Potent Promises: Rescue at Sea

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God’s Potent Promise, I will deliver You

Exodus 14:5-7, 10-14, 21-29 God parts sea and delivers
(Suggested read Exodus 14:5-29 all)
Matt 2:13-15 Mary, Joseph, Jesus flee to Egypt
Psalm 77

Call to Worship

God you promise to take care of us.

Even when we question or are uncertain, you are there

God you are our deliverer

Come Let us worship God who promises to save us

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 77)

Come let us meditate on the works of the God

When the waters saw you, O God, they were so afraid, they trembled. 

The crash of your thunder was in your whirlwind, the clouds poured out water, and your arrows flashed out on every side.

Your way was through the sea—your path was through the mighty water. Yet your footprints were unseen.

You led your people like a flock, by the hands of Moses, Aaron and Miriam. 

Come, Let us praise Almighty God, who fulfilled all the promises that God made to both Miriam and Moses. 

Call to Confession: God you promise to listen whatever we have to say, Bend your ear to our troubled hearts today

Confession: God we confess that we are like that Hebrews, even in the midst of our own Deliverance we ask “Why do we have to participate in our own Salvation?” or “Why isn’t this easier?” Or we are so frightened that we are too afraid to try something new. We confess that the journey before us seems too long, dangerous and hard and we sometimes we are not so sure if it is all worth it. Forgive us, comfort us. Remind us that your promises are worth it, justice is worth it, human beings are, in the end, worth it. Teach us how to make the journey together we pray. Amen. 

Assurance of Pardon: Your redemption and forgiveness is already promised. Know the Good News. In Jesus Christ you are forgiven. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication: God who freed us, fed us with manna, and parted the Red Sea for us. Remind us that we are free together, we are fed together, we are safe together, and then teach us how to enact that care for one another we pray. Amen. 

Hymns: God of the Ages, The God of Abraham Praise, Deep in the Shadows of The Past, When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land, We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight, Precious Lord Take My Hand

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Children: Talk about how we believe both in Personal responsibility and participation in what is going on, and that God helps us along the way and how tricky it is to believe in both things. Reference how confusing this was for the Hebrew people who wanted everything handed to them, even as they were being rescued by God. We have to try and not give up, and be ourselves. Book Suggestion: “Whistle for Willie” by Ezra Jack Keats

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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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