WORD for the Week for December 9, 2018
Second Sunday of Advent
Sabbath Beginnings - Sacred Journey - Traditional Worship
There will still be brunch at the usual time as always.
WORD for Sabbath Beginnings 8am
Scripture Text: Malachi 3:1-4 (NRSV)

Worship Leader:  Rev. Dwight Haberman

Holy Communion : Are we Ready?

WORD for Sacred Journey 8:30am
Scripture Text:   Luke 3:1-6 (NRSV)

The Story:   Betsy Barnum

Reflection:     Princes, prophecies, and thunder in the desert! No, it’s not Burning Man, it’s the second week of Advent in Sacred Journey. John the Baptist and Isaiah show up in Luke’s historical recollection of the months leading up to Jesus’ public ministry, and we consider again the conflicting nature of the kingdom (“kin”dom) of God and human empires. In the context of this week’s national mourning for President G.H.W. Bush, the question “Do you hear what I hear?” is a question worth thinking about. As Christ-followers, who (or what) are we listening to? A re we willing to use our voices prophetically to speak life into the deserts around us?  Betsy Barnum shares The Story. All are welcome and all are welcome to bring a friend!
WORD for Traditional Worship 10am
Scripture Text: Malachi 3:1-5 (NET)

Preaching:  Rev. Judy Zabel

Do You Hear What I Hear? Hear!

Reflection:  The writer of Malachi (which is Hebrew for  the messenger  tells us that God is the one who purifies our relationship for the sake of transformation. "The Messenger who will clear the path is like the refiner's fire or the cleaner's soap." Are there any relationships or aspects of your life that need some cleaning up? God doesn't wait for us to clean up ourselves before God reaches out to love us. God loves us first and offers to clean us up so we can be transformed to live a joyful and fruitful life.  

Come and hear a word of hope and grace and then remain for the Sanctuary Choir concert to celebrate the goodness of God!

For the Children and the Adults in Their Lives: Mary and Joseph are heading on their journey to Bethlehem. Next step, have to look at the map. It's going to be a long, winding road and if they know where they're going it's going to go well. When you go on a trip, how aware are you of the route? Who in your family knows the route best? Sometimes, we take the long way, what's called "the scenic route." Do you prefer going the shortest way or the scenic route when you travel?


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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