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Worship Recordings 2019

October 13, 2019 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Go Home

           The tail end of this passage is often used at weddings. Often the bias in using it is towards having the woman docilely follow her husband or her husband’s family. That’s not really the power of the narrative though. We have a renewal of the earlier story of the chosen people of God moving from one place to another due to…

October 6, 2019 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – A Long Practice

Deuteronomy 5:1-21; 6:4-9             Hear O Israel, Ten Commandments (Mark 12:28-31)            Over my lifetime, the 10 commandments have made a comeback. It sounds odd to say that, but for the longest time many Christians were convinced that anything Old Testament was made irrelevant by Jesus, including the 10 commandments, and so we heard more about the greatest commandment. And then suddenly there…

September 29, 2019 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – A Long Delivery

Exodus 1:8-14 [1:15–2:10]; 3:1-15  Moses and God’s Name (Mark 12:26-27a)            This small (3 chapter) section of Exodus highlights again how long a scale God does things over. At the very beginning we hear that things have changed in Egypt. The people of God are forgotten – their connection to Joseph and Joseph himself are unknown by those in power. That situation didn’t…

September 22, 2019 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – A Long Struggle

Genesis 32:[9-13] 22-30                Jacob Wrestles God  (Mark 14:32-36)            Here we catch up to Jacob as he is about to head home. He has been on a long trip from home. His father sent him to find a wife among the extended family, which he has done, indeed, he has found two wives, 11 children, and been away from home for a…

September 8, 2019 – 13th Sunday After Pentecost – Prayer, Table, Sending

I Corinthians 11:23-29, James 5:13-18, Matthew 6:5-15, Luke 10:1-17, Mark 6:7-13, Matthew 28:19-20, John 6:48–58 Table, Prayer, Sending            The things we do at the end of the service, or towards the end of the service are important, too. We gather at God’s table, we pray for ourselves, our neighbors, and our world, and we are sent out into the world. There’s some…

September 1, 2019 – 12th Sunday After Pentecost – The Word

Genesis 1:1-9, Isaiah 40:1-8, Hebrews 4:12-14, John 1:1-14, 2 Timothy 3:16-4:5            Our worship is centered around the word. We gather around the word, the proclaim the word, and we respond to the word. That’s the basic structure for our ‘normal’ worship service. The word can be the text of Scripture. It can be those words that we read from the Bible.…

August 25, 2019 – 11th Sunday After Pentecost – Confession

I John 1:5-10, Hebrews 4:14-16, I Timothy 1:15-17, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Matthew 13:13-16, John 6:52-69            Confession carries two meanings in our worship. It is the sense in which we own up to our wrong doings and our failings and shortcomings. It is also the sense in which we say what we believe. In both…

August 18, 2019 – 10th Sunday After Pentecost – Praise God!

Psalm 146, Psalm 150, Psalm 117, 2 Corinthians 1:1-5 Each of our worship services starts with praise. We call ourselves to worship by praising God. For what do we praise God? What words do we use to praise God? What stories do we tell to praise God? What is the tone of our praise?    This will be a ‘praise service’ that…