About the Unraveling Theme:
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 worship series explores 10 stories from Scripture 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.
Guiding Questions For Each Scripture Text:
- What has unraveled and/or is unraveling in this text?
- What are the results of the unraveling?
- How is God working in the midst of the unraveling?
- What might we glean from this story of unraveling?
Here’s the list of Scripture texts and themes we will explore this fall:
Sept. 20: Unexpected Joy and Surprise – Genesis 18: 1-15, 21:1-7
Sept. 27: When Dreams Unravel – Jeremiah 29: 1-7
Oct. 4: When our plans for our children unravel – Exodus 1:22, 2:1-10
Oct. 11: Seeking understanding everything has fallen apart – Job 28: 12-28
Oct. 18: Discovering a New Path – Acts 9: 1-20
Oct. 25: Radical Unraveling of Vocation – Luke 19: 1-10
Nov. 1: Public grief that inspires action – 2 Samuel 3: 7; 21: 1-14
Nov. 8: Unraveled Shame – John 4: 1-29
Nov. 15: When the unimaginable has happened – John 20:19-29
Nov. 22: When humans unravel God’s plans for justice – Exodus 5: 1-2; 7:8-23