Summer Hebrews Series #5: Hebrews 11:1-16 [12:1-2; Matthew 8:5-10] for Narrative Lectionary (August 11, 2019?)

This week’s NL resources are a bit more “down-and-dirty” and less elaborated than usual. Vacation and one Sunday off due to heat (our two sanctuary window air conditioners were not going to be up to the 105 heat index that Sunday, especially with our older folks) means we are out of rhythm on our own use of the NL, but I am striving to keep these resources up-to-date for those using them.

We will not be providing resources for any of the three-week mini-series listed for NL for the tail end of the summer. Instead, we will move right into the Genesis cycle. The first set of these should be posted by mid-August.

LITURGICAL RESOURCES
Prayer of Confession from Hebrews 12:1-2                                                                      https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2017/01/prayer-of-confession-walking-with-god.html

Call to worship from Hebrews 11-12                                                                                          https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2013/07/call-to-worship-hebrews-11-12.html

Prayer of petition from Hebrews 11                                                                                                https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2013/07/prayer-hebrews-11.html

How to pray the Scriptures; prayer based on Hebrews 11:1 https://howtopraythescriptures.com/faith/how-to-pray-hebrews-11-1/

Service based on Hebrews 11:1-12:2 from Calvin Worship Symposium https://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/surrounded-by-a-great-cloud-of-witnesses

An order of worship around Hebrews 11: “With Every Good Thing Series – The Wonder of the Nature of Faith: David, Jesus and Hebrews 11” Also Calvin Worship Symposium https://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/with-every-good-thing-series-the-wonder-of-the-nature-of-faith-david-jesus-and-hebrews-11/

My own original liturgical pieces will be posted here when I get that far: https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTgaojI6BKhg7nNHbmlA

ILLUSTRATIONS

Hebrews 11:1 https://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/1998/july/4466.html

Hebrews 12:1 https://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/1998/april/2946.html

 

CHILDREN’S SERMON

Having faith in God even when we can’t see him http://sermons-for-children.com/childrens-sermon-hebrews-11-1/

Trust as the theme of the children’s sermon https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/4045/worship-for-kids-august-7-2016

Using the book The Little Prince to illustrate faith as an invisible thing that shapes our lives  http://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com/2013/07/year-c-proper-14-19th-sunday-in.html

The storybook of Faith the Cow tells of the faith-filled founding of Heifer International http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-sunday-august-11-2013/

Object lesson using things that work in ways we cannot see/understand as a metaphor for faith https://sermons4kids.com/understand.html

IMAGES

Hebrews 11 https://www.google.com/search?q=images+hebrews+11&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiLtZfxmOzjAhWBT98KHXwNAmcQsAR6BAgJEAE&biw=1805&bih=862

Hebrews 12 https://www.google.com/search?q=images+hebrews+12&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiq49LrnuzjAhWCtVkKHYk7DWEQsAR6BAgJEAE&biw=1802&bih=797&dpr=0.75

HYMNS  https://hymnary.org/search?qu=HEbrews+11

EXEGESIS

NL PASSAGE:

Narrative Lectionary commentary on this passage-the power of the Word to evoke faith. https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=4084

NL Podcast on this passage; apparently addresses the whole book/series…?http://www.workingpreacher.org/narrative_podcast.aspx?podcast_id=1160

The role of those who went before/all saints                                                      http://day1.org/5231-a_guiding_voice

Pulpit Fiction: Seeing and Living the Faith from Working Preacher http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=1587

SERMONS

Sermon by Rev. Anrew Ladwehr from the time of Watergate -Faith: The Unseen Power http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm/ref/collection/uni_sermons/id/4973

Faith Amid the Fog http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm/ref/collection/uni_sermons/id/4973

Audio of Bishop Robert Barron’s sermon from 2003: The “Leap” of Faith                https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/homily/walking-the-path-of-faith/635/    

RCL PASSAGE

Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 is in the RCL for Proper 14C/Ordinary 19C; see http://www.textweek.com/epistlesrevelation/hebrews11.htm for

Hebrews 11:29-12:2 is in the RCL for Proper 5C/Ordinary 20C and Holy Week Monday        https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1748

Working Preacher (RCL) Hebrews 11’s 2 statements about faith: https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2943

Working Preacher (RCL) Hebrews 11’s “honors list”                                                              https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2943

#rejectedsermontitles humanity washed ashore #syria

This week we moved from Sympathy with Syrians to Empathy.

Brene Brown describes it well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw#action=share

She explains that sympathy is disconnective–where you feel bad/sorry for someone else’s situation.

Whereas empathy is connective, where you sit where the other person is sitting, get in touch with whatever they are feeling and communicate about it.

Brene Brown says that empathetic responses to start with at least…Sympathy is saying: I’m sorry your kid is in trouble, at least the other one gets straight As. Its saying: I’m sorry you are too fragile to leave your house, at least your still alive

God is an empathetic God, sending Jesus to be with us and feel with  us, instead of just distantly feeling sorry for us (which is why the clockmaker version of God who sets everything up and never touches us again doesn’t work for me)

We recently went from feeling sad about Syria, to empathizing with parents who feel scared enough to put their toddlers on a boat with the chance of drowning. When, as some people put it, “humanity washed on shore.”

In Hebrews 11, God calls us to be in empathy with refugees, because we are all refugees sharing upon God’s earth. “” All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. people who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own”

We are called to be in empathy from one another, in church, to share each other and be vulnerable with one another. (another good read on this is The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer)

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