Worship for Sunday July 19th, 2020:
Step One: Worship the Lord
Song: “Amazing Grace”
John Newton, the composer, spent the early part of his life working for Britain’s slave trade. Through a series of profound life events, however, he eventually changed his heart and became a very public abolitionist.
My family lived in New Orleans from 2013 to 2015. The communities I saw down there seemed to be more connected and neighborly, regardless of race or economic status, than any place that I ever lived. Perhaps because they endured so much together after Hurricane Katrina. This song, Amazing Grace, was deeply imbedded into the culture. It was played at the church we attended every Sunday, and the musicians always infused some serious soul into their performance. I took a few riffs and cues from them. I hope you experience both the depth of the human spirit and the Spirit of God in this song.
Scripture: Psalm 121/103 (read aloud)
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
…the Lord will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”
“Let all that I am praise the Lord;
With my whole heart, I will praise his Holy name.
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
May I never forget all the good things he does for me.
He forgives my sins and heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
Prayer: 2 Corinthians 4 and 5.
Lord, you have given us your mercy, and thus, given us your ministry.
Help us to not lose heart.
The god of this age is blinding the hearts and minds of many,
who cannot seem to see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ,
who is the image of God.
For God who said, “Let light shine our of darkness,”
Has made his light shine in our hearts
to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
Yet, you have given us this treasure in jars of clay.
Why? For our humility. And for your glory!
That we might look to you, acknowledge you, bend the knee to you.
That your glory might shine through the cracks in our broken vessel.
We can be hard-pressed, crushed, perplexed, even persecuted –
yet never abandoned, in despair, nor destroyed.
By faith and in the power that raised Jesus from the dead
we rise to overcome the challenges we face.
Strengthen our resolve. Renew our hearts.
Fix our eyes on what is unseen and eternal
as we seek to get our hands dirty in the nitty gritty of the now and temporary.
In humility… for your glory.
- Where do we go from here? The council of Crestview is taking a direction with our large weekly gathering experience. Here are a few details from Pastor Mark
- Special Offering for the month of July: Jason Stryd and Albanian Christian Ministries How can you support Jasonin ministry? Please send this month’s special offering to Crestview Church and designate special giving for Jason Stryd, Albanian Ministryin memo. Click here for more information.
Step Three: Engage the Message: Message: Live Wide Awake: Becoming with Laura DeGroot
(Based on Chapter 7 of Live Wide Awake, Becoming a Mother) Welcome Laura!
Question for discussion:
- What struck you most in Laura’s message? What did you learn about her? What did you learn about God? How would it look if God had ‘all of you’?
Step Four: Responding to God’s Word
Song of Response:
Matt Redman, 10,000 Reasons
Blessing: The Blessing Pastor Mark Quist
‘The Lord bless you and keep you’ and may His Kingdom Come in all of its fullness – in YOU, in those AROUND YOU!