and Worship Resources
Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon and Worship Resources
"You shall no longer be called Jacob,
but Israel, for you have striven with God and
with humans, and have prevailed."
Call to Worship (responsively):
L: Where two or three are gathered in His name, Christ promises to be
in their midst. We gather together on this day to draw near to God.
C: We gather together to draw near to one another.
L: Though we are different people with different backgrounds,
C: We come together to worship our God and celebrate our common
L: There is no true worship without unity among Christ's followers.
All: Let us come together in unity to worship God.
(see excerpt below)
by Rev. Frank Schaefer
Taking Our Place in the Crowd,
by Rev. Karen A. Goltz
Enough to Share,
by Rev. Rick Thompson
Sleepless Nights, Genesis 32:22-31
by Rev. Randy L. Quinn
Grace, Genesis 32:22-31,
by Rev. Thomas Hall
God in Lonely Places, Gen.
32:22-31, by DGBradley
Caring For the Hungry,
Mat. 14:13-21, by HW in HI
A Table in the Wilderness,
Mat. 14:13-21, by ML in PA
Beyond the Comfort Zone,
Mat. 14:13-21, by Nailbender in NC
by Rev. Frank Schaefer
I want to start by showing in the
following Children’s Prayers that our quarrel with God can start early in life.
All of these prayers represent rudimentary confrontations...
My mom tells me you have a reason
for everything on earth, but why did you make the mosquito?
Dear God, thank You for the baby
brother but what I prayed for was a puppy....
(find more prayers in
...Confronting God with our issues
is natural, it can start in early childhood and continues through the rest of
our lives. It has been expressed by plenty of bible characters in ancient times
and it is being expressed around us in a variety of forms today.
The Church has not always allowed
open expressions of people confronting God. At times, these natural human
emotions were considered disrespectful and sometimes even labeled blasphemous.
But if you look at our bible text
this morning, we find that not only is it permissible to confront God, but in
our text God is even said to praise Jacob’s confrontational spirit: “You
shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and
with humans, and have prevailed.”
Of course, critics would say: well, yes, Jacob got a blessing (and a new name)
out of it, but he also walked away with a limp.....
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