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11.29.2020

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:

This Sunday we begin advent. We also celebrate God’s call to Layne Campbell to serve our church in the office of deacon. We’ll consider what it means to be a deacon, and why God calls people to serve in that capacity. Join us as we rejoice in all that God is doing. Click HERE to RSVP to service.

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Philippians 1:1

Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons:

 

John 13:1–5, 12–17

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Lord God, our lives are filled with sin.

We forget our neighbor’s needs and do not love you above all else.
We need a Savior. Help us to be ready for Jesus in our own hearts.
Come quickly, Savior of the world. Amen.

 

11.22.2020

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:

What responsibilities do I have towards other believers? What responsibilities do they have towards me? And what, if anything, does church attendance have to do with these questions? For many today going to church must either be viewed as a personal preference or else it becomes a legalistic imposition. But what if we are unable to live the Christian life on our own. This week we conclude our series on church unity by considering what the book of Hebrews has to say about our vital need for mutual encouragement as we follow Jesus. Click HERE to RSVP to service.

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Hebrews 10:19–25

19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

For the times when we put our own interest ahead of others’ interest: 

Forgive us.

For the times when we have let bitterness stew:

Forgive us.

For the times when we have neglected the weak:

Forgive us

For the times when we have not warned wanderers

Forgive us.

For the times when we have discouraged doubters:

Forgive us.

For the times when we have been apathetic about corporate worship:

Forgive us.

For all the ways in which we have failed to honor your beloved bride:

Forgive us.

Gracious God, give us eyes to see your blood-bought bride as you see her. Renew in us an experience of your mercy and grace so that we are merciful, gracious, and compassionate to others.

 

11.15.2020

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:

We like the image of the self-made man. We like the idea of getting ahead in life by our own bootstraps and ingenuity, without any help from anyone. But as they say, it’s lonely at the top. No matter how much we achieve, we still need the companionship and help of others. As much as we hate it, we are needy. But in the upside down kingdom of Jesus, being needy is a wonderful thing. Join us this Sunday as we continue our series on the Unity of the Church. Click HERE to RSVP to service.

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Philippians 4:10–20

10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Lord you have told us to love you and our neighbor.
Yet we have spurned your words, your will, and your ways.
We have envied and lusted after our neighbors–even fellow Christians.
We view them as enemies and treat them with contempt.
We quarrel and fight,
We gossip and slander,
We neglect and turn away when they are in need.

Hear us now as we silently confess the ways we have neglected to pursue unity and act in love.

silent confession

Forgive our sins and cultivate love and unity in your Church,
For the glory of Christ who prayed that we might be one in him.
Amen.

 

 

SONG TO CONSIDER

11.08.2020

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:

We like the idea of unity, but what does it take to actually accomplish it? In today’s divided world we often decry the division but neglect the virtues required to live in community: kindness, humility, gentleness, compassion, patience, and bearing the burdens of others. How can God change us from the inside out so that we can be people of peace instead of hostility? Join us this Sunday as we continue our series on the unity of the Christian Church. Click HERE to RSVP to service.

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Colossians 3:12-17

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Merciful God,
for the hate we have harbored, 

forgive us;

for the acts of love we have neglected, 

forgive us;

for all the times we have slandered our neighbor, 

forgive us;

for all the times we have put ourselves first, 

forgive us;

for all the times we have withdrawn compassion,

forgive us;

for all the times we have failed to forgive,

forgive us;

silent confession 

 

For hurtful words said and helpful words unsaid,
for arrogant hearts
and impatient wills,

God of all mercy, forgive us.
Empower us to love you and our neighbor. 

Amen.

 

 

SONG TO CONSIDER

Christ has died Christ is risen
Christ will come again

We have died together
We will rise together
We will live together
The body oh the body
We are the body of Christ

We are brothers and sisters
Through our savior’s blood

11.01.2020

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:

What does it look like to grow up? Adulting has become a sort of buzz word today. People often use it to describe the responsibilities one faces when becoming an adulthood. But what is it like to adult as a Christian? Most often we view maturity as a form of independence. But what if growing up means not independence, but interdependence? What if responsibility actually looks like existing in, receiving from, and giving to a community? Come this week learn about a key distinctive of Christian maturity—unity. Click HERE to RSVP to service.

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Ephesians 4:11-16

11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds[a] and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,[c] to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

 

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 a humble confidence in your sovereign will. Amen. 

 

SONG TO CONSIDER

Christ has died Christ is risen
Christ will come again

We have died together
We will rise together
We will live together
The body oh the body
We are the body of Christ

We are brothers and sisters
Through our savior’s blood