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Today’s guest pastor is Minnesota UCC Conference minister Shari Prestemon.
Enjoy today’s service of music, prayers and encouragement. Have a blessed week!
This week’s scripture: Job 38:1-11, 16-18, 25-27; 42:1-6
Job had the worst day ever: all he owned, and his whole family, were taken from him. He was left only with his grief and his questions. He wanted God to explain why this had happened, but God was nowhere to be found. When God does show up, Job’ question goes unanswered. He was given something more helpful. It’s given to us, too: an answer to a question we never thought to ask.
Pastor Glen shares a prayer written by Minnesota UCC Conference Minister, the Rev. Shari Prestemon, written while watching the news late Wednesday night, as Hurricane Laura made landfall and Minneapolis erupted again with violence in the streets. A beautiful prayer fitting for difficult days and painful nights.
Ever wonder what’s going to happen to all those who are wrong? You know, the unrepentant, the non-believers, who have fallen away, who don’t believe the right things or aren’t living the right way, like you and me. That question raises big spiritual problems. But not the ones you might think. This is the third, and last (for now) in a series on Life is a Spiritual Issue, and it begins with Paul worrying about the fate of his fellow Jews, asking who’s in and who’s out.
Scripture – Romans 9:1-5. Pastor Glen Herrinton-Hall; music by Dawn Husmann.
Nothing. We fear having nothing, feeling like nothing. Inadequacy, insufficiency. But Jesus did his best work with nothing, and with nobodies. “Nothing” is another spiritual problem with a spiritual solution.
Jacob, an ancestor of our faith, struggled through this life, not realizing his problems were spiritual, and so were the solutions. Which is true for all of us, most, if not, all of the time. Life itself is a spiritual experience for people of faith, like Jacob. That’s this week’s message from Pastor Glen Herrington-Hall: Life is a Spiritual Experience: Jacob.