Good morning Church and welcome! Today we will be continuing with our series on Acts and the church, brought to us by pastor Dan Roukema. This morning as we talk and think about the early churches in the book of Acts in relation to our modern day church (our building and congregation) and the Church (the larger body of Christ), let us seek to apply all that we can from their successes, their mistakes, and the teachings that the apostles brought to them. But first and foremost, let us seek to know the will of the Father, the love of the Son, and the movement of the Spirit in our church and in our community.
Look To The Son – Hillsong Worship
Be Thou My Vision – Audrey Assad
As we focus our hearts and minds on God through worship today, let us be sensitive to the will and the heart of God. I encourage each one of you to examine your own calling, how it has impacted your walk with God and how it has impacted your relationship with communities outside of the Church. There are so many ways we can be serving in the Church, both the building and the larger body of Christ, but there are also ways we can be present and serving in our communities that are separate from the Church. It may also be worth pondering how the pandemic has impacted our ability to live into our calling, or even if it has changed what that calling is. Let us pray about these things together so that we can be confident in Christ when we must set out on our own.
Lay Me Down – Chris Tomlin
In Romans 12, Paul makes this appeal to the church:
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of another” (Romans 12:1-5, ESV).
Build My Life – Pat Barrett
This is my prayer for us today: that we may we be pursuing his will for our lives ahead of our own, that we would be loving those who do not feel loved, and that we would be sharing Christ where it is hard to see him. Today, oh Church, let us be a people on mission who love and worship with each other so that we may be strengthened while we go out to love and worship in the presence of strangers. May we submit ourselves to God’s authority and may we make our lives an act of worship that showcase the works of a Holly God in all the things that we do. Church, let us go forth in peace to love and serve the Lord, wherever that may take us.
Thank you for joining us today! If you haven’t listened to this week’s sermon yet, it is posted on both our YouTube channel and our website, or you can find the link on our Facebook and Instagram pages. If you prefer to listen to worship music in a playlist format, we’ve got you covered there too! All of these songs are also available on our Spotify playlist so that you can worship as you go about your week. Our playlist is updated every week so that the songs for the most recent message will be right at the top of the queue. Thanks, and God bless!