07.30.17 Worship Confessional

WEBLOGO“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. (Matthew 5:33-37)

From the beginning honesty was the assumption for human interactions. Without that assumption trust breaks down culture into chaos. The serpent dishonestly reframed the words of God in the garden of Eden, and Adam didn’t tell the whole truth to God (Gen 3). Abraham lied about Sarah (cf. 12: 10– 20); Jacob tricked Esau with twisted words (27: 1– 40) but was tricked in turn (29: 1– 30); the brothers of Joseph lied to their father about Joseph (37: 12– 36)… and it goes on and sadly on. Against such verbal trickery, the Bible constantly commands honesty. (Scot McKnight)

Here is our worship flow:

  • Praise the Lord, Evermore (Worship Central)
  • Glorious Day (Passion)
  • A Time of Confession
  • Kyrie Eleison (Vineyard)
  • Here’s My Heart (David Crowder)
  • Vocational Commissioning (Sarah Chace)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Beyond Words)
  • Your Love Defends Me (Matt Maher)

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