Seeds Week 2 Isaac Born to Sarah: God of Pregnant, Barren, Elderly

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Seeds Week 2 Isaac Born to Sarah: God of Pregnant, Barren, Elderly

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Specific Resources for this week available from Rev. Dr. Barb Hedges-Goettl Here

Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7, Mark 10:27,Psalm 147,  Matthew 13:1-9

Call to Worship

God of Laughter, You are God to both the parent and the childless

You uplift the young and the old

God of surprises, you give us the unexpected

Surprise us once again with your grace as we gather to worship you today

Call to Worship 2

God blesses all people of all ages and statuses

Come Let us worship the Lord

You are the God of transitions, walking with us when things change

Lord, hold our hand and walk with us as we worship you today

Call to Worship 3

You are the God of laughter

Let us rejoice in our God and King

Mighty are your works O God.

Let us enter into the house of God with singing and praise. 

Call to Confession 1

Prayer of Confession: Lord, we confess that we look at things as black and white issues. Either you are barren or you are fruitful, either you are young or you are old, either you are faithful or your a sinner. Either you are in or out. You are the God of in-between spaces, surprising us with grace. Help us to see those who are in-between, and to love them.. And if we are in-between, teach us to know that we are beloved, we pray.

Prayer of Confession 2 Lord we confess we dwell to much on the impossible. We do not believe our work bears fruit and we worry about the money or the resources it’s takes. We forget that you increase the harvest, we forget that fruitfulness can look different, we forget that nothing is impossible for you. Forgive us and help us to trust on you more O Lord, we pray. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon God’s love is everlasting, and God gifts us with grace whenever we ask. Know that in Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

Eucharist Prayer God of the ages, bless this bread and this cup so that we might fully abide with you and your work. Remind us that you created the world out of nothing. You gave us land and air and sky so that we might be nourished, nourish us again. You gave Abraham and Sarah hope and the promise to be our God always, and you sealed that covenant through your beloved son Jesus Christ. Help us to celebrate that love with communion today we pray. Amen.

Prayer of the Day/Dedication: God who heals the broken-hearted and binds their wounds. You have determined the number of the stars and given them all names. Then you promised Abraham and Sarah that their children would be as many as the stars. Remind us that we are your children, and if you know each star by name, how much more will you care for your children. Help us to feel your love and presence we pray. Amen.


God, You Spin the Whirling Planets

Great is Thy Faithfulness

God of Our Life

O God the Creator

God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens

I Love the Lord, Who Heard My Cry

Count the stars/sand Prayer: Teach the kids to think about God and how many people God cares about by counting the stars or grains of sand. Invite them to pray for each grain of sand/star to represent all the people of the earth.

With Kids

Tell jokes, tell the kids God is the God of Surpises and Laughter

Very Young: Play Peek-a-Boo and talk about a God who is always there

Have Kids write jokes, talk about what is funny about a joke is the surprise element

Selfies: Child of God/Abraham Draw or take a polaroid pic of self and put on a star to represent a child of God/Abraham

Bonus: if you know someone who is adopted (or pets who are adopted) talk about us all as children of God!

Draw a star Banner: Black paper White/Silver/Gold Crayons and Paint

Specific Resources for this week available from Rev. Dr. Barb Hedges-Goettl Here

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Sermon/Lectionary Reflection can be found here


Narrative Lectionary: Thoughts on John 4:46-54

Restoration: from the Latin seriously it actually is 😉

restore – Online Etymology Dictionary

Restoration c.1300, “to give back,” also, “to build up again, repair,” from Old French restorer, from Latin restaurare “repair, rebuild, renew,

Katy’s Definition to simultaneously destroy and resurrect something at the same time


God Restores us, healing our hearts AND binding our wounds: Forget Ps 140, I’m using Ps. 147:3

kintsugi, the Japanese art of mending broken pottery by filling the cracks with amalgam mixed with powdered gold, I was awestruck. Kintsugi is translated as “golden joinery,”  The new, reformed whole contains both the remembrance of that which was before and also what is now – something that had been broken into pieces and is now reformed, containing the additional joining amalgam that is noticeable and traceable.

Viewing kintsugi pottery brought to mind how quickly Western culture discards the broken – broken objects, broken people, and broken relationships. We fail to see what the broken might look like if we put the resources into mending the broken.

Katy’s Synonyms Kintsugi, Restoration, (w)holistic Christianity, Shalom, Fullness, Overflowing, Give me your tired/poor/hungry, Brokenhearts, wholeness, complete,  Image

What a great Valentine’s Day text (love it when it works out that way!)

There is a Balm in Gilead folks!