Sunday, September 29, 2019


Prelude: Come To Me [Akers, Bleeker]

CALL TO WORSHIP (1 John 4:10-11)

Song: Love Shines [Ivey, Edsel, Carter]

CONFESSION (based on Psalm 73:21-23)

Father of mercy and God of all comfort . . . Show us how to handle deep disappointment and hurt as redemptively as possible. Show us the difference between appropriate anger and destructive rage. Show us how to pray down the gospel, lest we try to call down fire. Show us how to hope when we want to hurl something. Show us how to keep from importing old wounds into a new wound. Show us how to listen to you quietly rather than launching our opinions. Show us how to grieve and lament and not gossip and mock. Show us the difference between worldly sadness and godly sorrow. Show us what the gospel looks like in stories that seem to utterly contradict it. Show us how to be still and know that you are God. Father, let us feel the grasp of your grace right now. For you are guiding us in and through the valley of the shadow of death, and you will bring glory to yourself in the most heart-wrecking of stories. Who do we have in heaven or on earth but you? Being with you is what we need more than anything else, now and forever. We pray in Jesus’ merciful and mighty name. Amen.

Song: Forever Reign [Morgan, Ingram]

Song: Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me [Robinson, Thompson, Farren]

ASSURANCE OF PARDON (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)


READING OF GOD’S WORD (1 John 2:1-11)



Song: Living Hope [Johnson, Wickham]

Song: Jesus Lifted High [Ivey, Dawes]

Song: Doxology [Ken] 


Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV)

Ethan Sperle