WORD for the Week for February 10, 2019
Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany

Sabbath Beginnings - Sacred Journey - Traditional Worship
WORD for Sabbath Beginnings 8am
Scripture Text: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 (NRSV)

Worship Leader: Rev. Dwight Haberman

Holy Communion :  We live in uncertain times as Abraham did. He took the risk of trusting God and moving out into his future, trusting the promises of God. Can we have that kind of trust? Will we work WITH God to bring the justice he desires for God's creation and all people?
WORD for Sacred Journey 8:30am

The Story: Rev. Bill Mate

Reflection: After five weeks of exploring the challenging issues and truths of  America’s Original Sin , Rev. Bill Mate, longtime advocate for justice and equality, will share The Story this week as we turn our attention to the work of overcoming racism and white privilege. We’ll begin to ask the questions that will point us toward the next stage of reconciliation, redemption and joyful community. Bill, a retired Methodist elder, will challenge us to ask where and how we begin constructing the bridges to the future that God envisions, where justice becomes structural, not anecdotal, and where all persons really are welcomed and encouraged to be a part of God’s work in the world. This second-stage sharing will be a precursor to the community conversation next week that will close the series. Come share the journey and invite a neighbor or friend—all are welcome!

WORD for Traditional Worship 10am
Scripture Text: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 (NRSV)

Preaching: Rev. Judy Zabel

Building Bridges: We're Just Getting Started  

Reflection: For the last six weeks we have been exploring in our LYFE groups and in our worship, what it could mean to build bridges and dismantle racism. It hasn't been an easy conversation but it has been a good one. I have heard from many of you that this series has really challenged you and a few of you have said, "I'm really growing and learning and that feels good!" This Sunday, we will talk about continuing the work of dismantling racism in our world. This is a sacred calling. We're only getting started. How can you continue the work of building bridges in your own life? In your neighborhood? In your workplace or school?

For the Children and the Adults in Their Lives:   In Sunday's scripture, from a letter called Hebrews, the writer is looking all the way back to Abraham choosing to trust in God and how much good has come from that over all these years. Great things happen when we trust God. If you and your family look back, when have you trusted God? What stories of people from your family long before you were born do you know? How did their choices shape your life today?


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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