WORD for the Week for August 25, 2019
Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost
A 9-week worship series: The Gift of Wonder
Week 9
The Gift of Wonder: 

This summer, get to know God in a new way. Experience The Gift of Wonder in our 9-week summer worship series beginning June 30.

Can you imagine a God who dances with shouts of joy, laughs when you laugh, loves to play, enjoys life, and invites us to join in the fun? In this series we will explore what it means to delight in God, to set our imaginations free, to return to the rhythm of life, to cultivate gratitude, and more.

Using the book The Gift of Wonder by Christine Aroney-Sine as our guide, every week we will try a new practice for opening ourselves to awe and wonder–to God. Spend the season deepening your wonder in God at Hennepin.
Sabbath Beginnings – Sacred Journey – Traditional Worship
WORD for Sabbath Beginnings 8am

Worship Leader: Rev. Dwight Haberman

Holy Communion : Last week’s book excerpt suggested that we are born compassionate. This week the author suggests that we are born having to trust. We are totally dependent. She continues. “Childlike trust is special. It isn’t earned…We are born with an instinctual knowledge that God is trustworthy no matter what we do…" Unfortunately, by adulthood we think of trust more as something to be earned. We need to relearn trust. “Relearning trust in God is, in many ways, the end game of our journey….When awe and wonder flame and curiosity ignites, when we are inspired by nature and learn to see things differently, trust is reborn.” So, we finish a book whose theme is for us to journey on the “wild” path of wonder. It can be scary. But we end knowing that it is the pathway of SIMPLE TRUST.
WORD for Sacred Journey 8:30am
Scripture Text: Joshua 1:1-9 (The MESSAGE)

The Story: Embracing Trust – Jan DeSirey

Reflection:   This week in Sacred Journey, Jan DeSirey shares The Story and guides us on an exploration of  trust . A librarian by profession and lifelong learner by avocation, Jan’s gifts of communication and spiritual sensitivity will be an encouragement to anyone looking to develop their sense of wonder. We’ll draw inspiration from the Old Testament story of Joshua and God’s invitation to intimate trust and authentic relationship at a key stage in his life. Are you willing to trust God as companion and guide on your journey? How do you experience Spirit in those moments of doubt and questioning that are a part of deep faith? Come share the journey with fellow travelers…the warm welcome is just the beginning!
WORD for Traditional Worship 10am
Scripture Text: Joshua 1:1-9 (NIV)

Sermon:  “Embracing Trust” – Rev. Frenchye Magee
Reflection: Our summer series,  The Gift of Wonder,  concludes this week with an invitation to embrace God as our trusted (and trustworthy) friend whose delight in us is total and whose desire to share creation’s beauty is comprehensive. Unfortunately, much of what we have learned to think of as spiritual maturity goes against this notion. We have confused somber spirituality with adulthood, when what God really invites us to is a childlike openness that marks an instinctive quality that author Christine Aroney-Sine describes as “part of our DNA.” Is it possible that we want to grow up, when maybe, God is asking us to “grow down?” We peek into the life of Joshua and peel back the familiar contours to ask some questions. What does it mean to trust God from the bottom of our heart? How do we trust what we can’t see when all around us we see such evidence of hurt and pain? And, how does the vulnerability of trust coexist with the pragmatism of protection. How far are we willing to walk with God to experience the wonderful gift of trust? 


The Bible 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
Sermon Recordings  | HAUMC Sacred Journey and Traditional Worship sermon recordings
Devotional Ministry  | HAUMC seasonal daily devotional ministry

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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