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SERVICE SUMMARY: When we’re arguing with someone, we make appeals to higher authorities, whether scholars who agree with our side or opinion pieces that make our arguments for us. Do you ever wish you had an authority so high, with evidence so conclusive, that you could win your opponent over to your side once and for all? What if God was on your side? Join us this Sunday as we look at the story of God’s appearing to a man named Joshua.




Oh my name it ain’t nothin’ // My age it means less
The country I come from // Is called the Midwest
I was taught and brought up there // The laws to abide
And that land that I live in // Has God on its side

—Bob Dylan


I understand that everyone wants Jesus on their political side. In fact, I find it heartening that Jesus is still the endorsement that everyone wants! But there are immense costs being paid when politicians and pundits claim Jesus for their own side.

—Michael Bird




Romans 2:1-11 NIV

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. 2 Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3 So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? 4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” 7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11 For God does not show favoritism.



Joshua 5:13–15

13 When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” 14 And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped[a] and said to him, “What does my lord say to his servant?” 15 And the commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.




Holy Father,
We take for ourselves what you have promised to give in time.

We confess our impatience with you.

We choose to fulfill our desires in sinful and inordinate ways.

We confess our lack of self-control.

We look to temporary things to satisfy us.

We confess our lack of hope.

We judge bitterly those people and circumstances that make us wait.

We confess that we have not loved well.

We need your mercy. 

Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

Silent Confession

Lord Jesus Christ, give us grace to wait for you until you come again. Amen.