WORD for the Week for September 16, 2018
Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
Sabbath Beginnings - Sacred Journey - Traditional Worship
WORD for Sabbath Beginnings 8am
Scripture Text:   John 4:23-26 (NRSV)

Worship Leader:  Rev. Dwight Haberman

Holy Communion : “Why does repeating the history of God’s grace, praying, giving God thanks, kneeling with others, and receiving a piece of bread and a taste of grape juice affect us?  I have received the sacrament of Holy Communion and presided over its liturgy thousands of times, and yet I feel utterly inadequate explaining why and how participating in this simple ritual affects the human spirit. That the breaking of bread makes us one and that the receiving of it makes us whole are true, but how this works is beyond my capacity to comprehend or explain. It is mystery.”

Robert Schnase from the current church study book- chapter on Passionate Worship

WORD for Sacred Journey 8:30am

The Story: Passionate Worship: Mystery and Moxie, Prayer and Play

CORE for LYFE, 2
Passionate Worship: Loving God in Return
Reflection:   This week, Sacred Journey is an exploration of passionate worship! If radical hospitality is an invitation to say yes to God’s love, worship allows that ‘yes’ to come to life in ways that invigorate us, bring change to our practices and alter our perception. The mystery of the sacrament and the notion of worship as holy play form the basis of The Story. All are invited to come and enjoy!
Question for reflection: How does weekly worship help you see God at work in the world and in your own life? How are you different because you receive Communion?

WORD for Traditional Worship 10am
Scripture Text: John 4:13-26 (NRSV)

Preaching:  Rev. Judy Zabel


Message Title: CORE for LYFE: Five Practices, Passionate Worship

Reflection: CORE for LYFE series continues so remember to bring your CORE for LYFE Plan booklet with you to worship. We will look at Passionate Worship this week. If you did not get a copy last week, we will have plan booklets ready for you on Sunday. 

Robert Schnase writes in his book,  Five Practices for Fruitful Life:
Understanding the meaning of worship requires looking beyond  what people do  to see with eyes of faith  what God does . God uses worship to crack open closed hearts, reconcile broken relationships, renew hope, restrain harmful arrogance, heal wounded souls, shape personal decisions, interrupt destructive habits, stimulate spiritual growth, and transform lives. God reshapes the human soul through worship. (page 45)
Question to ponder:   How will I prepare my heart and mind so I can worship passionately so that God can do what God wants to do in me?

Also on Sunday:   
Assemble UMCOR school kits in the east entry
Hennepin Kids for LYFE and Confirmation 
Artist Talk, Jean Heidenreich in Carlson Hall
Sunday Brunch 10:00 AM- Noon
Altar Choir starts!

For the Children and Their Parents/Guardians: On Sunday, the scripture lesson sees Jesus meeting a woman at a well and having a good talk. What's funny is they usually wouldn't talk! They were from two different groups who didn't usually interact. Maybe you have that, too. If you're a 1st Grader, do you talk to 5th Graders? If you're a 2-year-old, do you talk to 92-year-olds? Who are the people you have a good talk with the most? The least? Have you ever spoken with someone who you usually wouldn't? Who is someone in your church that your parent or guardian could introduce you to that you usually don't talk to?


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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