Nov 21st Isaiah: A Child is Born

Isaiah 9:1-7

John 8:12

Call to Worship

God says, those who have walked in darkness have seen a great light.

We rejoice before you!

God promises a child will come to us, his name shall be Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace

Come, we will rejoice with the joy of the harvest!

Prayer of Confession: God, we confess that sometimes we don’t feel like we have seen the great light. All too often we feel like we still stumbling in the dark. We long for the day we can proclaim wonderful counselor and peace, but right now, we are weary and bleary eyed. Open our eyes, help us to know what the next right step is, we pray. Help us to let the light in, in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

Assurance of Pardon: Hear the Good News: Jesus Christ already knows and forgives, so let us proclaim the truth that has already happened: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven

Prayer of Dedication/the Day: Holy Spirit, you remind us again that the fruit of our labors, the harvest, all comes from you. And though we do not have the eyes to always see what seeds are being planted, help us to have faith, to seek peace, and to trust that the work is just and good, and give us the strength we need to carry on today and everyday we pray. Amen.

Hymns: We Gather Together, Let All Things Now Living, For the Fruit of All Creation, Joyful Joyful we Adore Thee, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, We Plow the Fields and Scatter

Children: Humans are like plants but more complicated. Talk about what plants need to grow, then talk about what humans need to be healthy and grow. Talk about the importance of care and how Jesus promises to light the way and to take care of all of creation of the world, and wants us to be partners in caring–for plants and each other.

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Justice Prayer

Jesus when you said

Justice would roll down

like water….

Did you mean

that it would

trickle first

down my face as a tear

of compassion?

Or will it truly unleash?

Like the dams of injustice

finally breaking through…

I want to know,

because I am thirsting for Jesus

Like a deer in the desert–

and when I look for justice,

I find rules or civility or equality

or some other thing,

that we humans think is justice,

but it isn’t really.

So here’s a prayer for justice,

the big kind, that washes away everything else.

So here’s a prayer for justice, the rip-roaring kind,

full of righteousness, and grace and hope.

Even if it has to start as a trickle,

Because, you and I know God,

I will take all the justice I can get.

So here’s a prayer for all the justice,

any of the justice we can find today, and everyday.

Please God,

Thank you.

Amen.

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Nov 14 Amos: Justice Rolls Down

Amos 1:1-2; 5:14-15, 21-24

John 7:37-38

Call to Worship (John 7:37-38)

Jesus says, let anyone who is thirsty come

Here we are, thirsting for the Lord

Scripture says, all who believes can drink

Come, out of our hearts, let the rivers of living water flow!

Prayer of Confession: God we confess that we are thirsting for you, so thirsty that we are dry to the bone. We are uncertain that justice will flow. We do not know if there are even drips of justice in the world. We confess, that we don’t know if justice will flow like water–but we also confess that we long for that day. Help us to not give up our justice seeking we pray.

Assurance of Pardon: Jesus promises that Jesus will make all things right, so we can proclaim to one another the truth: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

Prayer of the Day/Dedication: God sometimes we feel like our offerings are not enough, we’d rather give you big festivals or more solemn worship services–but you ask us to simply seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your. Help us to do that today we pray. Amen.

Hymns: Be Thou My Vision, Crown Him with Many Crowns, We are One in the Spirit, Best Be the Tie that Binds, Come Live the Light, For Everyone Born, Live Into Hope

Children: Thirsty, discuss how we are often thirsty before we even know it and that we really need water to drink, that is how we need justice. Talk about how justice is not just equality or sameness, its the nutrients we need, and that every single body needs something different, and that Jesus knows that.

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Justice Rolls Down: A Prayer

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God Speaks to Elijah

1 Kings 19:1-18

John 12:27-28

Psalm 34:1-10

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 34)

I will bless the Lord at all times

Let the Praise of our God be continually in my mouth

My soul makes its boast in the Lord

Let the humble hear and be glad

O Come, magnify the Lord with me

Come let us exalt God’s name together

Prayer of Confession: God, I confess that sometimes I need to seek you. Sometimes my soul cries out for nourishment. The night falls and I am hungry, or lonely, or miserable. Help me when I need it, forgive me when I forget to ask, teach me what we need to learn I pray. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon: Taste and See that the Lord is Good, Let us tell one another the good news: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

Prayer of the Day/Dedication: May we always glorify the Lord, especially when that means taking time to listen for that still small voice, help us to focus in on what it is you are calling us to do we pray. Amen.

Hymn: Precious Lord Take My Hand, Theres a Sweet Spirit in This Place, There’s a Balm in Gilead, For All the Sands, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Children: Read Be Still and Know that I am God and ask them to try to listen for God’s voice, take away a word each time “Be Still and Know that I am God””Be Still and Know that I am” “Be Still and Know that I” Be Still and Know that” Be Still and Know” Be Still and Know” Be Still and” Be Still” “Be”

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Oct 31 Solomon’s Temple

1 Kings 5:1-5; 8:1-3

John 2:19-21

Psalm 148

Call to Worship

Praise the Lord from the heavens and in the heights

Praise God, all his anger, all his host!

Praise God, sun and moon and all of the shining stars!

Let us praise the name of the Lord, for God commanded and they were created!

Let us praise God, men and women, young and old together!

Come, Let us praise the name of the Lord together!

Prayer of Confession: God we confess that we sometimes are searching for wholeness, sometimes we want to build a temple or find a special spot, when the truth is, you are with us the whole way. Show us how you have the whole world in you hands we pray . (Silent Confession) Amen. 

Assurance of Pardon: God is with us, guiding us and forgiving us. Let us proclaim the truth to one another: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication: God, that you are always holy, and that holiness does not need to be trapped or contained. Help us to share your holiness with the world we pray. Amen. 

Hymns: Holy, Holy, Holy, Immortal Invisible God Only Wise, Jesus Thy Boundless Love to Me O Christ the Great Foundation

Children: Here is the church, Here is the Steeple Open the door and see all the people but change it to Here is the church, here is the church here is the church

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God Calls David

Living Into this God Given World: Judgement

1 Samuel 16: 1-13; Psalm 51:10-14

John 7:24

Call to Worship:

God, we approach you asking that you bless us

Let us bless one another, and bless you, God

Come Let us worship the Lord

Come, let us worship, God together!

Prayer of Confession: God we confess that we are far too eager to judge based on appearances–actually we are far to eager to judge period. This is not our job but yours. Unburden us from judgement, and remind us that most of our work is to bless and be a blessing we pray. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon: Our God promises always to forgive us. Let us remember: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Amen.

Prayer of the Day/Dedication: God, you remind us that kings and government and justice do not always go together, but God and grace always does. Help us when we are uncertain or afraid or judgemental to lean into your grace, so that we might handle things with more patience, clarity and equanimity, and remind us always to work towards a kingdom of justice and peace we pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Children: Justice isn’t fair! Talk about how being the oldest is different than being the youngest or being an only child is being different than being an only child. Discuss how it is really, really hard for things to be equal in human world–and that humans are not very good at being fair. Then talk about God’s justice and mercy, and the good news is that God’s justice and mercy isn’t about everyone getting the same thing, but instead everyone getting what they need according to their needs and talents. Justice is much better than fair.

Hymns: There is a Wideness in God’s Mercy, Amazing Grace, God Our Help and Constant Help and Refuge, God Our Lord a King Remaining, All Hail to God’s Anointed, O God of Every Nation, This Is My Father’s World, God is My Strong Salvation, My Shepherd Will Supply My Need,

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Narrative Lectionary: Advent Year 4

Note: I have altered the readings, no you are not reading them wrong

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Calendar: Full of Justice: A Radical Advent Calendar for Narrative Lectionary!

The Fullness of God/Fulfilled By God

Kit: Advent Devotional Kit

Advent Candles: Candle Lighting 4 Weeks

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12 Days of Christmas Full Bulletin by Rev Dr Barb Hedges-Goettl Based on the work by the Young Clergy Women International

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Week 1: Full of Prophesy/Life Nov 28 Ezekiel Valley of Dry Bones

Ezekiel 37:1-15

John 11:25-26

Week 2: Full of Purpose Dec 5 Word Accomplishes God’s Purpose

Isaiah 55:1-13

John 4:13-14

Week 3: Full of God’s Word Dec 12 Word Made Flesh

John 1:1-18

Psalm 130:5-8

Week 4: Full of Good News Dec 19 Good News!

Luke 2:1-14 [15-20]

Psalm 96:7-10

December 25 Shepherds Visit Christmas Eve Carols & Readings

Luke 2:8-20

Psalm 123: 1-2 or

Dec 26 A Voice in the Wilderness

John 1:19-34

Psalm 32:1-2

12 Days of Christmas Full Bulletin by Rev Dr Barb Hedges-Goettl Based on the work by the Young Clergy Women International

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Oct 17th: God Calls Samuel

Living Into this God Given World: Judgement

Samuel 3:1-21

John 20:21-23

Psalm 46

Call to Worship:

God we come to here your voice

Let us hear the call of the Lord

God we come to answer your call

Let us gather together in the name of God!

Prayer of Confession: God we confess that it is hard to hear your voice of calling, sometime we confuse it with other callings. Sometimes we think we are only dreaming. Help us to hear your voice clearly we pray. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon: Hear the good news, God never gives up on us, God calls us and forgives us every time. Let us tell one another the truth: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Amen.

Prayer of the Day/Dedication: God, you call to us. Let us sit quietly and hear your still small voice we pray in your most Holy Name. Amen.

Hymns: There’s a Sweet Sweet Spirit in This Place, Here I am Lord, Called as Partners in Christ’s Service

Children: Explain the Concept of Priesthood of All Believers–that everyone is called by God, not necessarily to be pastors but to be helpers in the world, brainstorm all the things that people might be called to help. Point out that Samuel is a child.

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Oct 10 God Provides Manna

Living in This God Given World: Food!

Exodus 16:1-18

John 6:51

Psalm 104

Call to Worship

Providing God, You give us enough

We thank you for all you have given us

When we are hungry, you feed us

Come let us praise God who provides for us

Prayer of Confession: God, we confess that sometimes we grumble, sometimes we worry that we do not have enough. We confess that sometimes we hoard our resources. It is hard to trust that you are an abundant God. Forgive us, teach us to appreciate your abundance, and to share what we have, we pray. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon: God’s grace is from everlasting to everlasting. It has no limits, so hear the good news; In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Amen.

Prayer of the Day/Dedication: God all that we have comes from you. Let us rededicate ourselves to you, and remember your abundance, trusting that you will give us what we need. Let us give you our thanks and praise. Amen.

Children: Warm Fuzzies and Cold Pricklies Story https://www.houstonisd.org/cms/lib2/TX01001591/Centricity/Domain/3465/Awesomeness%20-%20Warm%20Fuzzy%20Story.pdf, Tell the Manna story, try to talk with them about the fact that there is enough food for everyone in the world, we just need to do a better job of sharing it.

Hymns: Here I Am Lord, For the Fruit of All Creation, Let All Things Now Living, We Gather Together, Blessed Assurance Jesus is Mine, Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah,

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