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Sermon - Voices Together and the Worlds Worship Creates

Speakers: Joel Miller and Katie Graber

Texts: Isaiah 42:10-11 (VT 106); Revelation 7:9-12 (VT 110)

 

Joel – For a while now we’ve wanted to have a worship series featuring our new hymnal.  For a while now, conditions have been less than ideal for a full communal experience of these new, familiar, and thoughtfully reworded, songs and liturgies.

After several postponed attempts, we’re going for it.

Our last hymnal, the blue one, Hymnal a Worship Book, served the church well for the last 28 years.  If you want to get dramatic and deep time about it, we could say the last hymnal, since its publication in 1992, brought us through the end of the 20th century, into the new millennium.  And now Voices Together has been conceived in that new millennium, born in the pandemic,...

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Order of Worship | September 26

Prelude

Welcome 

Names and Naming

Land Acknowledgement 

Call to Worship

     Come, let us gather for worship. 

From every corner and all the myriad paths we find ourselves on,

Let us gather now to praise the God who walks among us.                                                            

God of every season, guide our steps.

 

Come those from the West,

where sunsets mark the close of day, the transition into rest, 

and a letting go of all the good that could not be done.                                                                            

God of every season, guide our steps.

 

Come those from the North,

where stars point the way through uncertain paths,

darkness offers space for contemplation,                                                                   

God of every season, guide our steps.

 

Come those from...

 

 

 

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Sermon Manuscript | First fruits and last fruits 

Text: Leviticus 23:9-14;22

Speaker: Joel Miller

Anytime the primary reading of the day comes from Leviticus, you know you’re in for a treat. 

Much of what’s written there doesn’t exactly have direct application for the present day.  Parts of today’s reading are no exception, involving the particularities of priestly duties – an offering of a year-old lamb;, a grain offering measuring two-tenths of an ephah, mixed with oil; a drink offering of wine measuring ¼ of a hin.  They don't teach that in seminary anymore.

But Leviticus is also the source of one of two teachings Jesus cites when asked about the greatest commandment: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  Leviticus 19:18.  Upon this teaching, Jesus said, hang all the law and prophets.  With this, Jesus was affirming what other rabbis like the great Hillel, had already taught.  That same chapter goes even further.  Leviticus 19:34 -...

 

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Sermon Manuscript: A Story of Embodiment

Speaker: Sarah Werner

Good morning. It’s nice to be with you all this morning, near and far. It’s also nice to preach to actual humans instead of to the emptiness of my computer screen.

This passage from 1 Kings is one of my favorites in the Bible because it’s one of the relatively few times that God is depicted as walking on the earth. God doesn’t make very many in-person appearances outside of Genesis and Exodus. After the Israelites are done wandering in the wilderness it seems like God isn’t as visibly present to humans. But here is Elijah, having fled to the wilderness after killing the prophets of a rival god, Baal, and Jezebel is hunting for him. He asks God to kill him because he’s as good as dead. But the Word of the Lord...

 

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Sermon | The next circle outward

Speaker: Joel Miller

To hear the story of Jesus and the Syrophoenician woman is to witness a transition in the making. 

One of the pulls for me toward focusing on transitions this summer was personal.  Maybe it had to do with turning 40 a few years ago.  Or maybe it had to do with the realization that our oldest daughters are now closer in proximity to young adulthood than I am – they approaching the front door, me having exited the back door - whenever that was.  Maybe it has to do with an evolving inner sense of time, more aware than ever of how this life I call my own extends back well before my birth through ancestors and geological time, and forward past my own death. 

One of the responses from people I’ve talked...

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