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May
27
Fri
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
May 27 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays is now in its fourth year of preparing, serving, and delivering hot lunches to homebound persons in Newport (Spruce Run, Plowscrew, Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, & Maybrook).  Meals are also available weekly for dine-in and carry-out between 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  COVID-19 grants have made it possible for Newport Cares to partner with Chef Jud Flynn from On-Site Culinary & The Millstone Kitchen (located in the old Prices Fork Elementary School) to provide the delicious entrees.  Special thanks to the members of the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad for their dedication to the delivery of these meals!

May
29
Sun
Seventh Sunday of Easter @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
May 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

During the Season of Easter, NMO-UMC is focusing on The Lord’s Prayer.  We will explore each petition and its meaning in the Bible, what we ask of God and what we ask of ourselves through its words, and how to use it as a pattern for our own prayer life.

When we pray “Thine,” not mine, we commit to use the power and influence we have for God’s good purposes.  Our message, For Thine Is the Kingdom, Power, & Glory, will come from Revelation 7:9-12.

Revelation 7:9-12 (NRSV)

9After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands.  10They cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”  11And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12singing, “Amen!  Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever!  Amen.”

Jun
3
Fri
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Jun 3 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays is now in its fourth year of preparing, serving, and delivering hot lunches to homebound persons in Newport (Spruce Run, Plowscrew, Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, & Maybrook).  Meals are also available weekly for dine-in and carry-out between 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  COVID-19 grants have made it possible for Newport Cares to partner with Chef Jud Flynn from On-Site Culinary & The Millstone Kitchen (located in the old Prices Fork Elementary School) to provide the delicious entrees.  Special thanks to the members of the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad for their dedication to the delivery of these meals!

Jun
5
Sun
Pentecost Sunday @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Jun 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jun
10
Fri
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Jun 10 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays is now in its fourth year of preparing, serving, and delivering hot lunches to homebound persons in Newport (Spruce Run, Plowscrew, Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, & Maybrook).  Meals are also available weekly for dine-in and carry-out between 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  COVID-19 grants have made it possible for Newport Cares to partner with Chef Jud Flynn from On-Site Culinary & The Millstone Kitchen (located in the old Prices Fork Elementary School) to provide the delicious entrees.  Special thanks to the members of the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad for their dedication to the delivery of these meals!

Jun
11
Sat
Ice Cream Supper @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Jun
12
Sun
Trinity Sunday @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Jun 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

A number of moving prayers can be found in the Old Testament.  These prayers fall across the continuum of joy to lament, revealing the depths of human experience and the majestic grace of a loving God who hears everything and takes every prayer to heart.  Following the insights and wisdom of world-renowned Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann, we will explore some of these ancient prayers and how they might help make prayer come alive for us today.  Among the prayers to be explored are those of Abraham, Moses, Hannah, David, Solomon, Jonah, Jeremiah, Hezekiah, Nehemiah, Daniel, and Job.

Referencing Abraham’s intercessory prayer for the city of Sodom, Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann offers: “prayer that moves into and against the disorder of the world in passionate intercession is perhaps the deepest, most dangerous, and most compelling prayer in biblical faith.”  Our message, The Audacity of Prayer, will come from Genesis 18:22-33.

Genesis 18:22-33 (NRSV)

22So the men turned from there, and went toward Sodom, while Abraham remained standing before the Lord.

23Then Abraham came near and said, “Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?  24Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will you then sweep away the place and not forgive it for the fifty righteous who are in it?  25Far be it from you to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked!  Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?”  26And the Lord said, “If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will forgive the whole place for their sake.”  27Abraham answered, “Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.  28Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking?  Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?” And he said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.”  29Again he spoke to him, “Suppose forty are found there.”  He answered, “For the sake of forty I will not do it.”  30Then he said, “Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I speak. Suppose thirty are found there.” He answered, “I will not do it, if I find thirty there.” 31He said, “Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.” 3 2Then he said, “Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I speak just once more.  Suppose ten are found there.”  He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.”  33And the Lord went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.

Jun
17
Fri
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Jun 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays is now in its fourth year of preparing, serving, and delivering hot lunches to homebound persons in Newport (Spruce Run, Plowscrew, Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, & Maybrook).  Meals are also available weekly for dine-in and carry-out between 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  COVID-19 grants have made it possible for Newport Cares to partner with Chef Jud Flynn from On-Site Culinary & The Millstone Kitchen (located in the old Prices Fork Elementary School) to provide the delicious entrees.  Special thanks to the members of the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad for their dedication to the delivery of these meals!

Jun
19
Sun
Second Sunday after Pentecost @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Jun 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

A number of moving prayers can be found in the Old Testament.  These prayers fall across the continuum of joy to lament, revealing the depths of human experience and the majestic grace of a loving God who hears everything and takes every prayer to heart.  Following the insights and wisdom of world-renowned Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann, we will explore some of these ancient prayers and how they might help make prayer come alive for us today.  Among the prayers to be explored are those of Abraham, Moses, Hannah, David, Solomon, Jonah, Jeremiah, Hezekiah, Nehemiah, Daniel, and Job.

Caught between an angry people and an angry God, Moses stands in the breach, his prayer revealing his immense love for Israel and serving as a desperate plea to God for continued mercy upon them.  Our message, Standing in the Breech, will come from Numbers 14:1-23.

Numbers 14:1-23 (NRSV)

1Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night.  2And all the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron; the whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt!  Or would that we had died in this wilderness!  3Why is the Lord bringing us into this land to fall by the sword?  Our wives and our little ones will become booty; would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?”  4So they said to one another, “Let us choose a captain, and go back to Egypt.”

5Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the Israelites.  6And Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes 7and said to all the congregation of the Israelites, “The land that we went through as spies is an exceedingly good land.  8If the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey.  9Only, do not rebel against the Lord; and do not fear the people of the land, for they are no more than bread for us; their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.”  10But the whole congregation threatened to stone them.  Then the glory of the Lord appeared at the tent of meeting to all the Israelites.

11And the Lord said to Moses, “How long will this people despise me? And how long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them?  12I will strike them with pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.” 13But Moses said to the Lord, “Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for in your might you brought up this people from among them, 14and they will tell the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that you, O Lord, are in the midst of this people; for you, O Lord, are seen face to face, and your cloud stands over them and you go in front of them, in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night.  15Now if you kill this people all at one time, then the nations who have heard about you will say, 16‘It is because the Lord was not able to bring this people into the land he swore to give them that he has slaughtered them in the wilderness.’  17And now, therefore, let the power of the Lord be great in the way that you promised when you spoke, saying, 18‘The Lord is slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the parents upon the children to the third and the fourth generation.’  19Forgive the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of your steadfast love, just as you have pardoned this people, from Egypt even until now.”

20Then the Lord said, “I do forgive, just as you have asked; 21nevertheless—as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord— 22none of the people who have seen my glory and the signs that I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and yet have tested me these ten times and have not obeyed my voice, 23shall see the land that I swore to give to their ancestors; none of those who despised me shall see it.

Jun
24
Fri
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Jun 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays is now in its fourth year of preparing, serving, and delivering hot lunches to homebound persons in Newport (Spruce Run, Plowscrew, Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, & Maybrook).  Meals are also available weekly for dine-in and carry-out between 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  COVID-19 grants have made it possible for Newport Cares to partner with Chef Jud Flynn from On-Site Culinary & The Millstone Kitchen (located in the old Prices Fork Elementary School) to provide the delicious entrees.  Special thanks to the members of the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad for their dedication to the delivery of these meals!

Jun
26
Sun
Third Sunday after Pentecost @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Jun 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

A number of moving prayers can be found in the Old Testament.  These prayers fall across the continuum of joy to lament, revealing the depths of human experience and the majestic grace of a loving God who hears everything and takes every prayer to heart.  Following the insights and wisdom of world-renowned Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann, we will explore some of these ancient prayers and how they might help make prayer come alive for us today.  Among the prayers to be explored are those of Abraham, Moses, Hannah, David, Solomon, Jonah, Jeremiah, Hezekiah, Nehemiah, Daniel, and Job.

The “Song of Hannah” is a prayer of exuberant celebration reminding us that we have received more than we expected, and we have expected even more than we dared to hope.  We join Hannah’s prayer imagining that the One who created the world will not finish until the world is brought to full, abundant life.  Our message, The Power of Praise, will come from 1 Samuel 2:1-10.

1 Samuel 2:1-10 (NRSV)

1Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the Lord; my strength is exalted in my God.  My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in my victory.  2“There is no Holy One like the Lord, no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.  3Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.  4The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble gird on strength.  5Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry are fat with spoil.  The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn.  6The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up.  7The Lord makes poor and makes rich; he brings low, he also exalts.  8He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor.  For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and on them he has set the world.  9“He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness; for not by might does one prevail.  10The Lord! His adversaries shall be shattered; the Most High will thunder in heaven. The Lord will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king, and exalt the power of his anointed.”

Jul
1
Fri
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Jul 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays is now in its fourth year of preparing, serving, and delivering hot lunches to homebound persons in Newport (Spruce Run, Plowscrew, Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, & Maybrook).  Meals are also available weekly for dine-in and carry-out between 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  COVID-19 grants have made it possible for Newport Cares to partner with Chef Jud Flynn from On-Site Culinary & The Millstone Kitchen (located in the old Prices Fork Elementary School) to provide the delicious entrees.  Special thanks to the members of the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad for their dedication to the delivery of these meals!

Jul
3
Sun
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Jul 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

A number of moving prayers can be found in the Old Testament.  These prayers fall across the continuum of joy to lament, revealing the depths of human experience and the majestic grace of a loving God who hears everything and takes every prayer to heart.  Following the insights and wisdom of world-renowned Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann, we will explore some of these ancient prayers and how they might help make prayer come alive for us today.  Among the prayers to be explored are those of Abraham, Moses, Hannah, David, Solomon, Jonah, Jeremiah, Hezekiah, Nehemiah, Daniel, and Job.

In our text we find David, ensconced as king in the newly seized city of Jerusalem, bringing in the ark of the covenant as a sign of God’s protective presence.  While David desires to build a house for God, God reveals God’s intentions of building David’s “house” into a dynasty.  Our message, God’s Housing Development, will come from 2 Samuel 7:18-29.  Our worship experience will also include the celebration of Holy Communion!

2 Samuel 7:18-29 (NRSV)

18Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?  19And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord God; you have spoken also of your servant’s house for a great while to come.  May this be instruction for the people, O Lord God!  20And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord God!  21Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have wrought all this greatness, so that your servant may know it.  22Therefore you are great, O Lord God; for there is no one like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.  23Who is like your people, like Israel?  Is there another nation on earth whose God went to redeem it as a people, and to make a name for himself, doing great and awesome things for them, by driving out before his people nations and their gods?  24And you established your people Israel for yourself to be your people forever; and you, O Lord, became their God.  25And now, O Lord God, as for the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, confirm it forever; do as you have promised.  26Thus your name will be magnified forever in the saying, ‘The Lord of hosts is God over Israel’; and the house of your servant David will be established before you.  27For you, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house’; therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you.  28And now, O Lord God, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant; 29now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you; for you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.”

Jul
8
Fri
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Jul 8 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays is now in its fourth year of preparing, serving, and delivering hot lunches to homebound persons in Newport (Spruce Run, Plowscrew, Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, & Maybrook).  Meals are also available weekly for dine-in and carry-out between 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  COVID-19 grants have made it possible for Newport Cares to partner with Chef Jud Flynn from On-Site Culinary & The Millstone Kitchen (located in the old Prices Fork Elementary School) to provide the delicious entrees.  Special thanks to the members of the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad for their dedication to the delivery of these meals!

Jul
10
Sun
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Jul 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

A number of moving prayers can be found in the Old Testament.  These prayers fall across the continuum of joy to lament, revealing the depths of human experience and the majestic grace of a loving God who hears everything and takes every prayer to heart.  Following the insights and wisdom of world-renowned Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann, we will explore some of these ancient prayers and how they might help make prayer come alive for us today.  Among the prayers to be explored are those of Abraham, Moses, Hannah, David, Solomon, Jonah, Jeremiah, Hezekiah, Nehemiah, Daniel, and Job.

In his prayer/dream, King Solomon asks only one thing, and that one thing is not for himself.  He asks only that he be equipped to be a good king; Solomon is focused on his responsibility as king and asks nothing for himself.  Our message, The Wisdom of Seeking Wisdom, will come from 1 Kings 3:5-15.

1 Kings 3:5-15 (NRSV)

5At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.”  6And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today.  7And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.  8And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted.  9Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?”  10It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.  11God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12I now do according to your word.  Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.  13I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor all your life; no other king shall compare with you.  14If you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your life.”  15Then Solomon awoke; it had been a dream. He came to Jerusalem where he stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. He offered up burnt offerings and offerings of well-being, and provided a feast for all his servants.

Jul
15
Fri
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Jul 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays is now in its fourth year of preparing, serving, and delivering hot lunches to homebound persons in Newport (Spruce Run, Plowscrew, Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, & Maybrook).  Meals are also available weekly for dine-in and carry-out between 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  COVID-19 grants have made it possible for Newport Cares to partner with Chef Jud Flynn from On-Site Culinary & The Millstone Kitchen (located in the old Prices Fork Elementary School) to provide the delicious entrees.  Special thanks to the members of the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad for their dedication to the delivery of these meals!

Jul
22
Fri
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Jul 22 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays is now in its fourth year of preparing, serving, and delivering hot lunches to homebound persons in Newport (Spruce Run, Plowscrew, Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, & Maybrook).  Meals are also available weekly for dine-in and carry-out between 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  COVID-19 grants have made it possible for Newport Cares to partner with Chef Jud Flynn from On-Site Culinary & The Millstone Kitchen (located in the old Prices Fork Elementary School) to provide the delicious entrees.  Special thanks to the members of the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad for their dedication to the delivery of these meals!

Jul
24
Sun
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Jul 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

A number of moving prayers can be found in the Old Testament.  These prayers fall across the continuum of joy to lament, revealing the depths of human experience and the majestic grace of a loving God who hears everything and takes every prayer to heart.  Following the insights and wisdom of world-renowned Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann, we will explore some of these ancient prayers and how they might help make prayer come alive for us today.  Among the prayers to be explored are those of Abraham, Moses, Hannah, David, Solomon, Jonah, Jeremiah, Hezekiah, Nehemiah, Daniel, and Job.

Jonah’s prayer from the belly of the fish is a Song of Thanksgiving.  Even though Jonah had been unfaithful to God and had attempted to escape God’s calling, Jonah turns to God for deliverance…and God listens!  Our message, Depth Perception, will come from Jonah 2:1-9.

Jonah 2:1-9 (NRSV) 

1Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the belly of the fish, 2saying, “I called to the Lord out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice.  3You cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the flood surrounded me; all your waves and your billows passed over me.  4Then I said, ‘I am driven away from your sight; how shall I look again upon your holy temple?’ 5The waters closed in over me; the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped around my head 6at the roots of the mountains.  I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the Pit, O Lord my God. 7As my life was ebbing away, I remembered the Lord; and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple.  8Those who worship vain idols forsake their true loyalty.  9But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay.  Deliverance belongs to the Lord!”

Jul
29
Fri
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center
Jul 29 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays @ Newport Community Center

Newport Cares Free Lunch Fridays is now in its fourth year of preparing, serving, and delivering hot lunches to homebound persons in Newport (Spruce Run, Plowscrew, Clover Hollow, Mountain Lake, & Maybrook).  Meals are also available weekly for dine-in and carry-out between 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. at the Newport Community Center.  COVID-19 grants have made it possible for Newport Cares to partner with Chef Jud Flynn from On-Site Culinary & The Millstone Kitchen (located in the old Prices Fork Elementary School) to provide the delicious entrees.  Special thanks to the members of the Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad for their dedication to the delivery of these meals!

Jul
31
Sun
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost @ Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
Jul 31 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

A number of moving prayers can be found in the Old Testament.  These prayers fall across the continuum of joy to lament, revealing the depths of human experience and the majestic grace of a loving God who hears everything and takes every prayer to heart.  Following the insights and wisdom of world-renowned Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann, we will explore some of these ancient prayers and how they might help make prayer come alive for us today.  Among the prayers to be explored are those of Abraham, Moses, Hannah, David, Solomon, Jonah, Jeremiah, Hezekiah, Nehemiah, Daniel, and Job.

Against the backdrop of the Babylonian invasion, the prophet speaks a new word of divine hope and possibility—despite all evidence to the contrary!  His prayer is rooted in the conviction that the God who “plucks up and tears down” is also the God who will “plant and build.”  Our message, A Field of Dreams, will come from Jeremiah 32:16-25.

Jeremiah 32:16-25 (NRSV)

16After I had given the deed of purchase to Baruch son of Neriah, I prayed to the Lord, saying: 17Ah Lord God! It is you who made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm!  Nothing is too hard for you.  18You show steadfast love to the thousandth generation, but repay the guilt of parents into the laps of their children after them, O great and mighty God whose name is the Lord of hosts, 19great in counsel and mighty in deed; whose eyes are open to all the ways of mortals, rewarding all according to their ways and according to the fruit of their doings.  20You showed signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, and to this day in Israel and among all humankind, and have made yourself a name that continues to this very day.  21You brought your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and wonders, with a strong hand and outstretched arm, and with great terror; 22and you gave them this land, which you swore to their ancestors to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey; 23and they entered and took possession of it.  But they did not obey your voice or follow your law; of all you commanded them to do, they did nothing.  Therefore, you have made all these disasters come upon them.  24See, the siege-ramps have been cast up against the city to take it, and the city, faced with sword, famine, and pestilence, has been given into the hands of the Chaldeans who are fighting against it. What you spoke has happened, as you yourself can see.  25Yet you, O Lord God, have said to me, “Buy the field for money and get witnesses” —though the city has been given into the hands of the Chaldeans.

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