08.23.15 Worship Confessional

Story Logo - Version 2We too pass through the Red Sea, the desert, cross the Jordan into the promised land. With Israel we fall into doubt and unbelief and through punishment and repentance experience again God’s help and faithfulness. All this is not mere reverie, but holy, godly reality. We are torn out of our own existence and set down in the midst of the whole history of God on earth. There God dealt with us, and their God still deals with us, our needs and our sins, in judgment and grace. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

Today in our gathering we explored Exodus 15:22-17:6. Here’s my one sentence summary: we will experience bitter things in life, but those bitter experiences need not make us bitter people.

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Lord, I need You (Matt Maher)
  • Our God Is Mercy (Brenton Brown)
  • One Thing Remains (Jesus Culture)
  • Your Love Never Fails (Jesus Culture)
  • Always (One Sonic Society)
  • Prayer for the Beginning of the School Year
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Test or Trust)

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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)

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07.26.15 Worship Confessional

Story Logo - Version 2In a profound way, our intentionality is a key ingredient determining whether we notice God everywhere or only in church or only in suffering or nowhere. It all depends on how we choose to fashion our world. (Elizabeth Dreyer)

When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” (Exodus 3:4)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Called Me Higher (All Sons and Daughters)
  • Here for You (Maher and Redman)
  • Prayer for Purity
  • Blessed Be Your Name (Matt Redman)
  • Great Are You, Lord ( All Sons and Daughters)
  • Video: With Us (The Work of the People)
  • Never Once (Matt Redman)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Paying Attention)
  • Called Me Higher (Reprise)

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07.19.15 Worship Confessional

Story Logo - Version 2Yesterday we looked at Exodus 2:11-25 and followed Moses from the palace to the wilderness, the place where God did a deep work in Moses’ heart to prepare him for the leadership opportunity that would soon present itself. As Chuck Swindoll writes, “Moses dedicated himself to the will of God, but not the God whose will it was.” Where in your life have you perhaps moved ahead of God’s will and/or God’s way?  What might God want to teach you in this season?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Great Are You, Lord (All Sons and Daughters)
  • Unbroken Praise (Matt Redman)
  • Psalm 34
  • All the Poor and Powerless (All Sons and Daughters)
  • Your Grace Is Enough (Matt Maher)
  • Dedication of Juniper Belle
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (From the Palace to the Wilderness)
  • Everything Is Mine in You (Christy Nockels)

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07.12.15 Worship Confessional

Story Logo - Version 2Exodus is an epic tale of fire, sand, wind and water. Adventure takes place under the hot desert sun, just above the shadow of the great pyramids. Two mighty nations –Israel and Egypt – led by two great men – Moses the liberating hero, and Pharaoh the enslaving villain. Almost every scene is a masterpiece: the baby in the basket; the burning bush; the river of blood and the other plagues; the angel of death; the crossing of the Red Sea; the manna in the wilderness; the water from the rock; the thunder and lightning on the mountain; the 10 Commandments; the pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night; the golden calf; the glory in the tabernacle.

Once heard, the story is never forgotten. For Jews it is the story that defines their very existence, the rescue that made them God’s people. For Christians it is the gospel of the Old Testament, first great act of redemption. Return to the exodus again and again, sensing that somehow is is significant for the entire human race. (Philip Ryken)

We restarted our Story series this morning, beginning our Moses arc. Over the next two months, we will explore the amazing events that unfold in the book of Exodus. Today, we looked at the life of Moses’ parents as described by the writers of the letter to the Hebrews and Exodus 2:

By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict” (Hebrews 11:23).

Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. (Exodus 2:1-4)

What is in your basket…what is something that you need to be willing to cast in the water and entrust  into God’s hands?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Faithful Over Us (Casey Darnell)
  • Rock of Ages (Paul Baloche)
  • Scripture Reading
  • You Never Let Go (Matt Redman)
  • Never Once (Matt Redman)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (No Ordinary Child)
  • O This God (Matt Redman)

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