WORD for the Week for September 22, 2019
Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
A 6-week worship series: Passion & Practice
Week 3

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 .
Sabbath Beginnings – Sacred Journey – Traditional Worship
WORD for Sabbath Beginnings 8am

Worship Leader: Rev. Dwight Haberman

Holy Communion : How is it with your soul? John Wesley would open all small meetings with the question “How is it with your soul?” That is a far deeper question than the frequent greeting we offer, “How are you"? Can our answer just be deeper than a surface "OK"? Often time doesn’t allow for more or the question is more of a greeting to which people do not want more.  Deeper yet could be, “How is your soul doing?" How is your spirit faring?"

  1. We may find it hard to get past the “How are you” with others. What if we
        at least asked ourselves these questions as a way to deepen our faith?
WORD for Sacred Journey 8:30am

The Story: Faith of the Catcher – Steve Blons & the Community

Reflection:   Steve Blons shares The Story this week in Sacred Journey and leads the community in a shared exploration of faith, trust, and hope. When we’re in a crisis, it can be hard to believe that God is for us, especially if we’ve been shaped in a transactional paradigm of relationship instead of one that is shaped in grace. To move forward often requires a different kind of trust, one that Henri Nouwen described as the trust or “faith of the catcher.” Our worship series,  Passion & Practice,  continues as we see how John Wesley learned this lesson for himself, then incorporated it into the witness of faith that became the Methodist Church. Come and be daring young people of the flying trapeze together as we continue the journey. All are welcome!
WORD for Traditional Worship 10am

Preaching:   Rev. Judy Zabel

Passion and Practice: The Heart of Methodism

Faith Crisis

Reflection: On this Confirmation Sunday, we give thanks for the gift of faith. We also hear what happens when John Wesley has a crisis of faith. What happens when our faith is tested? What happens when we face trials and failures? When has your faith been tested? How did you respond? What did you do to regain assurance of God's love and grace?


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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