07.24.16 Worship Confessional

PhilippianheartYesterday as we continued 0ur series “Partners in the Gospel,” we explored Paul’s commendation of two of his teammates: Timothy and Epaphroditus. Timothy models the Gospel by caring for the needs of others; Epaphroditus models the Gospel by taking on suffering for the sake of Christ.

Our primary citizenship is in God’s kingdom (not a outpost of the Roman Empire). Yes, we are planted in particular places – neighborhoods, cities, and nations – but citizenship in the Kingdom of God demands that we never carry a “Me-1st” or even an “Us-1st” attitude, mentality and posture toward others. This is diametrically opposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This week, what would it look like follow the example of Timothy and Epaphroditus, by choosing the path of humility and genuine concern and looking to the interests of others?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • All Creatures of Our God and King (Crowder)
  • Open Up the Heavens (Meredith Andrews)
  • A Reading from Psalm 118
  • Salvation Is Here (Hillsongs)
  • Always (Kristen Stanfill)
  • A Time of Prayer for Our World
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Teammates)

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07.17.16 Worship Confessional

shine_like_starsTherefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,  for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.  (Philippians 2:12-16)

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • You Shine (Brian Doerkson)
  • All Creatures of Our God and King
  • Our God Is Mercy (Brenton Brown)
  • A Time of Repentance
  • My Victory (Crowder)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Shine Like Stars)
  • Shine (Matt Redman)

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07.10.16 Worship Confessional

50-Best-Attitude-Whatsapp-Status-Of-All-TimeHave this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the human likeness. (Philippians 2:5-7)

Yesterday as we continued our series, “Partners in the Gospel,” Katherine Sikma helped us explore one of the most significant texts in all of Scripture, Philippians 2:1-10. These words remind us that power, position and privilege are not things to be leveraged for one’s own sake,  but rather the attitude of Christ reveals a willingness to disadvantage oneself for the sake of others.

As well, during worship we took time to lament together. How does one respond to events that are as tragic and disturbing as what we have witnessed in our country the past few days, weeks, and months? In the words of Ann Weems, “our only hope is to march ourselves to the throne of God and in loud lament cry out the pain that lives in our souls.” Using this liturgy from the Transforming Center, we opened our hearts to the One hears and knows our deepest pain, sorrow and disappointment.

How did your community of faith bring the events of this past week into the context of worship?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Rock of Ages (Paul Baloche)
  • Cornerstone (Hillsong)
  • Lamenting Together (adapted from the Transforming Center)
  • My Victory (David Crowder)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (The Attitude of Christ)
  • Jesus, Son of God (Chris Tomlin)

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07.03.16 Worship Confessional

lifeworthy_TitleSlideThis summer we are exploring Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi and on Sunday I shared a message, “Worthy of the Gospel.” In Philippians 1:27, Paul challenges the believers in Philippi (along with the believers in the south hills of Pittsburgh) with these words, “Whatever happens, as citizens of heaven live in an manner worthy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Paul reminds God’s people that our primary citizenship is in God’s kingdom. In light of that truth, this week reflect upon these questions:

  • What is my understanding of the Gospel?
  • How has my understanding of the Gospel been shaped by cultural narratives?
  • How do I understand concepts like creation, sin and forgiveness?
  • How does the person and work of Jesus Christ impact the way I take up my life of faith in the places I live, learn, work, serve and play?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah (Jeremy Casella)
  • God of Brilliant Lights (Aaron Shust)
  • Forever Reign (Hillsong)
  • Prayer for Our Nation
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Worthy of the Gospel)
  • Lord, I Need You (Matt Maher)

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06.26.16 Worship Confessional

Good-newsThis summer we are exploring Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi and yesterday Amber Steele led us through an inter-generational event, “Good News for the Whole World.” As we explored Saul’s conversation we discovered that while we don’t have to travel to Damascus, we do need to take a look at the places God sends us during our days and weeks. God has invited us to play a role in the redemption of the whole world!

This week reflect upon these questions:

  • So, where has God placed you today in your community? Think about the places you live, learn, work, serve and play. Maybe it’s an office, a hospital, outside, sports practice, school, your home, the playground. Where do you spend your days?
  • And how do you spend your time there? What is your role?
  • How will you respond to God’s invitation this week? What can you do this week to advance the Gospel?

Here is our worship flow:

  • Build Your Kingdom Here (Rend Collective)
  • Salvation’s Tide (Passion)
  • Reading from 1 Chronicles 16
  • Great Are You, Lord (All Sons and Daughters)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Good News for the Whole World
  • Burning in My Soul (Matt Maher)

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