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02.16.2020

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: It’s been said that true character is doing the right thing when nobody’s watching. Yet modern psychologists often argue that our most basic instinct is to be seen and recognized. How do we wean ourselves off the need for admiration and still do good deeds? Join us this Sunday as we learn from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

 

 

REFLECTIONS

 Much of the Christian spiritual life is learning daily how “to warm yourself at the fire of God’s love, instead of having to steal love and self-acceptance from other sources.”

—Richard Lovelace

 

But I just want to be there [by Jesus’ side] in love and in justice and in truth and in commitment to others, so that we can make of this old world a new world.

—Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Love God and do what you will.

—St. Augustine of Hippo

 

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Hebrews 4: 9-16

So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

 

 

Matthew 6:1–4

Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.  But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

We confess that we don’t always have the mind of Christ;
Instead we live by selfish ambition and conceit.
In pride we consider ourselves more significant than others.

Lord, have mercy.

silent confession

We pursue our own interests, and neglect the interests of others.
We have the mind of self-importance,
and believe others exist to serve our purposes.

Christ, have mercy.

silent confession

We build ourselves up and take the posture of a master,
bossing others around as if we were gods.
We obey our own desires, even to the point of self-destruction.

Lord, have mercy.

 

 

SONG TO CONSIDER

Verse 1

Rock of Ages cleft for me
Let me hide myself in thee
Let the water and the blood
From thy wounded side which flowed
Be of sin the double cure
Save from wrath and make me pure

Verse 2

Not the labors of my hands
Can fulfill thy law’s demands
Could my zeal no respite know
Could my tears forever flow
All for sin could not atone
Thou must save and thou alone

Verse 3

Nothing in my hand I bring
Simply to the cross I cling
Naked come to thee for dress
Helpless look to thee for grace
Foul I to the fountain fly
Wash me Savior or I die

Verse 4

While I draw this fleeting breath
When mine eyes shall close in death
When I soar to worlds unknown
See thee on thy judgment throne
Rock of Ages cleft for me
Let me hide myself in thee