Sermon Recording- Hallowed Be Thy Name

hallowed be your name
Sermon Series: 57 Words That Changed the World
Messages on the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:5-15

Message: Hallowed Be Thy Name
Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15
Offered 4/10/16 at Trinity United Methodist Church, Sarasota Florida

The Lord’s Prayer informs, forms, and transforms us and the world. – Lisa Degrenia

We have no idea of how to live until we first know who God is.
So when we say that God’s name is holy, that tells us how we ought to live.
Knowing the Creator tells us where the creation is meant to move.
– Will Willimon and Stanley Hauerwas, Lord Teach Us- The Lord’s Prayer and the Christian Life

Hallow has two meanings
1) To holy-fy and honor
2) To make known, reveal

If you claim to be a child of God, a follower of the Risen Christ, live like it and pray like it.
– Lisa Degrenia

Matthew 25:37-40
37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

Matthew 5:16
Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Worship Resources for this Message 
Call to Worship- God’s Glorious Name

Study Resources for this Message
Lord, Teach Us: The Lord’s Prayer & the Christian Life
by Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Willimon

The Lord and His Prayer by N. T. Wright

Fifty-Seven Words that Change the World: A Journey through the Lord’s Prayer
by Darrell W. Johnson

A Layman Looks at the Lord’s Prayer by W. Phillip Keller

Our Heavenly Father: Sermons on the Lord’s Prayer by Helmut Thielicke
Read it for free online!

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I’m excited to now offer mp3’s of my Sunday messages. A huge thank you to Leon and my brothers and sisters at Trinity United Methodist Church, Sarasota for all their help in making this possible. If you’re ever in Sarasota, please drop by for worship Sundays at 9am or 10:30am, or drop by during the week for a chat or small group. You and those you love are always welcome.

© 2016 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
Contact Lisa for posting and publication considerations.

Call to Worship- God’s Glorious Name

magnify psalm 34This worship resource works well as a majestic, spoken call to worship. You could also add music before, after, or in-between the three sections of praise. Some song suggestions are below. Glory to the Name above all names. – Lisa <><

Call to Worship- God’s Glorious Name
ONE- Psalm 34:3 NRSV
O magnify the Lord with me
Let us exalt his name together

ALL- Psalm 20:7 NIV
Some trust in chariots and some in horses
We trust in the name of the Lord our God

ONE- Psalm 148:13 NRSV
Praise the name of the Lord
For his name alone is exalted
His glory is above earth and heaven

ALL- Psalm 8:1 NIV
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

ONE- Psalm 113:1 CEB
Praise the Lord!
You who serve the Lord — praise!
Praise the Lord’s name!

ALL- Psalm 113:2-3 NRSV
Blessed be the name of the Lord
From this time on and forevermore
From the rising of the sun to its setting
The name of the Lord is to be praised

Song Suggestions
Blessed Be the Name (United Methodist Hymnal #63)
Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (United Methodist Hymnal #79)
Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above (United Methodist Hymnal #96)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (United Methodist Hymnal #139)
Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven (United Methodist Hymnal #66)

The Name of the Lord (CCLI Song # 265239)
Good, Good Father (CCLI Song #7036612)
How Great is Our God (CCLI Song #4348399)
10,000 Reasons (aka Bless the Lord) (CCLI Song #6016351)
Great Are You Lord (CCLI Song #6460220)
Here I am to Worship (CCLI Song #3266032)
Forever (CCLI Song #3148428)
The Name of the Lord (CCLI Song #265239)

Leave a comment if you have an additional song suggestion!

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Call to Worship- God’s Glorious Name
compiled by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia © 2016
You are welcome to use this in a worship setting with proper attribution.
Please contact Lisa directly for publishing and posting consideration.

Prayer Station- Crown of Thorns

crown of thorns

Prayer Stations are interactive experiences with Scripture or devotional prompts. A simple, creative gesture can help us slow down and listen for what God reveals. The gesture likewise opens us to respond.

For me, utilizing the sense of touch in prayer takes me to a child-like place. I’m reminded of a less complicated time- a time of wonder, imagination, and play. It gets me out of my head and into my heart. I’m often surprised by the ease and depth of God’s interaction in these encounters.

I pray this idea encourages you to set aside some time to meet God in interactive prayer. If you choose to use this idea, or better yet create one of your own, I’d love to hear from you. – Lisa <>< 

Items Needed

  • small grapevine wreath, approximately 6 inches across
  • wooden toothpicks. You could tea dye them if you wanted them to better match the wreath.
  • Scripture with instructions

Matthew 27:27-31 NRSV
Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

Below you will find several options. Choose one or create one of your own. Whatever you choose, read the scripture first and then pray through the prescribed actions. If you’re writing your own option, be sure to be clear what the gesture represents and what the prop represents.

Option 1- The soldiers mocked Jesus without mercy. He understands our pain. Place toothpicks in the wreath for people or groups of people who are bullied, verbally abused, and stereotyped. Be specific. Remove the toothpicks as you pray healing and new life for the victims and their abusers.

Option 2- The soldiers mocked Jesus without mercy. He was brutally bullied. Place toothpicks in the wreath as you think about instances when you have been the bully and when you have been bullied. Remove the toothpicks as you ask for forgiveness and extend forgiveness. When the wreath is empty, hold it in your hands as you accept God’s gift of new life and pray for an end to all bullying.

Option 3- Place toothpicks in the wreath as you confess your sins. Remove the toothpicks as you ask God to forgive you in Jesus’ Name. When the wreath is empty, hold it in your hands and claim the Good News of 1 John 1:9. “If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Option 4- Place toothpicks in the wreath as you name the various ways Jesus suffered. When complete, spend a few moments in wonder and worship at the depth of Jesus’ sacrifice and love. When you are finished, remove the toothpicks to reset the station for the next person.

Option 5- Supply a recording of a song or a person reading the lyrics of a song or a poem. Below are some suggestions. Persons place toothpicks in the wreath as they listen to the recording. When finished, the toothpicks are removed to reset the station for the next person. Here are some suggestions-

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Prayer Station- Crown of Thorns by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia © 2016
You are welcome to use this service with proper attribution. Please contact Lisa directly for publishing and posting consideration.

Ash Wednesday Worship Resources and Sermon Starters

ash wedensday with palms

Repent and Return
This confession was inspired by a passage from Pauses for Lent by Trevor Hudson and the traditional Ash Wednesday reading from Joel 2.

Modern Ash Wednesday Service
A simple, fresh combination of modern visuals, ancient scripture, the imposition of ashes, and the haunting song O So So.

Blended Ash Wednesday Service
Classic scriptures, hymns, and the imposition of ashes come alongside music by Chris Tomlin and Gungor.

Ash Wednesday: The Terrible, Marvelous Dust
Jan Richardson offers a beautiful and grace-filled perspective on God at work in us and our world. The post includes an original work of art and blessing.

Dust and Ashes
Steve Garnaas-Holmes offers reflection and prayer on the many meanings of the imposition of ashes.

Two Pockets: Healthy, Faithful Perspective
A reflection based on a parable by the well respected and beloved Polish Rabbi Simcha Bunim. “Every person should have two pockets. In one, there should be a note that says ‘for my sake was the world created.’ In the second, there should be a note that says, ‘I am dust and ashes.’”

Lenten Art: Reflecting Dust
A multimedia piece to inspire the creation of your own works of art for the season of Lent

Ash Wednesday Prayer Experience
A set of four interactive prayer stations designed for use on Ash Wednesday. They could, of course, be used anytime when the themes for self-reflection and prayer include our mortality, our sorrow for our sin, and re-commitment to living in alignment with God’s holy will.
Prayer Station 1
Prayer Station 2
Prayer Station 3
Prayer Station 4

Celebrate Together: an order of worship for a blended Thanksgiving service

give-thanksOn the Sunday before Thanksgiving, our congregation comes together for one blended worship service (instead of a contemporary service and a traditional service) followed by a community meal. It’s a joyful time to bring all the musicians together to lead worship, including the children’s choir. We organized the service into three sections- Praise the Lord, Thank the Lord, and Testify to the Lord. We hope it inspires wonderful worship in your congregation. Happy Thanksgiving! – Lisa <><

Welcome and Announcements
Greeting One Another- Passing the Peace of Christ

Praise the Lord
Musical Selection serving as an Introit
Congregational Singing: We Gather Together – United Methodist Hymnal #131 vs 1, 2

Music continues and transitions to next song during the prayer

Prayer of Thanks
VOICE ONE
Let us give thanks to God, Maker of Heaven and Earth,
For the blessings and gifts so freely bestowed upon us

VOICE TWO
For the splendor and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea

ALL
Thanks be to God!

VOICE ONE
For the beautiful diversity of people and cultures across your good earth

ALL
Thanks be to God!

VOICE TWO
For our daily food and drink
For our home and those who love us

ALL
Thanks be to God!
May all receive what they need

VOICE ONE
For minds to think, hearts to love, hands to serve

ALL
Thanks be to God!

VOICE TWO
For all who work courageously
For truth, peace, and justice,

ALL
Thanks be to God!

ONE
Above all, let us give thanks
for the great promises and mercies
given to us and all the world
in Jesus Christ our Lord

ALL
Alleluia!
Praise and glory be to Christ
With the Father and the Holy Spirit
Now and forever

Congregational Singing: Shout to the Lord, CCLI Song # 1406918 (twice)
Affirmation of Faith: Apostles’ Creed, United Methodist Hymnal #881

Musical Selection

Thank the Lord
Offertory Prayer
Offertory Musical Selection
Doxology

Praying for the Needs of Others
Lord’s Prayer

Congregational Singing: 10,000 Reasons, CCLI Song # 6016351
Congregational Singing: All Creatures of Our God and King, CCLI Song # 3608102

Video: The Cure by Journey Box Media
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19
Message: Give Thanks in All Circumstances

Testify to the Lord
Spontaneous Prayers of Thanks
Congregational Singing: Give Thanks, CCLI Song # 20285 (twice)
Congregational Singing: Amazing Grace/My Chains are Gone, CCLI Song # 4768151

Departing Blessing

Call to Worship: Way, Truth, Life

way truth life 900xONE:
A day full of promise
full of hope
full of purpose
from One who is Way, Truth, and Life

ALL:
Thanks be to God!

ONE:
A day full of compassion
full of generosity
full of peacemaking
from One who is Way, Truth, and Life

ALL:
Thanks be to God!

ONE:
A day full of healing
full of grace
full of blessing
from One who is Way, Truth, and Life

ALL:
Thanks be to God!
Hallelujah! Thanks be to God!

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Call to Worship: Way, Truth, Life © 2015 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution.
Please contact Lisa for information and permission to publish this work in any form.

Ash Wednesday Worship Resources and Sermon Starters

ash wedensday with palmsModern Ash Wednesday Service
A simple, fresh combination of modern visuals, ancient scripture, the imposition of ashes, and the haunting song O So So.

Blended Ash Wednesday Service
Classic scriptures, hymns, and the imposition of ashes come alongside music by Chris Tomlin and Gungor.

Ash Wednesday: The Terrible, Marvelous Dust
Jan Richardson offers a beautiful and grace-filled perspective on God at work in us and our world. Post includes an original work of art and blessing.

Dust and Ashes
Steve Garnaas-Holmes offers reflection and prayer on the many meanings of the imposition of ashes.

Two Pockets: Healthy, Faithful Perspective
A reflection based on a parable by the well respected and beloved Polish Rabbi Simcha Bunim. “Every person should have two pockets. In one, there should be a note that says ‘for my sake was the world created.’ In the second, there should be a note that says, ‘I am dust and ashes.’”

Lenten Art: Reflecting Dust
A multimedia piece to inspire the creation of your own works of art for the season of Lent

Ash Wednesday Prayer Experience
A set of four interactive prayer stations designed for use on Ash Wednesday. They could of course be used anytime when the themes for self-reflection and prayer include our mortality, our sorrow for our sin, and re-commitment to living in alignment with God’s holy will.
Prayer Station 1
Prayer Station 2
Prayer Station 3
Prayer Station 4