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sermon resources for january 15, 2012 [Epiphany 2B]

sermon and preaching resources1 Samuel 3:1-10

“Did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him”—yet God still calls Samuel. Maybe this is a stretch, but could be a chance to talk about how God calls and uses those who are not yet “Christian” or perhaps a chance to talk about all the unconventional ways God speaks to God’s people.

“Your servant is listening”… Are we? And if we are listening, how often is it “prescriptive” listening, like we are waiting to hear particular things from God when, in fact, God may be speaking things to us we are not prepared to hear? Are we servants ready to listen for God to speak the unexpected?

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

“Bodies are members of Christ” = we are nothing less than the physical presence of the risen Jesus in the world today. Even though Paul is talking specifically about sexual behaviors, the sentiment holds true of all ways we conduct ourselves in the world. Our identity as Christians out to shape the choices we make in our daily lives.

History records the city of Corinth being particularly known for its sexual immorality—no shocker that Paul would address this particular issue in a letter to the Church at Corinth.

Paul says to “flee fornication” as he will similarly say in Chapter 10:14 to “flee idolatry.” In both cases, the sinner commits the error of investing energy into something that is not God.

John 1:43-51

Conversation about Nathaniel could marry up nicely with the 1 Corinthians text. Jesus says in Nathaniel “there is no deceit”—could be a time to talk about conduct and behavior as followers of Jesus.

Crafty is a synonym for deceit. Who is the first person called crafty?... Yep, the serpent in the garden. For us as followers of Jesus to ideally have no deceit in us might suggest we have nothing of the devil in us.

Jesus also says he is a “true Israelite.” Jacob, of course, was given the name Israel. The reference to heaven being opened and angels ascending and descending is another Jacob reference. The difference now with Jesus, though, is that whereas Jacob’s place was holy where the angels ascended and descended, for Nathaniel the person Jesus was holy.


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a field guide to contemporary worship

Now available for purchase via Augsburg Fortress, A Field Guide to Contemporary Worship is a must-have guide for anyone thinking about starting a contemporary worship service, and an essential reference work for those wondering about the nuts and bolts of instrumentation, arranging, working with microphones and speakers, and much more!

A Field Guide to Contemporary WorshipWritten by a church musician and a pastor who have experienced the joys and challenges of this popular form of worship, A Field Guide to Contemporary Worship provides field-tested ideas and hints and a wealth of illustrations.

In this book you will learn how to form a worship team, how to build a repertoire, how to lead effective rehearsals, the basic of music arrangement and orchestration, how a PA system works, and how to arrange/assemble a sound system (including info on microphones and speakers).

If you've already been so kind as to purchase a copy [thanks, Mom], please make sure you take advantage of the supplementary material to the book found in the "Field Guide Extras" section. You'll find a ton of free contemporary worship resources, including a searchable index of contemporary worship songs organized by theme.

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