The Walk: Give (Worship for January 24)

Join us for worship in person (8:30 Lohrville, 9:30 Lanesboro, 10:30 Glidden) or online using this video. The video is designed to be used with the order of worship available here. Scripture is from the Common English Bible, ©2011 Common English Bible, and is used by permission.

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Order of Worship for January 24, 2021

This will be our order of worship for Sunday, January 24.  You can download the order from this link, or you can follow along below.

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The Walk: Serve (Worship for January 17)

Join us for worship today, January 17, either in person at one of our church buildings (Lohrville 8:30, Lanesboro 9:30, Glidden 10:30) or using the video below. The video is designed to be used with the order of worship available here, and contains only the Scripture and the sermon.

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Praying the Scriptures

As we close out the week, I wanted to offer one more approach to reading Scripture, that of reading Scripture to, that of turning the verses you have read into prayer. As with every other approach, there are many ways to do so, but here is one method, adapted from the method our parish used to write Psalm prayers as part of our Lenten devotional last year.

Read the passage through 2-3 times

Questions to ask: (not all questions may apply

  What words, phrases, or images stand out to you?

  What emotions, memories or thoughts does the passage evoke in you?

  What is God called?

  How is God described?

  What is God doing?

  What do the people in the passage need from God?  What are they thankful for?

Look back through your responses:  what seems most important/moving/notable to you?

Put those things together in the form of a prayer.

A structure for a prayer (ONE option!)

  Address God

     Description of what God does

  Requests/Intercessions OR Praises/thanks

  Closing

  Amen

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Order of worship for January 17, 2021

This will be our order of worship for Sunday, January 17, 2021.  You can download the order from this link, or you can follow along below

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Reading for Formation: Lectio Devina

Sometimes, as this previous post outlined, we read Scripture primarily to understand the story or the event. Other times we read Scripture with desire so that Scripture can help us to grow spiritually, so that Scripture can help to shape us into who God is calling us to be. One approach that can help us read scripture for Formation is called Lectio Divina, which is Latin for “Divine Reading”. Lectio Divina is a four step process; each step is has a Latin name, but don’t let that deter you. No special knowledge of languages–Latin or otherwise–is needed to use this method. This method works best with short sections of Scripture (so it is a good approach to use if you are reading 5 verses a day_

The four steps are:

Lectio or Read: Begin with a brief prayer, like “Speak to me, Lord. I’m listening” Then read the passage through slowly, out loud if possible. Pay attention for words or phrases that stand out to you. Some practitioners of lectio read the passage two or three times before moving to the next step.

Meditatio or Meditation: begin reading the passage again, but when a word stands out to you or provokes a response in you, pause. Hold the word in your mind and heart. Ponder the word, what it means, and why you responded to it.

Oratio or Prayer: Offer the word and your responses up to God in prayer. Have a conversation with God about the word and/or the whole passage. It’s o.k. to say “I don’t understand this” or even “I don’t like this.” Be honest with God about your response to the passage, and listen to God’s leading.

Contemplatio or Contemplation: Rest in God’s presence; let your mind and soul be still and trust God’s presence is around you.

NOTE: Lectio is a very flexible pratice, and different people offer different approaches to it. For example, in Adam Hamilton’s book The Walk, he puts Contemplatio/ (Contemplation) before Oratio (Prayer), and for him contemplation is more about actively pondering and asking questions and less about resting in God’s presence.

If you would like a more detailed description/directions for using Lectio Divina, you may find this site helpful.

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Reading for Understanding: The 5 Ws

Over the course of this week, I (Pastor Lorinda) will be sharing several approaches to reading Scripture. Today I’m discussing an approach I call the 5 Ws. This is not a particularly helpful approach if you are reading five verses a day. The 5ws works best with longer passages of Scripture, ideally a whole “unit,” meaning an entire parable, for example, or a complete story (like the story of Jesus walking on water). If you have a Bible that includes “sections titles” (usually in italics), the “units” are easy to see.

The 5Ws approach is a good one if 1) you want to understand what is happening in what you are reading and 2) you have some time to study and ponder.

Start by reading the passage at least once. Then ask the 5 W questions:

Who: Who appears in this passage? Who is being talked about? What do you know about each person named or mentioned in the passage

When: When is this happening? I don’t mean a specific date (in many cases for Scripture, we don’t know this). Instead, look for what happened before or after this happened. If you have a study Bible, you might also check the introduction for clues about when these events happened and/or other “when” information. (For example, you may learn that the letter from Paul you are reading was written when he was in prison). How does understanding “when” of this event/story/parable affect your understanding of it?

Where: Where are the events of this passage happening? Or where are the people for whom this passage was first written? If the passage itself doesn’t tell you, look at any notes you ave in your study Bible.

What: What is happening here? What is going on? What is being said? What does it mean?

Why: Why is this happening? Why is it important? Why was it included in Scripture? Why does it matter to me/to Christians today?

You won’t always be able to answer every one of these questions, and that’s o.k. But the 5 Ws gives you a framework to reflect on and become more familiar with Scripture.

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The Walk: Study Scripture (Worship for January 10)

Join us for worship using this video! Order of worship can be found here. Please let us know you have joined us by sharing a greeting in the comments.

Scripture read is from the Common English Bible, ©2011 Common English Bible. Used by permission. Copyright info for first hymn is in the video. Final hymn is public domain.

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Order of Worship for January 10, 2021

This will be our order of worship for Sunday, January 10  You can download the order from this link, or you can follow along below.

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And Epiphany Treat

Today (January 6) is Epiphany: the traditional day to celebrate the magi visiting baby Jesus (Matthew 2:1-12). We invite you to listen to Mary singing We Three Kings to celebrate the day.

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