Worship Preparation

Recognizing the value of preparing oneself for the the worship of God, we encourage you to consider praying through the day’s texts before the service begins—either during the week prior or the morning of the service. In general, the context of a story may be provided here, whereas in the service the primary story may be read alone, with the context informing how we engage that story. Additionally a “sermon seed” is offered for personal reflection and preparation.

6 November 2022

Call to Worship: Psalm 30:2-5, 11-12
Scripture: TBD
Sermon Title: TBD
Guest Preacher: Kate Dilks
(Children’s Ministry Director, FBC Woodstown)

13 November 2022

Call to Worship: Psalm 15
Scripture: Micah 1:3-5a; 5:2-5a; 6:6-8
Sermon Title: “False Faith”

Sermon Seed:
The kind of leader we look to says a lot about the kind of faith and values we hold. When you consider the leaders you lift up, what does that say about your faith and values? What might be different about a faith rooted in justice, kindness, and humility as opposed to one rooted in power, wealth, and dominion?

20 November 2022

Call to Worship: Psalm 122
Scripture: Isaiah 2:1-4
Sermon Title: “False Peace”

Sermon Seed:
How would you define “peace”? Does that meaning stay the same when we are talking about “the peace of Christ” versus “peace in the world”? How is peace achieved in yourself, in your relationships, and in your world?

Advent Begins!!

27 November 2022

Candle Scripture: Isaiah 2:2, 4-5
Primary Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-7; 2:1-4; 3:17-19
Sermon Title: “Ingredients for Incarnation: Anticipation”

Sermon Seed:
Cast your mind back to a time of great anticipation in your life. Where did you feel it in your body? What did your anticipation drive you to do? What would it have felt like to have the anticipation you did but not do what you were driven to do?

4 December 2022

Candle Scripture: Isaiah 11:6-9
Primary Scripture: Esther 4:1-17
Sermon Title: “Ingredients for Incarnation: Participation”

Sermon Seed:
Have you ever been in just the right place at just the right time? Did you know it at the time, or did you realize afterwards? What was easier because of that knowledge? What was harder?

11 December 2022

Candle Scripture: Isaiah 35:1-2a, 5-7a
Primary Scripture: Isaiah 42:1-9
Sermon Title: “Ingredients for Incarnation: Perseverance”

Sermon Seed:
What is an obstacle you encountered and overcame in life? What qualities enabled your success? How did perseverance come into play, and what challenged it the most?

18 December 2022

Candle Scripture: Isaiah 7:14
Primary Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25
Sermon Title: “Ingredients for Incarnation: Presence”

Sermon Seed:
Both Joseph and the Spirit are described as being “with Mary,” but that is very different for each of them. Jesus is called “Emmanuel,” which means “God with us.” What does it mean for someone to be “with” us? What does it mean for us to be “with” someone else?

24 December 2022
Christmas Eve

Candle Scripture: John 1:1-5
Primary Scripture: Luke 2:1-14
Sermon Title: “God with Us”

Sermon Seed:
Presence is a powerful thing. What was a time when you strongly felt someone’s presence? someone’s absence? What has been the benefit of having “God with you”?

25 December 2022
Christmas Day
(11:00 am service)

Responsive Reading: Psalm 95:1-7
Primary Scripture: Luke 2:8-20
Sermon Title: “The Treasure of Christmas”

Sermon Seed:
Reflecting on all the Christmases, birthdays, and other celebrations of your past, what was the best gift you’ve ever been given? What made it so special?

1 January 2023
New Year’s Day
(11:00 am service)

Responsive Reading: Psalm 8
Hymn-Sing Service