07.16.17 Worship Confessional

WEBLOGOYou have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. (Matthew 5:22-26)

Jesus’ commands not only drive us to despair; they also drive us to doing. The command of Jesus first humbles, but then it lifts. (Dale Brunner)

Here’s the nub of the issue: we must be intentional about reconciliation for it to become a pervasive lifestyle. This can only begin if we find space and time to ponder, to pray, and to discern where it is that we— let me say “you”— need to pursue reconciliation. We must ponder those with whom we are out of sorts, those who are closest to us with whom we are not living fully reconciled lives, and those who may not even know that we are harboring bitterness and resentment. Reconciliation is not likely to be something that happens to us, as it is something we pursue. (Scot McKnight)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Praise the Lord, Evermore (Worship Central)
  • Rejoice (Dustin Kensrue)
  • Your Love Awakens Me (Phil Wickham)
  • A Time of Confession
  • Kyrie Eleison (Vineyard)
  • Good, Good Father (Barrett and Tomlin)
  • Announcements & Offering
  • Message (Beyond Anger)

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