11.25.12 Worship Confessional

Yesterday we concluded our series, Yes or No. Over the past three weeks we have been exploring Jesus teaching from the Sermon on the Mount:

“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. “(Matthew 5:33-37)

Our focus point yesterday was this: As surely as God is faithful, through Christ we can be people whose yes is yes and no is no.

Here are a couple of comments from yesterday’s gathering:

1) I love the fact that Thanksgiving was early this year. This meant that we will not begin Advent until next Sunday which provided the opportunity to stay with the Thanksgiving theme. We used a reading from Psalm 103 and Matt Redman’s song, 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) as vehicles to express our thanksgiving to God.

2) Building on the theme of feasting, we gathered around the Table of the Lord to celebrate the Sacrament of Communion. We took a more formal approach and used some of the liturgical from the Book of Common Prayer, especially the section called The Great Thanksgiving.

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Hosanna (Paul Baloche)
  • Because of Your Love (Paul Baloche)
  • Psalm 103:1-5
  • 10,000 Reasons (Matt Redman)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Yes or No 3)
  • The Sacrament of Communion
  • Jesus, Son of God (Chris Tomlin)
  • Yes to You (Brett Younker

You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.

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