02.07.16 Worship Confessional

Slide63Augustine taught that Christians, remembering their baptisms, should think of friendships differently. In the Christian life the fundamental purpose of friendship is not to bring us satisfaction and success in the world, but to help us grow together in Christ in order that we might together enjoy friendship with God and the saints in heaven. But in order for this goal to be realized, friends must find ways in their life together to learn, be formed in, and witness the love of God. (Paul Waddell)

‘Those who claim that their lives should be such as to console no one and be a burden or an occasion of grief to no one, who derive no joy from others’ success and inflict no bitterness on others with their own perversity, I would not call human beings but beasts.’ (Aelred of Rievaulx)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Holy, Holy, Holy (Stephen Curtis Chapman version)
  • Salvation’s Tide (Passion)
  • What a Friend I’ve Found (Delirious)
  • The Sacrament of Baptism
  • Good Good Father (Chris Tomlin)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (The Schoolhouse of Love)
  • Watch Over Us (The Lone Bellow)

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01.31.16 Worship Confessional

Slide63We have the opportunities, but we do not make use of them. Most people make friends easily enough; few keep them. They do not give the subject the care, and thought, and trouble, it requires and deserves. We want the pleasure of society without the duty. We would like to get the good of our friends, without burdening ourselves with any responsibility about keeping them friends. We lament that we have no staunch and faithful friend when we have really not expended the love which produces such. (Hugh Black, Friendship)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
  • Open the Eyes of My Heart (Paul Baloche)
  • God and God Alone (Passion)
  • A Time of Prayer
  • What a Friend I’ve Found (Delirious)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (What Is Friendship)

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01.24.15 Worship Confessional

Slide63Is there any difference between friendship and human love or charity?
 On the contrary; there is a vast difference; for divine authority approves that more are to be received into the bosom of charity than into the embrace of friendship. For we are compelled by the law of charity to receive in the embrace of love not only our friends but also our enemies. But only those do we call friends to whom we can fearlessly entrust our heart and all its secrets; those, too, who, in turn, are bound to us by the same law of faith and security. (Aelred of Rievaulx)

The greatest love is realizable only in relation to friends, not in relationship to all people. (Pavel Florensky)

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:12-15)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • O Worship the King (Passion version)
  • God and God Alone (Passion)
  • Salvation’s Tide Is Rising (Passion)
  • Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing (Crowder version)
  • Prayers of Confession
  • You Alone Can Rescue (Matt Redman)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Three Myths and a Truth)

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01.17.16 Worship Confessional

syria-prayer-heroYesterday in worship, we brought together of our love of God and love of neighbor as we partnered with World Vision to build Promise Packs that will bring real help and hope to Syrian children living in refugee camps. This is the worst humanitarian disaster of our time. The crisis in Syria affects more than 12 million people – more than those affected by Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake, and the Indian Ocean tsunami combined. Half of Syria’s population have fled their homes and are living in camps with little more than the clothes on their backs. Millions are displaced and about 220,000 people have been killed in the conflict – half of them children.

In our worship space, we had two assembly lines where people built the Promise Packs – each one  containing basic school supplies, hygiene items, a warm blanket and a note of encouragement. All of this occurred as we sang songs of praise, offered our prayers and listened to the proclaimed Word of God – worship and service offered to God and others in the name of Jesus!

All of this occurred as we continued our celebration of the Epiphany and the appearing of John the Baptist unto the stage of salvation history. John’s message was clear and to the point:

  • “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
  • “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
  • “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?” “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them. Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely–be content with your pay.”

What a joy to see our community of faith living into this message in word and deed!

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01.10.16 Worship Confessional

The last word on human nature is not the magi and their miraculous conversion, nor Herod and his perverse resistance to conversion. Humans are not only lost by nature (like the magi) and sinners by choice (like Herod); but Jesus, the man for us, has also represented us. Jesus is essential to the full doctrine of human nature as Jesus is to the full doctrine of God. (Dale Brunner)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Here I Am to Worship (Tim Hughes)
  • Collect of the Day
  • Forever Reign (Hillsong)
  • Salvation’s Tide Is Rising (Passion)
  • Prayers of Confession
  • Good Good Father (Chris Tomlin
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (The Last Word)

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