WORD for the Week for October 6, 2019
Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
A 6-week worship series: Passion & Practice
Week 5

You are invited to explore the distinctive heritage of Methodism, which remains passionately relevant for 21st-century followers of Christ who are committed to transforming the world.

Throughout the series, discover how Methodism calls you to use your mind and your heart to pursue holiness and renew your spiritual passion through acts of mercy, compassion and love.

The resource book for the series is Adam Hamilton's, Revival: Faith As Wesley Lived It. You can find the companion video series on YouTube .

All parents of youth are invited to join Rick in the Longfellow room after the 10 am service Sunday October 6. Bring your cinnamon roll or enjoy light refreshments at the open house. In addition to connecting with Rick you can learn more about Confirmation Class, The Youth Lock In, Trunk or Treat, and more. Come and stay a few minutes before you leave church on Sunday!
Sabbath Beginnings – Sacred Journey – Traditional Worship
WORD for Sabbath Beginnings 8am

Worship Leader: Rev. Dwight Haberman

Holy Communion : John Wesley and Works of Mercy. "Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can" - John Wesley’s Rule of Life. It is there on the wall in the church entry. Can you believe it? research cannot find these exact words from Wesley. But there is no doubt that these thoughts gathered from his works are pure Wesley. The Methodists have never been short on mercy. The earliest Methodist church had multiple ministries to serve the most basic needs of people. We at Hennepin carry on that tradition from the Dignity Center and Community meals and more right here and to the Baiwalla School in Sierra Leone and our large support of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Jesus is often called the servant of the poor. Blessed are the merciful.
WORD for Sacred Journey 8:30am
Scripture Text: Isaiah 58:5-9 (The Message)

The Story: Show Mercy the World Over – Rev. Frenchye Magee

Reflection:   In John Wesley’s Methodist way, grace and mercy go hand-in-hand but how do we determine priorities in a world where every cause can be a good one? When does mercy or charity go from compassion to community? And, can we care about physical, social and emotional needs without asking the key question, “How is it with your soul?”

Come and explore these questions together as we continue with the worship series,  Passion & Practice: The Heart of Methodism.  Invite a neighbor or friend to share the journey with you. All are welcome!
The call for Advent devotions is open. This year’s theme is “Holy Surprises”
Email your 250 word devotion to  communications@haumc.org   by   October 25 . Advent scriptures can be found at  Readings for Advent 2019 .

WORD for Traditional Worship 10am
World Communion Sunday

Sermon:   Show Mercy the World Over - Rev. Judy Zabel

Reflection: "Faith without works is dead." James tells us that faith that is just words and religious practice isn't really faith at all. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, felt strongly that works of mercy are an important part of faith. Did you know that Wesley traveled over 250,000 miles to share the gospel? Probably. But he didn't just preach with his words, he helped the Methodist movement spring into action to be love in shoes so they could spread scriptural holiness throughout the land. They did this by being active, meeting needs in their neighborhoods. We do this too. Sometimes people worry that we are too political. Can we be faithful in transforming the world (as we say is our United Methodist mission) and not interact with the difficult and controversial issues of our day?  Lots to ponder. 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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