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Sermon and Worship Resources
9th 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."   
    Genesis 32:22-31

Texts & Discussion:
Genesis 32:22-31
Psalm 17:1-7, 15
Isaiah 55:1-5
Romans 9:1-5
Matthew 14:13-21


This Week's Themes:
Ministry of Compassion
and Hospitality

Christian Unity
Transformed by God


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 faith.

L: There is no true worship without unity among Christ's followers.

All: Let us come together in unity to worship God.




Children's Messages:


Sermon Excerpt

Confronting God
Genesis 32:24-31
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...

    • Dear God, when will my sister stop being annoying? I am down to my last patience.

    • 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 the manuscript)

    ...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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