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SECOND SUNDAY PRAYER SERVICES
Join us in Wilson House
Sunday, February 11, 7pm
Sunday, March 11, 7pm
Continues through June 2018
Sunday, January 7, 10:30am
Worship and Communion
ACKNOWLEDGING OUR NEED,
CLAIMING OUR IDENTITY
Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-11 & John 7:37-3
There are two main themes in this passage from John. The first is about human need, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me,” Jesus says, speaking directly to our human yearnings. Who among us has not felt thirst? Thirst for meaning, money, knowledge, intimacy, possessions, fame, or power.
To be human is to be thirsty for something more than what we have, for someone more than who we are now. Advertisers know this all too well and have learned to talk like Jesus! Thirsty to be thin? Young? Sexy? Exciting? Successful? Come to us, your sponsor, all who thirst.
Yet, the second part of this passage has to do with the identity of Jesus. More precisely, with what happens when we respond to Jesus and take our deepest thirst not to the dry wells of the world but to him! Jesus says something radical, when we come to him, he promises that “Out of the believers heart shall flow rivers of living water.” We become transformed. We, who in our human need, come to God, find our true identity in Christ as rivers of living water.
Jesus is not just confined to the relatively small realm of a believer's heart, but the flesh of Jesus amazingly through the Spirit becomes flesh in the lives of all believers, becoming like him—large and life giving: “rivers of living waters!”
Here are the worship song titles and composers for this upcoming Sunday:
And the song of response:
Sunday, January 14, 10:30am
THE WORK OF PROPHETS
Scriptures: Exodus 3:1-12, Hebrews 11:1-3
The story of the Exodus is as powerful told today and it was thousands of years ago. The prophetic voice of Moses has become the model for prophet voices ever since. As Walter Brueggemann recounts in his classic work, The Prophetic Imagination, there is a two-fold movement of prophetic utterance: 1- Passionate Criticism of the ways things are; and 2- Energizing Passion that mobilizes the people toward a more hopeful future. Today, liberals tend to emphasize the critique of culture and social ills whereas conservatives emphasize a distant, heavenly future hope, but Brueggeman explains that both pieces are needed to fully grasp the depth of God’s work within the prophets.
This week we honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as we take a look at his life of being a modern prophetic voice of both critical complaint and hopeful dream for the future. His dream was one where all people, regardless of their differences, are seen for whom they really are, God’s children. Join us as we honor the prophetic legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Worship song titles and composers:
Sunday, January 21, 10:30am
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And the song of response:
Sunday, January 28, 10:30am