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SERVICE SUMMARY: In our world today, many of us are busy. Time is a scarce resource. Even our hobbies and social calendars can leave us breathless. How can we slow down and be present before God? Does he want our work or our attention? Join us this Sunday as we continue our sermon series on Abiding in Christ.

 

REFLECTIONS:

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

—Ferris Bueller

 

“Every time you check your phone in company, what you gain is a hit of stimulation, a neurochemical shot, and what you lose is what a friend, teacher, parent, lover, or co-worker just said, meant, felt.”

―Sherry Turkle, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Psalm 27

The Lord is my light and my salvation;

    whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life;

    of whom shall I be afraid?

When evildoers assail me

    to eat up my flesh,

my adversaries and foes,

    it is they who stumble and fall.

Though an army encamp against me,

    my heart shall not fear;

though war arise against me,

    yet I will be confident.

One thing have I asked of the Lord,

    that will I seek after:

that I may dwell in the house of the Lord

    all the days of my life,

to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord

    and to inquire in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter

    in the day of trouble;

he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;

    he will lift me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up

    above my enemies all around me,

and I will offer in his tent

    sacrifices with shouts of joy;

I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;

    be gracious to me and answer me!

You have said, “Seek my face.”

My heart says to you,

    “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”

    Hide not your face from me.

Turn not your servant away in anger,

    O you who have been my help.

Cast me not off; forsake me not,

    O God of my salvation!

10 

For my father and my mother have forsaken me,

    but the Lord will take me in.

11 

Teach me your way, O Lord,

    and lead me on a level path

    because of my enemies.

12 

Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;

    for false witnesses have risen against me,

    and they breathe out violence.

13 

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord

    in the land of the living!

14 

Wait for the Lord;

    be strong, and let your heart take courage;

    wait for the Lord!

 

 

Luke 10:38–11:4

38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

11 Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” 2 And he said to them, “When you pray, say:

“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.

Give us each day our daily bread,

and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Sovereign Lord, you rule the nations,

But we live as though we are the center of the universe.

Sovereign Lord, you ordain all things for your glory and our good,

But we seek to control our own lives and the lives of others.

Sovereign Lord, you have written all our days,

But we fret over the unknown.

Sovereign Lord, you rule with justice and mercy,

But we presume to be more just and merciful than you.

 

silent confession

 

Lord, forgive us for all the ways we think we can do your job better than you, and give us peace as we confidently rest in your sovereign will.  Amen.

 

 

SONG TO CONSIDER:

Like a child, like an infant
I will still and hush my soul
I am resting in Your provision
You’ve already made me whole

 

Be still my soul, be still
Be still my soul, be still…

 

I lift my heart up, with great expectation
Here in Your arms I’m satisfied
Israel rise up, and know your salvation
He is our hope, our strength, our light

 

Be still my soul, be still
Be still my soul, be still…

 

credits

from God’s Highway, released September 9, 2016
Greg LaFollette – guest vocals / © 2016 Drink Your Tea Music [ASCAP] All rights reserved. Used by permission. Admin. by Music Services.