Worship Companion – June 26 2022

You are the light of the world…
The Gospel According to Matthew 5:14

Title: Creation of Light
Date: 1824
Artist: Martin, John, 1789-1854

We are sent out to be light in this dark world. In the beginning, there was darkness, and God spoke light into the darkness. John begins his gospel by states that the Jesus the Messiah is the life that shone light into the hearts of mankind. He says that light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. Darkness can certainly seem like it is crowding out the light sometimes, but as Christians we know better than to believe that. We have God’s own Word that still speaks to us today reminding us that the darkness never has nor ever will over come the light. 
When we live our lives on mission for Jesus, the same power that spoke light into creation at the beginning of the world is at work in us to spread a different kind of light into the world, into the darkened hearts of people just like you and I who need the light of Christ to shine on them and wake them out of their slumber. That’s what the great commission is all about.
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Questions to Ponder:
1. What does “gospel” mean? Describe it in your own words.
2. Why is it important to Paul that Christ died for sin, was buried, and was raised “in accordance with the scriptures”? What would be different if Paul just left these lines out?
3. Some people have gone so far as to say “the gospel isn’t in the four gospels” (Matthew, Mark Luke and John). This comes from a divorce of the “events” of the gospel and the “effects” of the gospel. The events of the gospel can be summed up as 1. the eternal Son of God took on flesh in the virgin’s womb, 2. He lived and died 3. he was buried 4. he was raised bodily on the third day in, 5. appeared to many, 6. He ascended to sit at the right hand of God, 7. he is coming again. We can see, then, the gospel is in the gospel accounts, though other New Testament writers explain the effects of the gospel in more detail. How confident do you feel in your understanding of the gospel? What needs to happen for you to be more confident to share it to someone hurting and in need of the hope of Jesus?
4. Is baptism necessary in the life of a Christian? Necessary in what way? For salvation? To live in true obedience? To begin “new life” in Christ?
The Theme in Song:
While this hymn video may not be as “entertaining” as some other songs, the point of worship music isn’t entertainment; it should engage our head and our heart. Nothing does that quite like earnest participation in a rich hymn.

The Theme for Kids:
This great kids video explains all the events from Jesus dying on the cross to the ascension of Jesus to the right hand of God.


Worship Companion – June 19 2022

Happy Father’s Day!
Robins care for their nest

Worship Companion – June 12 2022

Welcome back to week two of our series “SENT.” Each week in June we’re looking at a different aspect of our mission to go and proclaim the good news of the kingdom. This week we’re looking at the sending of the 72.
Title: Seventy Disciples [Click for larger image view]

“70 Disciples” – Greek Manuscript of the New Testament, ca. 15th century

Worship Companion – June 5 2022

Welcome back to the Worship Companion! 
With connect groups starting up again, I want to take a moment to remind you that one of the best ways to use the worship companion is in a group. Whether for formal or informal discussion, the scripture, art, videos and questions are all here to help you wrestle with the text, the message, and ultimately to help you discern what God is prompting you to do.
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Jesus sends out the 12 apostles, wood engraving, 1860

Worship Companion – May 22 2022

Worship Companion – May 15 2022

Breakfast with Jesus
Something about it sounds really appealing. Every new day, and every new start should begin with Jesus. It’s even better when you read our passage from scripture today and find out that Jesus even provides breakfast. You may have heard that there is no such thing as a free lunch, but by the time we’ve reached the end of the gospel account sin the Bible we’ve seen Jesus give out free breakfast, lunch, and supper!
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Worship Companion – May 8 2022

Happy Mother’s Day!
We are excited to celebrate Mothers together this week! Many of us have different stories about our mothers. We’ve known some of them well, connected with them deeply, and come to appreciate them as some of the most formative people God has placed in our lives. While, for others, a mother may have been someone unknown to them, whether by circumstances or by choices that were made. No matter what your story is, every woman has the capacity in her to be a spiritual mother, a role model, and an example of God’s gracious and redemptive power at work in the lives of his children.
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Worship Companion – May 1 2022

From within the storyline of Easter a new story is emerging – the grand epic of “the Church.” We, too, are going to embark of several weeks of discovering God’s plans for us as a church as we examine the first events that birthed the age of Christ and His Church on earth.

Emmaus Road – From The Missional Network – -post by Alan Roxburgh

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We’ll considering several important questions about this passage as it relates to the growing community of the early church:
1. Do you see any significance in the numbers– Jesus met with two and formed a group of three?
2. What were the two doing on their own? Where do you think they were going, why?
3. Why do the 2 run back to join the 11 afterward?
4. Who do you have in your life that you can talk about spiritual things with – deep questions, longings, and hopes?
5. How many different groupings of people can you find referenced in this story? How do these groups parallel groups we can have in our own lives? 
The Theme for Kids:

The Theme in Art:

The Road to Emmaus – Robert Zund

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Worship Companion – Easter 2022

Easter Week at UTMC
Title: Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane [Click for larger image view]

Title: Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane Date: 1430-1435 Artist: Giovanni, di Paolo, approximately 1403-approximately 1482

Worship Companion – April 10 2022

Happy Palm Sunday!
This week we’ve got a great selection of resources to help you prepare for Easter and contemplate our Palm Sunday scriptures.
Title: Entry of Christ into Jerusalem [Click for larger image view]

Notes: Wilhelm Morgner, a German Expressionist painter, trained for the clergy, although he quickly turned to painting as his calling. His close identification with Jesus Christ manifested itself in works that expressed his powerful understanding of the Passion, exemplified here by his color-saturated vision of the Entry into Jerusalem. Sadly, he died a young man, one of millions, on the fields of Flanders during World War I. Still, his discipline to his work left enough paintings to allow reflection upon the creative response to a deep faith and love of Jesus Christ. Date: 1912 Artist: Morgner, Wilhelm, 1891-1917