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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

10.25.2020

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: Who gets the final word on defining a person? We often go through life looking for someone or some group to tell us who we are. Often, we attempt to define ourselves and others by our success, our hobbies, our politics, or our market value. We look for a tribe to give us meaning and significance. But God says that he is our maker. Since we belong to him, he gets the final word on everything about us. Join us this Sunday as we continue our sermon series on the unity of the Christian Church. Click HERE to RSVP to service.

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Philippians 1:27–2:2

7 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Lord, we are like sheep, and we get lost. 
We forget the needs of our neighbors 
and do not love you above all else.
We need a Savior, so we long for Jesus. 

Lord, hear us as we silently confess our need for mercy.

silent confession

Come, Lord Jesus. Rescue and heal us. Amen.

 

SONG TO CONSIDER

Let us be known by our love
In every word, in every deed honor the Son
Let our light shine in every eye
Let us be known by our love

For the glory of the Father
For the glory of the Son
For the glory of the Spirit
Let us be known by our love

Let us be known by our joy
In every home, in every heart sing to the Lord
Let our life show goodness and hope
Let us be known by our joy

For the glory of the Father
For the glory of the Son
For the glory of the Spirit
Let us be known by our joy

Let us be known by our peace
In every town, in every tribe Jesus is King
Let us go forth, heal and restore
Let us be known by our peace

For the glory of the Father
For the glory of the Son
For the glory of the Spirit
Let us be known by our peace

 

Micah Massey, Ryan Flanigan, Matt Armstrong, and Nate Moore
© 2015 Wordspring Music, LLC

10.18.2020

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: Social researchers tell us loneliness is on the rise and it has devastating impacts. Our families, neighborhoods, and work places are fractured—and that’s all before we entered a global pandemic that forced us to stay at home. Does the Christian church have a role to play in bringing disparate people together? Join us this Sunday as we study the uncommon family that is the Church of Christ. Click HERE to RSVP to service.

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Ephesians 2:11-22

11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

 

SONG OF CONFESSION

In this series on the church, we will see in scripture numerous pictures of what the church is supposed to be. Yet we often fail to live up to that beautiful vision. Let’s confess our sins together and especially the ways we’ve failed to live as God’s people on earth.

 

1. Falling down upon our knees
Sharing now in common shame
We have sought security
Not the cross that bares Your name
Fences guard our hearts and homes
Comfort sings a siren tune
We’re a valley of dry bones
Lead us back to life in You

2. Lord we fall upon our knees
We have shunned the weak and poor
Worshipped beauty courted kings
And the things their gold affords
Prayed for those we’d like to know
Favor sings a siren tune
We’ve become a talent show
Lead us back to life in You

3. You have caused the blind to see
We have blinded him again
With our man-made laws and creeds
Eager ready to condemn
Now we plead before Your throne
Power sings a siren tune
We’ve been throwing heavy stones
Lead us back to life in You

We’re a valley of dry bones
Lead us back to life in You
We’ve become a talent show
Lead us back to life in You
We’ve been throwing heavy stones
Lead us back to life in You

 

 

SONG TO CONSIDER

Let us be known by our love
In every word, in every deed honor the Son
Let our light shine in every eye
Let us be known by our love

For the glory of the Father
For the glory of the Son
For the glory of the Spirit
Let us be known by our love

Let us be known by our joy
In every home, in every heart sing to the Lord
Let our life show goodness and hope
Let us be known by our joy

For the glory of the Father
For the glory of the Son
For the glory of the Spirit
Let us be known by our joy

Let us be known by our peace
In every town, in every tribe Jesus is King
Let us go forth, heal and restore
Let us be known by our peace

For the glory of the Father
For the glory of the Son
For the glory of the Spirit
Let us be known by our peace

10.11.2020

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: It’s no secret that our country is divided in many ways. Civil strife and discord are in the news almost daily. We might expect a nation as vast and diverse as the United States to hold many world views and perspectives in tension. What may be surprising, though, is that many people experience the Christian Church as no different. Critics point to the various divisions as reasons for disbelief. Yet, Jesus is not surprised. In fact, Christian unity is the very thing he prayed for on the night before he went to the cross. Join us this week as we begin a series on the Christian practice of the communion of the saints. Click HERE to RSVP to service.

 

SCRIPTURE:

John 17:20–24

20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

 

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

Verse 1
The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ, her Lord;
she is His new creation by water and the Word:
from heav’n he came and sought her to be his holy bride;
with his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died.

Verse 2
Elect from ev’ry nation, yet one o’er all the earth,
her charter of salvation one Lord, one faith, one birth;
one holy name she blesses, partakes one holy food,
and to one hope she presses, with ev’ry grace endued.

Verse 3
Though with a scornful wonder men see her sore oppressed,
by schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed,
yet saints their watch are keeping, their cry goes up, “How long?”
And soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song.

Verse 4
The church shall never perish! Her dear Lord to defend,
to guide, sustain, and cherish, is with her to the end;
though there be those that hate her, and false sons in her pale,
against both foe and traitor she ever shall prevail.

Verse 5
‘Mid toil and tribulation, and tumult of her war,
she waits the consummation of peace forevermore;
till with the vision glorious her longing eyes are blest,
and the great church victorious shall be the church at rest.

Verse 6
Yet she on earth hath union with the God the Three in One,
and mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won:
O happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace that we,
like them, the meek and lowly, on high may dwell with thee.

10.04.2020

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: Faith comes more easily in the good times when things are going our way; joy comes more naturally in the times of feasting. But what do we do in the times of famine and difficulty? How can we find joy when life is full of suffering and pain? Join us this week as we finish our sermon series on the Prophet Habakkuk. Click HERE to RSVP to service.

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Habakkuk 3:16–19

I hear, and my body trembles;
my lips quiver at the sound;
rottenness enters into my bones;
my legs tremble beneath me.
Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble
to come upon people who invade us.

17 Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
19 God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

1. I know the Lord is nigh
And would but cannot pray
For Satan meets me when I try
And frights my soul away
And frights my soul away

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

2. I would but can’t repent
Though I endeavor oft
This stony heart can ne’er relent
Till Jesus makes it soft
Till Jesus makes it soft

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

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

by John Newton and Clint Wells
© 2007 Clint Wells Music

 

SONG TO CONSIDER

1. For God alone, I wait in silence;
My soul is still before the Lord.
He is my rock and my salvation,
My fortress strong; I trust in Him.

Chorus
I’ll not be shaken! I’ll not be shaken,
For all my hope is in His love.
From God alone comes my salvation;
I wait and trust His steadfast love!

2. Put not your hope in gain of riches;
Seek not your rest in empty wealth.
The rich are weak; the poor are mighty,
Who turn to God alone for help.

3. Pour out your heart to God our refuge
And trust in Him to hear you cry.
No other hope will never fail you;
No other love will not run dry.

© 2015 Wendell Kimbrough