Sunday, October 13, 2019 - Cultivating Relationships

Scripture

Ruth 3

Hymns and Other Music

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Just My Imagination

Rhythm of the Night

I Heard it Through the Grapevine

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Standing on the Promises

Reflection Questions

How do you determine when to take one’s advice and when to not do so?

What has startled you into action in your own life?

Have you ever had to struggle to do the right thing?

What risks are you willing to take in order to have a better life?

What in your life took every ounce of energy but it was wroth it in the end?

Sunday, September 29, 2019 - Who surrounds us?

Scripture

Ruth 2:1-13

Hymns and Other Music

Higher Ground

Here in This Place

Keep On Truckin

Just a Closer Walk with Thee

Everyday People

You Can’t Hurry Love

We All Are One in Mission

We Are Family

Reflection Questions

How has someone else helped sustain you in living?

How have you cared for someone that had less than yourself in many ways?

Have you ever felt less than because of a label put on you?

What does showing healthy favor look like in your life?

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - Finding a New Way

Scripture

Ruth 1:6-22

Hymns and Other Music

Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours

O Day of Rest and Gladness

As the Deer

There Is a Balm in Gilead

Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)

I Second that Emotion

Living for the City

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Reflection Questions

What criteria do you have for following others?

Have you ever felt pulled between being comfortable and new possibilities? How did you choose?

What is the hardest thing about saying goodbye?

Have you ever felt unworthy of someone’s help? Why?

Have you ever felt embarrassed by your life? Why? How did you handle it?

Sunday, August 25, 2019 - Who is the Beloved Disciple and does it matter?

Scriptures

John 13:21-25

John 20:1-8

John 21:5-8

John 21:20-24

Hymns and Other Music

To God Be the Glory

God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending

Heart of My Beat

I Love You, Lord

What a Fellowship, What a Joy Divine

Reflection Questions

Have you ever joyfully cared for someone that you weren’t related to but were connected in other ways?

Have you ever been disoriented and then come to a greater understanding about something by an experience?

How do you recognize where God is present in your life?

Have you ever been unfairly judged because of your abilities or someone was jealous of you? How did you handle it?

Sunday, August 18, 2019 - Peter: Self Reflection Challenged BUT Built Community

Scripture

Matthew 16:12-19

Matthew 26:69-75

John 21:12, 15-17

Acts 2:37b-42

Hymns and Other Music

Called as Partners in Christ’s Service

We Are One in the Spirit

We Will Go Out with Joy

Reflection Questions

How does who you think Jesus is change how you live your life?

Have you ever felt like you have ever had to hide who you are? Why?

How does love change how you understand who you are?

Have you ever been so excited about something that you wanted to share it with others?

Sunday, August 11, 2019 - Samson: Pleasure Seeker BUT Frees the People

Scriptures

Judges 13:1-5, 24

Judges 16:4-9, 16-25, 29-30a

Hymns and Other Music

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Take My Life

When the Lord Redeems the Very Least

Reflection Questions

Has someone ever given you hope in something when you thought it was impossible?

Have you ever been blinded by your own desires to what’s really happening around you?

Have you ever made decisions that you quickly regretted?

Have you ever had a moment where you wanted to rectify your previous decisions?

Sunday, August 4, 2019 - Mary and Martha: Critical-Unfocused BUT Jesus' Best Friends

Scriptures

Luke 10:38-42

John 11:1-3, 17-32

Hymns and Other Music

God of Grace and God of Glory

As the Deer

You Are My Strength When I Am Weak

All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Reflection Questions

Have you ever felt like you had to do everything?

Have you ever felt like you were unnecessarily criticized?

Have you ever been changed by an encounter with someone else that left your life more enriched?

How has a relationship changed you for the better?

Sunday, July 28, 2019 - Aaron: Poor Decision Maker BUT is God's Spokesperson

Flawed BUT Faithful Aaron gives us some hope for our own lives.

Scriptures

Exodus 4:10-16

Exodus 32:1-5

Exodus 32:21-25

Exodus 40:12-16

Hymns and Other Music

Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

Will You Come and Follow Me

I Just Need U

I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me

Reflection Questions

How often when you don’t want to do something do you default into making excuses?

Have you ever followed what was the easiest path and then regretted it?

Have you ever had a narrow view of something, which resulted in missing the bigger picture?

How hard is it to learn from previous mistakes and then take a new path?

Sunday, July 21, 2019 - the Apostles

Apostles: popularity contest BUT spreads hope

Scriptures

Mark 10:35-45

Luke 22:24-27

Matthew 28:16-20a

Hymns and Other Music

O Lord My God

Be Thou My Vision

Song of Hope

Reflection Questions

What do you really want out of life?

How do you feel when you think someone gets ahead of you?

Have you ever been jealous of someone? Why?

How do you give hope to people you know and those that you pass in the moment?

Sunday, June 30, 2019 - Tower of Babel: a conversation on power

Scripture

Genesis 11:1-9

Hymns and Other Music

Praise, Praise, Praise the Lord!

All Creatures of Our God and King

Come! Live in the Light!

Get Back

O for a World!

Reflection Questions

Where and when have you felt the most comfortable with others?

Have you ever held on to something for all the wrong reasons?

When do you think it is good to be separated from others?

When have you felt like life for you was the most chaotic?

Sunday, June 23, 2019 - "How Did Jesus Read the Bible?"

Does matter how Jesus read the Hebrew Scriptures? Do we gain any insight for ourselves? Why does this matter?

Scripture

Luke 4:16-21

Matthew 5:17-20

Matthew 22:34-40

Luke 24:44-48

Hymns and Other Music

O Lord, Our Lord

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

Called as Partners in Christ’s Service

Love Train

May the God of Hope Go with Us

Reflection Questions

Have you ever read something that gave you new insight into your life?

How do you live a life that points to how Jesus lived?

How do you struggle with loving your neighbor as yourself?

How does your life change because of what you read in the Bible?

Sunday, May 26, 2019 - "Finding the Courage to LEAD through the Life of Esther"

Scriptures

Esther 2:15-17

Esther 3:1-2, 5-6, 8-11

Esther 4:1, 5-9

Esther 4:10-17

Esther 5:1-4

Hymns and Other Music

Our God Is an Awesome God

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Open My Eyes, That I May See

Come, Follow Me

Keep Your Head Up

Standing on the Promises

Reflection Questions

Have you ever felt like you were in the right place at the right time?

Have you ever witnessed someone misusing their power? How did that impact you?

How have you responded in times of great need?

How have other supported you in how you lead throughout your life?

How do you lead when you don’t have all the power?

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