03.05.17 Worship Confessional

You-Are-Here-v21Israel’s call in exile is to work out what it means to dwell in a foreign land and yet live like those who belong to Yahweh. The challenge is to demonstrate the distinctive character of righteousness and justice that shows where they truly live, even when every force of assimilation is upon them. What Israel had been called to do but failed at in Jerusalem, it must now learn to do in Babylon. They must do so for their own sake as well as the sake of their oppressors.

The challenge for Israel in exile is not to escape. Their vocation is not to get out. It is to stay and be changed by seeking the welfare of their enemy: “Seek the [shalom] of the city where I have sent you into exile … for in its [shalom] you will find your [shalom]” (Jeremiah 29:7).

It is far more complicated to live as exiles than to live as those in exodus. In exile we have to put down roots, plant gardens, build schools, read the newspaper, vote, advocate, serve and engage our world in countless ways. We have to do justice. We have to consider how to be faithful stewards of the resources God has given us. We have to do these things if we are in exile. But do we even know that we are in exile? (Mark Labberton, The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God’s Call to Justice)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • This My Inheritance (All Sons & Daughters)
  • Look to the Son (Hillsongs)
  • Forever Reign (Hillsongs)
  • A Litany of Penitence
  • You Alone Can Rescue
  • Vocational Commissioning
  • Announcements & Offering
  • Message (Exiles)
  • Build My Life (Housefires)

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