Alissa Bender
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Unraveled: Seeking God when our plans fall apart

What happens when our world falls apart? How do we press onward when our tightly-knit plans unravel into loose threads? What do we become when our identity—or the path we're on—comes undone? What if all of this is not the end we fear it will be?

In our unraveling, sometimes life surprises us with unexpected joy, love, and hope—with a new beginning we couldn’t have imagined. Sometimes we need God to unravel us, for we long to be changed. This fall in worship (and with our own reflection at home), HMC will explore 8 stories of unraveled shame, identity, fear, grief, dreams, and expectations. These are stories where God meets us in the spiraling, unraveling our plans—and us—into something new.

Our weekly Scriptures and themes are listed below. Log into our member section (or contact Pastor Alissa) if you would like a copy of the study journal to follow in your own personal reflections.

Sept 19                        Sarah Laughs, Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7                                     
Sept 26                        Peter Sinks in the Water, Matthew 14:22-33                                     
Oct 3                           Rizpah Mourns her Sons, 2 Samuel 3:7; 21:1-14
Oct 10                         Plant Gardens & Build Houses, Jeremiah 29:1-7                                    
Oct 17                         International Witness Sunday – special theme  
Oct 24                         The Samaritan Woman at the Well, John 4:1-29   
Oct 31                         Thomas Believes, John 20:19-29
Nov 7                          Worshipping with First Hmong Mennonite Church
Nov 14                        Peace Sunday – special theme                                    
Nov 21                        Job Laments, Job 28:12-28          

HMC is grateful to A Sanctified Art for these worship resources.
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