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With All Your Heart Worship Series

In this season of formation and preparation, we again approach the 40 days of Lent from a variety of different perspectives and points along the Christian journey. During this season, new and longtime Christians alike hear the call to return to God with all their hearts, thus entering a season historically characterized by much prayer and fasting. These works of discipline have for hundreds of years served as a means by which new converts prepare for baptism, which occurs as a part of the Easter Vigil. Using the words of Wesleyan theology, we believe all this work is initiated by God, who invites us to come before God with all our hearts.

Because of the duration of the season, this series mirrors Advent in both length and the number of Scriptures chosen this year. With the exception of Palm/Passion Sunday and Easter Day, we kook at selected Old Testament and Epistle readings. These passages work hand-in-hand to clearly articulate the distinct pathway that begins with God’s call (Ash Wednesday and Lent 1) and continues through the process of our own repentance (Lent 2 and 3), reconciliation with God and one another (Lent 4 and 5), and preparation to publicly proclaim our belief in the risen Christ (Palm/Passion and Easter). Every year, then, this season becomes a place for us to revisit and renew our beginnings along the Christian journey of salvation.

March 10, 2019 – God’s Generous Heart
March 17, 2019 – Imitating 
March 24, 2019 – Repenting
March 31, 2019 – Coming Together
April 7, 2019 – Making a New Thing
April 14, 2019 – Preparing
April 21, 2019 (Easter Day) – Believing

Apr 21, 2019
With All Your Heart Worship: Believing
On this Easter sunday celebration, Pastror David reminds the congregation that Easter is more than simply remembering an historial truth of Jesus' resurrection. The Easter story is not complete until we make it our own and we too become resurrected to new life.
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  • Apr 21, 2019With All Your Heart Worship: Believing
    Apr 21, 2019
    With All Your Heart Worship: Believing
    On this Easter sunday celebration, Pastror David reminds the congregation that Easter is more than simply remembering an historial truth of Jesus' resurrection. The Easter story is not complete until we make it our own and we too become resurrected to new life.
  • Apr 14, 2019With All Your Heart Worship: Preparing
    Apr 14, 2019
    With All Your Heart Worship: Preparing
    The visuals for this week tend to focus on the palms from the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Many churches have palms ready to hand out with their ushers, and in Sunday School, children may be learning to fold palms into crosses. As our Preaching Writer notes, however, palms are not found in Luke’s Gospel. Instead, the visual focus is on the coats being laid down to make a path for Jesus. You can take that literally, using coats or fabric, as well as palms, on your altar today.
    Perhaps consider another bulletin insert like the stars in Lent 2. A sheet of paper with a blank drawing of a coat can be a space for people to write down what they need to lay down for the coming Holy Week. It’s an exercise in vulnerability and our ability to be vulnerable before God. What’s the last piece of armor people need to let go of in order to welcome in Christ and walk through the Holy Week with him?
  • Apr 7, 2019With All Your Heart Worship: Making A Thing New
    Apr 7, 2019
    With All Your Heart Worship: Making A Thing New
    In this week's readings, Isaiah writes of the promise of new things from the Lord, a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, all so that people might praise the Lord. What new things have sprung up in our church and community? What ministries or nonprofits act as wellsprings in the desert? In Nashville, I think of the many ministries like Room in the Inn, Open Table Nashville, or Thistle Farms. I might drape woven blankets or scarves made by women in South America or Africa, and light candles from Thistle Farms that were made by women survivors of sex trafficking. In your bulletin, highlight these pieces and tell their stories.
  • Mar 31, 2019With All Your Heart Worship: Coming Together
    Mar 31, 2019
    With All Your Heart Worship: Coming Together
    We have embarked on a “journey of the heart,” walking these Lenten days toward resurrection. Embracing transformation, new possibilities, and new life is what our journey is all about. But we still have work to do before we arrive in the garden with an empty tomb. As Easter begins to appear on the very distant horizon, we might be tempted to quicken our pace. But if we listen to the Apostle Paul, we are reminded that we still need to walk slowly and with great care. Before we can get to the new creation of Easter, we have some repair work to do within our own hearts and in our world. So far on our journey, we have traveled through fruitful fields, barren wilderness, countless stars, promises of God both large and small, and tables where all are fed. Like threads that sew together a patchwork quilt, this week we begin binding together our journey with repentance, reconciliation, and repair.
  • Mar 24, 2019With All Your Heart Worship: Repenting
    Mar 24, 2019
    With All Your Heart Worship: Repenting
    Tradition compels us to think of Lent as a time of self-denial and intense introspection and contemplation. This season sets itself apart as a time of fasting from the luxurious and indulgent. A boisterous feast at God’s table is the last thing that we would expect to see embodied in the words of our lectionary Scripture for this week.
  • Mar 10, 2019With All Your Heart Worship: God’s Generous Heart
    Mar 10, 2019
    With All Your Heart Worship: God’s Generous Heart
    As the first Sunday of Lent arrives, we find ourselves at a border with the ancient Israelites in our reading from Deuteronomy. We are standing on the edge of the wilderness, looking with great anticipation toward the Promised Land.
  • Mar 3, 2019What Now? Responding to the 2019 General Conference Actions
    Mar 3, 2019
    What Now? Responding to the 2019 General Conference Actions
    This morning, Pastor David helps the congregation find a balance between what the Bible has to say regarding same-sex marriage and LBGTQ Leadership and how that MUST be balanced with mercy and love the way Jesus taught us to love EVERYONE.
  • Feb 24, 2019See All The People: The Questioning Crowd
    Feb 24, 2019
    See All The People: The Questioning Crowd
    Pastor David continues the message series based on Luke's version of the 'Sermon on The Plane'. This morning, Pastor challenges the people on Jesus' exhortation to forgive others.
  • Feb 17, 2019See All The People: The Expectant Crowd
    Feb 17, 2019
    See All The People: The Expectant Crowd
    In this second of the series 'See All The People', Pastor David walks the congregation through Luke's version of the Beatitudes. In Luke's version, Jesus teaches the crowd from a level plane, not a mountainside. His emphasis is being present with the people in a hands-on way.
  • Feb 10, 2019See All The People: The Pressing Crowd
    Feb 10, 2019
    See All The People: The Pressing Crowd
    In 2016, Discipleship Ministries began launching materials around the theme “See All the People.” This message of reaching people and expanding the church into the community then began to bear fruit as churches began launching campaigns to strengthen their own disciple-making systems. As we began preparation for this series, we noticed that one element seemed apparent throughout all the scriptural narratives: people who were always present around Jesus because of his preaching, teaching, and healing. Jesus truly saw all the people; and as a result, the people were always with him. As the church makes connections in the community to bring people to know Christ, we would do well to make note of the way Jesus responded to the crowds.
    In the first week of the series, the pressing crowd is mentioned alongside Jesus’ encouragement for his first disciples to go fishing. The image of the fish breaking the nets becomes an image analogous with the people “pressing in” on Jesus. The second week recalls “a great crowd of Jesus’ disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon” (Lk. 6:17). They were expecting Jesus to heal them. This image is a powerful one as we imagine the crowd relentlessly reaching for Jesus, that they might touch him and receive his healing power. Week three involves a departure for our planning team, as we put ourselves in the shoes of the crowd listening to Jesus’ sermon. The message of loving enemies was (and is) so countercultural that it still causes us to question our very instincts as powers threaten to overtake and divide us. Week four, Transfiguration Sunday, presents a dramatic scene as Jesus is transfigured as he stands with Moses and Elijah. Jesus, Peter, John, and James then descended the mountain, and Jesus healed a boy with a demon—to the astonishment of “a great crowd” (Lk. 9:37).