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!