WORD for the Week for June 2, 2019
Seventh Sunday in Easter
A nine-week worship series: Green Faith
Week 6
Green Faith: Mobilizing God's People to Save the Earth  

This spring and summer, you are invited to confront global climate change from a faith perspective during our 9-week series focusing on Green Faith.

Using the book  Green Faith: Mobilizing God's People to Save the Earth  by Fletcher Harper as our guide, the Hennepin community will explore how "God is calling us to live differently" in the age of global climate change. We will explore how we can and must take action to protect Creation, reconnect to nature-based spirituality, and commit more fully to environmental justice.  

Every Sunday, you will hear Green Faith-themed sermons on topics like "Many Faiths, One Earth," "The Pale Blue Dot," and "Our Kairos Moment." Throughout the series, we're hosting events and programs to explore Green Faith through art, film, music, food, discussion, and more.

Spend the season deepening your Green Faith at Hennepin.
Sunday Brunch
10am-noon in the Social Hall
$10 per person | $25 per family

Our very own (famous!) Chef Warren Seta serves Sunday Brunch... Come eat! It's a time of food, fellowship, and service to one another – made possible through the work of volunteers. Everyone is invited to the lower level Social Hall to join friends and make new ones as we enjoy brunch together.

New price – We rely on your payment to cover our expenses. Please consider covering the cost for a guest who cannot pay.
Sabbath Beginnings – Sacred Journey – Traditional Worship
WORD for Sabbath Beginnings 8am
Scripture Text: Psalm 90:1-7, 12, 17

Worship Leader: Rev. Jim McChesney

WORD for Sacred Journey 8:30am

The Story:   Belief into Action” – John Dunlop

Reflection:   This week in Sacred Journey we shift our Green Faith focus from “Belief into Action.” John Dunlop, our Storyteller for the week, is a board member of Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, a passionate pragmatist, and a grandfather. His commitment to making our planet habitable for the rest of his very young grandchildren's - and their grandchildren's – lifetimes is comprehensive. Expect to be challenged! Invite a neighbor or friend to hear John’s compelling message, then stay to hear portions of the  Missa   Gaia  afterward as Steve Blons and Steven Hobert join the band. It’s a day that is sure to touch head and heart! All are welcome to join the journey.
WORD for Traditional Worship 10am
This Sunday's musical celebration of our beautiful earth comes to us via the  Missa Gaia  by Paul Winter, Jim Scott, Paul Halley, Oscar Castro-Neves and Kim Older. Commissioned by the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in 1981, and true to its annual use on the Feast of St. Francis in NYC, we are including hymns, prayers and communion for the whole congregation!

On Saturday night, our Sanctuary Choir, instrumentalists and guest vocalist Thomasina Petrus will present the  Missa Gaia  in concert format. On Sunday morning (10am Sanctuary), these same musicians are reshaping their music to undergird the congregation in worship!

The music is marvelous on multiple levels. Some of the rich melodies are based on the songs of wolves, whales and seals. Much of the music is being enhanced by an incredible video feast of nature's splendor. The musical palette spans classical (Saint-Saens "The Swan"), traditional (hymn tunes from the 13th C.), Gospel (The Blue Green Hills of Earth), and world music styles (even including Afro-Cuban rhythms!). (Oh, and there just might be a special visitation from some of God's favorites of the animal kingdom!)

Thomasina Petrus is no stranger to Twin Cities jazz, Gospel and theatrical stages. Her musical stylings have garnered the praise and admiration of many, including her appearances at the Guthrie, Penumbra, and Ordway Theaters. She is joined by Minneapolis legends Pete Whitman (soprano sax), Cory Grossman (cello), Jeff Marshak (oboe), Kevin Washington & Marc Anderson (percussion), Gary Raynor (bass - of Prairie Home Companion fame), our own Steve Blons (guitar), Steven Hobert (piano), and Andrew Hackett (organ).

This coming Sunday we will open our ears and eyes to God's Word through creation. To quote Richard Rohr:  The first act of divine revelation is creation itself. The first Bible is the Bible of nature. It was written at least 13.8 billion years ago, at the moment that we call the Big Bang, long before the Bible of words. “Ever since God created the world, God’s everlasting power and divinity—however invisible—are there for the mind to see in the things that God has made”  (Romans 1:20).  

For the Children and the Adults in Their Lives: Sad days. We all have them! Who do you turn to when you're sad? What are the saddest days you've ever had? Are there sad days you think you'll have some day? It's not always easy to talk about the things that make us sad, but it can really help us heal to talk about it with an adult we can trust. God will always listen to your prayers, and God will especially hear your prayers on your sad days!


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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