09.25.16 Worship Confessional

recalibrate1“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message)

You have made us for yourself, O God and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you. (Augustine)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Heaven Meets Earth (All Sons and Daughters)
  • Psalm 108 (Jim Cotter, Psalms for a Pilgrim People paraphrase)
  • Here For You (Maher and Redman)
  • Forever Reign (Hillsong)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Invitation)
  • Rest in You (All Sons and Daughters)
  • Glory and Wonder (Mosaic)

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09.18.16 Worship Confessional

recalibrate1The Scriptures, read and prayed, are our primary and normative access to God as He reveals Himself to us. The Scriptures are our listening post for learning the language of the soul, the ways God speaks to us; they also provide the vocabulary and grammar that are appropriate for us as we in our turn speak to God.. Christians don’t simply learn or study or use Scripture; we assimilate it, take it into our lives in such a way that it gets metabolized into acts of love, cups of cold water, missions into all the world, healing and evangelism and justice in Jesus’ name, hands raised in adoration of the Father, feet washed in company with the Son. (Eugene Peterson)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Rick of Ages (Paul Baloche)
  • Only King Forever (Elevation Church)
  • A Time of Prayer (Psalm 123)
  • God, I Look to You (Bethel Worship)
  • Be Thou My Vision (Ascend the Hill version)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Eat This Book)
  • The Sacrament of Communion

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09.11.16 Worship Confessional

recalibrate1Discipleship is a way to curate your heart to be attentive to and intentional about what you love….To follow Jesus is to become a student of the Rabbi who teaches us how to love; to be a disciple of Jesus is to enroll in the school of charity. Jesus is not the Lecturer-in-Chief; his school of charity is not like the lecture hall where we passively take notes while Jesus spouts facts about himself in a litany of text heavy PowerPoint slides. (James KA Smith, You Are What You Love)

Yesterday as we began our new series, (re)calibrate, I invited our community to reflect upon these four questions:

  1. What do you want in life?
  2. How intentional are you in your practice of the Christian faith?
  3. How often do you engage in one of the classic Christian practices of Scripture, prayer, serving, Sabbath or examine?
  4. What do you love? Is the love of God and neighbor at the heart of your heart?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Heaven Meets Earth (All Sons and Daughters)
  • One Thing Remains (Kristin Stanfill)
  • 10,000 Reasons (Matt Redman)
  • Exalted Over All (Vertical Worship)
  • Always (Kristin Stanfill)
  • A Time of Repentence
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Recalibrate)

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09.04.16 Worship Confessional

imagesWork is part of God’s loving plan, we are called to cultivate and care for all the goods of creation and in this way share in the work of creation! Work is fundamental to the dignity of a person. Work, to use a metaphor, “anoints” us with dignity, fills us with dignity, makes us similar to God, who has worked and still works… (Pope Francis)

What is the Christian understanding of work?…It is that work is not, primarily a thing one does to live, but the thing one lives to do. It is, or should be, the full expression of the worker’s faculties…the medium in which one offers oneself to God. (Dorothy Sayers)

If it falls to your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep the streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, like Shakespeare wrote poetry, like Beethoven composed music; sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will pause to say, “Here lives a great street sweeper; who swept their job well.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Here are three questions you might want to consider on this Labor Day:

  1. What energizes you about your work?
  2. Where do you experience the “toil” of work?
  3. In what ways does your work in the world connect with God’s work in the world?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • The Earth Is Yours (Gungor)
  • Call to Worship: Psalm 66:1-4
  • Because of Your Love (Paul Baloche)
  • Great Are You, Lord (All Sons and Daughters)
  • Exalted Over All (Vertical Church)
  • Mercy (Matt Redman)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Why We Work)

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08.28.16 Worship Confessional

imagesThe grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn’t have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us. It’s for you I created the universe. I love you. There’s only one catch. Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you’ll reach out and take it. Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift too. (Frederick Buechner)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Your Love Is Amazing (Brenton Brown)
  • Our God Saves (Paul Baloche)
  • Open Up the Heavens (Meredith Andrews)
  • Philippians 2:5-11
  • Exalted Over All (Vertical Church)
  • A Time of Prayer for the New School Year
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (A Community of Grace)

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