Sunday Worship – 07/26/20

Call to Worship

Katy, Darren, Cindy, Rob

Songs of Worship

Cody-FCC

No longer slaves
You unravel me with a melody
You surround me with a song
Of deliverance from my enemies
‘Till all my fears are gone

I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

From my mothers womb you have chosen me
Your love has called my name
I’ve been born again into your family
Your blood flows through my veins

I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
I’m not longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

You split the sea so I could walk right through it
You drown my fears in perfect love
You rescued me so I can stand and sing
“I am a child of God”

You split the sea so I could walk right through it
You drown my fears in perfect love
You rescued me so I can stand and sing
“I am a child of God”

I am a child of God
I am a child of God

Our God Saves
In the name of the Father
In the name of the Son
In the name of the Spirit
Lord we come
We’re gathered together to lift up your name
To call on our saviour
To fall on your grace

In the name of the Father
In the name of the Son
In the name of the Spirit
Lord we come
We’re gathered together to lift up your name
To call on our saviour
To fall on your grace

Hear the joyful sound of our offering
As your saints bow down as your people sing
We will rise with you lifted on your wings
And the world will see that

Our God saves
Our God saves
There is hope in your name

In the name of the Father
In the name of the Son
In the name of the Spirit
Lord we come
We’re gathered together to lift up your name
To call on our saviour
To fall on your grace

Hear the joyful sound of our offering
As your saints bow down as your people sing
We will rise with you lifted on your wings
And the world will see that

Our God saves
Our God saves
There is hope in your name
Mourning turns to songs of praise
Our God saves
Our God saves

Hear the joyful sound of our offering
As your saints bow down as your people sing
We will rise with you lifted on your wings
And the world will see that
Yes the world will see that

Our God saves
Our God saves
There is hope in your name
Mourning turns to songs of praise
Our God saves
Our God saves

Kids’ Minute

2 Peter 1:5-9 says:

You must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love. For if these things are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For anyone who lacks these things is short-sighted and blind, and is forgetful of the cleansing of past sins.

Peter tells us our faith needs to be supported by goodness, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, mutual affection, and love. These characteristics help us be effective and fruitful in Jesus. If we don’t have these things it is like we cannot even see the forgiveness of our sins.

Try it out: Tie a blindfold around your eyes and try to walk through your home. Is it easy? Can you do it safely? Do you forget exactly where everything is? Now walk through your home without a blindfold. Is it easy? Can you do it safely? Do you forget exactly where everything is? By having faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, mutual affection, and love we show we remember clearly the grace and love of Jesus for us.

Scripture Reading – 2 Peter 3:8-9

But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 

Offering

2 Peter 3:8-9 reads like a passage to read for communion or another time of confession. Indeed, it is a good word for repentance, however, it is also a reminder that in our giving of our financial gifts we can trust the One who works in his own time. We can trust that our giving will be used for God’s glory and for neighbour’s good even if we cannot see the results immediately. God is at work in and through the Church. He is at work in and through you. Give freely to the Lord from whom all blessings come.

Sermon

Confession of Sin

Jude uses a quartet of poetic images to describe those people who have misunderstood and abused the grace of God, thinking it gives them the right to live however they please. He says of these people:

They are waterless clouds carried along by the winds; autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the deepest darkness has been reserved forever. (Jude v.12-13)

Focus in on these images – both the words and the visual representations below – as you prayerfully consider some of the ways you too may have failed to properly respond to God’s grace in your life.

Waterless clouds carried along by the winds…

This image could point toward words and actions not meeting up, or even failing to meet spiritual commitments – just like clouds blowing over a parched land that give the promise of rain but the rain never falls. Where have your words and deeds not met up?

Autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, uprooted…

Jude’s companion piece, 2 Peter, talks about fruitfulness as kindness and love for one another. The image of fruitlessness, dead trees could point toward lives without love and kindness. When and to whom have you failed to show kindness, or offer true love?

Wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame…

This image points toward wildness and carelessness. It perhaps speaks to the ways our self-indulgence and lack of holy discipline can be so destructive to ourselves and those around us. How have you allowed self-indulgence to cause a ruckus in your life or the lives of others?

Wandering stars, for whom the deepest darkness has been reserved forever…

What defines the stars of this fourth image is their wandering nature and their destination – namely eternal darkness. We too at times wander, seeking to forge our own path rather than have our way set by another. How have you disregarded God’s direction in your life?

After some reflection and confession, you are invited to pray this prayer:

Our God and Father,
We are your beloved, and you have called us into a new life by the grace of your Son, Jesus Christ. You desire that our lives be made sincere, fruitful, holy, and faithful through that grace we receive. Forgive us, in Your mercy, for our half-heartedness, our selfishness, our self-indulgence, and our waywardness. We trust that you are willing and able to keep us from falling, and to give us strength to stand before you without blemish – even in the presence of your incredible glory.
Amen.

Song of Response

Cody – FCC

Take my life and let it be
Take my life and let it be
Consecrated Lord to thee
Take my moments and my days
Let them flow in ceaseless praise
Let them flow in ceaseless praise

Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of thy love
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for thee
Swift and beautiful for thee

Take my silver and my gold
Not a mite would I withhold
Take my intellect and use
Every power as thou shalt choose
Every power as thou shalt choose

Take my will and make it thine
It shall be no longer mine
Take my heart it is thine own
It shall be thy royal throne
It shall be thy royal throne

Take my love my Lord I pour
At thy feet its treasure store
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only all for thee
Ever, only all for thee

Take my love my Lord I pour
At thy feet its treasure store
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only all for thee
Ever, only all for thee

Benediction – 1 John 3:1a

See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!

Missional Challenge

2 Peter 3:11 asks the question “What sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness?”

Identify a specific area of your life that needs to look more like Jesus’ life. What practical change can you make this week to take a step towards leading a life of holiness and godliness?

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