Call to Worship God, we long for you to be with us God be with us God we can almost taste your presence Come let us celebrate the Prince of Peace Coming
Call to Confession: God knows us and loves us. Come let us confess ourselves to God.
Confession: God, sometimes it is hard to believe that you are with us. We confess that we are often more like Joseph than Mary. Ready to set things aside quietly, ready to avoid scandal, ready to believe to take the easiest path. Maybe Joseph was too ready to think that he was alone in the world. God remind us we are not alone, especially when we feel that way we pray. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon: God is for us. No matter what. No heights nor depths nor angels nor demons can get between us or God, so we know and proclaim the truth: In Jesus Christ we are Forgiven.
Prayer of the Day/Dedication: Love is love. God is with us not matter what. May we carry that in our pocket wherever we go we pray. Amen.
With Children: Beauty and The Beast (probably any but check what happens to the sisters), Talk about how God transformed God’s very Self into a human being to be God with us, to turn us into even better versions of human–like Beauty loves the Beast
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Under Construction: prayers and resources will be added as they are written
Theme: God Incarnate: God with us, God for us, God among(st) us
Alt Theme: Waiting for God to Show up, God is always on time
God with us: A God who is always with us, not obscured by place or time, God’s covenant to always be our God and God we are always God for us: A helper, merciful God, a God of action (not just promises) God among(st) us: Advent, the God who loves our humanity, our very selves, Holy Spirit & prophecies, Emmanuel
Also I propose you start Advent as early as you want
God For us: God in the presence of the Pastor: Change from always being with us—God realized that we aren’t always aware that God is with us, so God became for us Oct 11 Golden Calf: Bulletin by Pastor Katy Stenta (includes Communion Prayer) Exodus 32:1-14 Luke 23:34 Opt Psalm 97:6-9
One thing that frustrates me about church is when people grudgingly take on tasks.
I don’t know, for me its more fun to be involved and DO things, don’t you want to be a part of whatever is happening?
This week I got the chance to talk to a wonderful lady. Together we planned an arts project in 2 parts: 1 a Family Friendly Art Show 2. A Kids Theater Program (that is very accessible monetarily and hopefully schedulewise).
It was a good hour.
Don’t get me wrong, there will be prep involved, but mostly it just took a spark, an idea.
There will be setup and hosting and taking down.
There will be more planning for part 2
But the way I look at it; it will be LOADS of fun, as most ministry is.
So I’m confused…..do we really begrudge the time & energy that is spent in ministry….or are we just afraid that we are going to have to do it alone!
And for me it took a partnership. So often people don’t want to lead in the church, because they feel like they have to do it alone.
Good News! We don’t have to. God is with us, we are never alone, and God sent us partners! From the gecko, God realized that we work better in Tandem.