cALL TO WORSHIP

God calls us to Worship. Worship is a right response to who God is and what he has done. All worship begins with God as he calls us to Himself. Therefore we join our voices with all the saints and angels and the whole creation to proclaim the glory of His name.


PSALM 29

Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,

    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;

    worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;

    the God of glory thunders,

    the Lord, over many waters.

The voice of the Lord is powerful;

    the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;

    the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.

He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,

    and Sirion like a young wild ox.

The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.

The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;

    the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth

    and strips the forests bare,

    and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;

    the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.

May the Lord give strength to his people!

May the Lord bless his people with peace!

oPENING PRAYER

We praise you for creating this world in all beauty, for redeeming the world through Christ, our Lord, and for sending us the gift of your Spirit to encourage, instruct, and sustain us. We long for your Spirit to work among us now, to inspire our praise, to challenge us with your truth, and to equip us for service in your world. Amen.

DISCUSSION AND PRAYER

HOW HAS GOD SHOWN HIMSELF TO BE A GOOD FATHER THIS PAST WEEK?

SPEND TIME IN PRAYER THANKING HIM.

sCRIPTURE READINGS

John 4:23-24 (ESV)

"But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Hebrews 12:28 (ESV)

"Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe..."

Luke 4:8 (ESV)

And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’”

AWE - discovering a life of worship

https://youtu.be/LghVchlmfjg

worship song - build my life

https://youtu.be/KCW6EjVE6hw

SERMON DISCUSSION QUESTION

HOW WILL YOU BUILD YOUR LIFE THIS WEEK TO INTENTIONALLY SEE THE WORTH OF GOD AND RESPOND TO THAT WORTH BY THE WAY YOU LIVE?


SPEND TIME IN PRAYER FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT TO EMPOWER YOU TO DO SO.

Benediction Prayer

When we are tempted to be fearful, teach us peace.

When we are temped to hoard, teach us generosity.

When we want to look only to the wellbeing of our own family, teach us to expand our care.

When we become overwhelmed and disengaged, teach us to feel the pain of others.

When we are financially unstable, teach us to find ways to live smaller.

When we are disappointed, teach us joy in sacrifice.

When we are tempted to despair, teach us to remember that you are still God, and that you are still good.

When we think we know it all, teach us to listen harder.

When we struggle to decide what to do in small ways, teach us to pray for those in positions of authority.

When we are tempted to despise the actions of others, teach us to see behind foolishness and negative behaviour to the hurt beneath.

When we respond to rising tension in haste and without consideration, teach us patience.

When we are tempted to blame others, teach us to have grace for decisions made in a time of fluctuating information and changing conditions.

When we are isolated, teach us to find ways to connect–with you and with others.

When we feel bored, teach us to expand our creativity.

When we feel alone, teach us to ask for help.

When we feel strong, teach us to care for those who are not.

When we are tempted to despondency, teach us to see all the varied goodness that surrounds us.

When we are tempted to be careless, teach us to see each action we take as resonating in the lives of others.

When we feel we can do nothing, teach us how very wrong we are.

Above all this, teach us to love.

Now more than ever.

Amen.


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