Back to the big screen and the written page… The Hunger Games took reality TV and the power hungry empire to the end of a trajectory at least one hundred years in the future in post-cataclysmic North America. The world has drastically changed. Power has been firmly and openly consolidated in The Capitol and 12 Districts do the manual labor needed to keep the empire in business. Children are reaped as tribute from their families and communities for the entertainment of the masses and to remind the Districts that there is no hope in rebellion… Or is there?
Can hope rise from the ashes of despair? Empires have lorded it over the people from time immemorial and people have responded to unlikely heroes in order to return balance to the forces at play. There is always hope, but Empire doesn’t like being subverted or ignored… Jesus did both and look what happened to him…
“The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” Matthew 13:33
We Gather and Sing …
Introit Exultate Justi byJohn Williams
Gathering Hymn A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (This Hymn was originally a protest song for the protestant reformation as they protested the unbalanced power that Rome held over its constituents.)
Pray: Affirmation From Romans
In all things we are more than conquerors
through the One who loved us.
We are sure that neither
death nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities,
nor things present, nor things to come,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Thanks be to God! Amen.
We Receive the Message …
Mini Message | Children’s Bibles
Scripture Readings :
We Respond …
Sharing Our Life Together: Joys, Concerns, and Announcements
We Are Sent …
With Singing … We’ll Understand It Better By and By
With Blessing …
Go in peace to love and serve one another… Thanks be to God!