Narrative Lectionary: 1 Kings 12:1-7, 25-29 (October 27, 2019)

More Narrative Lectionary Seeds Resources can be found here.

Kingdom Divided: Power & Prophecy of Service 1 Kings 12:1-17; 1:25-29Mark 10:42-45Psalm 146

A Question/Crisis of Servanthood: 1 Kings 12:1-17; 25-29; (Mark 10:42-44)

CROSS REFERENCES

The labor protested by the people is depicted in 1 Kings 5

Two golden calves cf Exodus 32

Comparison of Aaron (Ex. 32) and Jeroboam https://www.jstor.org/stable/3263268?read-now=1&seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

God’s response to Israel’s request for a king 1 Samuel 8:11-17

The king as the helper of the needy Psalm 72:12-14

Bethel (where Jeroboam puts a golden calf): Genesis 12:8; 28:10-19 and 35:9-15.

 

POTENTIAL THEME:

Servant leadership means that the leaders serve the people rather than vice versa

This means that Christians are called to serve the world, and also to let others help/serve them. (While some help too little, others do not accept help enough.)

 

Of course there is a whole field in and outside of Christian circles dealing with servant leadership For a general overview, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Servant_leadership.

 

For a Christian overview, see https://faithandleadership.com/programs/spe/articles/200706/servant.html

 

Patheos has numerous articles on Christian servant leadership; see https://www.google.com/search?q=patheos+servant+leadership&oq=patheos+servant+leadership&aqs=chrome..69i57j33.10598j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

 

Theology of Work has a five day devotional on servant leadership

https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/2931

Other articles by Theology of Work at https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=ACYBGNSX4mrWVe7FGx5_8ficOXGl_wsj4Q:1571017107630&q=theology+of+work+servant+leadership&spell=1&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjQmIvlzprlAhXhlOAKHcUVBV4QBQguKAA&biw=1821&bih=876

 

Institute of Faith, Work and Economics offers this take

https://tifwe.org/a-biblical-mandate-for-servant-leadership/

 

ILLUSTRATIONS

The servants (and lords!) at Downton Abbey, who see service as honorable and rewarding

 

Public servants today: Marie Yovanovitch (could be contrasted with others!)

 

IMAGES

Engravings https://preachingandworship.org/search/1%20kings%2012

Children’s illustration http://www.freebibleimages.org/illustrations/rehoboam-jeroboam/

Servant leadership images https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=ACYBGNTZfGKwA5ChwdT7BtQobd5aj4lYhg:1571016590950&q=images+servant+leadership&tbm=isch&source=univ&sxsrf=ACYBGNTZfGKwA5ChwdT7BtQobd5aj4lYhg:1571016590950&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj60tvuzJrlAhWCY98KHdu7DKAQsAR6BAgKEAE&biw=1821&bih=876#imgrc=E4oR051DF6aJvM

 

PRAYERS

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Mighty God, your servant Rehoboam divided your kingdom with his tyranny, yet you remained faithful to both kingdoms, even in the midst of conflict. Show us your presence in conflict, and help us to resolve our differences, uniting this world in your name. Amen. https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2564

HYMNS

Built on a rock   ELW 652
God of tempest, God of whirlwind ELW 400

CITY (Presbyterian Hymnal)

348 Christian Women, Christian Men

408 Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life

413 All Who Love and Serve Your City

424 O Jesus Christ, May Grateful Hymns Be Rising

431 O Lord, You Gave Your Servant John

437 Our Cities Cry to You, O God

 

Also PH 477 Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim

COMMITMENT: PLEDGE OF

100.2 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

101.2 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

157 Our King and Our Sovereign, Lord Jesus

183.4 In You, Lord, I Have Put My Trust

227.3 Not Unto Us, O Lord of Heaven

252.1 O Lord, You Are My God and King

339 Be Thou My Vision

342.4 By Gracious Powers

343 Called as Partners in Christ’s Service

350 Fill My Cup

364 I Sing a Song of the Saints of God

365 Jesus, Priceless Treasure

369 I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me

370.4 Just as I Am, Without One Plea

372 Lord, I Want to Be a Christian

375 Lord of All Good

384 O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go

388 O Jesus, I Have Promised

389 O Jesus, I Have Promised

391 Take My Life

392 Take Thou Our Minds, Dear Lord

398 There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit

410 When I Had Not Yet Learned of Jesus

354 Index of Topics and Categories

414 As Those of Old Their Firstfruits Brought

427 Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service

447 Lead On, O King Eternal

448 Lead On, O King Eternal

461.4 God is Here!

516 Lord, We Have Come at Your Own Invitation

522 Lord, When I Came Into This Life

525 Here I Am, Lord

 

COMMITMENT: PRAYER FOR

132.1 Come, Great God of All the Ages

316.3 Breathe on Me, Breath of God

321 Holy Spirit, Truth Divine

339 Be Thou My Vision

351 Give to Me, Lord, a Thankful Heart

357 O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee

360 Hope of the World

366 Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me

378 Make Me a Captive, Lord

387 Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

396 O for a Closer Walk with God

397 O for a Closer Walk with God

425 Lord of Light, Your Name Outshining

456 Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun

461.4 God is Here!

516 Lord, We Have Come at Your Own Invitation

522 Lord, When I Came Into This Life

535 Go with Us, Lord

COMMITMENT: URGED

333.1 Seek Ye First

398.2 There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit

490.4 With Glad, Exuberant Carolings

 

EXEGESIS

Brueggemann on the results of oppressive leadership (last 3 paragraphs deal with this passage): http://www.jmm.org.au/articles/2620.htm

 

Working Preacher’s commentaries and podcasts:

https://www.workingpreacher.org/search/Default.aspx?cx=001947499050786061073:fplx-aun2rq&q=1%20kings%2012:1-17,%2025-29&cof=FORID:10&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&search_domain=WWW

 

Working Preacher podcast addressing servant leadership, faithfulness of God, Reformation Sunday setting, and Jeroboam’s actions https://www.workingpreacher.org/narrative_podcast.aspx?podcast_id=1186

Another entry on leadership

http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=4214

 

Working Preacher podcast addressing bully leadership and how to understand power & God’s power  https://www.workingpreacher.org/narrative_podcast.aspx?podcast_id=677

 

Working Preacher: The yoke amid the rivalry https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2564

 

America, Trump and the Two Golden Calves. Written right after Trump’s election, this Israel-based evangelical/conservative author proposes the two golden calves, placed by Jeroboam in two very different geographic/socio-political settings could represent the Democrats and Republicans (neither one actually being God!)

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/78807/america-trump-two-golden-calves-opinion/

 

Blogging the Bible: Two golden calves. Actually. So, why doesn’t God get angrier about them?  Asks lots of questions about God’s actions in this time period; addresses broader context of chapters 12-16. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2006/11/two-golden-calves-actually-so-why-doesn-t-god-get-angrier-about-them.html

 

PRAYERS, ETC.

Except the Sarasota Statement, these are all by Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using/adapting.

 

Opening Prayer (Psalm 72:12-14 The Message)

God, our Parent and Creator, you are worthy to rule over us. You rescue the poor and the destitute. You open a place in your heart for the down-and-out. You restore the wretched of the earth. You free them from tyranny and torture. You bleed with those who bleed. You die with those who die. Teach us, your people, to be more like you. In the name of Jesus, our best example, and in the power of the Spirit, we pray. Amen.

 

 

Call to Worship

One: O God, you have served us from eternity. Many You made us. You provide for us. You watch over us. You rescue us. You stay with us. You save us. You have compassion on us. You love us. And so, O Lord, this day and forevermore we love and serve you.

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*Opening Hymn  O Worship the King, O Glorious Above               Blue Hymnal, 476

*Call to Confession                                                                                             Reader

We are called to serve one another and to serve the Lord. This call is not easy, and we do not do it consistently or well. Let us ask for—and receive–God’s forgiveness.

*Prayer of Confession (unison)

Reader God, sometimes we are all too human.                                                                         We hedge our bets by not giving you our all. We like to be needed, serving others to feel important. We like to be in charge, refusing the help offered by others. 

(Silent confession) Forgive us and cleanse our motives. Empower us to serve you fully. Enable us to treat those we help as the important ones. Humble us so that we accept the help of others.

*Assurance of Pardon (Matthew 20:28) The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Thanks be to God for the Good News: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

Offering Hymn Lord of Light, Your Name Outshining                             Blue Hymnal, 425

* Prayer of Dedication (unison)                                                                           Pastor Barb

O God, make us servants of your grace. Use our talents in your service. Commission us to fulfill your purpose. Invest these gifts with your love. Amen.                                         

Prayer for Illumination (sung )                                                         Blue Hymnal, #129 v. 3

Come, O spirit, dwell among us; Give us words of fire and flame.

Help our feeble lips to praise You, Glorify Your Holy name.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Three in one: what mystery!

We would sing our loud hosannas Now and through eternity.

 

Hebrew Scripture Reading: I Kings 12:1-19                                                               Reader

Message Are You Being Served?                                                                   Pastor Barb

*Confession of Faith (Preamble to the Sarasota Statement**)

    We are people of hope who confess Jesus Christ is Lord over a Kingdom               

in which no one is hungry, violence is no more, and all suffering is gone.

All sit together around a shared table, wolves and lambs enjoy each other’s company, and every tear is wiped away from every eye.

    Our hope is not simply that we will experience this Kingdom in the future,         but that, as Christ’s prayer demands, this Kingdom comes “to earth as it is in heaven.” So, we lament any and all instances of its absence. When we witness hunger, injustice, discrimination, violence, or suffering, we grieve deeply and repent of our sins that have enabled such brokenness to persist – knowing that these things should not be.

     Furthermore, we are incited to act and to be vehicles of change through which God’s Kingdom breaks into the world and our earthly lives. Our commitment is to acts that feed, clothe, instruct, reconcile, admonish, heal, and comfort – reflecting the power of God’s hope and an eagerness to see  the Kingdom made manifest.

     We believe God’s Kingdom comes not because we are confident in our own capacities, but because we trust in God, who can do more than we can ask or imagine. We are humbled and amazed that, in and through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God includes us in the work of redeeming all creation and reconciling the whole world. And so we thank and praise God. Amen.

 

*Closing Hymn  Lord, You Give the Great Commission                   Blue Hymnal, 429

More Narrative Lectionary Seeds Resources can be found here.

Seeds Resource Page Year 2/Mark

SERIES I: God of All Generations (with Psalms added)

 Garden of Eden: God of Generations Genesis 2:4-25, Genesis 18:1-15, 21;1-7, Psalm 8

Isaac Born to Sarah: God of Pregnant, Barren and elderly parents: Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7,  Mark 10:27 ,Psalm 147, Matthew 13:1-9

Jacob Wrestles God: God of Siblings/Rivals Genesis 32[9-13] 22-30Mark 14:32-36Psalm 24

Moses and God’s Name: God of enslaved/hidden/aunties Exodus 1:8-14; 1:14-2:10; 3:1-15, Mark 12:26-27, Psalm 135

Hear O Israel: Teacher God/God of Students Deuteronomy 5:1-21; 6:4-9, Mark 12:28-31Psalm 19

Ruth: God of the Moabs/Found Family/Outsider Ruth 1:1-17, Mark 3:33-35,Psalm 126

SERIES II: Power & Prophecies

David Anointed King: Power & Prophecies  2 Samuel 5:1-5; 6:1-5Mark 11:8-10, Psalm 150

Kingdom Divided: Power & Prophecy of Service 1 Kings 12:1-17; 1:25-29, Mark 10:42-45, Psalm 146

Elijah at Mount Carmel: Power& Prophecy of Presences 1 Kings 18:17-19; 18:20-39, Mark 9:2-4, Psalm 68

Hosea: Prophecy & Power of Peace/Home (Extended Advent?) Hosea 11:1-9, Mark 10:13-14, Psalm 2, Matthew 13:31-32

Isaiah’s Vineyard Song: Prophecy & Power of the Shoot of Jesse (Extended Advent?) Isaiah 5:1-7, 11:1-5, Mark 12:1-3, Psalm 107: 28-43

Series III: (Bridge Week) Prophecy & Power–>Waiting Advent (Thanksgiving USA)

Josiah’s Reform  2 Kings 22:1-10 [11-20], 23:1-3, Luke 24:30-32Psalm 105

Consider including the Magnificat for Josiah’s Reform or Advent 1 Luke 1:46-55

Note: Micah 4-5can also be used throughout Advent

Advent Hymns to Christmas Carol Tunes

Advent 1: Promise of Messiah: Waiting for Hope Jeremiah 33:14- 18, Mark 8:27-29Psalm 89Psalm 31

Advent 2: Isaiah in Exile: Waiting for Love  Isaiah 40: 1-11, Mark 1:1-4Psalm 136

Advent 3: Rebuilding the Temple: Waiting for Joy Ezra 1:1-4; 3:1-4, 10-13, Luke 2:25-32, Psalm 126 (used for Ruth), Psalm 98Psalm 30

Advent 4: Zechariah’s Song: Waiting for Shalom Luke 1:5-13 [14-25], 27-80, Psalm 113Micah 4-5

Christmas Resources: Lesson & Carols, Prayers, etc.

 

 

#Lent Seeds of #Prayer: #Liturgy Resource Abundance of Justice April 7th

Last Judgement: Abundance of Justice

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Sacred Quilt Exhibit:“Let Justice Roll Down Like Water”  Kit Tossmann; Louisville, KY

Matthew 25:31-46

 

Call to the Worship:

Make a joyful to the Lord, all the earth.

Break forth into joyous son and sing praises.

Sing with the lyre and the sound of the melody

Let us make a joyful noise before the Kind, the Lord. 

Call to Worship: Can you hear the good news? It’s contained within the roar of the ocean, its contained within the songs of the hills, it fills the earth and and those who live in it.

Now is the time to share the good news of Jesus Christ, passing it out as bread for the hungry, now is the time to show the love of God sharing it as free medicine for the sick. Now is the time to show the warmth of the Holy Spirit, wrapping the naked up with sturdy clothing. Now is the time to be the people of Matthew 25. 

Prayer of Confession: Lord, how can we not feed the hungry, or visit the sick or clothe the naked. And yet, there are those who go without, and we fail to help them. Lord Jesus, help us to examine why we fail to live up to your standards of caring for each other and you. Help us to confess where the gaps are, and then help us to build the bridge of kindom care that is needed, we pray.

Prayer of Confession: God almighty, we do not treat our neighbors as we wish to be treat. Instead we differentiate between us and them, we look for reasons behind these differences, and we conclude that the others must be lacking. Forgive us, we pray, correct our mouths and our arms and our legs so that what we do and say represents your love. We pray this in your son’s most holy name.

Prayer of Confession: Lord we forget that every time we help someone, it is as if the waves clap their hands in praise of you. We ignore those in need, forgetting to make a joyful noise, forgetting to tell the good news of your open table, setting a feast before all those in need. Teach us to see your face, in whomever we encounter, we pray.

 

Assurance of Pardon: God has made known, already, God’s victory of salvation, with steadfast love and faithfulness, so know you are forgiven and be at peace.

Hymns:

Joy to the world

 

They Will Know We are Christians By Our Love

The Lord’s Prayer Hymn

Live Into Hope

Full List of Lenten Resources (Of course some prayers may be appropriate for other weeks)

#Seeds: #Prayer and #Liturgy #Lent Abundance of Preparation March 31

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Matthew 25:1-13 and/or Matt 25:14-30, and Psalm 43:3-4 

Suggested Resource: Nicene Creed

Call to Worship

Lord, you teach us how to prepare,

Every valley shall be exalted

 You remind us to gather the supplies we need light the fires & to risk and spend money for the kingdom

And every mountain and hill made low

You remind us to clothe the naked and care for the sick

And the crooked shall be made straight

You remind us to feed the hungry and give the thirst something to drink.

And the rough places plain,

Help us to make a preparation for you today we pray.

 

Call to Worship

Lord you tell us to prepare for you

Help us to plant the seeds, to do the work

We would rather be safe, but you teach us to trust and grow

Let us praise the Creator, the Gardener, the Tender of all Good today.

 

 

Call to Worship:

God you are my help and my hope.

Light us with your light.

Your truth shines on.

I shall again praise my creator today. 

Confession: God, are wicks are not lit, we have no spare oil, sometimes we are not able to do the tasks you set before us. Send the Holy Spirit to us, so our fire will not go out we pray.  

Confession: Lord, we confess we suck at waiting, its hard work, and it speaks to a maturity that we don’t often have. Teach us how to wait, lord give us patience, we pray.

Confession: Gardening God, sometimes we are afraid to invest, so we don’t plant the seeds that need to be planted.  God of Growth Sometimes we don’t want risk, so we bury money instead of planting seeds; we don’t give the time, money or effort needed. Generous God, sometimes we just throw the extra your way, forgetting to make a real commitment Help to do the work and to make the right commitments in the right way we pray. (Silent Prayer)Amen 

 

Prayer of Dedication/Prayer of the Day: Lord, we are asking for your light and truth today. Send it out, we pray. Let it lead us to your holy hill, bring us to your dwelling place, loving God.

Prayer of Dedication/Prayer of the Day:  God of God, Light of Light, Very God from Very God, encourage use to seek your light and truth, and help us to prepare for you we pray. Amen

 

Prayer of Dedication: God of God, Light of Light, Very God from Very God, help us to prepare for you by investing in your work, and help whatever seeds we plant, whatever money we invest, whatever faith we practice, to grow and flourish we pray in your most Holy Name. Amen. 

Full List of Lent Abundance Resources some prayers may work for more than one text this season

Hymns

We Give Thee But Thine Own

Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord, almost any version/hymn 😉

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuUl522_8jQ

 

#Abundance of Invitation Seeds: #Lent #Liturgy & #Prayer Resource March 24

 

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Scripture

Matthew 22:1-14 and Psalm 45:6-7 (or all of it, or Psalm 45:6-17)

Also Isaiah 61, particularly v. 10

Call to Worship:

Know this, God has anointed you, baptized you in the Holy Spirit.

We are called to love righteousness, and hate wickedness with God. 

Let us cause God’s name to be celebrated for generations

Let the peoples praise God, our mother and father, forever and ever. 

Call to Worship 

God, you call us, the good and the bad forever

Clothe us in your love, so we might be worthy of your banquet

Let us remember to invite one another to partake in the feast

Come, let us accept our invitation to spend time with God together. 

Call to Worship: 

The Lord says: I love justice

My whole being shall exult my God,

God promised to make a covenant with us, and the covenant will be fulfilled.

God has clothed me, like a mother clothes her children, in the garments of salvation, protecting us from the elements, dressing us in love. 

Remember that what is sown in the garden will spring up. The promise of resurrection comes with the winter of Lent.

God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations, come let us plant the seeds of praise today. 

Confession: Lord, we confess that sometimes we come into your presence, thinking we are dressed in love, but then realize that we are wearing judgement or shame instead. It is so easy to forget the worst of ourselves or other. It is so easy to disclude people from your invitation. We can feel unworthy, or be convinced of others’ unworthiness. Forgive our prejudice, and teach us to extend the invitation again and again, we pray. 

Confession: Lord, sometimes I love wickedness. Sometimes I like to gossip about or ignore those who are need . Sometimes I spend all my day complaining and forget to practice gratitude for the invitations you put forth. Forgive me, and teach me to pray and confess in such a way that my words are a love song, and my tongue becomes like the pen of a writer. Teach me I pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

Confession: Lord, we confess here together, because we are each and every one of us invited to your party. Though we are each uniquely made, and though our circumstances are different, you call us each here to experience your love, hope and grace. We are invited here to confess our true selves, and to honor one another’s stories, help us when we forget to do justice in either the confession or the honoring, we pray. 

Prayer of Dedication/of the Day: Lord we enter back into the world where people look and sound different from us. We enter a world where we are afraid to invite people, for whatever reason, to join us in your banquet. Encourage us to go into the world and to make that invitation we pray.

Prayer of Dedication/of the Day: Let us begin again to prepare for the feast together, with invitations and appropriate garments, with words of prayer and praise, we pray.

Prayer of Dedication/of the Day: Lord, remind me that I am here for you. You are the host of the feast, and you have anointed me as a beloved child of God. Please don’t let me forget that today or any day, I pray.

Hymns: I’ve Got Peace Like a River

God be the Glory

Christ is made the sure Foundation

Crown him with Many Crowns

Praise My Soul the King of Heaven

He is King of Kings

(Look in your Christ the King/Ascension hymns)

Food for Thought:

  1. Those who think they should be invited to God will take that gift for granted.

2. We think we need to clothe ourselves in the appropriate garments, but really we have to depend on God for the right clothing.

3. Justice is God’s and is not in being productive (or too busy or too important) for God.

4. Human’s often think looking right is more important than acting right, how might that play in here?

More Thoughts https://wp.me/p2rhxZ-2iI

Full List of Lenten Resources (Of course some prayers may be appropriate for other weeks)

Seeds of #Prayer #Lent #Liturgy #Prayer Resource for #NarrativeLectionary #Abundance

Abundance

An extra Abundance Prayer

Ash Weds Mar 6 Who is the Greatest? Abundance of Blessings

Sun Mar 9 Forgiveness Abundance of Forgiveness

Sun Mar 17 Laborers in the Vineyard Abundance of Grace

Sun Mar 24 Wedding Banquet Abundance of Invitation

Sun Mar 31 Bridesmaids (or Talents) Abundance of Preparation

April 7 Last Judgement Abundance of Justice

Note: for Palm Sunday you may wish to swap out or combine depending on your holy week schedule

April 14 Triumphal Entry Abundance of Celebration

April 18 Words of Institution (Last Supper) Abundance of Presence

April 19 Good Friday/Tenebrae options Crucifixion: Matthew Fully, Abundantly, Human

April 19 Full Liturgy: Tenbebrae & nailing sins to cross

April 21 Easter: Matthew Abundance of Discipleship

April 28: The Great Commission Go! by Rev. Dr. Barb Hedges-Goettl

An extra Abundance Prayer

 

 

 

Abundance of #Grace : Seeds of #Prayer for #Lent March 17

Laborers in the Vineyard

Abundance of Grace

Matthew 20:1-16 and Psalm 16:5-8

Call to Worship:

Lord it is good when we come to you at the beginning of the day

Whether we come at the beginning, the middle or the end you will be there. 

Lord it is good when we find you at the beginning of the week

But what a blessing when we find God, instead at the end, for still God’s hand will hold us fast.

Help us to find you, Lord!

Help us to find you today, so that we might give you praise.

Call to Worship:

Come let us worship the Lord

God shows us the path of life and invites us to join in the work of the day.

Come let us work together

So we can all share in the fruit of our labors together, with all the saints who participate, come let us do some of that work today!

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Prayer of Confession: Lord, I confess that you are my Lord,  I have no good apart from you. So I turn to you to confess my failings, so that you can fill me with your grace and love, so that you can be with me and teach me. Show me the path of life I pray.

Prayer of Confession: Lord I confess aha some days I worry if there is not enough grace for me and my sins. I so often feel so full of holes, that I do not count myself as holy enough for you. Yet, you are ever with me, with your presence there is a fullness of joy, there is enough. Remind me that there is enough, I pray.

Assurance of Pardon: Lord you are the path of life, fullness of joy and pleasure forevermore, so we can be confident of the truth: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. 

Assurance of Pardon: Lord, it doesn’t matter if we come to you in the beginning, the middle or the end, we are assured of your grace. In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. 

Hymns: Amazing Grace

On Eagles Wings

Jesus, Priceless Treasure

Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me

There is a Wideness in God’s Mercy

Lord I wanna be a Christian in My Heart

 

Full List of Lenten Resources (Of course some prayers may be appropriate for other weeks)

Abundance of Blessings: Seeds of #Prayer for #Lent March 6th #AshWeds

March 6th: Matthew 18:1-9

Psalm 146:7c-10 or 51:1-3

Abundance of Blessings

"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." Psalm 51:10 (Scripture doodle of encouragement)

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/425027283575522346/Call to Worship

Our God is an awesome God!

He made heaven and earth and the sea and all that is in it.

God reigns from heaven above with wisdom, power and love

For our God is the one who executes justice for the oppressed, the one who gives food to the hungry.

Who cannot praise our God, Our God is an awesome God!

Our God is an awesome God, let us praise God together. 

Call to Worship

God, you are the God of the hungry, the blind and the oppressed.

We praise you for opening the eyes of the blind, for lifting up those who are bowed down, for upholding the orphan and the widow

Prayer of Confession: Lord we think that blessings are like pie. We confess we want to be the closest to God, because we think those closer to God will get the most blessings. Remind us that blessings are not pie. Remind us that your blessings are enough. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession: Lord, we admit that we sometimes cause stumbling blocks. We put things in other’s paths so they cannot succeed. Sometimes we even have to get out of our own way to be able to see you. Forgive us when we build walls, remind us to open any and all paths to Shalom, and help us be creators of those paths we pray.

Prayer of Confession: Lord I now my transgressions, my sin is before me and it is against you alone God, I have sinned. I have done what is evil in your sight. I was born imperfect. Remind me that you desire truth in my

Assurance of Pardon: Jesus promises us, that we are forgiven, loved and enough.

Assurance of Pardon: Our God is the God of healing, wholeness and peace. Our God gives us Shalom! Let us share the good news: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Amen

Assurance of Pardon: God promises to always execute justice, know that God’s justice includes mercy, hear the good news: In Jesus Christ you are forgiven.

Assurance of Pardon: The Lord will have mercy according to God’s steadfast love, blotting out all trangressions. Know we are loved and forgiven by God.

Prayer of Dedication/Prayer of the Day: God, you are the God of Hope precisely because you are the God of justice. When we forget who you are: open our eyes when we are blind, teach us again to feed the hungry, show to us how uphold the orphan so that we can remember who you are, Lord who will reign forever. Amen.

Hymns:

Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us

Create In Me  Clean Heart

Jesus Thy Boundless Love to Me

 

A Short Order of Worship

Call to Worship: Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,

whose hope is in the Lord their God, 

who made heaven and earth,

 the sea, and all that is in them;

who keeps faith for ever; 

who executes justice for the oppressed;

   who gives food to the hungry. 

The Lord sets the prisoners free; 

the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.

The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;

the Lord loves the righteous. —Psalm 146:5-8

Communion

Oral Story: Matthew 18:1-9 Who is the Greatest? 

Burning of Our Sins: The Lord says, if there’s a piece of you that causes you stumble, cut it off. What do you need to cut off or let go of ? Or what do you need to hang onto and grow so that you can be more joyful and curious like a child? (ceremonially burn our sins written on paper)

Imposition of the Ashes

Closing Prayer: Have mercy on me, O God,

   according to your steadfast love;

according to your abundant mercy

   blot out my transgressions. 

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,

 and cleanse me from my sin.—Psalm 51:1-3

 

Full List of Lenten Resources (Of course some prayers may be appropriate for other weeks)

 

 

 

Seeds: Narrative Lectionary Liturgy 11/11

Scripture 

Micah [1:3-5]; 5:2-5a; 6:6-8 and Matthew 9:13

Additional Scripture 

Hebrews 12:14-15

Psalm 119

Psalm 85

Meditative Thought: Does infinity look like justice, mercy and kindness?

Call to worship:

Let me hear what God the Lord will speak

For he will speak peace to his people

Surely his salvation is at hand for all God’s people, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.

Let us worship the God of Righteousness. 

 

How shall we approach the Lord, with great sacrifice?

The Lord has told you what is good

What does the Lord require?

Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God

Prayer of Confession: Lord we admit that we have trouble with the words justice, mercy and kindness. We confess that it would be easier to just give over some goods or money than to do things. Guide us on the path of righteousness, show us justice, mercy and kindness so that we can do that same, we pray. Amen. 

Assurance of Forgiveness: Fear Not, God promises that Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss. So we know the truth: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. 

Eucharist Prayer: Lord we give thanks that you have given us many ways to experience your love. And when you sent your only son to die on the cross, we were able to witness your mercy. Whenever we taste your bread and cup we can experience your kindness and abundance. When we gather into communion with one another and you we can practice your justice. Creator of all good things, add your spirit to this meal, make it a meal of righteous and holiness, so that we might be nourished to continue your kingdom work today and everyday we pray.

Prayer of Dedication/Closing Prayer: God, you are love, you are mercy, you are justice. Send us into the world with hope for all these things. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen

Food for Thought

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http://www.mydailycupofjoe.com/free-thought/wisdom-from-calvin-and-hobbes-look-up-to-the-stars/

When I worked at the psych hospital and asked the patients (for their spiritual assessment) if they had hope, some would say, no but I’m hoping for it–hoping for hope.

 

Hymns:

Live into Hope

I’ve Got Peace Like a River

Lift Every Voice and Sing

Amazing Grace

Sunday School Ideas: Footprints to follow & talk about walking humbly, trace shadows and talk about being made in God’s image, Take pictures of everyone and fill them in as the body of Christ to do God’s work

Seeds: Narrative Lectionary Resource 9/30 Parting of the Seas/Escape Egypt

Genesis 14

Matthew 2:13-15

Additional Scripture

Psalm 105 (summarizes story thus far)

Psalm 80

Meditative Thought: How often is rescue through a restoration?

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 105)

Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the people

Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works.

Call to Worship

Rescuer of Israel, You call your people out of Oppression

When Moses was enslaved, when baby Jesus was threatened, you rescued them

Call us out of oppression, again, lead us into light

You are our Lord and Our God, worthy of our Praise.
Prayer of Confession

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. We confess that we follow our own ideas instead of you.

Restore us, O Lord God of hosts, let your face shine, that we may be saved.

We confess that we are often distracted by shiny things, the popular things, we put our trust in money and power.

Restore us, O Lord God of hosts, let your face shine, that we may be saved.

We confess that we have trouble listening to you and to one another, and that our relationships need to be saved.

Restore us, O Lord God of hosts, let your face shine, that we may be saved.

We confess that we forget that you are the God of forgiveness, that we would rather hid our faults than name them.

Restore us, O Lord God of hosts, let your face shine, that we may be saved.

Remind us of your love, your grace and your forgiveness, so that we can be filled with hope and live the life of the People of the Resurrection

Restore us, O Lord God of hosts, let your face shine, that we may be saved.

Prayer of Confession

God of the rainbows and the stars. We confess that we have trouble trusting. We do not want to make ourselves vulnerable. We have trouble baring ourselves in relationships. Yet, you promise to bring us out of the wilderness we wander in, you give us signs of your love, splitting the oceans and splashing us with baptism. Help us to trust in your steadfast love we pray. Amen.

We confess that we have trouble listening. We do not listen to you, we do not listen to those who are oppressed, we plug our ears and hum as if everything is find

Assurance of Pardon: Our God is the God of the Covenant. Promising us over and and over again to love us no matter what. In the name of this God we can proclaim together: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

God declares, God is our God, and we are God’s people, forever. In this we know that God’s forgiveness never ends.

Eucharist Prayer: Lord, you are a Covenantal God. You created us to be relational, to one another and to you. And when we forgot that relationship you gave us a rainbow and pointed to the multitude of stars, you walked with us along the beach. And when we got tangled in rules and who was in and out, you came to us as a baby. Vulnerable and cute, your grew into the grace of Jesus Christ, showing us just how radical your love could be. And when we met love with hatred, you died on the cross for us, you proved love to be the power of resurrection and you sent your loving advocate in the Holy Spirit to bless us. Bless these elements here, so that they are imbued with your love, and so that we can taste and see the seal of your Covenant we pray. Amen

Prayer of Dedication/Closing Prayer: Let us Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually. Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the judgements he has uttered as we go forth as the children of the promise to Abraham and Sarah. Amen.

Food for Thought:

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/trust Trust and Vulnerability a comic

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https://fromoffshore.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/calvin-hobbes-santa.gif

Music

You Are My Hiding Place O Lord https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnM4a3TKPro

O Hear Our Cry, O Lord (vineyard haven tune)

Our God, Our Help in Ages Past (St. Anne tune)

Spirit of the Living God

Every Time I feel the Spirit (Pentecost tune)

When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land (Go Down Moses Tune)

I Love the Lord, Who Heard My Cry (Watts words)

O Jesus, I Have Promised (Nyland or Angel’s Story tune)

Craft/Sunday School Ideas

Create Meditation Mason Jars: Glitter & Water, add fish sequins if you want, Remembrance of baptism prayer & sprinkle water, Make an ocean with glue & glitter draw with crayon in the middle for the split (keeping glue/glitter off) put a Moses in the middle, Make a promise banner: add what promises God makes along the way, Older: Discuss Slavery & What deliverance meant, Action: Have some pleople wave streamers and others walk thru on dry land.

Image result for ocean crafts

https://ducksnarow.com/2016/03/o-is-for-ocean-paper-plate-preschool.html

Ocean in a bottle http://activitiesforkids.com/ocean-in-a-bottle/

 

Resource: By Pastor Katy Stenta, solo pastor of a bigger on the inside Church New Covenant Presbyterian in Albany, NY

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