09.27.15 Worship Confessional

earthYesterday we concluded our series on “Connections” by asking the question, “what should our relationship with the world around us look like?” Jesus said in Matthew 5 that we are to be “salt and light in the world” or as Eugene Peterson puts it, “you’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept.” James Davison Hunter suggests that we are salt and light when we relate to the world around us as “faithful presence.” He describes faithful presence as follows:

“Christians need to abandon talk about “redeeming the culture,” “advancing the kingdom,” and “changing the world.” Such talk carries too much weight, implying conquest and domination. If there is a possibility for human flourishing in our world, it does not begin when we win the culture wars but when God’s word of love becomes flesh in us, reaching every sphere of social life. When faithful presence existed in church history, it manifested itself in the creation of hospitals and the flourishing of art, the best scholarship, the most profound and world-changing kind of service and care—again, not only for the household of faith but for everyone. Faithful presence isn’t new; it’s just something we need to recover.

What would it look like for you to take up “faithful presence” in the places you live learn, work serve and play? How will you be salt and light and bring out the God-colors in the world around you?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Great Are You, Lord (All Sons and Daughters)
  • Call to Worship
  • Rock of Ages (Paul Baloche)
  • Mighty Fortress (Aaron Shust)
  • Readings from Psalm 46 and Psalm 121
  • Always (One Sonic Society)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Faithful Presence)
  • Benediction (Matt Redman)

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09.20.15 Worship Confessional

people2We crave connection. We want to be known, cared for, loved, and celebrated. We long to give ourselves to something – to someone – greater than ourselves. We want a little band of brothers and sisters with whom we can do life in mission together. Unfortunately, the sense of connection is elusive for most of us. Either because of the choices we’ve made, or the circumstances that surround us, we are stuck with ourselves, just ourselves. We are alone facing the world. And it doesn’t feel very good. (Bill Donahue, The Irresistible Community)

Community is to be found at the intersection of the two segments of the cross, where those who are reconciled with God are reconciled together–where we love God with all we have and we love our neighbor as ourselves. It is where we learn to care and share, to challenge and support, to confide and confess, to forgive and be forgiven, to laugh and weep, to be accountable to each other, to watch over each other, to be servants together. It is the place of transformation. (Gilbert Bilezekian)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Hallelujah, Your Love Is Amazing (Brenton Brown)
  • Mighty Fortress (Aaron Shust)
  • This Is Amazing Grace (Phil Wickham)
  • Prayers of Confession
  • Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone (Chris Tomlin)
  • Prayers for One Another
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Sisters and Brothers)
  • Benediction (Matt Redman)

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09.13.15 Worship Confessional

saintsIt has been my experience that what makes us the saints of God is not our ability to be saintly but rather God’s ability to work through sinners. The title, “saint” is always conferred, never earned. Or as the good Saint Paul puts it, “For it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). I have come to realize that all the saints I have known have been accidental ones – people who inadvertently stumbled into redemption like they were looking for something else at the time, people who have a wee bit of a drinking problem and manage to get sober and help others do the same, people who are as kind as they are hostile. (Nadia Bolz-Weber, Accidental Saints)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Our God Saves (Paul Baloche and Brenton Brown)
  • Build Your Kingdom Here (Rend Collective)
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Broken Vessels (Hillsong)
  • 10,000 Reasons (Matt Redman)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Sinners and Saints)
  • This We Believe (Hillsong)
  • The Sacrament of Communion

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09.07.15 Worship Confessional

Story Logo - Version 2This week we concluded the Moses arc in our Story series by exploring the Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20. The commands reveal the heart of the law-giving God and God’s deep desire for people to thrive and flourish in life. In other words, the law is not designed to limit life but rather to enhance it according to God’s blueprint.

May these words from the Psalmist express our desire to be people who love God’s law!

97 Oh, how I love your law!
    I meditate on it all day long.
98 Your commands are always with me
    and make me wiser than my enemies.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
    for I meditate on your statutes.
100 I have more understanding than the elders,
    for I obey your precepts.
101 I have kept my feet from every evil path
    so that I might obey your word.
102 I have not departed from your laws,
    for you yourself have taught me.
103 How sweet are your words to my taste,
    sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 I gain understanding from your precepts;
    therefore I hate every wrong path.

(Psalm 119:97-104)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Great Are You, Lord (All Sons and Daughters)
  • Responsive Reading of Psalm 46
  • Mighty Fortress (Shust and Baloche)
  • Only King Forever (Elevation Worship)
  • Always (One Sonic Society)
  • We Confess (Glenn Packiam)
  • Words of Assurance and Pardon
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (The Lawgiving God)

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08.30.15 Worship Confessional

people2One of my favorites phrases when talking about our community of faith are the words, “men and women, boys and girls.” Every member of our community matters to God and one of the ways we live into this value is by creating intentional, inter-generational worship environments. Our Director of Children, Amber Steele has done tremendous work in developing a framework that encourages the men and women, boys and girls of Christ Community Church to bring their lives before God in worship.

Today our theme was “Following Jesus Every Day” and we worshiped God through song, Scripture, prayers and service. We lived into the story by taking time to roll up our sleeves, working together to be a source of blessing to others. People were given to the option to choose one of the following six serving opportunities:

Group 1: wrapping silverware for the dinner at Shepherd’s Heart
Group 2: writing encouragement notes for the to-go dinners at Shepherd’s Heart
Group 3: making treats for the Point Park University students
Group 4: cleaning car windshields in the parking lot
Group 5: prayer walking around the outside of Eisenhower school
Group 6: preparing treats for the Eisenhower Elementary School staff

How do you engage the different generations in worship?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Hosanna (Paul Baloche)
  • Because of Your Love (Paul Baloche)
  • Call to Worship
  • One Thing Remains (Bethel Worship)
  • Romans 8:31-29
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Enter the Story
  • Live into the Story
  • I Will Follow (Chris Tomlin)
  • Benediction (Revelation 1:5b-6)

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