Remembrance Connects to Blessing

A Call to Worship
Responsive Reading  from Psalms 119:105-112 ERV
Leader:  Your word is like a lamp that guides my steps, 
All:  A light that shows the path I should take.
Leader:  Your laws are good and fair. 
All:  I have promised to obey them, and I will keep my promise.
Leader:  LORD, I have suffered for a long time. 
All:  Say the word, and I will live again!
Leader:  LORD, accept the praise I want to give you, 
All:  And teach me your laws.
Leader:  My life is always in danger, 
All:  But I have not forgotten your teachings.
Leader:  The wicked try to trap me, 
All:  But I have not disobeyed your instructions.
Leader:  The rules you have given me to follow will be mine forever. 
All:  They give me great joy.
Leader:  More than anything I want to obey your laws always, 
All:  Until the end of my life.
Opening Prayer
In times of weakness and hour of need, yours is the strength by which we carry on, the shoulder we rest our head on.  
When our load is heavy and too much to bear, yours are the arms stretched out to help us with the grace  we depend on.  
In times of weakness and hour of need, your voice is heard, ‘Come… find rest.’  
This is grace divine, the path we tread to wholeness of body and spirit, the path that leads to you, and for which we offer our offering of praise.
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 "Remembrance  Connects to Blessing"

Genesis 48:1-13 (Easy to Read Version)

Some time later, Joseph learned that his father was very sick.  So he took his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, and went to his father.   When Joseph arrived, someone told Israel, "Your son Joseph has come to see you."   Israel was very weak, but he tried hard and sat up in his bed.  vs 1-2
Then Israel said to Joseph, "God All- Powerful appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan.   God blessed me there.   He said to me, 'I will make you a great family.  I will give you many children and you will be a great people.  Your family will own this land forever.'  vs 3-4
Now you have two sons.  These two sons were born here in the country of Egypt before I came.  Your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, will be like my own sons.  They will be like Reuben and Simeon to me.  vs 5
So these two boys will be my sons.  They will share in everything I own.   But if you have other sons, they will be your sons.   But they will also be like sons to Ephraim and Manasseh—that is, in the future, they will share in everything that Ephraim and Manasseh own.  vs 6
On the trip from Paddan Aram, Rachel died in the land of Canaan.  This made me very sad.  We were still traveling toward Ephrath.  I buried her there on the road to Ephrath." (Ephrath is Bethlehem.)  Then Israel saw Joseph's sons. Israel said, "Who are these boys?"  vs 7-8
Joseph said to his father, "These are my sons.  These are the boys God gave me."  Israel said, "Bring your sons to me.   I will bless them."   Israel was old and his eyes were not good.  So Joseph brought the boys close to his father.  Israel kissed and hugged the boys.  vs 9-10
Then Israel said to Joseph, "I never thought I would see your face again.  But look!  God has let me see you and your children."  
Then Joseph took the boys off Israel's lap, and they bowed down in front of his father.   vs 11-12
Joseph put Ephraim on his right side and Manasseh on his left side.  
(So Ephraim was on Israel's left side, and Manasseh was on Israel's right side.)  vs 13