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03.21.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: It’s hard to wait. It’s especially hard to wait when things are out of your control and you don’t know when the waiting will be over. Waiting tends to bring out our anger and even hatred for those things that make us wait. How can we take seriously the pain of waiting without losing our patience? Join us this Sunday as we continue our sermon series on the stories of 1 Samuel.

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SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 24:1–22

24 When Saul returned from following the Philistines, he was told, “Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.” 2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Wildgoats’ Rocks. 3 And he came to the sheepfolds by the way, where there was a cave, and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the innermost parts of the cave. 4 And the men of David said to him, “Here is the day of which the Lord said to you, ‘Behold, I will give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it shall seem good to you.’” Then David arose and stealthily cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. 5 And afterward David’s heart struck him, because he had cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. 6 He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord’s anointed, to put out my hand against him, seeing he is the Lord’s anointed.” 7 So David persuaded his men with these words and did not permit them to attack Saul. And Saul rose up and left the cave and went on his way.
8 Afterward David also arose and went out of the cave, and called after Saul, “My lord the king!” And when Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the earth and paid homage. 9 And David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of men who say, ‘Behold, David seeks your harm’? 10 Behold, this day your eyes have seen how the Lord gave you today into my hand in the cave. And some told me to kill you, but I spared you. I said, ‘I will not put out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed.’ 11 See, my father, see the corner of your robe in my hand. For by the fact that I cut off the corner of your robe and did not kill you, you may know and see that there is no wrong or treason in my hands. I have not sinned against you, though you hunt my life to take it. 12 May the Lord judge between me and you, may the Lord avenge me against you, but my hand shall not be against you. 13 As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Out of the wicked comes wickedness.’ But my hand shall not be against you. 14 After whom has the king of Israel come out? After whom do you pursue? After a dead dog! After a flea! 15 May the Lord therefore be judge and give sentence between me and you, and see to it and plead my cause and deliver me from your hand.”
16 As soon as David had finished speaking these words to Saul, Saul said, “Is this your voice, my son David?” And Saul lifted up his voice and wept. 17 He said to David, “You are more righteous than I, for you have repaid me good, whereas I have repaid you evil. 18 And you have declared this day how you have dealt well with me, in that you did not kill me when the Lord put me into your hands. 19 For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go away safe? So may the Lord reward you with good for what you have done to me this day. 20 And now, behold, I know that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand. 21 Swear to me therefore by the Lord that you will not cut off my offspring after me, and that you will not destroy my name out of my father’s house.” 22 And David swore this to Saul. Then Saul went home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Since Lent is a season of examination and repentance, we’re going to spend some time reflecting on our own hearts. Each week we will look at one sin and its corresponding virtue. Use this minute of silence to examine your heart, confess your sins silently to the Lord, and ask him for grace to walk in repentance.

This week we are confessing our sins of wrath and asking God to give us patience.

Prompt

silent confession

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Amen.

03.14.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:

After dealing with severe quarantine restrictions all we want is to get back to normality. But at times, we take this well-intended desire to such an extreme that it ends up affecting our gratitude and how we worship. Join us this Sunday as we look and learn from one leper who ran to Jesus’ feet to worship him in thankfulness after being healed by him instead of rushing to return to normality.

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SCRIPTURE: Luke 17:11-19

11 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Since Lent is a season of examination and repentance, we’re going to spend some time reflecting on our own hearts. Each week we will look at one sin and its corresponding virtue. Use this minute of silence to examine your heart, confess your sins silently to the Lord, and ask him for grace to walk in repentance.

This week we are confessing our sins of envy and asking God to give us kindness.

Prompt
Envy is the desire for the possessions, abilities, traits, or situations of others.
Kindness is the way of relating to others with the brotherly love of Christ.
Confess your sins of envy and ask God for kindness.

silent confession

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Amen.

 

SONG OF REFLECTION

We were wand’ring in the desert with our souls so starved and weak.
We were hungry for a homeland we did not know how to seek.
But we lifted up our voices to the only One who hears;
And the God of mercy came and brought us near.

We were locked out of the garden, and our backs bent down with pain.
In the shadow of death’s darkness, we were slaves to sin and blame.
Then we cried out in our labor to the only One who hears,
And the God of mercy wiped away our tears.

Chorus:
Oh give thanks to the LORD for His love endures forever!
We were wandering and lost, and our Father brought us home,
To a safe dwelling place, to a feast of joy and laughter.
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!

We were fools in our rebellion, with our hunger strike of pride.
We were sick and growing closer to the death we should have died.
Then he heard of our condition, and he called us by our names;
And the God of glory took away our shame.

We were far out on the ocean, making wealth and chasing dreams,
But the waves of great destruction brought us tremb’ling to our knees.
Then we cried like drunken sailors to the only One who hears,
And the God of comfort took away our fears.

03.07.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:

We’ve all seen the headlines: loneliness is on the rise; communities are fragmented; adult friendship is harder than ever. Most of us have felt those headlines personally and deeply. We know the pain of isolation and the unrequited desire for companionship. Many of us give up on friendships and pour ourselves into work and busyness instead. Is there a better way? Join us this Sunday as we look at the friendship of David and Jonathan and learn from them.

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SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 18:1-5, 19:4-6, 20:40-42

18 As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 2 And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. 3 Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. 4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt. 5 And David went out and was successful wherever Saul sent him, so that Saul set him over the men of war. And this was good in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.
4 And Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, “Let not the king sin against his servant David, because he has not sinned against you, and because his deeds have brought good to you. 5 For he took his life in his hand and he struck down the Philistine, and the Lord worked a great salvation for all Israel. You saw it, and rejoiced. Why then will you sin against innocent blood by killing David without cause?” 6 And Saul listened to the voice of Jonathan. Saul swore, “As the Lord lives, he shall not be put to death.”
40 And Jonathan gave his weapons to his boy and said to him, “Go and carry them to the city.” 41 And as soon as the boy had gone, David rose from beside the stone heap and fell on his face to the ground and bowed three times. And they kissed one another and wept with one another, David weeping the most. 42 Then Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, because we have sworn both of us in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord shall be between me and you, and between my offspring and your offspring, forever.’” And he rose and departed, and Jonathan went into the city

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Since Lent is a season of examination and repentance, we’re going to spend some time reflecting on our own hearts. Each week we will look at one sin and its corresponding virtue. Use this minute of silence to examine your heart, confess your sins silently to the Lord, and ask him for grace to walk in repentance. 

This week we are confessing our sins of pride and asking God to give us gluttony and asking God to give us self-control.

Prompt
Gluttony is an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires.
Self-control is the ability to reign in our desires and submit them to God’s will.
Confess your sins of gluttony and ask God for self-control.

silent confession

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Amen.

02.28.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:

Many of the problems we face are simply beyond us. I suppose this is the reason we love hero stories. It is also why we live in fear. We relate to the need to have someone who can fight our battles and rescue us from danger. But, unfortunately, in the real world such heroes do not exist. Even when we initially think we have found a savior, we are often left dissolution when they turn out to have clay feet. But the Bible tells us that God’s people don’t have to live in fear. Come find out why.

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SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 17:1a, 3–4, 8–11, 16, 23c, 23, 32–33, 37, 42–43, 45–46a, c–49

1Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle.….

 3 And the Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with a valley between them. 4 And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. …  8He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” 10 And the Philistine said, “I defy the ranks of Israel this day. Give me a man, that we may fight together.” 11When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.

16 For forty days the Philistine came forward and took his stand, morning and evening.

23… And David heard him.

… 32And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 33And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.” … 37And David said, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you!”

42And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was but a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance. 43And the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. …

45Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand … that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47and that all this assembly may know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hand.”

48When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Since Lent is a season of examination and repentance, we’re going to spend some time reflecting on our own hearts. Each week we will look at one sin and its corresponding virtue. Use this minute of silence to examine your heart, confess your sins silently to the Lord, and ask him for grace to walk in repentance. 

This week we are confessing our sins of pride and asking God to give us greed and asking God to give us generosity..

Prompt
Greed is the excessive desire for and dependence on material wealth or gain.
Generosity is giving up material wealth for the sake of the common good.
Confess your sins of greed and ask God for generosity.

silent confession

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Amen.

02.21.2021

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY:

We know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but we do it all the time. At times, our first impressions are accurate, but often, they mislead us. God seems to like surprises. He often binds the best stories in dusty old books with tattered covers. Join us this Sunday as we look at the story of a surprise new king and his anointing.

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SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 16:1–13

The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” 2 And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3 And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do. And you shall anoint for me him whom I declare to you.” 4 Samuel did what the Lord commanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling and said, “Do you come peaceably?” 5 And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

6 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 9 Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.” 12 And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Since Lent is a season of examination and repentance, we’re going to spend some time reflecting on our own hearts. Each week we will look at one sin and its corresponding virtue. Use this minute of silence to examine your heart, confess your sins silently to the Lord, and ask him for grace to walk in repentance. 

This week we are confessing our sins of pride and asking God to give us humility.

Prompt
Pride is the excessive belief in our own abilities.
Humility is a recognition of God’s grace in all that we have.
Confess your sins of pride and ask God for humility.

silent confession

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Amen.