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ORDER OF SERVICE SEPTEMBER 26TH

Welcome + Announcements

 
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WAYS TO GIVE

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Leader: Let's begin with prayer...

Lord God, we give thanks that we have gathered to worship you. Better is one day in your courts than thousands elsewhere. We ask for you to be with us today in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

People: Amen.

 

Song of Praise

Gratitude

All my words fall short
I got nothing new
How could I express
All my gratitude?

I could sing these songs
As I often do
But every song must end
And You never do

So I throw up my hands
And praise You again and again
'Cause all that I have is a
Hallelujah, hallelujah
And I know it's not much
But I've nothing else fit for a king
Except for a heart singing
Hallelujah, hallelujah

I've got one response
I've got just one move
With my arms stretched wide
I will worship You

So I throw up my hands

And praise You again and again

'Cause all that I have is a

Hallelujah, hallelujah

And I know it's not much

But I've nothing else fit for a king

Except for a heart singing

Hallelujah, hallelujah

So come on my soul, oh, don't you get shy on me
Lift up your song, 'cause you've got a lion
Inside of those lungs
Get up and praise the Lord
Oh, come on my soul, oh, don't you get shy on me
Lift up your song, 'cause you've got a lion
Inside of those lungs
Get up and praise the Lord
Come on my soul, oh, don't you get shy on me
Lift up your song, 'cause you've got a lion
Inside of those lungs
Get up and praise the Lord, hey
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord
Praise the Lord

So I throw up my hands
Praise You again and again
'Cause all that I have is a
Hallelujah, hallelujah
And I know it's not much
But I've nothing else fit for a king
Except for a heart singing
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Apostles' Creed

Leader: Let's confess our faith using the words of the Apostles' Creed.

 

People: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. 

 

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion on saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. 
 


Scripture Reading: Mark 7:31-37 

Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

Reader: This is the Gospel of the Lord.

People: Praise to you O Christ.

Reflection Questions

(answer one)

What about the reading stood out to you? What was one thing that challenged you? What questions did this raise for you?

Sermon

1. The poem by Scott Cairns is written below this question. Reread the poem together. What stanza(s) jump off the page at you? What challenges you about this poem and/or Jonathan Merritt’s story?

"Possible Answers to Prayer"

Your petitions—though they continue to bear

just the one signature—have been duly recorded.

Your anxieties—despite their constant,

 

relatively narrow scope and inadvertent

entertainment value—nonetheless serve

to bring your person vividly to mind.

 

Your repentance—all but obscured beneath

a burgeoning, yellow fog of frankly more

conspicuous resentment—is sufficient.

 

Your intermittent concern for the sick,

the suffering, the needy poor is sometimes

recognizable to me, if not to them.

 

Your angers, your zeal, your lipsmackingly

righteous indignation toward the many

whose habits and sympathies offend you—

        

these must burn away before you’ll apprehend

how near I am, with what fervor I adore

precisely these, the several who rouse your passions.

2. Loving people on “the other side” can feel risky. How does God’s glorious opinion of you speak to that risk? Is there anyone on the “other side” God is inviting you to love this week?

Confession + Absolution

Leader: In light of what we've talked about today, let's take a moment to confess our sins to God.


(Pause for a moment of personal reflection)

Leader: Let's pray together...

People: Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against you in thought Word and deed by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us so that we may delight in Your will and walk in your ways to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

Leader: In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for His sake God forgives us all our sins. To those who believe in Jesus Christ He gives the power to become the children of God and bestows on them the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who has begun this good work in us, bring it to completion in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

People: Amen.

Offering​

 
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2nd Corinthians 9:7

Leader: Let's continue worship today by giving an offering to the work of our church. As always you can go on the online toolkit and tap the link to give online. Now let's read our generosity liturgy together using the words of Psalm 116.

Leader: What can I offer the Lord for all He has done for me?

People: I will lift up the cup of salvation and praise the Lord’s name for saving me.

Leader: I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord.

People: I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people—

Leader: in the house of the Lord in the heart of Jerusalem.

People: Praise the Lord!

The Takeaway

 

1. What is God inviting you to believe based on today's worship?

2. How will you put this into action this week?

3. Who will you share this with this week?

Prayer​

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who is in Heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever and ever, amen.

Benediction
Leader: The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious unto you, the Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.

People: Amen.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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