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God Communicates

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Susie Henderson

on 26 July 2016

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God communicates
in the midst of chaos
Mark 4:37-40
God communicates
through the house
of the potter
Jer: 18:2
God communicates through a burning bush
Exodus 3: 1-22
God communicates
through creation
God communicates through lady wisdom crying out in the street corners... Prov. 1:20
70,000 walk for reconciliation in Vancouver
following Truth and Reconciliation Commission
God communicates through healing touch...
God communicates through the night ...
God communicates through vulnerability..
God communicates through the outcast
God communicates through courageous acts
God communicates through the cross
God communicates in the
dawn of a new day.
God Communicates
God communicates in our going out and our coming in.(Deut 6:4-9)
God communicates
in bread
and wine
God communicates through street theatre
And the people said:
God called to him out of the bush, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ Then he said, ‘Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’ Exodus 3: 4-5

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: ‘Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.’ So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.

Then the word of the Lord came to me: Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.
Jeremiah (18: 1-6)

Wisdom cries out in the street;
in the squares she raises her voice.
At the busiest corner she cries out;
at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?’ (Mark 4: 37-40)
When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Mark 5: 27-28
Then lie on your left side, and place the punishment of the house of Israel upon it; you shall bear their punishment for the number of the days that you lie there. For I assign to you a number of days, three hundred and ninety days, equal to the number of the years of their punishment; and so you shall bear the punishment of the house of Israel. When you have completed these, you shall lie down a second time, but on your right side, and bear the punishment of the house of Judah; forty days I assign you, one day for each year. You shall set your face towards the siege of Jerusalem, and with your arm bared you shall prophesy against it. (Ezekiel 4: 4-7)
And God heard the voice of the boy; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, ‘What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make a great nation of him.’ Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. She went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the boy a drink. (Gen 21: 17-19 not fear, for I am with you,
do not be afraid, for I am your God;
Isaiah 41:10
I came that they may have life
and have it abundantly. (John 10:10
And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19
God spoke to Israel in visions of the night, and said, ‘Jacob, Jacob.’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’
Genesis 46.2
God is in the midst of the city;
it shall not be moved;
God will help it when the morning dawns.
Psalm 46.5
Opening Prayer
Generous God, we know (but we always need reminding) that your love for us is abundantly communicated.
Thank you for revealing yourself to us in surprising and unexpected ways.

Keep us aware and empower us to creatively proclaim the Good news of your unconditional love.

In the name of Jesus we ask that you bless each person here and all that we do during this time together .

A Psalm of Thanksgiving Revisited  Psalm 150
Praise God in the holy temple;
Praise God for God’s amazing deeds!
Praise God for surprising mercies
Praise God who meets all our needs!
Praise God with sound of trumpet:
Praise God with Skype and Facetime!
Praise God with tambourine and dance;
Praise God with joyful tweets!  
Let Wordpress and YouTube tell the story!
Let all of creation praise the Source of Life!
With your preferred
social media device (phone, pencil, date book, tablet, etc.) in hand, take a moment to let a prayer arise from
something there -- a person in your contacts, a piece of work, something on your calendar. Offer the prayer by writing it down, saying it silently or aloud, tweeting or posting it.
Community Prayers
One: We offer all these prayers to the God,
who calls us by name. All: Amen.
The Lord's Prayer 2.0
Our Tweeter, which art on the Interwebs
retweeted be thy post.
Thy Followers come, thy links be done,
on Instagram as they are on Pinterest.
Give us this day our daily tweet and
forgive us our spam as we forgive
those who forward spam to us.
Lead us not into oversharing, but
deliver us from phishers.
For thine is the homepage and the sticky site
and the blog post.
For 140 characters. Amen.
From: Bruce Reyes-Chow, The Definitive-ish Guide for Using Social Media in the Church. Shook Foil Books 2012.
Adapted from Mark Sandlin, The God Article,
Prints available on"
Spirit of Gentleness
Spirit, spirit of gentleness.
Blow through the wilderness, calling and free.
Spirit, spirit of restlessness.
Stir me from placidness. Wind, wind on the sea.

1. You moved on the waters,
You called to the deep,
Then You coaxed up the mountains.
From the valley of sleep,
And over the eons You called to each thing,
"A wake from your slumbers and rise on your wings."
Spirit of Gentleness
Spirit, spirit of gentleness.
Blow through the wilderness, calling and free.
Spirit, spirit of restlessness.
Stir me from placidness. Wind, wind on the sea.

2. You swept through the desert,
You stung with the sand,
And You gifted your people With a law and a land,
And when they were dazzled With their idols and lies,
Then You spoke through Your prophets To open their eyes.
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Spirit of Gentleness
Spirit, spirit of gentleness.
Blow through the wilderness, calling and free.
Spirit, spirit of restlessness.
Stir me from placidness. Wind, wind on the sea.

3. You sang in a stable, You cried from a hill,
Then You whispered in silence
When the whole world was still,
And down in the city You called once again.
When You blew through Your people On the rush of the wind.

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Spirit of Gentleness
Spirit, spirit of gentleness.
Blow through the wilderness, calling and free.
Spirit, spirit of restlessness.
Stir me from placidness. Wind, wind on the sea.

4. You call from tomorrow, You break ancient schemes,
From the bondage of sorrow The captives dream dreams;
Our women see visions, Our men clear their eyes.
With bold new decisions Your people arise.
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