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Worship Series: "Kitchen Table Giving"
WORD for the Week for November 4, 2018
Twenty-Forth Sunday After Pentecost

Worship Series: "Kitchen Table Giving"
Our fall stewardship theme is “Kitchen Table Giving.” It’s a metaphor symbolizing those times and places where deep conversations occur that shape our lives. From our calendar to our bills, from our work to our leisure, from our income to our philanthropic giving - all of these and other important topics often bear fruit over a table. Everyone is invited to pick up a Place Mat Packet! These place mats feature scripture, stories and essays, journal topics, discussion questions, and other interactive elements. It's yours to write or doodle on either on your own, with a friend, or in a LYFE Group. May it be a unique starting point for a deep conversation about how we steward God's resources as both individuals and as a church. Pick up yours in Carlson Hall, the Art Gallery, the Education Wing, Social Hall, or from your LYFE Group leader. 

This week's place mat is also available for download:

Series Scripture:
For October 28 - Luke 19:1-10
For November 4 - Matthew 6:20-24
For November 11 - Luke 16:1-13
For November 18 - Luke 6:31-38

Sabbath Beginnings - Sacred Journey - Traditional Worship
WORD for Sabbath Beginnings 8am
Scripture Text:   Matthew 6:24-34 (NRSV)

Worship Leader:  Rev. Dwight Haberman

Holy Communion : What happens at a meal when Jesus is there?

WORD for Sacred Journey 8:30am
Scripture Text:   Matthew 6:20-24 (NRSV)

All Saints Day

Stewardship II,  How do we REGARD money?

The Story: Frenchye Magee

Reflection: Long before many of us ever learned the church language of “the communion of saints,” we experienced the blessing of that reality as we traveled the road that led us from our family of origin to our family of choice. All Saints Day is a time to reflect and celebrate those who have been our “saints” not because they were perfect people, but because their presence in our life represents a gift of generosity and grace. Perhaps they provided light during a dark time. This week, in Sacred Journey, we will remember those persons, and ask how we can be faithful to those who are coming after us. If you’re worshipping at 8:30, bring a picture or small artifact from the life of your saints to share at the table and let’s affirm the presence of this “cloud of witnesses” and their great legacy.
Questions for reflection: Pause for a moment to remember the qualities of your mentors, spiritual guides, and other saints that stand out to you. If someone were describing you as one of their saints, what quality would you hope they remember about you?
WORD for Traditional Worship 10am
Scripture Text: Matthew 6:20-24 (NRSV)

All Saints Sunday at Hennepin

Copper Street Brass, Sarah Grudem, Harp, Sanctuary Choir under the direction of Mark Squire

Preaching:  Rev. Judy Zabel

Reflection: All families who have celebrated the life and resurrection of a loved one during the last year have received a personal invitation to worship at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist on All Saints Sunday. All of us will gather to support, encourage and give thanks for the lives of the saints who surround us like a great cloud of witnesses.  We will sing, pray, remember, and share holy communion as we lift up our hearts to God. We will ponder our legacy. Shannon L. Alder has said, "Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you." What stories will people share about you? What will be your legacy?  As our Sanctuary Choir sings, "How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place" by Johannes Brahms, it is our prayer that each one of us will be reminded that death is not the end. God is with us in life, in death and life beyond death. Thanks be to God. 

For the Children and the Adults in Their Lives: You can use the place mat for this conversation (see the link above or pick up your copy on campus). In this week's place mat with the blue plate, there are two questions you can ask each other in your language: when do you feel the safest? Who or what helps you feel safe? When have you felt unsafe and what helped you return to a feeling of safety? A second topic is this: what kind of people do you not spend a lot of time with and you'd like to do better with that? Is it people who don't look like you, people a different age than you, people who speak another language? God designs by diversity and we are blessed to experience many kinds of people!


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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