08.27.17 Worship Confessional

WEBLOGOIf we listen to the Bible’s Story and pay attention to the emergence of fasting, we discover three major ideas: fasting is connected to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, as the Israelite prepared for confession, atonement, and forgiveness (Lev 16: 29– 31; 23: 26– 32). Fasting also includes a spontaneous response to a grievous event, as when David interceded and prayed for the healing of his enemies (Ps 35: 11– 16). In Isaiah 58 the prophet connects the true fast to doing justice, caring for the poor, and providing food for the hungry. Overall, then, fasting is how Israel responded when God’s glory was dishonored, when God’s will was thwarted, when God’s people suffered defeat, or when one of God’s people experienced sickness, tragedy, or death. God’s people, in effect then, took up the posture of God toward grievous events when they fasted. (Scot McKnight)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Open Up the Heavens (Vertical Music)
  • Mighty Fortress (Aaron Shust)
  • Psalm 23
  • King of Love (I Am They)
  • Exalted Over All (Vertical Music)
  • A Prayer for the New School Year
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (When You Fast)
  • I Shall Not Want (Audrey Assad)

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