6.09.13 Worship Confessional

book-of-ruthThis was week two in our series from the book of Ruth and this morning we explored the closing verses in chapter one.

So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem. When they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them, and the women exclaimed, “Can this be Naomi?” 20“Don’t call me Naomi, ” she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. 21I went away full, but the LORD has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The LORD has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.” 22 So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning. (Ruth 1:19-22)

Naomi has gone from full to empty, from pleasant to bitter, from Naomi to Mara. I appreciate what Carolyn Custis James says about Namoi’s plight:

“In her nakedness, Naomi embodies an issue that concerns every human being — female or male. Hiding behind our marriages, families, careers, or bank accounts does not change the fact that underneath we are naked too. What happens to me if I lose my props? Who am I when there’s nothing left but me? God’s answer for Naomi covers the rest of us as well.”

What props are you hiding behind? What mighty happen to your sense of identity and personhood if some or all of them were stripped away? Is God and nothing else enough?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Your Mighty Hand (Shannon Lewis and David Dalton)
  • Because of Your Love (Paul Baloche)
  • Dwell (Aaron Keyes)
  • Reading from Isaiah 6:1-7
  • Silent Prayers of Confession
  • Holy, Holy, Holy/God with Us (Matt Maher)
  • CCO Partnership Update
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message: Ruth 1:19-22
  • Reprise: Your Mighty Hand

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