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Sunday Sept 20, 2020

 

Deliverance in Action: Doubt and Faith

by Rev. Becky Baxter-Ballou

 

Bible Verse: Exodus 16:2-15

 

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Deliverance in Action: Doubt and Faith


Morning Prayer:
Liberating God, we seek your journey. With parted waters, set us free.  With cloud and fire, guide us. With gushing waters, quench our thirst.  With food from heaven, feed us. Draw us out with joy and singing, that we might know your ways.  Amen.


Worship Points:

The Deliverance! Story has shifted beyond God’s grand miracle Deliverance of God’s people to becoming God’s freed people who live by faith in God. The children of Israel are hungry and afraid of the future. The basic question behind their actions/reactions is: “Can God Be Trusted Or Not?”

1. God fed the children of Israel with Manna, which means, “What is it?”

2. When we are invited to give thanks to the Lord, we know how to do that. When we are asked to recount “God’s mighty deeds” how do we do that? Does our answer also include what God is doing now?

3. What is God doing now? With you? In you? In Chapel Hill United Methodist Church?


Manna for the journey:
What does the fourth request from the Lord’s Prayer mean?
"Give us today our daily bread" means, Do take care of all our physical needs so that we come to know that You are the only source of everything good, and that neither our work and worry nor your gifts can do us any good without YOUR blessing.

And so help us to give up our trust in creatures and to put trust in YOU alone.
(Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 50)


Prayer for this week:

Give us this day our daily bread: this is our prayer.  If by our grace you give us more, Lord, help us share.  We are your voice, your hands, your feet; use us to show  in word and deed compassion to a world in need.  We thank you, Lord, for joy and peace, for loving care.  As you have loved us, help us, Lord, your love to share.  Then we will tell of living bread; of Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed that hungry people might be fed. Amen.