08.02.15 Worship Confessional

Story Logo - Version 2Yesterday we continued our Story series by exploring Exodus 4-6. One of the things I have been noticing in the early chapters of Exodus is Moses’ reluctance to say yes to God. His obedience was certainly a progressive and dynamic part of his journey with God.

John, one of our music and worship summer interns, was leading the opening segment of our gathering and he found this potent responsive reading from Giving Grace that connected our singing and prayer with the message that would follow later.

Heavenly Father, your desire is for us to be free and to live your abundant life, but everywhere in our world people are in chains.
Father, break the chains that bind us: And set your people free.

Father, we pray for those who are caught in the chains of poverty; those for whom the rains do not fall, whose land is taken from them, whose leaders betray them and whose country is held in the unjust chains of international debt.
Father, break the chains that bind us: And set your people free.

Father, we pray for those in our nation caught in chains. We pray for those trapped by their desire for more and more.  We pray also for those caught in poverty through addiction, helplessness and through no fault of their own. We pray also for those trapped in debt and do not know how to find freedom.
Father, break the chains that bind us: And set your people free.

Father, we pray for our families and friends.  Bless those chains of love, laughter and joy that bind us to those lives that enrich ours. Set us free from the chains that bind us, of painful memories, of unspoken hurts and lack of understanding.
Father, break the chains that bind us: And set your people free.

Father, we pray for those who are sick in body, mind or spirit, for those grieving the loss of someone they love and for those who care, often at great cost to themselves. Give your peace and in the midst of sadness and sorrow grant the gentle freedom that comes with knowing your presence.
Father, break the chains that bind us: And set your people free.

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Called Me Higher (All Sons and Daughters)
  • Responsive Reading
  • Lord, I Need You (Matt Maher)
  • Unbroken Praise (Matt Redman)
  • Prayer for Our City
  • God of This City (BlueTree)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Reluctant Obedience)
  • Always (One Sonic Society)

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

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