WORD for the Week for January 6, 2019
Epiphany Sunday

Sabbath Beginnings - Sacred Journey - Traditional Worship
WORD for Sabbath Beginnings 8am
Scripture Text: Isaiah 58:1-14 (NRSV)

Worship Leader:  Rev. Dwight Haberman

Holy Communion :  I stood at the gate of the year and said to the gatekeeper, "Give me a light that I might see into the darkness." He said to me, "Put your hand into the hand of God and walk into the darkness and that will be a better way."

WORD for Sacred Journey 8:30am

The Story:   Frenchye Magee, Steve Blons, Kent Peterson

Reflection:   Happy New Year!
A new year…a new season…a new opportunity to consider the ways in which God speaks through the Christ-event and beyond. We begin this year in Sacred Journey with a focus on Epiphany (the season of light) and epiphanies (those moments of enlightenment and clarity that illuminate our lives and point us farther along the way of growth and goodness). 
Our new worship series centered around the seminal book by Jim Wallis,  Racism: America’s Original Sin,  will offer us the opportunity to experience these moments as a community and as individuals. We’ll begin this week with acknowledgment—that there are no simple, solitary answers to the persistent presence of racism—that our life as people of faith calls us beyond emotionality to spiritual transformation—and that our work is worthy of the discomfort that always accompanies real change. 
Frenchye, Steve, and Kent will share The Story together and take on the role of guiding us into the questions and conversations that allow us to worship well, maintain our center, dig deeply into new ground, and plant seeds of love and justice while we pray for a harvest of peace for all God’s people. All are welcome to join the journey!
WORD for Traditional Worship 10am
Scripture Text: Isaiah 58:1-14 (NRSV) The Message

Preaching:  Rev. Nate Melcher

Reflection: This Sunday, we begin a 6-week dive into anti-racism work and God's call to heal a broken world. The general church has taken different stances on issues of race over the centuries, and not all of them have been loving. As representatives of God's church today, we have the opportunity to work with God to move the world forward in how we treat one another. To do this, we look back to the old, ancient wisdom of the prophet Isaiah, who challenges us to see what we are doing and the motivations for why we are doing it. How we treat one another matters to God. As this 6-week journey unfolds, ask yourself what has been your interaction with racial prejudice? What have you witnessed? What have you experienced? What has changed for the better? What still has a long way to go? And what are you going to do about it? EVERYONE is strongly encouraged to please read along with the book  America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America  by Rev. Jim Wallis. 

For the Children and the Adults in Their Lives: A new year is starting! It's so exciting to have a fresh start, a chance to do it right from day one. Have you been thinking about what you want to do with your new year? Some people make a decision to make better choices and they tell their friends and family because it helps keep them accountable, or keeps them working hard at it. Is there something you want to make a better choice with this year? Talk about it with somebody you trust and hear theirs, too. Then, help each other keep working hard at it!


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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