

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:8

O God, recent days bring new meaning to the biblical phrase “in the heat of the day.” When the heat hits us, it’s like a physical blow. The heat confuses and exhausts us. It makes the head pound and the stomach upset. We find it hard to breathe, hard to think, hard to move, hard to care. If we can, we find ways to minimize our exposure to the heat.

But there are other kinds of heat out there. There’s hatred and abuse and toxic relationships. There is oppression and greed and objectification. There is fear, and being out of control, and having no one who cares. These kinds of heat hit us like a physical blow. They confuse and exhaust us. They make the head pound and the stomach upset. We find it hard to breathe, hard to move, hard to care. If we can, we find ways to minimize our exposure to the heat.

Use the heat in our lives, O God, to drive us to you. Plant and root us by your living stream. Provide us freedom from fear. Make us healthy and growing. Save us from anxiety. Keep us bearing fruit that others may also trust in you.

Plant and root them by your living stream. Provide them freedom from fear. Make them healthy and growing. Save them from anxiety. Keep them bearing fruit that others may also trust in you.

 

Amen.

 

Sunday Prayer for 7-14 based on John 1

Image: https://larrystewardjames.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/in-the-beginning-was-the-word-and-the-word-was-with-god-and-the-word-was-god-john-11/

Prayer:

Life-giving Word,

Creating Word which made and sustains all life

Word Incarnate, made like us and dwelling among us

Word which the Spirit recalls to us,

give us the power of your Word

that we may pray truly,

sing fully,

and worship you in all we do.

Amen.

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