Tag Archive: Mark

Nov 10

25th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 33B] (Year B)

1 Samuel 1:4-20 After considering Ruth for the past 2 weeks, we are introduced to another strong female: Hannah. Hannah is bullied by her “rival”, Peninnah (Elkanah’s other wife).  Bullying is a huge issue these days – so why not talk about it?  Kids and youth (and adults) may relate to the deep distress that …

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Nov 02

24th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 32B] – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (inspired by Psalm 127) With God as the architect, our structures will be sound. With the Holy One watching over us, we will know real security. Let every generation place their trust in the Lord! Let us praise the name of the Lord together! Prayer of Confession (inspired by Mark 12:38-44) We …

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Nov 02

24th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 32B] (Year B)

Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 We are all looking for “security” these days, aren’t we?  There are locks for our doors, virus protection for our computers, and even software that guards against identity theft.  In what ways are you – or your congregation or community – seeking some security? Security doesn’t come easily.  For Ruth, she had …

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Oct 28

23rd Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 31B] – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 146) Praise the Lord with sounds of singing! Praise the Holy One, in whom we place our trust! The One who made heaven and earth also sets the captives free. The One who opens the eyes of the blind also watches over the orphaned and the lonely. Praise the …

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Oct 28

23rd Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 31B] (Year B)

Ruth 1:1-18 Ruth is a fascinating figure.  She is determined and forward-thinking – qualities that every Christian should strive to have. Naomi is a pretty interesting figure, too.  She is compassionate and brave – again, qualities that we all should strive to have.  Curious why I say that Naomi is brave?  She urges her daughters-in-law to go …

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Oct 22

22nd Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 30B] – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (based on Mark 10:46-52) Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us! We gather to worship the One who has the power to heal Creation. Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us! We gather to ask the Lord to restore our vision. Prayer of Confession (inspired by Job 42:1-6) Lord, we …

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Oct 22

22nd Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 30B] (Year B)

Job 42:1-6, 10-17 Finally, Job answers the Lord.  He acknowledges that he had spoken out of turn, and he declares that he will repent. The lectionary suggests that we skip over verses 7-9, but they can be helpful in understanding why Job “prayed for his friends”.  It may be good to read the entire passage …

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Sep 28

21st Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 29B] – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (inspired by Hebrews 5:1-10) Christ Jesus prayed to the Almighty, and his prayers were heard. Our Lord followed God faithfully, trusting the Creator in all things. Today, we lift up our prayers to the Almighty, believing that our prayers will be heard. We will follow God, knowing that Christ Jesus will guide our …

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Sep 28

21st Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 29B] (Year B)

Job 38:1-7, (34-41) In a follow-up to Job’s complaints in last week’s lesson, God answers with a healthy dose of holy sarcasm.  This is a passage that begs to be read in anything other than a monotone.  God has attitude, and it should be presented that way. One of the “themes” that seems to run …

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Sep 26

20th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 28B] – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (adapted from Psalm 22, written by D.K. Loving) Our ancestors trusted in God. They trusted, and God delivered them. We seem so little and unimportant, but God’s love and care are for us too. Just like our ancestors, we put our trust in God. Just like our ancestors, we will experience God’s …

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