05.24.15 Worship Confessional

Pentecost-2012Jesus said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:7-8)

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. (Acts 2:1-5)

Yesterday was a full day in worship. We had a guest speaker, someone I can honestly say I have known my entire life, my mother, Marvel Timm. She shared a message entitled, A Day of Remembrance and weaved together reflections on Memorial Day and Pentecost.  Many of her stories came from the book she recently authored, Flambeau: Mother of Exile.

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • All Creatures of Our God and King (Crowder version)
  • Awake My Soul (Mumford and Sons)
  • Doxology (Eoghan Heaslip version)
  • Reading from Psalm 145
  • Unison Prayer based upon Psalm 145 (ReWorship)
  • Wholly Yours (David Crowder Band)
  • Broken Vessels (Hillsong)
  • This Is Amazing Grace (Wickham and Riddle)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (A Day of Remembrance)
  • Your Love Never Fails

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

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05.17.15 Worship Confessional

Story Logo - Version 2“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forward.” (Soren Kierkegaard)

Yesterday as we continued our “Story” series, Katherine Sikma reminded us of the need to take the long view in our spiritual journey. As we trek through the Joseph narrative we see that God’s plan of redemption,  forgiveness and restoration took years to unfold. In what area of your life do you need to take the long view – your marriage, your parenting, your work, your friendships? What might God be wanting to teach you in this season?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Here for You (Matt Maher)
  • Prayer for Purity
  • Our God (Chris Tomlin)
  • 10,000 Reasons (Matt Redman)
  • Reading from Psalm 71
  • Jesus, Rock of Ages (Christy Nockels)
  • Cornerstone (Hillsong)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (The Long View)

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05.10.15 Worship Confessional

Story Logo - Version 2Yesterday we continued our “Story” series by exploring Genesis 42. My message was entitled “The Journey from Guilt to Grace” and we explored the hand of God at work in the everyday events of Joseph and his brothers. The guilt, fear and sorrow awakened within the sons of Jacob would become the pathway of grace and forgiveness.

I love the words of the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 7:

Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it–I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while– 9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. (2 Corinthians 7:8-10)

Kent Hughes says, “A godly fear is precisely what every child of God needs. Those who live with an awed reverence find that God orders all their life to God’s glory.” Where in your life might God be raising up a godly fear and sorrow? If you choose to follow that, what change in thought, word or action might need to occur? How might this change your life, your relationships, your work for the better – for the greater glory of God and the blessing of others?

As well, yesterday was Mother’s Day and we included this litany. While we are not exactly sure of its source, we believe it might have its origins with Amy Young.

To those for whom this is your first Mother’s Day—we CELEBRATE with you.
• To those who lost a child this year—we MOURN with you.
• To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains—we APPLAUD you.
• To those who experienced loss through miscarriage and failed adoptions—we CRY with you.
• To those who walk the hard path of infertility and live with the ache of empty arms—we WALK with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.
• To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms—we NEED you.
• To those who have great relationships with your children—we REJOICE with you.
• To those who have disappointment and heartache with your children—we SIT with you.
• To those who lost their mothers this year—we GRIEVE with you.
• To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother—we are SORRY.
• To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood—we are BETTER because of you.
• To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children—we REGRET that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be.
• To those who step-parent—we WALK with you on these complex paths.
• To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren—yet that dream is not to be—we GRIEVE with you.
• To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year—we GRIEVE and REJOICE with you.
• To those who placed children up for adoption—we COMMEND you for your selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart
• And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising—we ANTICIPATE with you.
It’s Mother’s Day. Mothering is not for the faint of heart—and we have real warriors and heroines in our midst—and today—we HONOR you.

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Our God Is Mercy (Brenton Brown)
  • This Is Amazing Grace (Phil Wickham)
  • Faithful Over Us (Casey Darnell)
  • Reading from Psalm 31:1-5
  • A Time of Prayer
  • A Reading from Galatians 1:3-5
  • You Alone Can Rescue (Matt Redman)
  • A Litany for Mothers Day
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (The Journey from Guilt to Grace)
  • Your Grace Is Enough (Matt Maher)

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05.03.15 Worship Confessional

Story Logo - Version 2This morning we continued exploring the Joseph narrative by diving into Genesis 40-41. I framed up my message as a lesson on leadership, entitling it, The Path of Leadership. Here are the five leadership principles I gleaned from the text:

  1. The Path of Leadership is a Place of Growth
  2. The Path of Leadership Is a Lonely Road
  3. The Path of Leadership Reveals What’s Most Important
  4. The Path of Leadership Embraces the Good of Others
  5. The Path of Leadership Requires Patience

As well, in light of what has transpired in Baltimore this past week, we included a litany for justice and mercy in our gathering.

Introductory Words

Reading from Amos 5:10-17, 24

Words of Confession
Leader: Lord, we confess our own complicity in the injustice of our world…
ALL: Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Lord, we confess our own complacency toward the injustice of our world…
ALL: Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Lord, we confess our own ignorance of the injustice of our world…
ALL: Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Lord, we confess our inability to grasp the complexity of injustice in our world…
ALL: Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Lord, we confess our own smugness toward the injustice of our world…
ALL: Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Lord, we confess our own inability to eliminate injustice in our world and we long for the day when you kingdom will come on earth as it is heaven and true justice will cover the entire world. And until that day comes, we pray as our Lord taught us to prayer:

ALL: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Did you address the situation in Baltimore today in worship. If so, how so? If not, why not?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Faith Over Us (Casey Darnell)
  • Your Love Never Fails (McClarney and Skinner)
  • Christ Is Enough (Hillsong)
  • Reading from Psalm 103:1-5
  • 10,000 Reasons (Matt Redman)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • A Litany for Justice and Mercy
  • Message (The Path of Leadership)
  • A Future Not Our Own (Matt Maher)

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

04.26.15 Worship Confessional

grace.v.karmaThis morning we continued our exploration of the Joseph narrative, our Director of Formation and Teaching, Dave Bindewald unpacked Genesis 39 around the framework of karma vs grace. As he was teaching, I was reminded of the interview that Bono did with Michka Assayas:

Bono: I really believe we’ve moved out of the realm of Karma into one of Grace.

Assayas: Well, that doesn’t make it clearer for me.

You see, at the center of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics; in physical laws every action is met by an equal or an opposite one. It’s clear to me that Karma is at the very heart of the universe. I’m absolutely sure of it. And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that “as you reap, so you will sow” stuff. Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I’ve done a lot of stupid stuff.

Assayas: I’d be interested to hear that.

Bono: That’s between me and God. But I’d be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge. I’d be in deep shit. It doesn’t excuse my mistakes, but I’m holding out for Grace. I’m holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I don’t have to depend on my own religiosity.

Assayas: The Son of God who takes away the sins of the world. I wish I could believe in that.

Bono: But I love the idea of the Sacrificial Lamb. I love the idea that God says: “Look, you cretins, there are certain results to the way we are, to selfishness, and there’s a mortality as part of your very sinful nature, and, let’s face it, you’re not living a very good life, are you?” There are consequences to actions. The point of the death of Christ is that Christ took on the sins of the world, so that what we put out did not come back to us, and that our sinful nature does not reap the obvious death. That’s the point. It should keep us humbled. It’s not our own good works that get us through the gates of heaven.

What most influences both your theological belief and practice: karma or grace?

Here is our complete worship set:

  • Because of Your Love (Paul Baloche)
  • Faithful Over Us (Casey Darnell)
  • My Hope (Paul Baloche)
  • Great Are You, Lord (All Sons and Daughters)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Karma v. Grace)
  • You Shine (Brian Doerkson)

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

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