for the 15th Week After Pentecost
September 13, 2020

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Guidance from UMC Discipleship Ministries
This is the 2nd week of a 4 week Worship Series from the Discipleship Ministries. The Series' theme is "Through the Wilderness". The graphics at the top of this page list the topics for the weeks of the Series.

Worship Series: Through the Wilderness
A tweet is floating around that simply says, “I miss precedented times.” How often do you hear that these are unprecedented times? Of course, like all broad statements of that kind, this is both true and untrue. It is true that most of us haven’t lived with a pandemic. The natural disasters and the political and racial unrest all roll together to create a miasma of despair unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. Except we have. Maybe not exactly this, but we know the experience. We’ve been here before. We call it wilderness. It is a regular occurrence in the lives of followers of Jesus. One might say it is standard operating procedure. But familiarity doesn’t mean ease. Wandering through the wilderness is a difficult journey at the best of times. Other times, it can seem impossible. Our task in this series is to help us find our way through the wilderness of this time by allowing the first of God-wanderers in the book of Exodus to speak to us. The stories of the people of God, along with the hymns of the faith in the Psalms, become our guides through the wilderness today.

This Week's Theme: "Into the Sea"
Remember, we are in the wilderness. The people standing on the shore, amazed at what God had accomplished, were not done with their journey. They had only just begun. We are on a journey too, making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. And we have only just begun.
Worship Planning Notes
Preaching Notes

Lectionary Scriptures:

Exodus 14:19-31; Psalm 114 ; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35
Suggested Hymns . DM Accompaniments

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Hymns Considered For this week:
121 - . Verses - There's a Wideness in God's Mercy
129 - . Verses - Give to the Winds Thy Fears (UDM)
560 - . Verses - Help Us Accept Each Other
2238 - . Verses - In the Midst of New Dimensions