WORD for the Week for July 21, 2019
Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
A 9-week worship series: The Gift of Wonder
Week 4
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
Scripture Text: Luke 10:38-42 (NRSV)

Worship Leader: Rev. Jim McChesney

Holy Communion : The Gift of Curiosity
WORD for Sacred Journey 8:30am
Scripture Text:   Exodus 3:1-4 (The VOICE)

The Story: “The Gift of Curiosity” – Ann Carlson
Reflection: This week in Sacred Journey, Ann Carlson shares how she came to know curiosity as a spiritual gift and leads us to get in touch with our own inquisitiveness. When was the last time you followed your questions about life, love and God to a new spiritual awareness? How can the things we’re most curious about lead us to new stage of growth, a different spiritual practice, or even a new way of sharing in the joy and beauty around us? Bring a friend you this week to find out more.  All are welcome!
WORD for Traditional Worship 10am
Gospel Text: Luke 10:38-42 (NRSV)

Preaching:  Rev. Judy Zabel

The Gift of Curiosity

Reflection: This week, we will look at the spiritual practice of asking questions. What can we learn from the gospel story of Mary and Martha about the value of asking questions? What are your big questions? What would you ask Jesus if you were sitting with him at a Starbuck's Coffee? How can our questions open our hearts to new insights into the mystery of God?

Use this link to do a finger labyrinth as a wonderful way to prepare for worship this week. See you on Sunday.


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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WORD for the Week is a ministry of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.