05.03.15 Worship Confessional

Story Logo - Version 2This morning we continued exploring the Joseph narrative by diving into Genesis 40-41. I framed up my message as a lesson on leadership, entitling it, The Path of Leadership. Here are the five leadership principles I gleaned from the text:

  1. The Path of Leadership is a Place of Growth
  2. The Path of Leadership Is a Lonely Road
  3. The Path of Leadership Reveals What’s Most Important
  4. The Path of Leadership Embraces the Good of Others
  5. The Path of Leadership Requires Patience

As well, in light of what has transpired in Baltimore this past week, we included a litany for justice and mercy in our gathering.

Introductory Words

Reading from Amos 5:10-17, 24

Words of Confession
Leader: Lord, we confess our own complicity in the injustice of our world…
ALL: Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Lord, we confess our own complacency toward the injustice of our world…
ALL: Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Lord, we confess our own ignorance of the injustice of our world…
ALL: Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Lord, we confess our inability to grasp the complexity of injustice in our world…
ALL: Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Lord, we confess our own smugness toward the injustice of our world…
ALL: Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Lord, we confess our own inability to eliminate injustice in our world and we long for the day when you kingdom will come on earth as it is heaven and true justice will cover the entire world. And until that day comes, we pray as our Lord taught us to prayer:

ALL: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Did you address the situation in Baltimore today in worship. If so, how so? If not, why not?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Faith Over Us (Casey Darnell)
  • Your Love Never Fails (McClarney and Skinner)
  • Christ Is Enough (Hillsong)
  • Reading from Psalm 103:1-5
  • 10,000 Reasons (Matt Redman)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • A Litany for Justice and Mercy
  • Message (The Path of Leadership)
  • A Future Not Our Own (Matt Maher)

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

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