Seeds David Anointed King: Power & Prophecies Narrative Lectionary

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

Call to Worship 1

Lord, you anointed David as the human King

But then you anointed Jesus as the King of Heaven

We celebrated David’s power with cymbals and tambourines

Let us celebrate you with good works

 

Call to Worship 2

Back of the bread is the flour

Back of the flour is the mill

Back of the mill is the wind and the rain, and the Father’s Will

Come let us worship the source of all power, God Almighty.

 

Call to Worship 3

God often we think power comes from kings and wealth

Yet you remind us of the power of presence and prayer

Kings and rulers are anointed everyday, governments reign in the human world

Yet often truth is more powerful than any human being or structure

Remind us of your power, God, gift us with prophecies of hope

All glory, laud and honor to God.

Call to Worship 4

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary;
 Praise him for his mighty deeds  praise him according to his surpassing greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;  praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!

Invitation to Confess: Let all who struggle with power and empowerment come and lay that struggle at the feet of Christ.

Prayer of Confession: Lord God we all give things power over our lives. We fail to take responsibility. We fear things that are not you. We blame as much as the day is long. We forget that you have the power, we forget that we have nothing to fear but you. Take our confession and transform our hearts so that we no longer give sin or objects or other people what is due to you we pray.

Prayer of Confession: Lord, we are always looking for easy fixes. Like the people of the Bible, we would love to find a King David to celebrate when things go right, and to blame when things go wrong. We forget that only Christ can save us. We forget that Christ does not give us the easy out, but instead requires responsibility and hope. Remind us of who Christ is so that the scales may drop from our eyes and we can see our Savior at work we pray. 

Affirmation of Forgiveness: Nothing separates us from the love of Christ: all our imperfections and wrong turns and roadblocks are nothing in the face of God’s love, so declare and know the truth today and everyday In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. 

Eucharist Prayer: Lord when you came in to the world as a tiny baby, you experienced human life. You felt the wonder of watching dandelion seeds, the love of a warm snuggle and the joy of spending time with family and friends. You experienced the world viscerally, in tactile and concrete ways. You know that we humans have trouble with abstract experiences, so you came to us a flesh and blood human who could skin his knees and hunger in the desert. Then you consecrated the simple, necessary act of eating together, putting your very flesh and blood into this simple meal, reminding us that we only have to call out and you will be particularly present to us in this communion word-act. Come Holy Spirit, fill this bread and cup with your wholeness and wholesomeness, that when we go into the world, we can ignore kings and power and instead pay sharp attention to prophets of good news, the presence of friends and family, and the joy of eating together. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication/Prayer of the Day: Parent God, sometimes our eye gets caught by the flashy things in our lives. Sometimes we forget to celebrate the simple pleasures of green grass, warm homes, and good food. Remind us of who is the source of goodness, and let us celebrate all that is good and wholesome in our lives, we pray.

With Children: Write down all kinds of praise words for God, Hold a parade for God, Do follow the leader/Simon Says discuss power and kingship,Write Letters to someone in power to change something: discuss how power can be changed with truth telling, Tell the Emperor’s Clothes Story.

Hymns

Praise to the Lord, The Almighty, the King of Creation

Thine is the Glory

To God Be the Glory, Great Things He Hath Done

All Glory, Laud and Honor

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#reLentless #truth

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Truth is my weapon of choice. When meeting with adversity and evil. When facing down the human machinations that we call politics, when dealing with the perniciousness of gossip, when hearing a criticism that burns my soul….I choose truth

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Its a chancy weapon, because its a double edged sword, naming who I am in the situation even as it names others. It becomes confession. When you tell the truth you admit to yourself, and all others, that you are but human.

And I am all too human, horrible at remembering the names of my 40 some congregants who I have known for 6 plus years (and I am young), bad at details, fumbling at asking for help when I need it. I am small and frail. Spending a season admitting that I was, am and will be Ash is hard.

But even as I admit who I am, I also admit who God is.

“You are my God” “To you I cry all day long”

“Be gracious to me” and “Gladden the soul of your servant” for all that I lack, God has, and all that I wish for, God knows and all that I need, God is.

Other gods, do not dirty their hands with humanity. They may bargain or scheme with humans, using them or playing with them. But they do not broker humanity choosing to enflesh themselves through their only son.

I will bow down before the Lord my God, and glorify her Holy name, for God alone does wondrous things, stepping beside us in the daily, dirty, beautiful thing called life.

Only God does it all through truth, revealing to us who we truly are

Revealing to us who God truly is

Because you Lord, “have helped me and comforted me”

Praise Be to God

http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=355488475

By giving us a …

By giving us a window into the folk wisdom of an earlier age and revealing the wishes, hopes, fears, disappoinmtents, and frustrations of that time, these stories help us to understand just what is at stake in our own cultural stories. The tales we tell each other and our children not only reflect our own lived experience and our psychic realities, they also shape our lives, enabling us to construct our desires, to cope with our anxieties, and to separate fantasy from reality.” Maria Tartar Cambridge, 1997

Grimm’s Grimmest p. 15 copyright 1997 Chronicle Books, San Francisco

We tell stories to find truth. Tolkien called this the eternal truth in his Mythpoeia essay/poem.

Myths, Lewis told Tolkien, were “lies and therefore worthless, even though breathed through silver.”

“No,” Tolkien replied. “They are not lies.” Far from being lies they were the best way — sometimes the only way — of conveying truths that would otherwise remain inexpressible. We have come from God, Tolkien argued, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God.

Katy’s thoughts Stories help us to understand the human condition in light of the eternal truth, God….our charge is to tell the Gospel wherever and whenever possible, and since Christ’s story is our story, and our story is Christ’s story….the t

wo help us to find where God is…

What we are doing now, our job, is to speak our knowledge/prophecy/stories of God in love. Because that is our window to truth!

And ultimately Fairy Tales are stories about love! 1st Corinthians 8-12 “Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.” In essence the next verse is the Mythopoeia thesis “12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Prophecy

“I’m sorry, I’m a pastor, I tell the truth, its my job”

My defense for my prophetic, contextual and therefore offensive sermon about the Golden Rule telling everyone to love eachother (even if they are right and the other is wrong)

A True Story

A teacher and a nurse are left with a faltering church. The teacher is practical and into appearances and the nurse is into rule following and order. Both women help to run the church for 40+ years. In all probability should either of them not have been there the church probably no longer exists.

Neither woman likes the other (in fact there are rumors of the women’s mother’s hating each other), but they are there the two pillars of the church. In walks a policeman. The policeman is new, and yet he gets to irritate both the teacher and the nurse. The teacher hates how he wants to lay out everything in rules, the nurse hates that the policeman likes to always be right.

A new pastor walks in and insists that God wants all these people to be a church.

The people all wrangle, manipulate, yell and complain.

But the pastor says that God put everyone in this church for a reason.

Much more goggosomen,grumblings murmuring and mutterings occured (See John 6:35-51 about goggosomen)

Then the pastor insisted that the church continue to be a church

Then an argument broke out, it might have been between the policeman and the teacher, or the teacher and the nurse or any combination of said participants.

Words were said, aggression became passive for some and active for others.

And in the end the pastor looked at her scripture, threw out her sermon and preached on the Golden Rule in light of the fight that had taken place not ten min before service.

Jesus commands us to love God, anyone who has loved a person with depression, addiction or bad days knows that love is hard work. Happily Ever After is just the beginning of the commitment.

That is what we are doing here as a church–we are vowing to be together forever, to love no matter what and to work on our relationships.

Who here doesn’t have relationships they need to work on? Church is a place to work on those through the empowering and life-changing love that is personified in Jesus Christ.

And every Sunday, every time we gather, whenever two or three gather in Christ’s name–the tone should be that of a wedding, for we are renewing and living out our vow…

The story doesn’t end happily ever after–because the church is too busy, too busy renewing their vows, working together and attempting to love one another no matter what.

Because whether or not the church needs us, or whether or not the God needs us…

The church wants us, and God wants us….God wants to love us, God wants us to reflect that love unto the world so that our entire being is changing…..

And that is something the pastor will avow to till the end of her time!

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(funny thing, all these professions are public sector jobs, note the above comic portrays a teacher, a policeman and a nurse)

Deuteronomy 6:4-94Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. 6Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. 7Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. 8Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, 9and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

 

 

Mark 12:28-34

28One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” 29Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; 33and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’ —this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question