11.23.14 Worship Confessional

JesseTreeSomething old is new again. Congregations across the  United States are rediscovering the power of the  inter-generational faith community. Most congregations are multi-­generational by membership. Some are  intentionally inter-generational. They make their inter-generational character a defining feature of their  community life, ministries, and programming.  These churches make it a priority to foster inter-generational relationships, faith sharing, and storytelling; to incorporate all generations in worship; to develop service  projects that involve all ages, and to engage all generations in learning together. For these churches, being  inter-generational is a way of  life. It is an integral element of their culture. It is who they are. (John Roberto, The Important of Inter-generational Community for Faith Formation)

Our heart is to be an inter-generational faith community and to live into this value, four times a year, our Director of Children, Youth and Families, Amber Steele,coordinates a WE Event. This curriculum is designed by Faith Alive and at each WE event, our entire community, young and old alike experiences part of God’s story through drama; we live into God’s story by talking together; we participate in an activity with others around the table; and we reflect, sing, and praise God together. This morning our theme was “Joining the Kingdom” and we lived into the anointing of David narrative found in 1 Samuel 16.

How does your church intentionally seek to be an inter-generational community?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Bless Your Name (Eddie Kirkland)
  • Come Thou Fount (Traditional)
  • Reading from Psalm 8
  • 10,000 Reasons
  • Report from our Pittsburgh Project Team
  • WE Experience (Joining the Kingdom)
  • Psalm 24
  • Arise, King of Kings (Eoghan Heaslip)

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11.16.14 Worship Confessional

kingdomofgodseries-e1344704455581Jesus is making this world, his world.

That was the reminder that Dave Bindewald, our Director of Spiritual Formation shared with us yesterday as our series on “The Kingdom of God continued. In Luke 17:20-21, we read:

Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” (NKJV)

While this may sound like the kingdom is an exclusively personally reality, the truth is that Jesus demonstrated that the kingdom had drawn near by exerting his authority over demons (Mark 1:21-28), disease (Mark 1:40-45) and even death (Mark 5:35-42). And because Jesus is the one who brings the kingdom near, we must never forget that:

  1. The Kingdom Is Not Dependent Upon Me
  2. Ultimately, Nothing Can Separate Us from the Kingdom

One note about our gathering yesterday: while on occasion we have issues with the air conditioning being too cold, yesterday we had no heat in our worship space (and it was about 30 degrees outside). First world problems. Our community worshiped with coats on, we cut one song to tighten up the time but all in all, God was glorified!

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Your Love Never Fails (Chris McClarney and Anthony Skinner)
  • Mighty to Dave (Hillsong)
  • Kingdom Come (Elevation Worship – deleted due to cold)
  • Psalm 103
  • 10,000 Reasons (Matt Redman)
  • Unison Prayer of Thanksgiving
  • WE Video
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (The Kingdom of God)
  • My Father’s World (Jadon Lavik)

You can learn what other communities of faith experienced in worship this weekend at The Worship Community.

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11.09.14 Worship Confessional

slide-62Today, Dave Bindewald,  our director of Spiritual Formation, continued our series on “The Kingdom of God” by exploring the words of Jesus found in Mark 10:

“People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.” (Mark 10:13-16)

Jesus uses many different images when teaching about the kingdom and one of the most memorable is that of a child. Children exhibit a sense of dependence and trust that reflects the kind of relationship God seeks to have with God’s people, young and old alike.

What do you think are the marks of a child-like faith?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • O This God (Matt Redman)
  • The Rock Won’t Move (Vertical Worship)
  • Kingdom Come (Elevation Church)
  • Video: I’ll Need You (Sermon Spice)
  • Like a Child (Jars of Clay)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Like a Child)
  • Jesus Love Me (Chris Tomlin)

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11.02.14 Worship Confessional

Slide1What was the central message of Jesus?

How to get to heaven when you die? Monday? Power? Sexuality? How to live a moral life? A blessed life? A prosperous life?

Of all the topics Jesus could have addressed as he began his public ministry, I find it significant that the first thing that Jesus spoke of was the kingdom of God. In Mark 1, we find these words:

“After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:14-15)

What did Jesus mean when he used this phrase, “the kingdom of God?” Does…

Kingdom = Heaven
Kingdom = Church
Kingdom = Salvation
Kingdom = Justice

What do you think Jesus meant when he spoke of the kingdom of God?

I love how my friend Darren Grove describes the kingdom:

The kingdom of God is the present and progressive reign of Christ, working with and through us, with incredible power, to defeat sin, brokenness, and corruption, and to bring truth, beauty, goodness, justice, and abundance (shalom), to every area of culture, through our everyday work, to the world.

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Praise the Invisible (Daniel Bashta)
  • Psalm 145
  • Hosanna (Paul Baloche)
  • Because of Your Love (Paul Baloche)
  • Psalm 145
  • Jesus Love Me (Chris Tomlin)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (The Kingdom of God)
  • Kingdom Come (Elevation Worship)
  • The Lord’s Prayer

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10.26.14 Worship Confessional

morelessDon’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.  Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. (James 1:16-18)

This morning we concluded our series, “More and Less” by exploring a sacramental life. While varying expressions of the church have differed on how many sacraments there actually are, I would argue that we need more rather than less – sometimes more is better!

Barbara Brown Taylor, in her book, An Altar in the World writes:

“People encounter God under shady oak trees, on riverbanks, at the tops of mountains, and in long stretches of barren wilderness. God shows up in whirlwinds, starry skies, burning bushes, and perfect strangers. When people want to know more about God, the son of God tells them to pay attention to the lilies of the field and the birds of the air, to women kneading bread and workers lining up for their pay. Whoever wrote this stuff believed that people could learn as much about the ways of God from paying attention to the world as they could from paying attention to scripture. What is true is what happens, even if what happens is not always right. People can learn as much about the ways of God from business deals gone bad or sparrows falling to the ground as they can from reciting the books of the Bible in order. They can learn as much from a love affair or a wildflower as they can from knowing the Ten Commandments by heart.”

How can we begin to live a sacramental life – not only in the sanctuary on Sunday, but throughout our everyday, ordinary lives? Here are three practices you might want to begin to explore:

  1. Be Present
  2. Pay Attention
  3. Pronounce Blessing

Here is our complete worship flow:

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