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10.08.2017

 

For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.’ 

—Isaiah 41:13

[Mark’s] account is honest, self-critical, transparent, and unadorned. The group with which Jesus works admits to disbelief and the inability to comprehend key aspects of his person and teaching. The Master is portrayed as incomprehensible and yet deeply personal, puzzling yet captivating, awesome yet the harbor of profound hope.

—Hans Bayer

 

Sermon Summary: Who is Jesus and who are you in relationship to him? These are questions that are continually placed before us. Whether we are answering them for the first time or the fortieth time, there is always more to discover.

 

Passage to Consider: Mark 6:45-52

Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

 

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.

 

Confession of Faith: Apostles Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit;
the holy catholic church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting. Amen

10.01.2017

 

Sermon Summary: It’s easy to think we can be loved when we are at our best, but what about when we’re not, who will love us when we are at our worst? Come this Sunday as we look at John 4 which describes the kind of people Jesus loves.

 

Passage to Consider: John 4:1-18, 27-30

Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2 (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), 3 he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. 4 And he had to pass through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.

7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.[b] The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.”

27 Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?”28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” 30 They went out of the town and were coming to him.

 

Confession of Sin:

Merciful God,

For the things we have done that we regret,

forgive us.

For the things we have failed to do that we regret,

forgive us.

For  the times we have acted without love,

forgive us.

For  the times we have reacted without thought,

forgive us.

For the times we have withdrawn care,

forgive us.

For all the times we have failed to forgive,

forgive us.

Meet us in our weakness, guilt, and shame, and cleanse us from all that burdens us. For Jesus sake, Amen.

 

Song to Consider

Words by William Cowper (alt Twit), Music by Kevin Twit and Lucas Morton
©2015 Kevin Twit Music (ASCAP) and Lucas Morton Music (BMI)

lyrics

CHORUS:
Heal us, Emmanuel, here we are
We long to feel Thy touch
Deep wounded souls to Thee we fly
O Savior hear our cry

1. Our faith is feeble, we confess
We faintly trust Thy word
But will You pity us the less?
Be that far from You Lord!

2. Remember him who once applied
With trembling for relief
“Lord, I believe,” with tears he cried
“O help my unbelief!”

3. She, too, who touched you in the press
And healing virtue stole
Was answered, “Daughter, go in peace
Thy faith has made thee whole.”

4. Like her, with hopes and fears we come
To touch You if we may
O send us not despairing home
Send none unhealed away

09.24.2017

 

“I am old, Gandalf. I don’t look it, but I am beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts.” Well preserved indeed, [Gandalf replied]. “Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that  has been scraped over too much bread.  That can’t be right. I need a change, or something.”

—Bilbo Baggins

 

When you reach the limits of your resources or abilities, you have no margin left. Yet because we don’t even know what margin is, we don’t realize its gone. We know that something is not right but we can’t solve the puzzle beyond that.

—Richard Swenson, Margin

 

“Any relationship, if it is going to grow, needs private space, time together without an agenda, where you can get to know each other … Efficiency, multitasking, and busyness all kill intimacy. In short, you can’t get to know God on the fly.”

—Paul Miller

 

Sermon Summary: Do you ever feel like you have more on your plate than you can handle? Or like you’re treading water in the sea of life, just barely keeping your head above water? Do you feel exhausted, directionless, and unable to stop? Come hear what Jesus has to say to hungry, exhausted, and exasperated people as we continue our series in the gospel of Mark.

 

Passage to Consider: Mark 6:30–44

The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.

 

Confession of Sin:

Lord, you said,
“If you love me, you will obey what I command.”

Forgive us for our lukewarm love and disobedience.

Lord, you said,
“You may ask for anything in my name.”

Forgive us for trying to solve our problems without you.

Lord, you said,
“Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Forgive us for submitting to fear and anxiety.

Lord, you also said,
“My blood is poured out for the forgiveness of sins.”

Have mercy on us Lord. We cling to the cross, trusting that you alone have the power to save. Amen.

 

Song to Consider

09.17.2017

 

The whole bible renders to us the story of God’s mission through God’s people in their engagement with God’s world for the sake of the whole of God’s creation.

— Christopher Wright

 

The Church exists by mission, just as fire exists by burning.

—Emil Brunner

 

A person’s representative is as the person himself.

—The Mishnah

 

Sermon Summary: Jesus sends out his disciples to extend his mission—what a privilege! But if it is Jesus’ mission we participate in, should we expect responses that are fundamentally different than the ones he received? Come Sunday as we consider what it means to follow Jesus in his mission to the world.

 

Passage to Consider: Mark 6:7-13, 30-31

7 And he [that is Jesus] called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8 He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts— 9 but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. 10 And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there. 11 And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” 12 So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. 13 And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.

30 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught.31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.

 

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:

09.10.2017

 

In human beings, the emptiness and monotony of the isolated self produces a need for society. This brings people together, but their many offensive qualities and intolerable faults drive them apart again. The optimum distance that they finally find that permits them to coexist is embodied in politeness and good manners. Because of this distance between us, we can only partially satisfy our need for warmth, but at the same time, we are spared the stab of one another’s quills.

—Arthur Schopenhauer

 

For people who are passing through the dark night of the soul, turnaround will come because God brings unwavering lovers of Christ into their lives who do not give up on them.

–John Piper

 

Sermon Summary: The call to follow Christ is daunting on its own, but how are we to answer the call to follow Him in community? If the church might disappoint or fail us, why should we even try. Come and learn from Jesus’ life and teaching as we continue our sermon series in Mark.

 

Passage to Consider: Mark 6:1-7

He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching.
And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.

 

Confession of Sin: using the song “Lead us Back”

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Our mouths they were filled, filled with laughter
Our tongues they were loosed, loosed with joy
Restore us, O Lord
Restore us, O Lord

Although we are weeping
Lord, help us keep sowing
The seeds of Your Kingdom
For the day You will reap them
Your sheaves we will carry
Lord, please do not tarry
All those who sow weeping will go out with songs of joy

The nations will say, “He has done great things!”
The nations will sing songs of joy
Restore us, O Lord
Restore us, O Lord

09.03.2017

 

Crashing, hit a wall. 
Right now I need a miracle. 
Hurry up now, I need a miracle. 

—The Chainsmokers

 

The waiting is the hardest part.

–Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

 

God’s sense of timing will confound ours, no matter what culture we’re from. His grace rarely operates according to our schedule.

–Timothy Keller

 

Grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection.

–Thomas Cramner

 

Sermon Summary: We long for change but it doesn’t seem to come. We hope for something better, but feel powerless to bring it about. Join us Sunday as we consider where–and with whom–hope and healing may be found.

 

Passage to Consider: Mark 5:21–43

21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24 And he went with him.

And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

 

Confession of Sin:

Lord, you said,
“If you love me, you will obey what I command.”

Forgive us for our lukewarm love and disobedience.

Lord, you said,
“You may ask for anything in my name.”

Forgive us for trying to solve our problems without you.

Lord, you said,
“Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Forgive us for submitting to fear and anxiety.

Lord, you also said,
“My blood is poured out for the forgiveness of sins.”

Have mercy on us Lord. We cling to the cross, trusting that you alone have the power to save. Amen.

 

Song to Consider:

CHORUS:
Heal us, Emmanuel, here we are
We long to feel Thy touch
Deep wounded souls to Thee we fly
O Savior hear our cry1. Our faith is feeble, we confess
We faintly trust Thy word
But will You pity us the less?
Be that far from You Lord!2. Remember him who once applied
With trembling for relief
“Lord, I believe,” with tears he cried
“O help my unbelief!”

3. She, too, who touched you in the press
And healing virtue stole
Was answered, “Daughter, go in peace
Thy faith has made thee whole.”

4. Like her, with hopes and fears we come
To touch You if we may
O send us not despairing home
Send none unhealed away

Words by William Cowper (alt Twit), Music by Kevin Twit and Lucas Morton
©2015 Kevin Twit Music (ASCAP) and Lucas Morton Music (BMI)

08.27.2017

 

There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel and excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors, and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.

—C.S. Lewis

 

We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the cosmic powers, against the spiritual forces of evil.

—Ephesians 6:12

 

The principalities and powers are real. They are invisible and we cannot locate them in space. They do not exist as disembodied entities floating above this world, or lurking within it. They meet us as embodied in visible and tangible realities—people, nations, and institutions. And they are powerful. … they are created in Christ and for Christ; their true end is to serve him…

—Lesslie Newbigin

 

Sermon Summary: How come competent people get stuck? How come populations of people who seem decent end up committing the grossest atrocities. Ever feel like something else is going on—like there is something against you? Come this Sunday as we look at the depth of the human struggle, and the only way out.

 

Passage to Consider: Mark 5:1–20

1 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes.[a] 2 And when Jesus[b] had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. 3 He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, 4 for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. 6 And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. 7 And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.” 8 For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” 9 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 12 and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.” 13 So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the sea.

14 The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened. 15 And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed[c] man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 16 And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs. 17 And they began to beg Jesus[d] to depart from their region. 18 As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. 19 And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.

 

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.

We have refused your salvation by attempting to be saviors.

We have boasted in our own achievements.

(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

08.20.2017

 

Conversion put me in a complicated and comprehensive chaos.

—Rosaria Butterfield, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

 

The wind and the waves recognized Jesus’ voice. They had heard it before, of course, when he spoke them into being.

—Sally Lloyd Jones, Jesus Storybook Bible

 

For whatever reason God chose to make man as he is— limited and suffering and subject to sorrows and death—He had the honesty and the courage to take His own medicine. Whatever game He is playing with His creation, He has kept His own rules and played fair. He can exact nothing from man that He has not exacted from Himself. He has Himself gone through the whole of human experience, from the trivial irritations of family life and the cramping restrictions of hard work and lack of money to the worst horrors of pain and humiliation, defeat, despair and death. When He was a man, He played the man. He was born in poverty and died in disgrace and thought it well worthwhile.

—Dorothy Sayers

 

Sermon Summary: We may confess with our mouths that God is all powerful, but when we are pressed beyond our resources, do our lives reflect faith in his sovereign power and love, or do they reveal a reliance on our own strength? Come and hear more from the gospel of Mark this Sunday.

 

Passage to Consider: Mark 4:35-41

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

 

Confession of Sin:

Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo.

We have neither honored you as God, nor given you thanks.

Father, in your mercy, forgive us.

We have been quick to condemn our neighbors, while ignoring our own need for you.

Jesus, in your mercy, forgive us.

We have trusted in our own resources, rather than resting in your transforming grace.

Holy Spirit, in your mercy, forgive us.

Set us free from our sins and give us the grace to grow more into your likeness, through Jesus Christ.

Amen

08.13.2017

 

Sermon Summary: Have you ever been to a good party that you didn’t want to end? Have you ever spent time with friends that was so sweet that it convinced you that if there really is a heaven, it must certainly be like this? What do these experiences have to do with Jesus? Come this week to find out as we take a look at John chapter 2.

 

Passage to Consider: John 2:1-11

1 On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples.3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. 9 When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

 

Confession of Sin:

God of joy and life,
we come to you as a people hungry for good news.

We have overlooked the joy you offer us.

Forgive us for being preoccupied with our own pleasures.

-Silent confession-

We have missed the life you set among us.

Forgive us for attempting to order our own life.

-Silent confession-

Forgive us, gracious God.

Open our eyes and our hearts to receive your gifts,
For Jesus sake, Amen.

 

 Song to Consider:

‘Tis joy enough, my all in all, At thy dear feet to lie
Thou will not let me lower fall, And none can higher fly

Oh, lord, the sorrows I’ve endured, Are great beyond my control
No other hand but thine can cure, The anguish of my soul

Chorus:
To thee I sing in my dark hour, To thee my eyes are cast
My heart lifted by redeeming power, All fades, but thou shalt last

All my desires to thee are known, Thine eye count every tear
And every sigh and ev’ry groan, Is noticed by thine ear

Chorus

Thou will display thy sovereign grace, From where all comforts spring
I will employ my lips in praise, To thee salvation sing!

Chorus

08.06.2017

 

Sermon Summary: God’s love for us brings beauty to life and also calls for a response from us. How do we respond to this love and pursue the beauty? Join us Sunday as we consider this together.

 

Passage to Consider: 1 John 4:7-16

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

 

Confession of Sin:

Merciful God,
you pardon all who truly repent and turn to you.

We humbly confess our sins and ask your mercy.
We have not loved you with a pure heart,
nor have we loved our neighbor as ourselves.
We have not done justice, loved kindness,
or walked humbly with you, our God.

Have mercy on us, O God, in your loving-kindness.
In your great compassion,
cleanse us from our sin.

Create in us a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within us.
Do not cast us from your presence,
or take your Holy Spirit from us.
Restore to us the joy of your salvation
and sustain us with your bountiful Spirit
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

—based on Psalm 51:10-12