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WORD for the Week for January 7, 2018
Epiphany/Baptism of the Lord

The Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir will be presenting a concert at Hennepin on Saturday, January 6 at 7pm.  We will be hosting these students in our homes on Saturday night and returning them to the church on Sunday morning where they will also be singing during our worship service. Please contact John Guy at jhguy@live.com to let him know how many students you would like to host.
Come and Worship!

WORD for Sabbath Beginnings | 8am Border Chapel 
Scripture Text: Psalm 139 (NRSV)

Worship Leader: Rev. Dwight Haberman

Holy Communion:  "In your prayer time tonight, we invite you to bring these concerns: Those who need to forget the God they do not believe in and meet the God who believes in them."  From Celtic worship at Pilgrim Lutheran Church - St. Paul.

WORD for Sacred Journey | 8:30am Art Gallery
Scripture Text: Psalm 139 (NRSV)
Reflection: We return this week to our walk through Marcus Borg's Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power and How They Can Be Restored. This week we will explore the chapter simply and complexly entitled "God". We will use the beautiful words of Psalm 139 to reflect on our thoughts and experiences of what we name "God" is a constant companion, what that means and where the struggles arise. We will hear both the New Revised Standard translation of Psalm 139 and also the beautiful, poetic interpretation by Nan C. Merrill. Sally Johnson will help lead the community through a time of talking about, thinking about, praying about and sharing in the experience of this One we name as the More throughout all Creation. 

WORD for Traditional Worship | 10am Sanctuary 

Scripture Text: Psalm 139 (NRSV)
Preaching: Rev. Nate Melcher
Reflection: In this season of Epiphany, a time of celebrating the appearance of the Christ child, we return to our sermon series "Speaking Christian," based on the book Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power - And How They Can Be Restored by Marcus Borg. In Chapter 5, we explore God. There have been many ways to articulate the nature, presence, and role of God in the universe. These ways have come out in creeds and theological statements, but also scripture itself, not to mention personal and collective experience. The ways we've most heard God spoken of, couple with the ways we most often think of God, tend to be the dominate ways we understand God. And yet, is God bigger than our definitions and understanding? Where might God be present in ways we've never considered before? How might God be active in ways we miss? What is God? God is. The mix of comfort and mystery in that statement can take your breath away, but certainly not the Spirit in you.

For the Children: We are spending time this month preparing for the Sabbath to End Homelessness (January 28) we think of all the people who don't have a great place to live. We pray for their safety and think of ways we can help them as a church. We can be glad that Jesus helps us help others and all people are loved by God, no matter where they live. Is there anywhere you can go and hide from God?

Podcast Ministry

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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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