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08.08.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:

Someone once said that the Christian Church is the only army that shoots its wounded. Some Christians may see doubt as a weakness to hide or a reason to shame others, but God wants us to bring our doubts to him and one another in order to find encouragement to believe. Join us this week as we continue our sermon series on the Book of Jude.

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SCRIPTURE: Jude 22, Mark 9:14–29

And have mercy on those who doubt;

14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. 16 And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

 

SONG OF CONFESSION

 

I know the Lord is here,
And would but cannot pray,
For Satan whispers in my ear,
And frights my soul away,
And frights my soul away.

I would but can’t repent,
Though I endeavor oft’
My stony heart will not relent
‘Till Jesus makes it soft,
‘Till Jesus makes it soft.

Help my unbelief.
Help my unbelief.
Help my unbelief.
My help must come from Thee.

I would not cannot love.
Though wooed by love divine
No arguments have power to move
A soul as base as mine,
A soul so base as mine.

I would but cannot rest,
In God’s most holy will;
I know what He appoints is best,
And murmur at it still,
I murmur at it still.

08.01.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not good advice; it is good news. It is the news that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ accomplished salvation for all who depend on him in faith. Good advice tells us what to do. Good news tell us what has been done. Yet in a world of suspicion, how do we convince others that the gospel of Jesus Christ is really good news for them?

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SCRIPTURE: Jude 22–23, Luke 15:1–10

And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire

 

15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

3 So he told them this parable: 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

8 “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

 

SONG OF CONFESSION

All seeing God, you see my deeds;
You see my faults by light of day.
You see my sins concealed in darkness:
Turn my deeds to holy ways;
Turn my deeds to holy ways.

All hearing God, you hear my words;
You hear each lie, each hurtful phrase.
You hear my pride in secret slander:
Turn my tongue to truth and grace;
Turn my tongue to truth and grace.

Take away my love of sinning,
Straighten every bent desire;
Fix my soul upon your promise:
Take my heart with altar fire;
Take my heart with altar fire.

All knowing God, you know my heart;
You know my yearnings deep inside;
You know my hidden motivations:
Turn my heart to pure delight;
Turn my heart to pure delight.

Take away my love of sinning,
Straighten every bent desire;
Fix my soul upon your promise:
Take my heart with altar fire;
Take my heart with altar fire.

Fire of God, consume my heart;
And burn it down to only faith,
Til all that’s left of me is only you.
Christ my glory, Christ my praise.

Take away my love of sinning,
Straighten every bent desire;
Fix my soul upon your promise:
Take my heart with altar fire;
Take my heart with altar fire.

07.25.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:

Mercy is a rare commodity in our day and age. We sometimes suppose that we live in a meritocracy, where everyone gets exactly what they deserve. On our best days, we prefer it this way and gloat in the places where our hard work has paid off. Perhaps we even look down at those who suffer and blame them for bad decisions. When we fail, however, we desire mercy—someone or something to cover for our mistakes. Join us this Sunday as we continue our series on the Book of Jude.

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SCRIPTURE: Jude 21, Hebrews 11:1–2; 13–16

21 But you, Beloved…Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

 

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the people of old received their commendation.

13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Most merciful God,
Whose Son Jesus Christ was tempted in every way, yet without sin,

We confess before you our own sinfulness;
We have hungered after that which does not satisfy;
We have compromised with evil;
We have doubted your power to protect us.
Forgive our lack of faith;
Have mercy on our weakness.

Silent Confession 

Restore in us such trust and love
That we may walk in your ways and delight in doing your will.
We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

SONG OF PREPARATION

Verse 1

To Thee I come a sinner poor
And wait for mercy at Thy door
Indeed I’ve nowhere else to flee
O God be merciful to me

Chorus 1

To Thee I come a sinner weak
And scarce know how to pray or speak
From fear and weakness set me free
O God be merciful to me

Verse 2

To Thee I come a sinner vile
Upon me Lord vouchsafe to smile
Mercy through blood I make my plea
O God be merciful to me

Chorus 2

To Thee I come a sinner great
And well Thou knowest all my state
Yet full forgiveness is with Thee
O God be merciful to me

Verse 3

To Thee I come a sinner lost
Nor have I aught wherein to trust
But where Thou art Lord I would be
O God be merciful to me

Chorus 3

To glory bring me Lord at last
And there when all my fears are past
With all Thy saints then I’ll agree
God was merciful to me

 

07.18.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:“What’s love got to do with it?” Tina Turner rhetorically asks in her 1984 hit song. When it comes to a relationship with God, the New Testament writers insist: “quite a lot, actually.” In fact, when Jude speaks of preserving the Christian faith, his primary command is that we keep ourselves in the love of God. While we can’t cause God to love us (he does!), Jude knows that we can refuse God’s love and walk away from it. We can fail to live in its light. So what does it mean to keep ourselves in God’s love? Come this week as we consider the most underutilized privilege that the world has known—that we are absolutely and fundamentally loved.

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SCRIPTURE: Jude 21, Romans 8:35-39

21 But you, Beloved…Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 

we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled.

We have not listened to your Word;

We have not obeyed your voice.

We have maligned your good name.
We have not lived like your people.

silent confession

Lord, we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness,
but because of your great mercy. 

O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. 

Amen.

 

SONG OF REFLECTION

Verse:
Thank You for the cross that You have carried
Thank You for Your blood that was shed
You took the weight of sin upon Your shoulders
And Sacrificed Your life so I could live

Chorus:
Now nothing is holding me back from You
Redeemer of my soul
Now nothing can hold me back from You
Your Love will never let me go

Verse:
Thank You for Your death and resurrection
Thank You for the power of Your blood
I am overwhelmed by Your affection
The Kindness and the Greatness of Your Love

Bridge:
Jesus, You make all things new

Verse:
Thank You that we’re living in Your Kingdom
Jesus You’re the King upon the throne
Thank You for the way You always love me
Now I get to love You in return

07.11.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: “Do you have anyone to talk to about that?” We often hear this phrase when we’ve let down our guard and admitted to someone that we are struggling. It’s often meant as a well-intentioned concern, but it also sends the signal that the current listener is not up to the task. What if you had someone you could call on in times of both bad and good news, someone who would always answer the phone and be glad to hear your voice? Join us this week as we continue our series on the Book of Jude and learn about the gift of prayer.

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SCRIPTURE: Jude 20, Luke 11:1-13

20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith… 

 

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.
3 Give us each day our daily bread,
4 and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”
5 And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 

we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled.

We have not listened to your Word;

We have not obeyed your voice.

We have maligned your good name.
We have not lived like your people.

silent confession

Lord, we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness,
but because of your great mercy. 

O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. 

Amen.

07.04.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: “I believe; help my unbelief!” It was a cry for help uttered by a father who wanted Jesus to heal his son, but in a way, his request is the prayer of every Christian. We know that salvation comes by grace through faith, but what do we do when our faith is weak? Join us this Sunday as we continue our sermon series from The Book of Jude. 

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SCRIPTURE: Jude 20, Hebrews 5:12-6:3

20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith… 

 

12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

6 Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do if God permits.

 

SONG OF CONFESSION

Verse 1
I know the Lord is here,
And would but cannot pray,
For Satan whispers in my ear,
And frights my soul away,
And frights my soul away.

Verse 2
I would but can’t repent,
Though I endeavor oft’
My stony heart will not relent
‘Till Jesus makes it soft,
‘Till Jesus makes it soft.

Chorus
Help my unbelief.
Help my unbelief.
Help my unbelief.
My help must come from Thee.

Verse 3
I would not cannot love.
Though wooed by love divine
No arguments have power to move
A soul as base as mine,
A soul so base as mine.

Verse 4
I would but cannot rest,
In God’s most holy will;
I know what He appoints is best,
And murmur at it still,
I murmur at it still.

06.27.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: Full gyms on January 2 are vacated by the end of February. Whether it is cleaning out your closet, starting a new exercise routine, or reading through Leviticus, it is hard to keep going, especially in the face of adversity. How can we persevere? It is an important question, especially when we are talking about following Jesus. This week we are starting a new series on the book of Jude, which reminds us that it is the love of Jesus that keeps us going. We hope you will join us.

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SCRIPTURE: Jude 1-2

Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Gracious God, with you there is abundance. You have richly blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Jesus Christ. You have made us heirs of the world and said that all things are ours. Forgive us for doubting your love, for rejecting your gifts, and for thinking that you are stingy rather than abundant with your generosity.

silent confession

Lord Jesus,

come to us,

Divine Spirit,

rest upon us,

Holy Father,

look on us in mercy
for the sake of your beloved Son.

06.20.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: Everyone loves a party. Some people like big parties, some people like small parties, but everyone loves to celebrate life with people they know and love. Often times, however, religious people present following Jesus as anything but a party. But a party was one of Jesus’ favorite ways of talking about being his follower. In fact, to prove this, he used to throw parties to help people experience what his kingdom is like (much to the chargrim of religious folk!). This week in our service, we are going to reflect on this basic fact about Jesus’ kingdom and consider what that means for inviting others in. We hope you will come along!

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SCRIPTURE: Luke 14:12-24

He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers[a] or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

15 When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 16 But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. 17 And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant[b] to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ 18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’ 19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’ 20 And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21 So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’ 22 And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ 23 And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 For I tell you,[c] none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’”

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Welcoming God, through the work of Jesus you have shown your covenant faithfulness to Israel so that the nations might be welcomed in. And you have called us to welcome one another as we have been welcomed by you. 

Forgiving us for not believing that you really welcome us as sinners. 

Have mercy on us.

Forgive us for feeling like we are entitled guests, and for the corresponding lack of wonder we feel about receiving your invitation.

Have mercy on us.

Forgive us for failing to make room at your table, and for failing to extend your invitation to others. 

Have mercy on us.

Gracious God, cause us to be so overwhelmed by your hospitality that we open our homes, and tables, and lives to others.

 

SONG OF PREPARATION:

Verse 1
Go to the highways and hedges,
go to the farthest of fields
Go and compel, the sick and the well
For our Father’s house will be filled

Verse 2
Go to the streets of the city,
bring in the crippled and blind
All who would taste this banquet of grace
Must come and waste no more time.

Chorus
Come to the feast, come to the table
The great and the least, the rich and the poor
Come to the feast, come to the table
Come and hunger no more. Come and hunger no more

Verse 3
In the robe of the lamb you’ll be covered,
dressed in his pure righteousness
For all of your guilt, his blood it was spilt
So come by your Father be blessed

06.13.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: We all enter life hungry, crying out for someone to feed us. It’s one of the basic needs that every human shares. Does God care about our daily bread or how we eat it? What place does food have in spirituality? Join us this Sunday as we begin a two-part series on food and feasting.

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REFLECTIONS

When we eat without thought or thanksgiving we are not men, but beasts.

—M.F.K. Fisher, How to Cook a Wolf

 

Food is a gift of God given to all creatures for the purpose of life’s nurture, sharing, and celebration. When it is done in the name of God, eating is the earthly realization of God’s eternal communion-building love.

—Norman Wirzba, Faith and Food

 

You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.

―G. K. Chesterton

 

SCRIPTURE:

Genesis 2:9

And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. 

Deuteronomy 14:25-26

25 then you shall tun [your tithe] into money and bind up the money in your hand and go to the place that the Lord your God chooses 26 and spend the money for whatever you desire—oxen or sheep or wine or strong drink, whatever your appetite craves. And you shall eat there before the Lord your God and rejoice, you and your household. 

Luke 7:34

The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 

John 6:53-55

53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 

Matthew  6:11

Give us this day our daily bread, 

1 Timothy 4:4-5

“Everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.” 

Revelation 19:9

9 And the angel said to [John], “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” 

Isaiah 25:6

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples

    a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,

    of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Gracious Lord, we abuse the good things you have created.

Have mercy on us.

Generous Lord, we consume your gifts but do not give you thanks,

Have mercy on us.

Good Lord, we hunger and thirst after things which cannot satisfy our deepest longings,

Have mercy on us.

Merciful Lord, we neglect to share your gifts with those in need.

Have mercy on us.

 

 

SONG OF PREPARATION:

1. When we see the risen Savior with the bread that he has blessed,
He becomes the living Servant, heav’nly food for holy rest.
Stay with us, for day is fading, feast with us, O secret King,
Show to us how Scripture’s story speaks of you in everything.

Do not our hearts burn now?
For you’re here in power.

2. Jesus, show yourself the Author and Perfecter of our faith,
In your living and your dying, consummation of God’s grace.
From creation to the exile, incarnation to the grave,
Resurrection to ascension; come, O Jesus, come to save.

Do not our hearts burn now?
For you’re here in power.

Open our eyes, shine on our sight,
O risen Lord, reigning on high;
Give us your life, bread from the skies;
Lift up our hearts, open our eyes.

3. You’re the Word that spoke creation, you’re the end of Moses’ Law,
You’re the goal of Abram’s blessing, you’re the King whom David saw;
You’re the Day the prophets longed for, you’re the covenant of grace,
You’re the hero of the Scriptures, now we see you face to face.

Do not our hearts burn now?
For you’re here in power. (Chorus)

4. Jesus, show yourself the Prophet, Jesus, show yourself the King,
Jesus, show yourself the Priest, all in all, and everything.