04.19.15 Worship Confessional

Story Logo - Version 2Providence is the hand of God in the glove of history…it is God sitting behind the steering wheel of time. Providence refers to God’s governance of all events so as to direct them toward an end. It is God taking what you and I would call luck, chance, mistakes, happenstance and stitching them into achieving His purposes. (Tony Evans)

This morning in worship we started the second arc of our “Story” series by exploring the Joseph narrative. Kent Hughes states that “the Joseph narrative is the longest and most masterful narrative in Genesis and perhaps the entire Bible.” While Joseph is the main character in Genesis 37-50, ultimately and above all, these chapter display the truth that God is  working God’s will through the everyday, ordinary events of life. This is a story about the hidden, but sure hand of God.

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Only King Forever (Elevation Worship)
  • Happy Day (Tim Hughes)
  • Because He Lives (Matt Maher)
  • Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:15-20
  • Directed Prayer
  • Christ Is Enough (Hillsong)
  • Cornerstone (Hillsong)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Hidden, But Sure)

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04.12.15 Worship Confessional

interngenScot McKnight, in his new book, A Fellowship of Differents writes:

“The church is God’s world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens, we show the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation and life together are designed by God to be. The church is God’s show and tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as family.”

One of my favorite phrases when talking about our community of faith are the words, “men and women, boys and girls.” It describes our vision to be an inclusive, intergenerational church.

Our celebration of the resurrection continued this morning with a WE event. Four times a year, Amber Steele, our director of children, youth and family ministries, curates an intergenerational worship gathering and today she utilized our five senses to create five stations of the resurrection. Our congregation was divided into five groups of “men and women, boys and girls” and as they moved together through the stations they tasted the sweetness of the resurrection, smelled the scent of new life, listened to a beautiful music declaring new life, touched the symbol of redemption and saw the hope of Christ illustrated.

To help our people prepare for this experience, I shared this words with them in advance of the gathering:

I am a big fan of WE events because they underscore our commitment to inter-generational relationships. Our WE events are one way that we encourage these relationships and you can help us create an environment for this to happen by interacting with men, women, boys, and girls that you do not typically engage with on any given Sunday morning. Depending upon your comfort level, this will probably look different for each of us. You may choose to stick with the people you come with or you might try spreading out and worshiping with someone new. You might split your group in half or even choose to “adopt a child” or perhaps “adopt a parent or grandparent” for the morning.

How do you encourage intergenerational relationships in your faith community? How do you engage different generations in worship?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Happy Day (Tim Hughes)
  • He Is Risen (Paul Baloche)
  • Scripture Reading: Luke 24:1-8
  • Christ Is Risen (Matt Maher)
  • A Very Special Easter Video (Steelhouse Media)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Enter the Story
  • Engage the Story
  • Because He Lives (Matt Maher)
  • Benediction

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04.05.15 Worship Confessional

hope-easter-a-resurrectionOur task as image-bearing, God-loving, Christ-shaped, Spirit-filled Christians, following Christ and shaping our world, is to announce redemption to a world that has discovered its fallenness, to announce healing to a world that has discovered its brokenness, to proclaim love and trust to a world that knows only exploitation, fear and suspicion. (NT Wright)

Jesus’ resurrection is the sign that death is defeated, the battle is over, and God’s new world is emerging in the midst of our own. It is ground zero for Christian hope. (Darrin Whitehead and Jon Tyson)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Where You There
  • Video: Easter Line Drawing (Shift Worship)
  • Reading: Luke 24:1-8
  • Because He Lives (Matt Maher)
  • He Is Risen (Paul Baloche)
  • Only King Forever (Elevation Worship)
  • Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9
  • Mighty to Save (Hillsongs)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • message (Rumors of Resurrection)
  • Christ Is Risen (Matt Maher)

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03.29.15 Worship Confessional

passion-sundayPractically everyone has known the taste of Palm Sunday, the sweetness of success and popularity, and nearly all of us have tasted the bitterness of Good Friday, of failure and rejection. What saves us from an endless round of ups and downs, what frees us from the tyranny of events over which we have no control is our commitment to press forward in obedience to God. It is trust in God’s love to bring about Easter morning, knowing that the meaning of life is to be found in the knowledge and love of God, and in sharing that knowledge and love with those who accompany us on the way. (Richard Fairchild)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • All the Poor and Powerless (All Sons and Daughters)
  • Palm Sunday Call to Worship
  • Hosanna (Paul Baloche)
  • Salvation Is Here (Hillsong)
  • Only King Forever (Elevation Worship)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (From Palms to Passion)
  • Video: This Is Palm Sunday (Floodgate Productions)
  • Jesus, Son of God (Chris Tomlin)

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03.22.15 Worship Confessional

KSHA157God has commanded us to love him not for God’s sake but for ours. Given the way God has set things up, loving anything other than God as god is a major mistake. The greatest commandment protects us from the misery of idolatry – that we might find our ultimate good and discover the ultimate meaning of happiness in God. (David Naugle: Reordered Love, Reordered Lives)

Yesterday we concluded the Abraham and Sarah arc of our “Story” series by exploring Genesis 22. As you reflect upon God’s command to Abraham to offer up his son, Issac, what is it in your life that God might be inviting you to give up and give over – in order that God might give it back to you for your enjoyment and happiness?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • All the Poor and Powerless (All Sons and Daughters)
  • Hallelujah: Your Love Is Amazing (Brenton Brown)
  • Reading from Psalm 145
  • Only King Forever (Elevation Worship)
  • Prayers from St. Patrick
  • Be Thou My Vision (Ascend the Hill version)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Given Up, Given Over, Given Back)

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