01.22.17 Worship Confessional

368cd2878cec0143aa3447375b925c6fIn the Bible, shalom means universal flourishing, wholeness, and delight–a rich state of affairs in which natural needs are satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed, a state of affairs that inspires joyful wonder as its Creator and Savior opens doors and welcomes the creatures in whom God delights…

God hates sin not must because it violates his law, but more substantively, because it violates shalom, because it breaks the peace, because it interferes with the way things are supposed to be. God is for shalom and therefore against sin. In fact, we may safely describe evil as any spoiling of shalom whether physical (e.g. disease), morally, spiritually, or otherwise. (Cornelius Plantinga)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Mighty Fortress (Aaron Shust)
  • Your Love Awakens Me (Phil Wickham)
  • Glory and Wonder (Moasic)
  • Forever Reign (Hillsong)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be)
  • Let There Be Light (Hillsong)

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01.15.17 Worship Confessional

itsall goodAfter God finished each creative work in Genesis 1, he declares his creation “good” and lavishly gives is free reign to enjoy its goodness. It is no accident that the psalmist enjoins us to taste and see that the Lord is good -not simply to reason or confess that God is good, but to taste it. My body, this tea, and the quiet twilight are teaching me God’s goodness through my senses. I’m tasting, hearing, feeling, seeing, and smelling that God is good. Pleasure is our deep human response to an encounter with beauty and goodness. In these moments of pleasure – of delight, enjoyment, awe, and revelry – we respond to God impulsively with our very bodies: “Yes, we agree! Your creation is very good. (Tish Harrison Warren)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Heaven Meets Earth (All Sons and Daughters)
  • Video: The Creation Story
  • The Earth Is Yours (Gungor)
  • Found in Your (Paul Baloche)
  • Colossians 1:15-20
  • Prayer
  • Jesus (Chris Tomlin)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (It’s All Good)
  • Crags and Clay (Gungor)

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01.09.17 Worship Confessional

my-storyI can only answer the question, “Who Am I?” and “What Am I to Do?” if I can answer the prior question “of what story or stories do I find myself a part?” (Alistair MacIntyre)

A story can do so much more than teach you – it can transform you. (Sally Lloyd Jones)

Here is our compete worship flow:

  • Great Are You, Lord (All Sons and Daughters)
  • One Thing Remains (Kristian Stanfill)
  • Your Love Awakens Me (Phil Wickham)
  • The Season of Epiphany
  • Glory, Let There Be Peace (Matt Maher)
  • Vocational Commissioning (Dave Bindewald)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (The Reframing Story)
  • Jesus (Chris Tomlin)

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01.01.17 Worship Confessional

imagesThere’s an old story about Akiva, the rabbi, who had been in the village to gather some supplies. Walking back to his cottage, he absentmindedly took the wrong path. Suddenly, a voice came through the darkness: “Who are you, and why are you here?”

Shocked to awareness, Akiva realized he had wandered into the Roman garrison, and the voice had come from the young sentry keeping guard. But being a rabbi, he answered the question with another question: “How much do they pay you to stand guard and ask that question of all who approach?”

The sentry, now seeing that this was not an intruder but a rabbi, answered meekly, “Five drachmas a week, sir.”

At that point the rabbi offered, “Young man, I will double your pay if you come with me, stand in front of my cottage, and ask me that question each morning as I begin my day: ‘Who are you, and why are you here?’”

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Adore (Chris Tomlin)
  • Angels We Have Heard on High (Shane and Shane version)
  • Glory: Let There be Peace (Matt Maher)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Two Questions for a New Year)
  • The Lord’s Table
  • The Opening Door
  • Joy to the World (Shane and Shane version)

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12.18.16 Worship Confessional

2016-12-04-draft-4Jesus stands at the door knocking (Rev. 3:20). In total reality, he comes in the form of the beggar, of the dissolute human child in ragged clothes, asking for help. He confronts you in every person that you meet. As long as there are people, Christ will walk the earth as your neighbor, as the one through whom God calls you, speaks to you, makes demands on you. That is the great seriousness and great blessedness of the Advent message. Christ is standing at the door; he lives in the form of a human being among us. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God Is In the Manger)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • God of Brilliant Lights (Aaron Shust)
  • O Come Divine Messiah (Robbie Seay)
  • Scripture Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Paul Baloche version)
  • Prayers of the People
  • Joy to the World (Sojourn version)
  • Advent Conspiracy Video
  • Vocational Commissioning
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (The Constraint of Flesh and Blood)
  • Love Came Down at Christmas (Jars of Clay)

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