About this Sermon |

As we continue reading in Genesis about Jacob’s liminal experiences, we learn that he found himself in between a rock and a hard place. On the eve of meeting his brother for the first time in 20 years, instead of having a simple restless night, he spends the entire evening wrestling God. At the end of the night, God changes Jacob’s identity to Israel. How might we find ourselves in a struggle, in between a rock and a hard place, as we grapple with figuring out our identity as new creations in Christ? And how might we continue to wrestle with understanding our new identity?

About this Series |

The Summer Between: Adventures in Liminality

liminality [lim-uhnal-i-tee]: a state of transition between one stage and the next.

The Summer of 2020 finds us in the threshold between what was and what is yet to come. In the midst of a global pandemic, we are somewhere between lockdown and vaccine. In terms of civic life, we are somewhere between unrest and revolution.

What do people of faith do in liminal times like these?

Join First Baptist Church this summer for hope and perspective as Pastor Lisa Hood takes us on a journey through the scriptures, discovering how our spiritual ancestors navigated liminal times, and applying biblical truths for the living of these days.


Order of Worship |

(Start of each segment in parentheses)

(00:00) PreludeMelanie Manges

(02:22) Welcome to Worship – Charles Gullion

(03:03) Gathering Song – “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”  #489

Lord, listen to your children praying,
Lord, send your Spirit in this place;
Lord, listen to your children praying,
Send us love, send us power, send us grace. (repeat)

(04:21) Call to Worship – Inspired by Genesis 32, written by Christine Longhurst

We gather here in anticipation,
seeking an encounter with our Holy God,
who comes among us when we least expect it,
who invites us to wrestle with our questions and doubts,
who richly blesses us,
and calls us each by name.
Let’s worship God together!

(05:00) Hymn of Praise “How Majestic Is Your Name” #42

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in the all the earth!
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
O Lord, we praise your name.
O Lord, we magnify your name:
Prince of Peace, Mighty God, the Lord God Almighty.

(06:00) Invitation to Prayer

(08:43) Pastoral Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer Rev. Hood

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name,
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

(12:45) Scripture Reading – Genesis 32:24-31

(14:48) Sermon“Adventures in Liminality: Between a Rock & a Hard Place” – Rev. Hood

(40:00) Invitation to the Table

(41:49) Hymn of Hope “How Great Thou Art” (verses 1 & 2)  #51

  1. O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder
    consider all the worlds thy hands have made,
    I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
    Thy power throughout the universe displayed.(Refrain) Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
    How great thou art, how great thou art!
    Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
    How great thou art, how great thou art!
  2. When through the woods and forest glades I wander
    And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees,
    When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
    and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze.(Refrain) Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
    How great thou art, how great thou art!
    Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
    How great thou art, how great thou art!

(44:07) Offering & Announcements

(48:13) BenedictionRev. Hood

(49:22) Postlude – Melanie Manges

Worship Leaders in this Service:

  • Melanie Manges, Piano
  • Charles Gullion, Worship Leader
  • Mr. Matt Hood, Director of Music Ministry
  • Rev. Lisa Williams Hood, Senior Pastor
  • Mr. Aurie Swartz, Director of Communications & Technology

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Monday through Friday - 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

411 N 7th St, Lafayette, IN 47901

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9:00 a.m. - Early Morning Coffee Social
9:30 a.m. - Worship
10:30 a.m. - Coffee & Fellowship
11:00 a.m. - Sunday School

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