September 1, 2019
This week is our third and final week of this year’s Mission series, an annual overview of who we are and what we do as a church. This year, we’ve focused on a particular aspect of spiritual growth each week. This week’s topic will be spiritual disciplines—here’s how you can prepare:
1. Read through our text, Colossians 2:16–3:4.
Personal renewal precedes corporate renewal. Our longing for the Spirit to move through our church and city must be met with rhythms that actively orient individual lives around Christ. This is not dutiful moralism or the seeking of mere emotional highs, it is following the way of Jesus. Rejecting the cultural allurements of the inflated self and microwaved satisfaction, we instead seek after God: hearing from Him, speaking to Him, and enjoying His delightful presence. No great move of the Spirit has been absent these rhythms. And the invitation remains open for us to enter in.
2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:
CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 103:1–5, 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,
Be Thou My Vision (Mary Elizabeth Byrne, Eleanor Henrietta Hull, Reuben Kendall, arr. Ascend The Hill)
God I Look To You (Ian McIntosh, Jenn Johnson)
CONFESSION OF SIN: From The Worship Sourcebook
our sins are too heavy to carry,
too real to hide,
and too deep to undo.
Forgive what our lips tremble to name,
what our hearts can no longer bear,
and what has become for us
a consuming fire of judgment.
Set us free from a past that we cannot change;
open to us a future in which we can be changed;
and grant us grace to grow more and more in Your likeness and image;
through Jesus Christ,
the Light of the world. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Colossians 2:13–14
Build My Life (Barrett, Kable, Martin, Redman, Younker)
GREETING, SERMON, RESPONSE, & COMMUNION
Set A Fire (Will Reagan)
Jesus Is Better (Aaron Ivey, Brett Land)