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11.10.2019

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: Jesus called his message the gospel, which means the good news. The Christian message isn’t a good rule to follow or good advice to take. The Christian message is the good news that God became human in order to save humanity.  It’s not something for you to do, it’s about what’s already been done for you. When God asks believers to proclaim the good news, there is power to redeem and transform. The power is in the message of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, not the methods of the one proclaiming him. And that’s good news too. Join us this Sunday as we continue our sermon series rooted in the core convictions of the Church.

 

 

REFLECTIONS:

Social networks are the basic mechanism through which conversion takes place. . . . The principle that conversions spread through social networks is quite consistent with the fact that the earliest followers of Jesus shared many family ties and long-standing associations. . . . Although the very first Christian converts in the West may have been by full-time missionaries, the conversion process soon became self-sustaining as new converts accepted the obligation to spread their faith and did so by missionizing their immediate circle of intimates.

—Rodney Stark

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Jeremiah 1:4-11

4 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,

and before you were born I consecrated you;

I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” 7 But the Lord said to me,

“Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’;

for to all to whom I send you, you shall go,

and whatever I command you, you shall speak.

8 Do not be afraid of them,

for I am with you to deliver you,

declares the Lord.”

9 Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me,

“Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.

10 See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms,

to pluck up and to break down,

to destroy and to overthrow,

to build and to plant.”

11 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see an almond branch.” 12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”

 

Acts 18:1-11

After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them, 3 and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade. 4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks.

5 When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. 6 And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” 7 And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue. 8 Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized. 9 And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, 10 for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” 11 And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Sing first verse

Leader:  God of mercy, whose Son, Jesus Christ, longs to embrace us in his love, we confess that we have disobeyed your commands and ignored your mission; our ears have been deaf to your call and our hearts have been cold to your love.

Sing second verse

Leader:  Father, we confess that we have hurt others and dishonored your
name. We have hoarded our gifts instead of using them to bless
others. We have failed to reflect your love to the watching world.

Sing third verse

Leader:  Lord, have mercy on us, and forgive us for our sins.
Receive us again as your children, not because we are worthy,
but for the sake of Christ who loved us and gave himself for us.
Amen.

Close song

11.03.2019

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: You’ve likely heard the famous Bible verse that says “For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son…” God is moved and motivated by love for humanity. As Christians are sent into the world with the good news of Jesus, they must be likewise motivated by love. What does that look like in a culture that doesn’t often want to hear it? Join us this Sunday as we learn what it means to speak the truth in love.

 

 

REFLECTIONS:

I’m not that spiritual /  I still go out all the time to department stores.

—The National

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Isaiah 42:1-10a

Behold my servant, whom I uphold,

    my chosen, in whom my soul delights;

I have put my Spirit upon him;

    he will bring forth justice to the nations.

2 He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,

    or make it heard in the street;

3 a bruised reed he will not break,

    and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;

    he will faithfully bring forth justice.

4 He will not grow faint or be discouraged

    till he has established justice in the earth;

    and the coastlands wait for his law.

5 Thus says God, the Lord,

    who created the heavens and stretched them out,

    who spread out the earth and what comes from it,

who gives breath to the people on it

    and spirit to those who walk in it:

6 “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness;

    I will take you by the hand and keep you;

I will give you as a covenant for the people,

    a light for the nations,

7     to open the eyes that are blind,

to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,

    from the prison those who sit in darkness.

8 I am the Lord; that is my name;

    my glory I give to no other,

    nor my praise to carved idols.

9 Behold, the former things have come to pass,

    and new things I now declare;

before they spring forth

    I tell you of them.”

 

1 Peter 2:11–12, 3:13–16

11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

 

13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14  But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

God of mercy, whose Son, Jesus Christ, longs to embrace us in his love,

We confess that we have been wayward children.
We have disobeyed your commands and ignored your mission;
Our ears have been deaf to your call and our hearts have been cold to your love.

silent confession

Father, we confess that we have hurt others and dishonored your name.

We have been selfish and self-reliant.
We have hoarded our gifts instead of using them to bless others.
We have failed to reflect your love to the watching world.

silent confession

Lord, have mercy on us, and forgive us for our sins.

Receive us again as your well-beloved children,
not because we are worthy, but for the sake of Christ
who loved us and gave himself for us. Amen.

10.27.2019

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: The best things in life—the best restaurants, the best albums, the best views, the best movies—demand to be shared. We can’t help but beckon another to taste what we have tasted and to confirm it to be good. So if Jesus is the life of the world, how do we share his message and presence with others? Join us this Sunday as we continue our sermon series on our core values.

 

 

REFLECTIONS:

The secret of man is the secret of his responsibility.

—Václev Havel

 

Knowing what you know about yourself and the world, having read what you’ve read, having seen what you’ve seen, what are you going to do?

—Steve Garber, Visions of Vocation

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Psalm 34:1-8;11

I will bless the Lord at all times;

    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul makes its boast in the Lord;

    let the humble hear and be glad.

Oh, magnify the Lord with me,

    and let us exalt his name together!

I sought the Lord, and he answered me

    and delivered me from all my fears.

Those who look to him are radiant,

    and their faces shall never be ashamed.

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him

    and saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the Lord encamps

    around those who fear him, and delivers them.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!

    Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

11 

Come, O children, listen to me;

    I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

 

2 Timothy 2:1-2

You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Father, you have shown us the way of life through your Son, Jesus Christ.

We confess that we are slow to learn from him,

reluctant to follow him,

and hesitant to tell others about him.

Silent Confession

Have mercy on us, Lord, and forgive us. Renew us by your Holy Spirit and make us more like Jesus.

Amen.

 

 

SONG TO CONSIDER

10.20.2019

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: Is spirituality something separate from life in the so-called “real world” of work, chores, bills, and hobbies or is it a comprehensive way of seeing everything in the world? Join us this Sunday as we look at what Jesus requires of his followers.

 

 

REFLECTIONS:

The greatest issue facing the world today, with all its heartbreaking needs, is whether those who, by profession or culture, are identified as ‘Christians’ will become disciples – students, apprentices, practitioners – of Jesus Christ, steadily learning from him how to live the life of the Kingdom of the Heavens into every corner of human existence.

—Dallas Willard, The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’s Essential Teachings on Discipleship

Follow him and you will know him.

—Albert Schweitzer

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Daniel 7:9-10; 13-14; 18

9 “As I looked,

thrones were placed,
and the Ancient of Days took his seat;
his clothing was white as snow,
and the hair of his head like pure wool;
his throne was fiery flames;
its wheels were burning fire.
10 A stream of fire issued
and came out from before him;
a thousand thousands served him,
and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him;
the court sat in judgment,
and the books were opened.

13 “I saw in the night visions,

and behold, with the clouds of heaven
there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him.
14 And to him was given dominion
and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed.

18 But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, forever and ever.’

 

Matthew 28:16–20

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Almighty God, you have raised Jesus from death to life
and crowned him Lord of all.

We confess that we have not acknowledged his authority or trusted in his commands.
We have boasted in our own achievements and failed to give him thanks.
We have been deaf to his call and blind to his work in our world.

Silent Confession

Forgive us and raise us from sin, that we may be your faithful people, following our Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen.

 

 

SONG TO CONSIDER

10.13.2019

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: Many people see spirituality as something separate and removed from the physical world. Yet in the Christian Bible, God created a good world full of physical matter–rocks and trees, mountains and plains, fruits and flowers, wheat and grapes, and flesh and bones of all varieties. Whiskers, scales, beards, cheek bones, manes, horns, eyelids, feathers, gills, and every cell in the animal kingdom was fashioned by a Creative Genius who delighted in all he made. What does that mean for spirituality? Join us this Sunday as we explore one of our core values: Creation Reconciled.

 

 

REFLECTIONS:

A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.

—Wolfgang von Goethe

 

SCRIPTURE:

Genesis 1:1; 31a

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.

 

Colossians 1:15–20; 1 Timothy 4:1–5

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, 3 who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Lord, this world is not the way it is supposed to be. 

We are bruised and broken by the curse.

Lord, we have not lived the way we were supposed to live.

We have cursed you and our neighbors.

Lord, we confess the ways we have sinned and our sinful responses to the ways we’ve been sinned against.

We have looked to other things to heal our pain.

Silent Confession

 

Lord have mercy.

Christ have mercy.

Lord have mercy.

Make us new.

Amen.

 

 

SONG TO CONSIDER

10.06.2019

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: “What you see is what you get,” we are told. Yet the imagination is not satisfied with that answer. Whether as young children reading fairy tales or as adults beholding a mountain view, we all ask, “is there more than meets the eye?” Throughout history Christians have understood worship to be the place where heaven meets earth–a portal to another world. Can it really be so? Can those songs and prayers and idiosyncratic conversations in ancient cathedrals and suburban strip malls really lift the veil to glory? If so, what do they reveal? Join us this Sunday as we again look at worship, one of the fundamentals of Christian faith.

 

 

REFLECTIONS:

Some keep the Sabbath going to church; I keep it staying at home, With a bobolink for a chorister, and an orchard for a dome.

—Emily Dickenson

Jesus went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom.

—Luke 4:16

Why is it … that while the places of worship in Cardiff were only sparsely attended, the trains come from … sea-side places were pack out? … Well, the answer is perfectly plain. They obviously prefer to be at the seaside and feel that they get more benefit there than they did in their chapels and churches.”

—Martin Lloyd-Jones

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Exodus 19:1-17

On the third new moon after the people of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. 2 They set out from Rephidim and came into the wilderness of Sinai, and they encamped in the wilderness. There Israel encamped before the mountain, 3 while Moses went up to God. The Lord called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: 4 ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; 6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”

7 So Moses came and called the elders of the people and set before them all these words that the Lord had commanded him. 8 All the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” And Moses reported the words of the people to the Lord. 9 And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am coming to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and may also believe you forever.”

When Moses told the words of the people to the Lord, 10 the Lord said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments 11 and be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12 And you shall set limits for the people all around, saying, ‘Take care not to go up into the mountain or touch the edge of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall be put to death. 13 No hand shall touch him, but he shall be stoned or shot; whether beast or man, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain.” 14 So Moses went down from the mountain to the people and consecrated the people; and they washed their garments. 15 And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman.”

16 On the morning of the third day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled. 17 Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain.

 

Hebrews 12:18-29

18 For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest 19 and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. 20 For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” 21 Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, 23 and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

25 See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27 This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, 29 for our God is a consuming fire.

 

 

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

09.29.2019

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:What goes on behind the church doors every Sunday and why does it matter? What’s with all the singing, the standing, the sitting, the praying, the giving, the reciting, and the preaching? What’s with the creeds and confessions? And what on earth is all the talk of ‘body and blood’ about? Come find out this Sunday as we continue our sermon series called Rooted: the values that enable us to flourish. This week we’re talking about worship.

 

 

REFLECTIONS:

What the heart loves, the will chooses, and the mind justifies.

—Dr. Ashley Null, paraphrasing Thomas Cranmer,
16th Century Archbishop of Canterbury

 

I believe in God and the whole business but I love women best, music and science next, whiskey next, God fourth, and my fellowman hardly at all.

—Walker Percy, Love in the Ruins

Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship … is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive.

—David Foster Wallace

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Psalm 115:1-13

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
2
Why should the nations say,
“Where is their God?”
3
Our God is in the heavens;
he does all that he pleases.
4
Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
5
They have mouths, but do not speak;
eyes, but do not see.
6
They have ears, but do not hear;
noses, but do not smell.
7
They have hands, but do not feel;
feet, but do not walk;
and they do not make a sound in their throat.
8
Those who make them become like them;
so do all who trust in them.
9
O Israel,[a] trust in the Lord!
He is their help and their shield.
10
O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord!
He is their help and their shield.
11
You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!
He is their help and their shield.
12
The Lord has remembered us; he will bless us;
he will bless the house of Israel;
he will bless the house of Aaron;
13
he will bless those who fear the Lord,
both the small and the great.

 

Romans 12:1-2

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

09.22.2019

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: Christians talk a lot about the grace of God, but how does “grace” actually function in a Christian’s life? Is it a one-and-done act of mercy to save us from judgement and give us a fresh start in life? Or is it a perpetual gift of mercy that transforms every aspect of our lives? Come learn more as we continue our series in the core values that shape us as a Church.

 

 

REFLECTIONS:

Faith … is a divine work in us which changes us and makes us to be born anew of God … It kills the old Adam and makes us altogether different men, in heart and spirit and mind and powers; and it brings with it the Holy Spirit. O it is a living, busy, active, mighty thing, this faith. It is impossible for it not to be doing good works incessantly. It does not ask whether good works are to be done, but before the question is asked, it has already done them, and is constantly doing them.

—Martin Luther

 

When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodg’d with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide;
“Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?”
I fondly ask. But Patience to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, “God doth not need
Either man’s work or His own gifts. Who best
Bear His mild yoke, they serve Him best. His state
Is kingly: thousands at His bidding speed,
And post o’er land and ocean without rest;
They also serve who only stand and wait.”

—John Milton

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Ezekiel 37:1-6, 11-14

The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.’ Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel.  And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord.”

 

Colossians 2:6-19

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Father, Giver of Life, you have conquered our enemies and redeemed our lives from the grave.

Forgive us for returning to habits of slavery and death.

Jesus, Lamb of God, you have paid the penalty for our sin and given us the gift of your righteousness.

Forgive us for resisting your gift by trying to make ourselves worthy of your salvation.

Holy Spirit, Helper and Friend, you have drawn near to dwell in us and unite us to Christ.

Forgive us for our self-reliance and for seeking help apart from you.

silent confession

Triune God, have mercy on us and forgive us for our sin.

Amen.

 

 

SONG TO CONSIDER:

09.15.2019

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: The gospel of Jesus Christ isn’t good advice, it’s good news. It isn’t a list of things to do, it’s an announcement of what has already been done. It’s the story of the innocent life, sacrificial death, and triumphant resurrection of Jesus on behalf of the world. Yet too often we reduce it to an aphorism, an example, or a program. What would it look like to recognize that there is a dynamic power in the good news of Jesus? Join us this Sunday as we begin our sermon series Rooted: the Values that Enable us to Flourish.

 

REFLECTION:

Bad news travels at the speed of light; good news travels like molasses.

—Tracy Morgan

 

SCRIPTURE:

Isaiah 61:1–4, 7

1

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,

    because the Lord has anointed me

to bring good news to the poor;

    he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives,

    and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,

    and the day of vengeance of our God;

    to comfort all who mourn;

to grant to those who mourn in Zion—

    to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,

the oil of gladness instead of mourning,

    the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;

that they may be called oaks of righteousness,

    the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.

They shall build up the ancient ruins;

    they shall raise up the former devastations;

they shall repair the ruined cities,

    the devastations of many generations.

Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion;

    instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot;

therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion;

    they shall have everlasting joy.

 

Romans 1:15–17

15 That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Our Father, 

Forgive us for thinking small thoughts of you 

and for ignoring your immensity and greatness.

Lord Jesus, 

Forgive us when we forget that you rule

the nations and our small lives.

Holy Spirit, 

Forgive us for minimizing your power

and squandering your gifts.

Triune God,
We confess that our blindness to your glory has resulted in shallow confession, tepid conviction, and only mild repentance.

Have mercy upon us;

in Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

SONG TO CONSIDER:

09.08.2019

 

 

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.