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People: We come as we have so many times before. Is today going to be different? Leader: Open your hearts to God’s spirit and let him renew your life. People: We are ready. We are willing. We give ourselves to the renewing spirit of God. Invocation We gather as your people, O God, as we have done many times before. We ask that today be different. Electrify our spirits, transform our minds, renew our energy. Fill us with the energy of your love that we might be about the work of transforming the world in the name of Jesus.

The biblical story is about translating the mysterious creator God into an intimate friend. Our creation stories in Genesis personalize God, making the creator walk the garden with Adam and Eve. Moses tried to personalize the God of the burning bush. Jesus is God’s response, the incarnation of God and the reflection of the divine persona. Jesus said, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). In Christ, the image of and relationship with God became concrete. If we relate to God through human characteristics, it becomes possible for us to imagine God as a friend.

Benediction We have heard your word, O Lord. It is a powerful word and has changed our lives. In your spirit we go forth to live and work that life might be renewed and people redeemed. Be with us now and always. (Chris Andrews) February February 5, 2006 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Readings: Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39 The Purpose-Driven Life Mark 1:29-39 One of the most popular books in recent years is Rick Warren’s The PurposeDriven Life. In its first sixteen months of publication it sold ten million copies in English and three million in twenty other languages.

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