word for the week
WORD for the Week for February 11, 2018
Transfiguration of the Lord
Come and Worship!

WORD for Sabbath Beginnings | 8am Border Chapel 
Scripture Text: Luke 10:25-37 (NRSV)

Worship Leader: Rev. Dwight Haberman

Holy Communion:  Merciful - "Think how the meaning of these sayings changes if we substitute, as we should, the words compassion and compassionate for mercy and merciful. Be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate." Marcus Borg

WORD for Sacred Journey | 8:30am Art Gallery
Scripture Text: Luke 10:29-37 (NRSV)
Reflection: This week we will explore the theme of 'mercy'. Using Luke 10:29-37 and Marcus Borg's Speaking Christian, we will ask what the word mercy means, how it is similar and different from compassion, empathy and forgiveness. Author Cynthia Bourgeault has this to say about mercy: "When we think of mercy, we should be thinking first and foremost of a bond, an infallible link of love that holds the created and uncreated realms together...It is literally the force that holds everything in existence, the gravitational field in which we live and have our being."

How do you respond to this picture of mercy? When you think of mercy, who or what experience comes to mind? Rev. Stephanie Escher will share some of the experiences of mercy she has had in her work as hospital chaplain.

WORD for Traditional Worship | 10am Sanctuary 

Scripture Text: Luke 10:25-37 (NRSV)
Preaching: Rev. Judy Zabel
Reflection: Speaking Christian: Mercy

This week we are going to talk about mercy. Reflect on a time when you were challenged to show mercy to someone who you think didn't deserve it. Think about a time in your life when you were moved to offer compassion for someone. How are mercy and compassion alike? How are mercy and compassion different?

Don't forget to invite a friend to worship with you this week. Live to invite! We are a church that believes in radical hospitality.

See you in worship this week.

For the Children:  Which is easier for you: to ask for help or to help when someone asks you to help? Both can be tricky. If you ask for help, it means admitting you can't do it all by yourself. If someone asks you to help, you have to stop what you're doing and be ready for that person, instead. But both can be a blessing. When we admit we can't do it all by ourselves, we have the chance to include someone else and make a team. When we stop what serves us so we can help someone else, we get to be on their team to do something great. When has it been easy to ask for help? When has it been hard? When has it been easy to help someone else? When has it been hard? Jesus loves when we get together to make a good team!

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)
David Lose | commentary from the renound preaching professor and Mt. Olivet Senior Pastor
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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