Seeds Week 4 Moses and God’s Name Exodus 1:8-14; 1:14-2:10; 3:1-15

Moses and God’s Name: God of enslaved/hidden/aunties  Exodus 1:8-14; 1:14-2:10; 3:1-15, Mark 12:26-27, Psalm 135

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Call to Worship:

Living God, light a fire in our hearts today 

Teach us to see how you burn within us, without consuming us

You are still the God of Abraham and Sarah, Jacob and Rachel, the God of Isaac and Rebecca.

Remind us of your presence today and everyday

Call to Worship

God you call so many to you; pharoh’s sons and daughters, slaves, even suffering children

Grant us strength that we can recognize your call

You are the God of the whole adoptive family, the kids we grow up with, the friends that are the closest to us, the aunties and uncles who mentor us.

Continue to be our God, today and everyday

Call to Worship

O house of Israel, bless the Lord!

O house of Aaron, bless the Lord!

O house of Levi, bless the Lord!

You that fear the Lord, bless the Lord!

Blessed be the Lord from Zion, he who resides in Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord, for we are in the House of God!

Call to Confession: When we come into the presence of God, we want to do so with an open heart. To do so, we confess and lay before God all that we have been carrying, so we might see the face of God upon our journey.

Prayer of Confession: Lord we confess that too often we recognize holy ground too late to take off our shoes. We look back on ordinary times of comfort and companionship. We expect burning bushes, and forget that God is present when we hold the hand of a loved one or take care of a baby in need. Help us to recognize that you are the I am, the God of presence, and to find those moments of holiness together.

Prayer of Confession: God, we confess that we too often pay attention to the pharaohs in power instead of the babies in turmoil. We confess that we have trouble seeing the midwives who are at work to save the world. Yet the Bible names Shiphrah and Puah, and not the Pharaoh, so we know whose deeds are important. Help us to name ourselves int eh service of God we pray.

Assurance of Pardon: Remember, our God lives, and is always breathing grace upon us, so we can proclaim the truth.  In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

Eucharist Prayer: God you are the Great I am, present in the bread and the cup, in the hands of all those who bring forth life. You called Shiphrah and Puah and Miriam and the Pharaoh’s daughter to foster Moses. You lit the fire in their hearts, and when the time was ready, you let Moses in on the holiness. Extend that holy, fiery presence of the Spirit here on these elements, we pray. That we might remember that your true goal is love and freedom for all your people, and that you desire us all to be nourished together. We pray this is your most Holy Lord Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.

Prayer of the Day/Dedication: Lord, help us to recognize ourselves in the story of Moses, as the people of God. Send us forth to do the nurturing and freeing work you proscribe. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.


Go Down Moses

Here I Am Lord

Lord I Wanna Be a Christian in My Heart

Live Into Hope

God of Our Life

With Children: Take Off Shoes and Pray together, Talk about the meanings of Yhwh and Kids names, Prince of Egypt is always fun, Bless People By Name, Who Am I (to be called by God) have the children name each other’s gifts, Talk about Harriet Tubman and Moses as freedom fighters

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Author: katyandtheword

Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ. She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible. "Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one.[66] Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.

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