18 September 2018

Gathering Music

“I Am Your Mother” TFWS #2059

Welcome

Dr. Danna Nolan Fewell

Music

“You’ve Got a Place at the Welcome Table”

1)You’ve got a place at the welcome table
You’ve got a place at the welcome table
All of these days!

2)We’re gonna feast on milk and honey
We’re gonna feast on milk and honey
One of these days!

3) We’ll give thanks at the welcome table
We’ll give thanks at the welcome table
All of these days!

Scripture

Deuteronomy 14:22-29

22 Set apart a tithe of all the yield of your seed that is brought in yearly from the field. 23 In the presence of the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose as a dwelling for God’s name, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, your wine, and your oil, as well as the firstlings of your herd and flock, so that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always. 24 But if, when the Lord your God has blessed you, the distance is so great that you are unable to transport it, because the place where the Lord your God will choose to set God’s name is too far away from you, 25 then you may turn it into money. With the money secure in hand, go to the place that the Lord your God will choose; 26 spend the money for whatever you wish—oxen, sheep, wine, strong drink, or whatever you desire. And you shall eat there in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your household rejoicing together. 27 As for the Levites resident in your towns, do not neglect them, because they have no allotment or inheritance with you. 28 Every third year you shall bring out the full tithe of your produce for that year, and store it within your towns; 29 the Levites, because they have no allotment or inheritance with you, as well as the resident aliens, the orphans, and the widows in your towns, may come and eat their fill so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work that you undertake.

Sung Response

“A Place at the Table” v. 1 and 5 W&S #3149

Poetry

Caelyn Adams 

Roundtable Discussion

Updating the Text

Sarah Galo and Jessica Miller

In your rewrite of the text …

  1. Who would be the groups of people who would benefit from a tithe? Still widows, orphans, and foreigners? Are there others who should be named?
  2. What might the commandment to tithe look like for us in 2018?

A rewrite of Deuteronomy 14:27-29

27 But do not forget the refugee, the immigrant (documented or not), the homeless, the single parents, the LGBTQ without homes or families that are living in your community, for they do not have any designated support system like you do. 28 And at the end of every three years, bring all the tithes of that year and store it accessible in your town so that 29 the refugee, the immigrant (documented or not), the homeless, the poor, the single parents, the LGBTQ people on their own, the orphaned and abandoned children who live in the shadows on the community may eat and be full, and so that the Lord, your God, may bless you in all of the work you do.”

Sung Response

“God Has Work for Us to Do” v. 1, 2, and refrain

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Prayer: Call to Action

Kurt Houwen

One:
As we prepare to leave this place of worship, we recognize that not all in our human family have a place to belong and be fed. We remember them now by naming aloud those in our world who are hungry for home, for love, for family, and for food.


(Call out names, people groups, situations as they come to mind)

One:
We mourn the violence all around us that ravages the earth severs our relationships, yet we believe that God desires our world to be free of hunger and injustice.

Many:
Together we declare that one day every mouth will be fed and every person part of a compassionate global community.

One:
We light this candle to remind us that as we leave this place, the flame of your justice leaves also, for we carry it within us.

Many:
Give us the courage to carry your justice and joy into the most desolate places of our world until all the earth is restored and everyone has a seat at the welcome table. Amen.

Blessing

People of God, we have work to do. God has invited us to join in the work of transforming our world, so let us go confidently, believing that one day no one will hunger for food, for love, for home, or for justice. By God’s power and by our hands, may it be so.

Sending Forth

“God Has Work for Us to Do”

Mark Miller, v. 3 and 4 (new eco verses – see above music and lyrics)

 

 

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