Parables of Grace: The Good Samaritan

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Good morning Church! Today we are continuing our series on “Parables of Grace.” As you worship with us today, I hope that we will all gain a deeper understanding of the grace that the Father extends to us.

Grace Alone – Kings Kaleidoscope

Would you read with me an excerpt from the parable of the Good Samaritan:

“[The Samaritan] went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back” (Luke 10:34-35, ESV).

The Stable Song – Gregory Alan Isakov

As you listen to this, our song of response, you will notice that it is not a typical worship song. To my knowledge, it is not a song affiliated with the church at all. What’s more, I confess that this is actually the song that I had picked for next week’s sermon, so please forgive me for my oversight. However, this is a song in which I see God very clearly none the less, and this is a song about a man who is in desperate need of a Good Samaritan to extend some grace towards him. While this song is a little more poetic than it is clear or concise, it is about the pains of coming to terms with lost love. The song depicts the troubles and pitfalls of a man in distress, and though the narrator of the song accepts blame for his pain, it is evident that we all need grace and we all need rescue from ourselves and the robbers alike.

How Deep The Father’s Love for Us – Austin Stone Worship / Stuart Townsend

The Father’s House – Cory Asbury

Much like man in the story of the Good Samaritan, we are blessed to have a gracious and generous saviour. Let us remember all of these things as we god into our weeks, and let us live into the incredible grace that we have been given by the Father.

 

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!

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Good morning Church! This morning, John is beginning our series titled “Parables of Grace,” which is a series and a topic I am very excited for. Would you please turn your hearts and minds towards the amazing, underserved grace that we have received because of the love and sacrifice of our Lord, Jesus Christ

Graves Into Gardens – Elevation Worship

Death Was Arrested – North Point InsideOut

Ephesians 2 says this:

“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience – among whom we all once lived in the passion of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:1-5, ESV).

How to be Yours – Chris Renzema    

Today I would like to encourage all of us to take a moment to ponder just how surreal it is to be outright given something you don’t deserve. I chose the song “How to be Yours” for our response today because it beautifully presents an image of the us, underserving recipient, and our unrelenting, unfathomably loving God. How many of us have cried when receiving a really amazing and personal present from a loved one? Or better yet, how many of us have been dumfounded at receiving a great gift from someone we didn’t expect anything from? Though we can never truly comprehend the grace and love of the Father, it seems only appropriate to weep and fall apart when deeply considering the magnitude of the gift we have been given by the one who we have so often slighted and slandered. There is grace for the tax collector and grace for the Pharisee and that is a truly amazing thing.

Grace Alone – Kings Kaleidoscope

Highs & Lows – Hillsong Young & Free

Thank you for joining us today! As you go out into your week, I pray that you would remember the incredible grace we have been extended and that you would be able to live like a child of God. 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!

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Good morning Church! We’re glad you can be with us virtually today. This morning John will be talking about the spiritual discipline of wearing a mask. Whatever your thoughts on the issue, I hope you are able to hear God’s voice and know more of his calling in the message that John is bringing to us today. The songs I have selected for today will hopefully draw your thoughts to our God who is deserving of infinite praise yet chose to humble himself and sacrifice himself for the sake of us all.

Seek First – Ben Smith & Jason Upton

Not Finished Yet – Chris Renzema

Today as we worship, let us remember that our thoughts, our hopes, our desires, and our dreams, as great as they may be, pale in comparison to the plans that the Lord has for us. Our vision is often so nearsighted when it comes to our own well-being, but fortunately God has accounted for that too. Let us seek the Lord together, and in doing so may we come to see his heart and his plans more clearly.

Looking for a Savior – United Pursuit   

Philippians 2 says this:

“So if there is any Encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 1-8, ESV).

Have it All – Bethel Music

How Deep The Father’s Love for Us – Austin Stone Worship / Stuart Townsend

Church, in seeking to become more like Christ, let us first train our thoughts to think first of others. Instead of getting stuck on what is best for “me,” we must push past that and think about what is best for those around us, those whom we have been called to show love to. As we go into this week, I pray that we would be able to set aside our own comfort for the sake of others, and when it is hard to do so, let us together remember that Christ has gone before us and set an example that we can strive towards and follow. Finally, I pray that we would go into this week with the knowledge that we do all of this for the glory of God.

 

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!

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Good morning Church and welcome! Today as we worship together, Michelle is going to be continuing her series on the psychology of the human being with a message that is talking about the importance of play and its role in helping us understand the type of relationship God desires to have with us. Though the thought of play will likely bring up different types of memories for all of us, for me, thinking of play reminds me of joy and excitement. I hope that as you listen to our service today and read this blog that you too can feel some excitement and joy in worshiping with us.

Wonder – Hillsong United

No One But You – Hillsong Worship

First Peter says this:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith – more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:3-9, ESV).

Heart of Worship – Matt Redman 

I always find this song to be a good reminder that our love and our devotion to God is not to be founded on the things he does for us, but simply on who he is. “We love because God first loved us” (1 John 4:19, ESV). So often we turn our relationship with Christ into a “thing” with utility and expectation, but we let the fundamental aspects of relationship slip into the background. Sometimes this shift is almost imperceptible as we let our prayers become conditions. “God, make things go back to normal” or “Lord, I will rejoice when the problem is solved.” It is true that the Lord wants us to cry out for help, and we can’t do any of this on our own, but let us not forget that we are also called to sing for joy in the hard times because we are still loved, and we are called be tender and attentive to God’s voice in the good times because we are loved there too. God’s acts are not the foundation of our relationship with him, his love is.

Have it All – Bethel Music

How Great Thou Art – Alan Jackson

My prayer for us today is that we would find joy in simply being loved by a God who loves so complexly. God loves us perfectly and God loves us infinitely; he knows us deeply and he longs for our reciprocation, but it is enough to just know that we are loved. I pray that we would not lose our playful spark or our awe filled wonder in the presence of our Lord and savior. Church, let our love for God overflow not because he has done great things, which he has, but because his love for us is overflowing constantly. And let our love overflow into others because God loved us first. Finally, let us pray for those who are struggling to see or feel God’s love in this season, because while we may be certain that love is present, it is still a heavy difficult burden to not feel loved. For those who are struggling, let us share God’s love all the more passionately.

 

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!

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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!

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Good morning Church and welcome! As I have mentioned before, I use the word “Church” to refer to all of us, the body of Christ, who are meeting and worshiping together, whether in the same room or far apart. Fortunately, we will be able to be in the same room again soon as we are gearing up to reopen our doors and worship in the same building once again! Soon, the body of Christ will begin to come together and work cohesively again! This morning, Pastor Dan Roukema is filling in for John again and he will be talking about those times when the body of Christ doesn’t work together as it should. As flawed humans, we are just as susceptible to infighting, harsh judgement, and biases as are our non-Christian neighbours, so how then can we work cohesively as one unit, striving together for one goal? Pastor Dan has some good thoughts on that this morning and we are blessed to have him bringing the word today, so if you haven’t already watched this week’s sermon, it is posted here on our website and also on our YouTube channel so you can watch it whenever you’re ready.

Give Thanks To God – Housefires

You Are My King (Amazing Love) – Shane & Shane

Psalm 107 says this:

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the East and from the West, from the North and from the South. Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in; hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry” (Psalm 107:1-9, ESV).

As we begin our worship together this morning, let us thank the Lord for the things he has done and the things he is doing. God has been walking with us through this pandemic, and he has made a way for us to meet in person together. Likewise, God has been changing us and bringing to light areas of our lives that we need to work on and surrender to God. Though it may be uncomfortable, let us thank him for that too.

Not Finished Yet – Chris Renzema

Sometimes we talk about the change that Christ creates in us in very past tense terms. The song “Amazing Grace” depicts this kind of language that we often use: I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.” And to that point, it is undeniable that there is an initial change that comes from being found and surrendering your own life to the will of the Father. However, the change that happens in us is also a process. Receiving new life means that we are constantly growing, reforming, and learning how to live into the person that we are being recreated to be. Just as it is a choice we make every day to follow Christ, change will be happening in us every day until we are reunited with the Father in our permanent home. We are still learning how to effectively be the body of Christ and we are still learning how to live our lives in ways that are pleasing to God. Let us try to lean into the change and work with God instead of fighting to stay as we are.

No One But You – Hillsong Worship

Graves Into Gardens – Elevation Worship

Fortunately for us, it is not our job to create change in ourselves. That’s not to say that we should fight against it or say “God, this is your problem” and walk away, but we are not responsible for the change that is happening in us and it is not by our own power that we grow. As we go into our next week, let us remember that the God who created the mountains and the seas is the God who is changing us, and he is changing us for the better. I pray that as we identify the change that is happening in our hearts and in our communities, that we would have the courage to work with God instead of fighting against him. May we seek to grow together so as to more effectively function as the body of Christ and therefore serve God to the best of our abilities.

 

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!

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Good morning Church and welcome! Pastor John is away for the next three weeks and so we are fortunate to have Pastor Dan Roukema guest preaching for us in John’s absence. This morning’s message is part of a series on the book of Acts and we will look at the account of Peter raising Tabitha to life. The account that Pastor Dan will be breaking down for us depicts two different callings for two followers of Jesus: Peter raises the dead and Tabitha practices good works and charity. As we worship together this morning, let us remember that God calls us to serve in many ways and let us strive to quiet our hearts and our minds so as to be attentive to his calling.

Speak to the Silence – United Pursuit

10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman

Psalm 25 says this

“To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know your ways, O lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord! Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. For your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great. Who is the man who fears the Lord? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose. His soul shall abide in well-being, and his offspring shall inherit the land. The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net” (Psalm 25:1-15, ESV).

Build My Life – Pat Barrett

My hope for all of us today is that we will let this song become our prayer. The line “lead me in your love to those around me” is very reminiscent of the way the Tabitha sought to love the Lord and serve her community. Let us pray that we would be a people who are building all aspects of our life on Christ who is our firm foundation, and let us pray that we would seek to love and bless those who are in need of love and blessing. As Tabitha and Peter were attentive to the calling of God, let us listen to the ways that we are called to serve as a part of the body of Christ.

Resurrecting – Elevation Worship

Seek First – Ben Smith & Jason Upton

2 Corinthians 5:17 says “therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” We have been given new life, and with new life comes commission. We have been commissioned to live into the new life we have been given and love others as Christ did, following the example of disciples like Tabitha. As we go into this next week, let us seek to live faithfully and attentively so that we may experience this new life fully.

 

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!

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Good morning Church and welcome! In Romans 3, Paul says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23-24, ESV). This morning, John will be talking about one of the ways that our sin is made evident: our tendencies to lash out. Whether in an argument or responding to a way that someone has hurt us, no matter what side of the issue we are on, we all have sin latched on to our hearts. As we worship together today I encourage you to graciously and gently examine the sin that can be found in your own heart, and as we do this together we can surrender these things to the Father knowing that we have already received redemption through Jesus Christ.

Build My Life – Pat Barrett

Be Thou My Vision – Audrey Assad

Today I wanted to begin our time of worship with a reminder of the commitment that we have made to Christ. Though we are human and though we are sinful, when we gave our lives to Christ we made the commitment to obey, to seek, and to follow him. Building our life on the foundation of our savior means committing to turning back to Christ when we realize that we have strayed, and setting our eyes on Christ as firmly as we are able. Let us remember these things not so that we feel ashamed when we fail to live up to our commitment, but so that we may be continuously evaluating our actions and seeking forgiveness and reconciliation from the Father when we stumble or go astray.

How Deep The Father’s Love For Us – Austin Stone Worship / Stuart Townsend

As Jesus prepared for his own death and crucifixion, he left his disciples with a new task. In John 13, Jesus says “a new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35, ESV). I pray that we all will take this as our task as well in the coming weeks, that we would remember the greatness of Christ’s sacrifice and the depth of the Father’s love and we would seek to love others in the same way.

Nothing But The Blood – Norton Hall Band / Robert Lowry

Give Thanks To God – Housefires

Let us close our time of worship with the words of Paul in Ephesians 2, who says this:

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and the members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the spirit. (Ephesians 2:13-22, ESV).

 

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!

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Good morning Church and welcome! As always, it is a pleasure to be worshiping alongside you all this morning, and while I cannot see your faces I know that we are unified in Christ. Today Michelle will be bringing the word for us as she talks about relationships and reconciliation. We will be looking at how the brokenness and need for repair in our earthly relationships reveals more about God’s heart and his desire for us to be reconciled back to him. As we worship together today, let us turn our thoughts towards our heavenly father who is constantly trying to draw us near to him.

Goodness Of God – Bethel Music

Come As You Are – David Crowder

Jeremiah 17:14 says “heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise” (ESV). In our prayers, let us cry out and state our need for healing. Let us name the brokenness in our relationships and our need for their repair. Let us be obedient to his calling and meet God where we are, allowing our flaws to be exposed so that the process of healing and reconciliation can begin.

Graves Into Gardens – Elevation Worship 

The first verse of this song is reminiscent of the parable of the prodigal son. In this parable there are two sons and while one of them obviously sins and leaves his father the truth is that both of the sons had relationships with their father that needed repair and reconciliation. The heart of the father in the parable is the same as the heart of our father, that both those who have strayed physically and those who have strayed in their hearts would be drawn near again. In the song “Graves Into Gardens,” the lyrics in the bridge declare the great things that God has done. The song declares that God gives beauty in exchange for ashes and he turns shame into glory, and these include recreating broken relationships into beautiful new ones.

You Are My King (Amazing Love) – Shane & Shane

In Christ Alone – Passion Music

Let us close our time of worship together with 2 Corinthians, which says this:

“therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God who was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:17-21, ESV).

 

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 I’ve posted to go along with the message will be right at the top of the queue. Thanks, and God bless!

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Today John’s message is touching on the conversations that have been reignited as a response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, and the others who have been the victims of broken, human systems. Our songs today are centered on lament. As we grieve with our brothers and sisters in Christ all over North America and the world, let us remember that God hears our grieving and sits with us in the midst of the darkness.

Isaiah 58 / Purge Me – Urban Doxology

In Labor All Creation Groans – Bifrost Arts

In his sermon this week, John quotes Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn who says “the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.” In Romans, Paul says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23, ESV). We all need God to purge the sin from our lives; to separate the evil from the good in our heart. In C.S. Lewis’s book “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” one of the characters – Eustace Scrubb – is turned into a dragon by his greed. When it comes time for Eustace to be freed of his dragon scales and return to being a boy, it requires the claws of the lion Aslan, the Christ figure in the novel, to fully tear the scales and the dragon skin off him and reveal the boy that he was originally created to be. The purging of sin from our lives and the separating of evil from our hearts is not an easy process, and it will almost certainly come with some level pain and discomfort. Whatever the process looks like, I am sure that we cannot scratch off the dragon scales or purge the sin alone, but when we allow Christ to move in these ways we are allowing him to reconcile us back to the Father and return us to who we were originally created to be.

Lift Your Voice – The Brilliance

Seek First – Ben Smith & Jason Upton

Let us seek the Kingdom of God together. Let us know that after the pandemic and through the conversations about racial inequality and prejudice we will be changed. As we go into this next week, I pray that we will all be more intentional about seeking God and softening our hearts so that our Creator can continue to do good works in us.

 

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 I’ve posted to go along with the message will be right at the top of the queue. Thanks, and God bless!

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