August 18, 2019
It’s week one of this year’s Mission series, an annual discussion of who we are and what we do as a church. We’ll spend three weeks here, each focusing on an aspect of spiritual growth. Here’s how you can prepare for week one and our discussion of spiritual renewal:
1. Read through our text, Acts 1.
When Jesus departs after His resurrection, He tells His disciples to remain in Jerusalem and wait for the sending of the Spirit. What does this waiting look like for them? Reliance on Jesus through prayer: “All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.” (v.14) We’re reminded that Jesus is the one who renews us and fills us with power by His spirit.
2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:
CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 36:5–9, Welcome (From Immanuel Nashville):
To all who are weary and need rest,
To all who mourn and long for comfort,
To all who feel worthless and wonder if God cares,
To all who fail and desire strength,
To all who sin and need a Savior,
This church opens wide her doors
with a welcome from Jesus Christ,
the Ally of His enemies, the Defender of the guilty,
the Justifier of the inexcusable, the Friend of sinners,
Take A Moment (Will Reagan)
Come Thou Fount (Above All Else) (Shane Barnard, Robert Robinson, John Wyeth)
CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook
who sets suns and moons above us,
mountains and valleys beneath us,
and friends and strangers among us:
how often have we tried to hide from Your presence,
how seldom have we looked for your creating face and Your fashioning hand!
Lord, have mercy upon us.
who took upon Yourself flesh of our flesh in Jesus our brother,
and being found in human form made the ultimate disclosure of Yourself in the face of Jesus Christ:
how often we have forgotten You,
how seldom have we really loved and followed You!
Christ, have mercy upon us.
who pours out freely the Holy Spirit:
how often have we ignored Your promptings,
how seldom have we asked for Your help or accepted Your gifts!
Lord, have mercy upon us. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Romans 8:31–34
Seas Of Crimson (Johnson, Bashta, Taylor, Strand)
GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE
Set A Fire (Will Reagan)
Open Space (Kirby Kaple, Rob Kaple)
Fall Afresh (Jeremy Riddle)