This morning was the fifth Sunday after Epiphany and we focused our worship around the lectionary text from 1 Corinthians 9:13-23. The theme in this Scripture is the Gospel and in light of Paul’s call to proclaim the Gospel, I raised three important questions:
- What is the Gospel?
- What does it mean to enter people’s lives and to walk alongside of them for the sake of Christ and the Gospel?
- When it comes to the Gospel, what is it that you cannot, not do?
We not only wanted to talk about the Gospel, but experience it in worship as well. After our first three songs, we created some space for silent confession and then we prayed the following prayer together:
Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord; Amen.
“How marvelous, how boundless
Is Your love, is Your love, how wonderful, sacrificial
Is Your love for me.”
Question: How did you engage the Gospel this weekend in worship? How were you reminded of the grace and goodness of God’s love for you in Jesus Christ?
Here is our compete worship flow:
- Fall on Your Knees (David Crowder Band)
- O This God (Matt Redman)
- Reading from Isaiah 40
- Everlasting God (Brenton Brown)
- Prayer of Confession
- You Bled (Rend Collective Experiment)
- Gulf Coast Team Update
- Message: (The Gospel)
- Came to My Rescue (Hillsong)
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.