Seeds of Prayer Jairus’ Daughter Healed

Jairus’ Daughter Healed

Mark 5:21-43

Psalm 131

Bulletin Resource written by Barb Hedges-Goettl

Call to Worship

Lord, we are imperfect and unready

Yet, Jesus says, child come.

We will come, whenever you call, for you are full of grace and healing

Let us worship the one who is the power and the resurrection forever.

Call to Worship

Come let us contemplate the Lord together

God your works are too marvelous for me to comprehend

Yet, like a weaned child with it’s mother, we are comforted

Come let us put our hope in the Lord

Prayer of Confession: God, I confess that I am unable to fully understand you in all of your might. When I am overwhelmed, lead me back to you, comfort me, nuzzle me, calm and quiet my soul I pray. Amen

Prayer of Confession: God, today, like the woman who suffered for twelve years, I come to you with an open wound. No healing has taken place, and my pain is dripping on the floor, embarrassing me. Teach me to but touch you today so that the healing I need may start I pray. Amen

Prayer of Confession: My soul cries out for the Lord, like a child. I sit on the floor and I scream, feeling like nothing will every be right again. But then you pick me up, hug me, feed me and put me safely to bed, enveloping me in your love. Surround me with that comfort I pray.

Princess Bride

Assurance of Pardon: God you are our comfort when the rest of the world is full of rocks and scrapes, no matter what scoop us down and put us back on our feet again and again. In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

Assurance of Pardon: There is no mistake too big for God to forgive. That’s why God sent Jesus. Know the truth: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

Prayer of the Day/Dedication: God, you leave the light on for all of your children. Help us to go out into the world and invite others into your love we pray. Amen.

Prayer of the Day/Dedication: Lord, you will repeat your message of love as often as we need to hear it. Let us echo in our minds, hearts and souls we pray.

Prayer of Communion: Lord, what have I to fear from you. You who loved us into being, breathing life into us, gifting us with the entire world to take care of. Then when we stumbled, you sent Jesus to be our sibling and make us co-heirs to your kingdom. You have assured a place for us in your house, and you make us welcome with the Kingdom meal, even here and now on earth. Send your Holy Spirit upon this feast so that we may celebrate communion with entire family of God we pray.

Hymns: This is Our Father’s World, Blessed Assurance Jesus is Mine, God is My Rock

With Children: Create a picture/clay/image of a mother God comforting a baby. Look through parenting magazine and create a collage of all the mothers and babies/children. Runaway Bunny, You are My I Love You, Follow the Moon, Take turns “sleeping” and having Jesus wake you up as Jairus’ child. Interrupting Chicken books, Talk about Important interruptions

Other Weeks of Seeds of Prayer Narrative Lectionary Resources available here

 

Seeds Narrative Lectionary Ruth 1:1-17

More Narrative Lectionary Seeds Resources can be found here.
Ruth: God of the Moabs/Found Family/Outsider Ruth 1:1-17, Mark 3:33-35,Psalm 126

Ruth was present with Naomi; see Pooh parable below about presence. Here’s a blow-up from part of picture at https://weheartit.com/entry/331438744 as an illustration to go with the presence of Pooh with Eeyore. Need to change “Piglet” in the story to “Tigger” if using the picture. (Couldn’t find one of Pooh, Piglet & Eeyore, which actually illustrates how this is a Pooh parable rather than originally being from the AA Milne Pooh stories.)

It occurred to Pooh and Piglet that they hadn’t heard from Eeyore for several days, so they put on their hats and coats and trotted across the Hundred Acre Wood to Eeyore’s stick house. Inside the house was Eeyore.

“Hello Eeyore,” said Pooh.

“Hello Pooh. Hello Piglet,” said Eeyore, in a Glum Sounding Voice.

“We just thought we’d check in on you,” said Piglet, “because we hadn’t heard from you, and so we wanted to know if you were okay.”

Eeyore was silent for a moment. “Am I okay?” he asked, eventually. “Well, I don’t know, to be honest. Are any of us really okay? That’s what I ask myself. All I can tell you, Pooh and Piglet, is that right now I feel really rather Sad, and Alone, and Not Much Fun To Be Around At All. Which is why I haven’t bothered you. Because you wouldn’t want to waste your time hanging out with someone who is Sad, and Alone, and Not Much Fun To Be Around At All, would you now.”

Pooh looked and Piglet, and Piglet looked at Pooh, and they both sat down, one on either side of Eeyore in his stick house.

Eeyore looked at them in surprise. “What are you doing?”

“We’re sitting here with you,” said Pooh, “because we are your friends. And true friends don’t care if someone is feeling Sad, or Alone, or Not Much Fun To Be Around At All. True friends are there for you anyway. And so here we are.”

“Oh,” said Eeyore. “Oh.” And the three of them sat there in silence, and while Pooh and Piglet said nothing at all; somehow, almost imperceptibly, Eeyore started to feel a very tiny little bit better.

Because Pooh and Piglet were There. No more; no less. https://www.facebook.com/themaddieproject/photos/a.698470016946959/1794783897315560/?type=3&theater

ART/IMAGES

Ruth: http://www.textweek.com/art/ruth.htm

World Communion Sundayhttps://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=ACYBGNTPFo4ZKfSRGq0EijuChdMiVfKPJA:1569283351663&q=images+world+communion+sunday&tbm=isch&source=univ&sxsrf=ACYBGNTPFo4ZKfSRGq0EijuChdMiVfKPJA:1569283351663&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiN4uiFlOjkAhVlneAKHcMFDj0QsAR6BAgHEAE&biw=1821&bih=876#imgrc=ZZw9lbZojHRjFM:

RETELLING

Storyteller gives the whole story of Ruth. Recommends CEV. http://www.storydivine.com/?p=343\

EXEGESIS/THEMES

Podcast: Ruth is from Moab but Boaz is from Bethlehem—is Ruth a humble servant approaching Boaz? Or a feisty woman taking action? https://5minutebible.com/ruth-is-from-moab-but-boaz-is-from-bethlehem-2/

Ruth and Star Wars—is Naomi deserted by God? Or is Ruth evidence otherwise? Naomi’s complaints are not rhetorical flourish. They are the author’s explicit means of establishing the book’s central crisis: Is Naomi right? Has Yahweh forsaken her and shamed her household? If Naomi’s plight were indeed the thrust of the story, then one would expect the rest of the book to resolve this crisis, particularly at the end. This is precisely what happens.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/walkandword/2019/09/ruth-star-wars/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Living+the+Christian+Life&utm_content=870

Who is the main character in Ruth (follow-on to Star Wars article above) https://www.patheos.com/blogs/walkandword/2019/09/interpreting-ruth-part-1/

More academic take on hesed in Ruth (follow on to main character question) https://www.cbeinternational.org/resources/article/priscilla-papers/book-ruth-exemplar-faith-communities

Working Preacher commentaries on Ruth 1:1-17

http://www.workingpreacher.org/search/Default.aspx?cx=001947499050786061073:fplx-aun2rq&q=Ruth%201&cof=FORID:10&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&search_domain=WWW

Ruth refuses to be left out/leave the focus on Naomi. Ruth emerges as an acting agent in verse 14: she clings to Naomi, a term used in contexts of profound love, inalienable possession, unshakable commitment (see, e.g., Genesis 2:24; Numbers 36:7, 9; Deuteronomy 4:4; 10:20; 11:22). As Naomi remains convinced that her bitterness is solitary, she makes another appeal, urging Ruth to follow Orpah.

(Word study on “cling” https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/rth/1/1/t_conc_233014)

At that moment, Ruth adds speech to her action. Indeed, she utters what might be a speech-act, in which she actually does something in and by saying something (cf. “I do” in weddings or “I believe” in the Creed). What she says-does is powerful and it is poetic, lining out in nicely parallel lines like the best of Hebrew poetry. https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=413

Four-part sermon series on Ruth https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2123

The book of Judges, which comes right before Ruth, ends with inter-tribal conflict and these ominous words: “In those days there was no king in Israel; all the people did what was right in their own eyes” (Judges 21:25)…In this context, we get the book of Ruth, which is a tale about belonging, about blessing, about faithful love (in Hebrew, hesed), God’s faithfulness, incarnated in human beings.

Ruth, a woman, and a foreigner at that, chooses to join her story to the story we’ve been hearing the last several weeks; she chooses to enter into Israel’s covenant with God. She chooses thereby the life of being a stranger in a foreign land. She chooses to leave all that she has known and to go to a place she’s never been, with no assurance of security. A childless widow in ancient Israel had to rely on the kindness of those around her. In this story, Naomi relies on Ruth, and Ruth herself has to rely on the kindness of strangers.

One of the beautiful themes in the book is that hesed meets hesed; that is, faithfulness engenders faithfulness, kindness meets kindness. Ruth goes above and beyond the minimum requirements of the Law out of love for Naomi. And when Boaz learns of Ruth’s loyalty to her mother-in-law, he blesses her:

https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1108

Whatever Ruth’s circumstances may be, her clinging to her mother-in-law is a gift of grace that Naomi cannot at first see.  Naomi says God has turned against her (verse 13), and later she tells the women of Bethlehem, “The Almighty has dealt bitterly with me … brought me back empty … dealt harshly with me, and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me” (verses 20-21).  This is Naomi’s theology, and at first it is all she can see.

But the narrator sees things differently, attributing none of Naomi’s tragedies to God, not even the famine.  Rather it is God who has given the people food (verse 6).  This point is underscored at the end of the chapter: “They came to Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest” (verse 22).  Near the end of the book, the Bethlehemite women will articulate to Naomi what has been evident all along, that Ruth’s love is worth more than seven sons.  Grace is walking right beside Naomi, unseen, yet refusing to leave her.

Ruth holds a thoroughly action-oriented, thoroughly pragmatic theology.  She does not argue with Naomi’s perception of events, nor does she assert her own.  She simply communicates presence.  She refuses to leave.  It’s not about God’s actions or intents, but her own.  Ruth will worship the God that Naomi believes abandoned her.  And she swears to do what four other people — Elimelech, Mahlon, Chilion, and Orpah — couldn’t do: to stay.  Not even death, the chief resident of their household, will get in her way.

https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1335

Ruth and immigration from Bruce Epperly https://www.patheos.com/blogs/livingaholyadventure/2018/10/the-adventurous-lectionary-twenty-fourth-sunday-after-pentecost-november-4-2018/

Ruth.  She comes closer to God and God’s ways through her deep love for her mother-in-law.  She leaves behind her own family and her own religion and traditions not for complex theological reasons, but out of the affection for someone who loved her first. http://www.sacraconversazione.org/?p=294

PRAYERS and other bulletin pieces

Prelude: Faithful Friend                                                                                Twila Paris

Call to Worship

Original resource by Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using/adapting;                     (slightly adapted from prayer for Genesis 2 on companionship)

One: O God, we come one by one.

Many: O God, we come with each other.

We come because it is not good to be alone.

We come because we want to be companions on the journey.

We seek communion with you.

We seek communion with one another.

Make us companions to one another,

that we may walk faithfully and joyfully in your way.

ALL: IN JESUS’ NAME, AMEN.

Rite of Confession

Original resource by Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using/adapting;

*Call to Confession  (from Colossians 3:12-14, The Messsage)

Chosen by God for the new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God has picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, and quick to forgive. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

*Prayer of Confession (unison)

O God, at times we fail to act in love. Wrapped in our own concerns, we may not hear the cries of others. We can be slow to listen, but quick to give advice. Promising prayer, we may not add the power of being present with others. Uncomfortable with the pain and needs of others, we may want them to just get over it. Empower us with your love, that we may meet and hear others where they are.

*Assurance of Pardon (from Colossians 3:15-17 The Message)                                                 The peace of Christ keeps us in tune with each other. The power of the Spirit keeps us in step with one another. The grace of the Father grants forgiveness, making us grateful. Thanks be to God for the Good News: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

* Prayer of Dedication (unison)

Original resource by Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using/adapting;   Maker of all things, you bless us with many gifts: our lives, our possessions, and our time and our talents. Use this food and money—and our very lives—to show the world your presence and your love. Amen.

Eucharist Prayer/Prayer of Great Thanksgiving

One: The Lord be with you.

Many: And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

O God, you create the vast universe and call it good. You make us in your image

and call us very good. Declaring that it is not good for us to be alone,

you make us companions on our journey.

And so we thank you, O God.

Throughout human history, you declare your presence with your people.

You speak to us through the law and the prophets, demonstrating your love and care.

You speak to us through your Son, Christ Jesus.

You speak to us through the Holy Spirit.

And so we thank you, O God.

Your Son proclaimed your reign and presence:                                                                           preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives,
teaching by word and deed, blessing the children,
healing the sick, binding up the brokenhearted,
eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners,

and demonstrating and proclaiming your love for all people.
And so we thank you, O God.
When your Son was crucified, giving his life for the sins of the world.
you raised him from the dead, breaking the power of sin and evil,

demonstrating your triumph and presence.

And so we thank you, O God.

Today we gather in your presence.

You are here in the support and love we offer each other.

You are here in our praying and singing, in our words and our silences.

You are here in your Supper.

And so we thank you, O God.

HYMNS I used

Not so much out there on human companioning. I used

Prelude: Faithful Friend                                                                                Twila Paris

*Opening Hymn I Come with Joy                               Presbyterian  Blue Hymnal,507

Offering Hymn  God is Here!  Blue Hymnal,461

Prayer for Illumination (sung )                                                   Blue Hymnal, #430 verse 3

This day God’s people meeting, The Holy Scripture hear                                                          Christ’s living presence greeting, Through bread and wine made near.                                    We journey on, believing, Renewed with heav’nly might,                                                             From grace more grace receiving, On this blest day of light.

Closing Hymn  Called as Partners                                                  Blue Hymnal, 343

Postlude He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother                                                The Hollies

Prayer for Illumination (sung )                                                   Blue Hymnal, #430 verse 3

This day God’s people meeting, The Holy Scripture hear

Christ’s living presence greeting, Through bread and wine made near.

We journey on, believing, Renewed with heav’nly might,

From grace more grace receiving, On this blest day of light.

 

Hebrew Scripture Reading: Ruth 1:1-17                                                                                           Reader

Message The Present of Presence                                                                Pastor Barb

 

*Confession of Faith: The Nicene Creed (Ecumenical version)      Blue Hymnal, p. 15

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper (see insert)

 

*Closing Hymn  Called as Partners                                                  Blue Hymnal, 343

*Charge and Benediction                                                             Pastors Barb and Len  Postlude He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother                                                      The Hollies

 

More Narrative Lectionary Seeds Resources can be found here.

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

God of Generations

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

More Resources on https://katyandtheword.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/seeds-resource-page/

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.

Hymns

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

More Resources on https://katyandtheword.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/seeds-resource-page/

Sermon/Lectionary Reflection can be found here

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Seeds Week 1: Garden of Eden/God of Generations

Genesis 2:4-25, Genesis 18:1-15, 21;1-7, Psalm 8

Image from: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/471329917222057932/?nic=1

More Resources for THIS WEEK https://bjhlog.wordpress.com/2019/08/30/378/

More General Resources: https://katyandtheword.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/seeds-resource-page/

Call to Worship:

Lord how did you create heaven and earth and all that is in it?

Breathe in us the Breath of Life

Lord you created us in relationship, with every plant and animals and with each other.

Come let us praise the Lord, and proclaim God good.

Call to Worship 2

Gather us together Lord

We feel blown like scattered seeds

Remind us that you are the gardener who wishes us to thrive

Let us look forward to the harvest with praise. 

Call to Worship 3

God, our God, knows it is not good to be alone

Bring us together God

Our God created multitudes of varieties that exhaust the human imagination

Let us name all to good in the world today, and every day. 

Call to Confession: Lord, you are not ashamed of our nakedness. You invite us to approach you unafraid, assured in you love and forgiveness. Let us come and lay our burdens at God’s feet today.

Prayer of Confession 1 Lord, we confess that isolation feels easier than relationship. We sit alone and ignore one another, we make use of what we can of the earth and treat it like it is everlasting. We believe humans and our resources are infinite, and yet continue to treat you, God, as if you are the finite one. We confess that we make our relationships askew, suiting them to our wishes. Reform us, we pray, help us to be recreated and resurrected in your image. Teach us to be a community and show us how to live in relationship with one and another and you, we pray. 

Prayer of Confession 2 Heavenly Father, we confess that we are too worried about blaming one another. Like squabbling children we focus on who is more wrong, instead of working to fix the problem. Too often we point the finger, instead of lending a helping hand to those who have stumbled, for whatever reason. Help us to learn, we pray. Teach us to fix instead of fixating on blame. Allow us to let go of what feels beholden so that we might live as the beloved, we pray.

 

Assurance of Pardon: Do not be ashamed, for Jesus Christ came so that we might celebrate true communion and all become of one flesh, recognizing the grace of God in one another. Let us begin that recognition by proclaiming the good news.

Eucharist Prayer: Breath of God, you breathed us into being, and then taught us how to be human. And when your message got scrambled, you sent your only son to earth God translated into human form. Here Jesus lived and breathed and loved. And then, before Jesus ascended into heaven, he once again breathed the Holy Spirit on Earth as our hope, comforter and inspiration. God, you have been our God from Adam and Eve to Abraham and Sarah. Send your Holy Spirit here now upon these elements, that we might celebrate communion together, with the God of Generations.

Dedication/Prayer of the Day: Breathe life upon us once again, Oh God, that we might be inspired to name all the rights and wrongs in our lives. Breathe your strength into our souls, and remind us of your presence when we feel alone. So that we might be better able to share you as the God who created us to love and be beloved. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Hymns

Breathe on Me Breath of God,

O For  Thousand Tongues to Sing

God of the Sparrow

 

With Kids

Create Creatures from Clay & Breathe Life into them

Teach a Breath Prayer (Breathe in: Creator God Breathe Out: Love Me)

Name Game: Name as many things as possible, write them down, talk about human job of “naming” (include science, english, etc. as forms of naming)

Name Origins: Google everyone’s name meaning

More Resources for THIS WEEK https://bjhlog.wordpress.com/2019/08/30/378/

More General Resources: https://katyandtheword.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/seeds-resource-page/

 

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.

 

 

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

Summer Psalm Series #2: Psalm 69 (and Matthew 7:7-11). Narrative Lectionary (6/23/19)

GENERAL/INTRO

Second Sunday of 4 week summer Psalm series: Psalm 69:1-16 and: Matthew 7:7-11; overview of series & notes for each week at https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=4073

Psalms as Expressions of Worship by John Hicks: Charts of psalms using the Orientation/Disortientation/Re-Orientation schema of Brueggemann that is being used by NL for its summer psalm series: http://johnmarkhicks.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2008/04/psalm-classification-and-worship-mood.doc

When the Floods Rise: This commentary explores the meaning of Psalms of  disorientation and the messiness we experience in faith.

https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2505

A great paraphrase (from the Message) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm69&version=MSG

THEMES

My husband, who is preaching this pericope, is leaning into Matthew 7:7-11 as an answer to what happens when we seek God. For Matthew resources  (not included in this blog), see https://preachingandworship.org/search/matthew%207%3A7-11. For resources on that saying as found in Luke, see http://www.textweek.com/mtlk/lk11.htm

Another potential theme is the place and need for (and acceptability of!) lament in the Christian life and also in worship

If you go into the latter half of the psalm, it takes up Christological themes of the suffering of the righteous and Jesus’ suffering. One reference to that is found below under exegetical resources. For this theme, see preaching notes by Stan Mast on Ps. 69:7-18 as a prediction of Christ’s suffering but also a pastoral word for those who suffer as he did for righteousness sake. https://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-7a/?type=the_lectionary_psalms and similar themes from Paul K.-K. Cho https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=3302

 

HYMNS for Ps. 69

Taize: O Lord, Hear My Prayer

City Hymn’s version of “Out of the Depths” adapted from “Out of the Deep I Call” by Henry W. Baker, 1868 and Psalm 130. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gt9MkLeNO4

Out of the Depths CCL license/for purchase https://sovereigngracemusic.org/music/songs/out-of-the-depths/

“Create in Me a Clean Heart O God”

“Kyrie Eleison” (Lord Have Mercy)

“Lord Teach Us How to Pray Aright”

“What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

From Presbyterian Hymnal (1990)

Those in bold particularly appropriate

Those listing with .x, such as 73.3, mean that verse 3 is particularly appropriate in hymn #73.

 

Psalm 69.7-18

168 Lord, Why Have You Forsaken Me

182 Psalm 31.9-16

183 In You, Lord, I Have Put My Trust

189 As Deer Long for the Streams

190 Psalm 42

250 When Morning Lights the Eastern Skies

277 O God, Our Faithful God

 

Psalm 69.7-12

73.3 Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory

76 My Song Is Love Unknown

78 Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed

80 Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley

82 O Lamb of God Most Holy!

83 O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High

85 What Wondrous Love Is This

86 When We Are Tempted to Deny Your Son

93 Ah, Holy Jesus

97.2 Go to Dark Gethsemane

99 Throned Upon the Awful Tree

103 Deep Were His Wounds, and Red

149.4+5 The Head That Once Was Crowned

260.3+4 A Mighty Fortress is Our God

364 I Sing a Song of the Saints of God

393 Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said

419 How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord

425.2 Lord of Light, Your Name Outshining

 

Psalm 69.13-18

9.1 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

178.3 Lord, to You My Soul Is Lifted

249.1 O Lord, Make Haste to Hear My Cry

277.3 O God, Our Faithful God

303 Jesus, Lover of My Soul

342 By Gracious Powers

363 I Want Jesus to Walk with Me

373 Lonely the Boat

442.3+4 The Church’s One Foundation

 

Psalm 69.13b,16

186 Thy Mercy and Thy Truth, O Lord

205.4 All Hail to God’s Anointed

209 My Song Forever Shall Record

222 Psalm 103

223 O My Soul, Bless Your Redeemer

243 We Thank You, Lord, for You Are Good

251 Your Faithfulness, O Lord, Is Sure

253.2 I’ll Praise My Maker

254 Psalm 146

261 God of Compassion, in Mercy Befriend Us

276 Great Is Thy Faithfulness

298 There’s A Wideness in God’s Mercy

600.5 Song of Mary (Magnificat)

 

Psalm 69.14-15

114.1 Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain

115.1 Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain

165.4 When in the Night I Meditate

201.2 Praise Is Your Right, O God, in Zion

209.3 My Song Forever Shall Record

236 Now Israel May Say

249 O Lord, Make Haste to Hear My Cry

259.1 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

286.2 Give to the Winds Thy Fears

303.1 Jesus, Lover of My Soul

308.3 O Sing a Song of Bethlehem

361.3 How Firm a Foundation

601.5 Song of Zechariah (Benedictus)

 

PRAYER: GOD HEARS

112.3 Christ the Lord Is Risen Again

144.3 Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!

(150.2) Come, Christians, Join to Sing

160 Psalm 4

169.2 In the Day of Need

187.5 Psalm 34.9-22

201.1 Praise Is Your Right, O God, in Zion

212.4 Within Your Shelter, Loving God

247.2 I Will Give Thanks with My Whole Heart

251.3 Your Faithfulness, O Lord, Is Sure

(286) Give to the Winds Thy Fears

295.3 O God of Love, O God of Peace

333.2 Seek Ye First

362 I Love the Lord, Who Heard My Cry

403 What a Friend We Have in Jesus

(416.2) Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

(417.2) Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

438.2 Blest Be the Tie That Binds

446.3 Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

489 Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty

 

PRAYER: THAT GOD HEAR!

168 Lord, Why Have You Forsaken Me

178 Lord, to You My Soul Is Lifted

189 As Deer Long for the Streams

190 Psalm 42

249 O Lord, Make Haste to Hear My Cry

326.3 Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart

442.3 The Church’s One Foundation

 

SEEKING GOD/CHRIST

79 Kind Maker of the World

177.3 Psalm 24 (Lift Up the Gates Eternal)

189 As Deer Long for the Streams

190 Psalm 42

198 O God, You Are My God

199 O Lord, You Are My God

207 How Lovely, Lord

208 Psalm 84

228 O Thou, My Soul, Return in Peace

231.19 Psalm 118.14-24

232.19 Psalm 118.19-29

235 With Joy I Heard My Friends Exclaim

242 Come, All You Servants of the Lord

326.2 Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart

329 Break Thou the Bread of Life

365 Jesus, Priceless Treasure

489 Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty

510 Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts

511 Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts

 

 

Liturgical Resources

 

Prayer: Out of the Depths #2/”De Profundis” (Psalm 130)

https://www.catholicdoors.com/prayers/english/p05551b.htm

Unfolding of Psalm 69 with expanded prayers offered for each verse to illustrate what it would look like to make the kind of heartfelt humble prayer to God that the psalmist does; oriented toward sin and the cross.   http://sincerespiritualmilk.blogspot.com/2013/01/psalm-69-heartfelt-humble-prayer-to-god.html

 

Opening Prayer (from Matthew 7:7-11, Living Translation) By Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using/adapting

O God, even we know how to give good gifts to children.                                                        But you know how to give good gifts even more than we do.

O God, keep us asking. Keep us seeking.  Keep us knocking.                                                        As your children we pray, Amen.

CALL TO WORSHIP & PRAYER (from Ps.69, New International Version) By Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using/adapting

[One] In the time of your favor, in your great love,

[Many] O God, answer us.

Respond to us with your sure salvation. Rescue us.

O God, answer us.

Do not let the floodwaters engulf us. Do not let the depths swallow us up.

O God, answer us.

Keep the pit from closing its mouth over us. Out of the goodness of your love,

O God, answer us.

Turn to us in your great mercy.

O God, answer us.

ALL: TRUSTING IN YOUR GREAT MERCY WE PRAY—                                  

AND WE WORSHIP. AMEN.

 

Confession of Sin  By Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using or adapting.

*Call to Confession:  God knows every sin that we have committed,                                           yet God loves and calls us still.  Let us turn to God in answer to that call.

*Prayer of Confession:

God, turn my attention to our relationship,

to your relationship with me and my relationship with you.

When I care more about what people say than about serving you, forgive me.

When I am reluctant to express my faith, forgive me.

When I am not as committed to you as I could be, forgive me.

When I do not sorrow for what hurts you in my life and in the world, forgive me.

When I am impatient with you, with others, and with myself, forgive me.

Renew my understanding of your love and my passion to serve you.

(Silent confession)

*Assurance of Pardon (Psalm 69:2, New Living Translation)

God answers our prayers because God’s unfailing love is wonderful. God takes care of us because God’s mercy is so plentiful. Thanks be to God for this Good News:

In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

Prayer of Dedication By Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using or adapting.

O God, we dedicate to you all that we do, all that we give, and all that we are. Kindle in us love for you, that we may serve your Kingdom. Amen.

Children’s sermon:

Use the song “I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor” to talk about how the psalmist feels and what s/he does about it.

See https://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/i114.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xd0cX1dogtk

 

Exegetical Resources

General

Sermon on Psalm 130, which has similar themes of crying to God out of the depths https://www.cross-point.org/content.cfm?page_content=downloads_include.cfm&download_id=270

Exegetical walk through the entire Psalm in chunks:   https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1140-psalm-69-a-plea-for-gods-deliverance

Blog with scholarly and personal reflections on theme of deliverance by an older layman: http://2twokens.blogspot.com/2012/04/diliverance-psalm-691-18.html

Seeking the Hidden God

When You Can’t Stop Crying Out to God: Psalm 69:13 comes alongside Luke 18:1-8 in the example of repeated requests. We often ask for help, hoping and believing that God will answer his children with good gifts. https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/when-you-cant-stop-crying-out-god

Commentary on Ps. 69:7-10, –[11-15], 16-18 from the RCL by Working Preacher; takes up theme of Hide-n-Seek.

http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2023

This one may be a bit further afield, but came up under “Hidden God” and looked interesting: Fear of Death, Harry Potter, and the Hidden God; Audio of a parishioner at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Indiana sharing a sermon exploring what many philosophers have argued is our most primal fear – the fear of death. Pointing to the Christ-allegory in the popular Harry Potter series, Andy goes on to posit reasons for the hidden nature of God as it relates to love, sacrifice, and faith, and death. Listen to this beautiful and profound sermon, and be encouraged! http://standrewsgreencastle.org/fear-death-harry-potter-hidden-god/

Chasing the Hidden God: All the Light We Cannot See (sign up/in/on for free access to whole article): https://www.todayschristianwoman.com/articles/2015/august-19/chasing-hidden-god.html

 

Lament

See discussion of lament in the context of Psalm 69 in earlier blog by Katy Stenta:   https://katyandtheword.wordpress.com/2015/06/09/many-waters-love-lament-psalm-69/

Katy’s blog refers to Many Waters and other works of Madeleine L’Engle; she is an author that insists that God is big enough to handle our anger and/or our doubt. For a slice of that viewpoint and references to which of her books address these themes, see “A Conversation with Madeleine L’Engle” at http://www.leaderu.com/marshill/mhr04/lengle1.html

15 page article by liturgical scholar John Witvleit on the role of lament in worship:

https://issuu.com/pmajorins/docs/reflections_on_lament_in_christian_

Brueggemann on “The Friday Voice of Faith: a serious theology of the cross requires a serious practice of the lament psalms”—why lament psalms don’t get used in worship and why that should change. https://www.reformedworship.org/article/december-1993/friday-voice-faith-serious-theology-cross-requires-serious-practice-lament-psa

ARTWORK: Psalm 69 bulletin cover   https://www.flickr.com/photos/traqair57/3513945347/in/album-72157603288751629/

Summer Seeds Liturgy: #psalms Week 1

Psalms Summer NL Series https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=4073

PSALM 113 First Sunday of Psalms series

This Psalm has pretty good liturgy and exegetical resources at preachingandworship.org, some of which are highlighted below*; see https://preachingandworship.org/search/psalm%20113 to do your own exploring

Themes include God bending down and/or making the barren fruitful (beyond the question of childbearing)

ILLUSTRATIONS

Although this can be credited to Calvin (see https://www.woh.org/devotional/2017/12/24/gods-baby-talk/),  when reading for my dissertation I found the same illustration in Zwingli (who predates Calvin): God talks baby talk to us because this is what we can understand (condescension). Of course now I cannot locate the Zwingli reference…

HYMNS listed in the NL resource above include ones that also include Father’s Day themes, suggesting that the action of God in this psalm could be called fatherly; wish we had a better word for “parenting;” it’s less gendered, but it doesn’t have the same tender overtones…

Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven

  1. 3

Fatherlike he tends and spares us;
well our feeble frame he knows.
In his hand he gently bears us,
rescues us from all our foes

https://www.godtube.com/popular-hymns/praise-my-soul-the-king-of-heaven/

 

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV2zMZ-nZ7k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vmY2ztb5xc

 

Father, I Adore You

https://youtu.be/E640Q6bC64I?list=RDE640Q6bC64I

 

Abba, Father You are the Potter, We are the Clay (more Father’s Day than Psalm 113)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoSVOB6q51A

 

Let Us with a Gladsome Mind

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikz9FmPfdsw

 

Of the Father’s Love Begotten

From All That Dwell Below the Skies

Ye Servant of God, Your Master Proclaim

The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended

HYMN LISTING for Psalm 113 from Hymnary.org at https://hymnary.org/texts?qu=psalm+113&media=text&page=0

From CCM type sources:

https://worship-songs-resources.worshiptogether.com/music/Psalm%20113

 

HYMNS RELATED to theme of SELF-EMPTYING (* indicates also includes the idea of the name)

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Once in Royal David’s City

O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High

What Wondrous Love Is This

Go to Dark Gethsemane

O Sacred Head Now Wounded

Were You There?

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name*

At the Name of Jesus*

The Head That Once Was Crowned

Rejoice, the Lord is King

A Mighty Fortress is Our God

Lift High the Cross

 

BULLETIN COVERS but not sure if/how you can print/save

https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=psalm%20113

https://www.google.com/search?safe=strict&q=psalm+113+bulletin+cover&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj0qdyhu87iAhULZd8KHfetAmQQsAR6BAgFEAE&biw=1707&bih=821

 

LITURGICAL RESOURCES

Prayer of Approach: Psalm 113 from worshipblogspot*

Here’s an opening prayer inspired by Psalm 113.  It comes from the Christian Aidwebsite.

Opening Prayer

(inspired by Psalm 113)

God of all life,

beyond our imagining, and yet coming so close;

you refuse to leave those in need on the rubbish dump.

You give the poor a place of dignity among the powerful.

You make a home for the homeless,’

and bring joy abounding to families and communities.

 

As we gather to celebrate and give thanks

for your harvest of blessing,

may we live within your reality,

share your vision,

and do your will,

that the whole earth may echo your glory. Amen.

~ from Ideas for Harvest: Worship and Prayer, posted on the Christian Aidwebsite. http://www.christianaid.org.uk/Images/Harvest-2013-prayers_tcm15-69840.pdf

 

Call to Worship: Psalm 113 from worshipblogspot*

Alleluia!

Come and praise, you servants of God!

Praise the name of Yahweh!

May God’s name be blessed

both now and forever.

From east to west, from north to south,

praise the name of Yahweh!

May God’s name be blessed

both now and forever.

Who can compare to our God?

Seated high above the nations of the earth,

God’s glory fills the skies.

May God’s name be blessed

both now and forever.

 

Call to Worship by Barb Hedges-Goettl; please give credit if using/adapting:

[One] From the rising of the sun to where it sets

[Many] Let the name of the Lord be praised, now and forevermore.

The Lord is exalted over all nations. His glory is above the heavens.

Let the name of the Lord be praised, now and forevermore.

No one is like the Lord our God, enthroned on high but reaching down to earth.

Let the name of the Lord be praised, now and forevermore.

God raises up the poor to seat them with his princes.

Let the name of the Lord be praised, now and forevermore.

God overcomes barrenness, giving fruitfulness and joy.

Let the name of the Lord be praised, now and forevermore.

 

Call to Worship Litany: Psalm 113 from worshipblogspot*

Praise the Lord!

Yes, give praise, O servants of the Lord.
Praise the name of the Lord!

Blessed be the name of the Lord
now and forever.

 

Everywhere—from east to west—
praise the name of the Lord.

For the Lord is high above the nations;
his glory is higher than the heavens.

Blessed be the name of the Lord
now and forever.

 

Who can be compared with the Lord our God,
who is enthroned on high?
He stoops to look down
on heaven and on earth.
He lifts the poor from the dust
and the needy from the garbage dump.
He sets them among princes,
even the princes of his own people!
He gives the childless woman a family,
making her a happy mother.

Praise the Lord!

Blessed be the name of the Lord                                                                                                      now and forever.

PRAYER*  https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/condescending-godYou are free to share (to copy, distribute and transmit the work), and remix (to adapt the work),  under the condition that you must give appropriate credit to The High Calling, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You should not suggest in any way that The High Calling or Theology of Work endorses you or your use of the work.

Gracious Lord, you are, indeed, enthroned above the highest heaven. You are great beyond greatness, glorious beyond glory. All praise be to you for your majesty and power and sovereignty!

Yet, in love and mercy, you look down upon us. And not only look, but reach down to help us. And not only reach, but come down to be with us in Jesus. And not only share life with us, but take our sin and bear it. How wonderful you are!

Thank you, dear Lord, for all the times you have reached down to help me. How good you are, how gracious and kind! May I live in the confidence of your grace today, giving it away to others.

In the name of Jesus, who humbled himself, Amen.

 

CONFESSION OF SIN  by Barb Hedges-Goettl. Please give credit if using/adapting for use.

*Call to Confession

For most of us, there are times when we do think too highly of ourselves. But sometimes we sin on the other side, thinking ourselves too lowly or unfit for God to care for us. But God loves us anyway. Let us confess our need to understand ourselves as created in God’s image.

*Prayer of Confession:

Although you created us and called us “very good,” sometimes we don’t believe it. We know our failings and shortfalls so well. We are afraid that you cannot still love us. But you know us for who we truly are. You know the places and spaces where we fall short. Forgive us for not trusting your love and forgiveness. Remake us so that we are more and more your people. (Silent confession)

Assurance of Pardon (Romans 5:6, 8 The Message)                                                                        Christ arrives right on time to save us. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. God in Christ put his love on the line, giving himself as a sacrifice when we were far too weak and rebellious to even do anything to get ourselves ready. Thanks be to God for this Good News: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven

CONFESSION OF FAITH from PC(USA) Brief Statement of Faith (1983)

We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father.

In sovereign love God created the world good

and makes everyone equally in God’s image,

male and female, of every race and people,

to live as one community.

But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator.

Ignoring God’s commandments.

we violate the image of God in others and ourselves,

accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature,

and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care.

 

We deserve God’s condemnation.

Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation.

In everlasting love,

the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people

to bless all families of the earth.

Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel

from the house of bondage.

 

Loving us still,

God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant.

Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child,

like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home,

God is faithful still.

 

Therefore, with believers in every time and place,

we rejoice that nothing in life or in death

can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

CHILDREN’S SERMON*

http://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com/2013/08/year-c-proper-20-25th-sunday-in.html

Psalm 113

The psalmis praises the high God who leans over to lift the poor. Either point this out verbally by going through the psalm finding all the high, low, and lifting words before reading it.  Or, line out the psalm with hand motions.  The latter is best done with the whole congregation but could be presented by a rehearsed children’s class who have been invited to be worship leaders by acting it out as you read it.

Psalm 113 with Motions

Praise the Lord!

Arms outstretched palms turned up

You servants of the Lord, praise his name!
Arms reaching out to the congregation

May his name be praised now and for ever.
Repeat outstretched arms with palms turned up.

From the east to the west praise the name of the Lord!

Point to the east, then arc arm to the west

The Lord rules over all nations; his glory is above the heavens.

      Bent arms out to the sides in an expression of power

There is no one like the Lord our God.
      Pointing up with one hand as in a teaching position

 

He lives in the heights above,

Look up and reach your arms overhead

but he bends down to see the heavens and the earth.

Lean over to look down moving your arms out to the 
                  side

He raises the poor from the dust;

Still leaning over cup your hands as if scooping up people 
      below.  

he lifts the needy from their misery
raise your cupped hands a little

 

and makes them companions of princes,

raise your cupped hands to shoulder height

the princes of his people.

      Open cupped hands and reach out to your sides as if holding hands

 

He honours the childless wife in her home;

Hold arms down at your sides

he makes her happy by giving her children.

Rock a baby in your arms

 

Praise the Lord!

Raise hands in traditional praise position

SERMON/ORDER OF WORSHP

https://www.crcna.org/resources/church-resources/reading-sermons/god-small-things

Order of Worship

GOD GATHERS US FOR WORSHIP

Welcome and Announcements

Mutual Greeting

Call to Worship:  Psalm 150

Opening Song: “Let All Things Now Living” PsH #453

God’s Greeting:  “Grace, mercy and peace be to us all in the name of the Father,

and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.”

Song of Praise:  “How Great Thou Art” PsH # 483

SERVICE OF RECONCILIATION

Prayer of Confession

Assurance of Pardon:  Psalm 130: 7,8

God’s Law:  Exodus 20:  1-17

Congregational Prayer

Offering

WE HEAR THE WORD

Hymn of Preparation:  “The Heavens Declare Your Glory” PsH # 429

Prayer for Illumination

Scripture Reading:  Psalm 113

Sermon:  “God of Small Things”

Prayer of Application:  “Father God, although we are so small, we praise you for seeing
us, caring for us, and calling each of us by name.   Help our lives to be a never-ending
chorus of praise to you and help that praise to be so contagious, that others will want to
join their voices to our voices and to the voice of all creation in praising you, from
whom all blessings flow!   Amen.”

Hymn of Response: “All Creatures of Our God and King” PsH # 431

WE DEPART TO SERVE

Benediction:  “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, in the
fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.   Amen.”

Doxology:  “Praise God, from Whom all Blessings Flow”  PsH # 638

 

EXEGETICAL RESOURCES

https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2963 Situates the psalm within the psalter and the Bible itself and briefly addresses the theme of barrenness*

https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/condescending-god God’s condescension as a positive; includes Philippians 2*

https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/how-does-god-lift-poor-and-needy

Reflection on God lowering Godself in Psalm 113 explores how God lifts the poor and needy*

http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1765 From the folks at Working Preacher but from the RCL use of the Psalm, this commentary addresses the literary structure and repeated phrases of the psalm, incl. the “name” in Hebrew scripture; Also refers to Ex. 3:7-8: God’s promise of a homeland to Israel and 1 Samuel 2:2,5,8: Hannah’s Song.*

http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=673 Also from the RCL side from Working Preacher. Addresses the poetic/dynamic, arts-related nature of the psalms, then this particular psalm as championing those in poverty, need and childlessness and promising them a day of justice. Mentions “prayer without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17).*

http://www.word-sunday.com/Files/Psalms/113.html gives a scholarly view of the historical context of this psalm in Israel’s life. Although the NL proposes Psalm 113 as an example of Brueggemann’s category of “Orientation: When life is stable and the world seems trustworthy,” the context instead may be that of displacement and thus disorientation. One could use this to discuss what it means to be a poor and marginalized church that an identify with the poor and the barren one instead of a rich and mainstream church that is more likely to identify elsewhere.

https://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/calvin/cc11/cc11021.htm Calvin’s commentary on Ps. 113

https://www.preceptaustin.org/psalm_113_commentary  Compendium of various commentaries on Psalm 113; includes cross-references, some word study, some hymns.

https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tpc/psalms-113.html Access to various resources on the psalm; site itself is on “conservative” side

https://enduringword.com/bible-commentary/psalm-113/   Verse by verse commentary

https://www.christianity.com/bible/commentary.php?com=spur&b=19&c=113 Charles H. Spurgeon’s verse by verse commentary.

https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/psalms/113.html Matthew Henry’s verse by verse commentary

http://www.env-steward.com/lectionary/lectc/c-ep3-ps.htm A commentary from the perspective of stewardship of creation. Have to admit I didn’t really see/acknowledge this part of the psalm until reading this brief corrective. The short bit on this psalm reads:  “Psalm 113, [is] a “hymn celebrating the Lord as helper of the humble,” as our NRSV note states it. The Psalter was the first great hymnbook of God’s people, and its at-homeness within the creation is known to all. Even here, where the focus is on raising up the poor and lifting the needy, the psalmist thinks of their Lord as being first the Lord of the creation (Lord of time, “from the rising of the sun to its setting,” no less than Lord of the nations with “his glory above the heavens”), the One who uses the creation to “rescue the perishing.” This Psalm, along with Psalm 114, is sung before the Jewish Passover meal. There it stands as reminder of our opportunities and obligations within both Creation and Covenant…. the bond between Creation and Covenant …enables and requires us to care for the needy by attending to our use of the gifts (not “resources” for exploitation) within the creation.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5W1-ELwjyI Audio of Calvin’s commentary on Psalm 113:1-4. Deadly delivery.

https://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/worship-service-psalm-113/Outline & video of worship service based on Psalm 113 from Calvin Worship Institute

Seeds of #prayer: Liturgy for #Easter Abundant Discipleship

Matthew 28:1-10 and Psalm 118: 19-24

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Call to Worship

Jesus, Lord, you have become our salvation.

I shall not die, but I shall live.

I was pushed so hard, that I was falling, the Lord helps me.

The Lord is my strength and my might, he has become my salvation.

 

Call to Worship

Let us proclaim the good news

He is risen

He is risen Indeed.

Come let us celebrate  the resurrection.

Call to Worship

It is a new day, the first day

Come let us see the new creation God has wrought.

See the stone has been rolled away.

Surely, Jesus is here! Come let us worship him. 

 

Prayer of Confession: Lord we confess that we are not always an Easter people. Too often we dwell with our sins, too afraid to confess them, and too stubborn to change our ways. Remind us that you make all things new. Roll the stone in our hearts away, create an earthquake in our souls, so that we too may experience the grace of Jesus Christ we pray.

Prayer of Confession: Lord, we confess that even when the stone has been rolled away and the good news has been proclaimed, we are sometimes afraid to see your glory. We feel inadequate or unprepared. Remind us of God’s favor and grace, and open our eyes so we may see the visions of God’s love.

Assurance of Pardon: Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again. In these words we know the truth: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

Communion Prayer: Risen Lord, we know that you are an embodied God, promising to be particularly present in the holy bread and cup. Send your promised encourager and advocate here. Bless this bread and bless this cup so we can be filled with your life and light. Renew us with the power of your resurrection we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication: Christ alive, be present with us here today, from this moment on. Walk with us into the world, guide our hearts and minds and steps so that we can bring Easter to all the world we pray. Amen.

Hymns

Amazing Grace

What Wondrous Love is This

Christ is Alive!

Jesus Christ is Risen Today!

The Day of Resurrection!

Thine is the glory!

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

Seeds Liturgy Crucifixion: Matthew #GoodFriday Fully Abundantly Human

Good Friday

Matthew 27:27-61 

Psalm 22:1-2, 14-18

Tenebrae Order of Worship I (Extinguish Candles after singing)

Were You there when they crucified the Lord or Taize: Stay with Me

Crown of Thorns: Matthew 27:27-31

This is Jesus, King of the Jews Matthew 27:32-37

Crucifixion Matthew 27:38-44

Were You There when they nailed him to a tree 

Communion

My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? Matthew 27:45-51

Were You There when they left him there to die or Taize O Lord Hear My Prayer

Earthquake Matthew 27:52-54

Nail Sins to the Cross

Tomb Matthew 27-55:61

Were You there when they laid him in the Tomb or Taize Kyrie Eleison 

Tenebrae Order of Worship II (Extinguish during Silent Meditations or Hymns)

Matthew 27:27-29

Silent Meditation

Psalm 22:1-2

Silent Meditation

Matthew 27: 41-44

Silent Meditation

Psalm 22: 16-17

Silent Meditation

Matthew 27: 45-47

Silent Meditation

Communion

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (abruptly end with “cry” before the Alleluias) 

Nail Sins to the Cross

Psalm 22:14-15

Silent Meditation

III. Full Liturgy available here

Communion 

Jesus our teacher, our brother, our friend knowing he was going to be betrayed and die, he took the bread and broke it and said, this is my body broken for you

Then Jesus took the cup and said: “I am poured out like water, and my bones are out of joint”

And even though Jesus knew that he would feel alone, he knew he would call out “My God, my God, Elohim, Elohim why have you forsaken me?” He poured himself out, sacrificing his very self for our sins. Every time we remember Jesus’ death we do so as a proclamation of deliverance for generation upon generation.

Send your Holy Spirit, here, God, salve our wounds and help us, even today to taste your kingdom today. We pray this using the prayer your son taught us….

 

Further Hymn Ideas: Let US Break Bread Together v1 &2

Bread of the World in Mercy Broken

All of the suggestions within the Tenebrae

Lady Jabberwocky

Write with Heart

A Pastor's Heart

Thoughts on Life and Faith

10:00 am Worship @NCPC

Won't You Be Our Neighbor

Martha Spong

Clergy Coach

r e F o c u s

a ministry for transition

Church Set Free

Love is the answer - now what's your question?

Living Contemplatively

Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation

PNEUMYTHOLOGY

ROBERT LAMBERT JONES III

A Spirit Filled Life

Seeing the Sacred in the Everyday

Improvisations

thinking outloud online

G-Free Rev

Knittin' and Preachin'

Infinite Windows

Meditations on faith and art

Mom Meets Blog

Managing motherhood, midlife and a blog

This Everyday Holy

Ordinary Living in the Lectionary