05.10.15 Worship Confessional

Story Logo - Version 2Yesterday we continued our “Story” series by exploring Genesis 42. My message was entitled “The Journey from Guilt to Grace” and we explored the hand of God at work in the everyday events of Joseph and his brothers. The guilt, fear and sorrow awakened within the sons of Jacob would become the pathway of grace and forgiveness.

I love the words of the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 7:

Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it–I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while– 9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. (2 Corinthians 7:8-10)

Kent Hughes says, “A godly fear is precisely what every child of God needs. Those who live with an awed reverence find that God orders all their life to God’s glory.” Where in your life might God be raising up a godly fear and sorrow? If you choose to follow that, what change in thought, word or action might need to occur? How might this change your life, your relationships, your work for the better – for the greater glory of God and the blessing of others?

As well, yesterday was Mother’s Day and we included this litany. While we are not exactly sure of its source, we believe it might have its origins with Amy Young.

To those for whom this is your first Mother’s Day—we CELEBRATE with you.
• To those who lost a child this year—we MOURN with you.
• To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains—we APPLAUD you.
• To those who experienced loss through miscarriage and failed adoptions—we CRY with you.
• To those who walk the hard path of infertility and live with the ache of empty arms—we WALK with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.
• To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms—we NEED you.
• To those who have great relationships with your children—we REJOICE with you.
• To those who have disappointment and heartache with your children—we SIT with you.
• To those who lost their mothers this year—we GRIEVE with you.
• To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother—we are SORRY.
• To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood—we are BETTER because of you.
• To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children—we REGRET that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be.
• To those who step-parent—we WALK with you on these complex paths.
• To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren—yet that dream is not to be—we GRIEVE with you.
• To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year—we GRIEVE and REJOICE with you.
• To those who placed children up for adoption—we COMMEND you for your selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart
• And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising—we ANTICIPATE with you.
It’s Mother’s Day. Mothering is not for the faint of heart—and we have real warriors and heroines in our midst—and today—we HONOR you.

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Our God Is Mercy (Brenton Brown)
  • This Is Amazing Grace (Phil Wickham)
  • Faithful Over Us (Casey Darnell)
  • Reading from Psalm 31:1-5
  • A Time of Prayer
  • A Reading from Galatians 1:3-5
  • You Alone Can Rescue (Matt Redman)
  • A Litany for Mothers Day
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (The Journey from Guilt to Grace)
  • Your Grace Is Enough (Matt Maher)

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

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