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WORD for the Week for April 15, 2018
Third Sunday of Easter

Miracle Sunday is this Sunday!
Miracle Sunday is this Sunday!

Come and Worship!

WORD for Sabbath Beginnings | 8am Border Chapel 

Worship Leader:  Rev. Dwight Haberman

Holy Communion: Most Christians throughout history and also today have never heard of the rapture. With good reason. The word and the notion it embodies a modern innovation, going back less than two centuries. Nobody has thought of it until the 1880's...Apart from rapture theology, will there be a second coming of Jesus?

Passages in the New Testament refer to Jesus coming again and affirmed in creeds commonly recited in Christian worship...To affirm that Jesus will come again to complete what he began is to make a commitment to his vision of the future, the dream of God. The affirmation of the second coming has more than literal meanings. It is the return of Jesus already experienced in the risen Christ and the Spirit of Christ. It is Jesus coming again in the worship of the church- about the coming of Jesus who is already here. Jesus also comes again in the Eucharist: in the bread and wine Christ becomes present to us. What is meant by the second coming of Christ is the ultimate Christian hope. ~Marcus Borg

WORD for Sacred Journey | 8:30am Art Gallery

Reflection: "How do you think Jesus will come again?"

WORD for Traditional Worship | 10am Sanctuary 

Scripture Text: Matthew 14:13-21 (NRSV)

Preaching: Rev. Judy Zabel

Reflection: Miracle Sunday! Do you believe in miracles? There are some problems in the world that just seem insurmountable. What can we do? God doesn't expect us to solve all the world's problems. God does invite us to offer who we are and what we have so God can do far more than we can ask or imagine. Sunday is Miracle Sunday. Please fill out your 2nd Mile Miracle pledge card so we can be a part of God's miracle as we tackle this tuck-pointing and restoration work together.

Also, we will announce the miracle of March Food Share Month. I'll announce the total amount of food donated to Groveland Food Shelf from both Hennepin and Blaisdell YMCA. Come find out how much we collected. It's a miracle! Right here at Hennepin!

For the Children: I know many of you have heard the story of Jesus feeding 5,000 while in Hennepin Kids for LYFE. I love the miracles of that story: the disciples learned to trust Jesus, the people shared, all were fed, all were full and there was so much left over! What a way to live! Sometimes, we live this way and sometimes we make other choices. When have you chosen to trust Jesus? Who do you share with? What do you do with leftovers? How can you share them? Could be a fun thing to talk with your parents and guardians about this week.

Podcast Ministry

Subscribe ( iTunes), stream, or download Sacred Journey & Traditional Worship sermons.

Worship Bulletin Archive

The Bible is in your hands...

You're invited to "dig deeper." Here are a handful of resources:

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church resources:
Worship Bulletins | online archive of HAUMC worship bulletins
Podcast Ministry | HAUMC Sacred Journey and Traditional Worship sermon podcasts
Devotional Ministry | HAUMC seasonal daily devotional ministry
The Life Mosaic | Rev. Nate Melcher's blog about faithful, creative, intentional living
Pause | Rev. Sally Johnson's blog about the contemplative spiritual journey

Scripture exegesis and commentary resources:
Bible Gateway | the Bible in hundreds of translations (NRSV, CEB, The Message, etc.)
BibleHub | parse out the original Hebrew (OT) and Greek (NT)
Enter the Bible | historical/cultural context for each book of the Bible from Luther Seminary
Oxford Biblical Studies | historical/cultural context for each book of the Bible from Oxford
Working Preacher | read and listen to lectionary commentary from Luther Seminary faculty

Art and Music resources:
Art in the Christian Tradition | The Jean and Alexander Heard Divinity Library at Vanderbilt
Hymnary | a resource for both modern and traditional worship music and hymns
Sing for Joy | a worship music and hymn resource from St. Olaf College


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