Liturgy Recap January 21, 2018

Call to Worship:

Let us worship God.

“He is our refuge and our fortress,

our God, in whom we trust.”

Let us confess with our mouths, “Jesus is Lord,”

and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead.

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Let us call upon our true God, believing him in our hearts,

confessing him with our mouths, worshiping him in spirit and in truth.

—based on Psalm 91:2; Romans 10:9, 13

Song:  May the Peoples Praise You (Keith and Kristyn Getty)

Confession:

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

We confess that it is still all too easy for us

to sacrifice our convictions for convenience,

your standards for status, your principles for promotion,

your absolutes for our ambition,

our souls for shallow and unsatisfying success.

How easily we are seduced by power, prestige, pleasure, or possessions—

seduced into violating our integrity or harming our fellowship with you.

From earth’s fullest bliss we turn to you again, unfulfilled.

Forgive us our half-hearted devotion and our double-minded spirit.

In the name of him who refused to save himself we pray. Amen.

Assurance if Pardon:

The LORD is merciful and gracious,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

He will not always accuse,

nor will he keep his anger forever.

He does not deal with us according to our sins,

nor repay us according to our iniquities.

For as the heavens are high above the earth,

so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

as far as the east is from the west,

so far he removes our transgressions from us.

As a father has compassion for his children,

so the LORD has compassion for those who fear him.

—Psalm 103:8-13, NRSV

Song:  O Help My Unbelief (Indelible Grace)

Song:  This I Believe (Shane & Shane)

Sermon:  Trevor kicked off our new sermon series “Church Matters” in Acts 2, discussing that ways in which “We Belong” through church membership.

Song:  In Tenderness (Citizens)

Missions Moment:  We joyfully affirmed several new members into our church family.

Benediction:

23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

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