03.19.17 Worship Confessional

WEBLOGODallas Willard calls this a list of “God-based inversion” and the “hopelessly blessables” and finds at work a “gospel for the silly world.” Rosemary Dowsett observed that these blessings do not call attention to your typical manly characteristics but instead to those that in some cultures would be called “womanly.” Those who first heard this list of the truly blessed by God immediately began to wonder about themselves by asking, “Am I in or out?” The Beatitudes are a radical manifesto of a kingdom way of life because Jesus reveals who is in and who is not. (Scot McKnight)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Found in You (Elevation)
  • Build Your Kingdom Here  (Rend Collective)
  • Simple Gospel (United Pursuit)
  • Vocational Commissioning (Brad Craft)
  • Build My Life (Housefires)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Poverty of Spirit)
  • All the Poor and Powerless (All Sons and Daughters)

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03.12.17 Worship Confessional

WEBLOGOJesus wants to practice preventive medicine, not only curative. Jesus wished to do public health and not just surgery. In life, as in Scripture, the relation of words to deeds is often the relation of cause to effect. Good words, literally can put as back together again; they integrate, help and heal us. Wrong words disintegrate us; they make us literally sick; they hurt and break us. As well, Jesus wants to incorporate disciples into his ministry of preventative medicine and public health. When disciples believe and obey this sermon they become the major antibodies in a sick world. (Dale Brunner)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • This My Inheritance (All Sons & Daughters)
  • Hosanna (Paul Baloche)
  • Mighty Fortress (Aaron Shust)
  • Prayers of Confession
  • Kyrie Eleison (Chris Tomlin)
  • Announcements & Offering
  • Message (Wise & Foolish)
  • Build My Life (Housefires)

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03.05.17 Worship Confessional

You-Are-Here-v21Israel’s call in exile is to work out what it means to dwell in a foreign land and yet live like those who belong to Yahweh. The challenge is to demonstrate the distinctive character of righteousness and justice that shows where they truly live, even when every force of assimilation is upon them. What Israel had been called to do but failed at in Jerusalem, it must now learn to do in Babylon. They must do so for their own sake as well as the sake of their oppressors.

The challenge for Israel in exile is not to escape. Their vocation is not to get out. It is to stay and be changed by seeking the welfare of their enemy: “Seek the [shalom] of the city where I have sent you into exile … for in its [shalom] you will find your [shalom]” (Jeremiah 29:7).

It is far more complicated to live as exiles than to live as those in exodus. In exile we have to put down roots, plant gardens, build schools, read the newspaper, vote, advocate, serve and engage our world in countless ways. We have to do justice. We have to consider how to be faithful stewards of the resources God has given us. We have to do these things if we are in exile. But do we even know that we are in exile? (Mark Labberton, The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God’s Call to Justice)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • This My Inheritance (All Sons & Daughters)
  • Look to the Son (Hillsongs)
  • Forever Reign (Hillsongs)
  • A Litany of Penitence
  • You Alone Can Rescue
  • Vocational Commissioning
  • Announcements & Offering
  • Message (Exiles)
  • Build My Life (Housefires)

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