WORSHIPING TOGETHER – Sunday September 27, 2020
We are excited that we were able to worship both in person and online this week. We pray that you were encouraged by the message, Can I Come Home? shared by Rev. Dr. Keith Daly. We want to thank all of those who helped prepare for and participated in this week’s service. We are so grateful for your contributions.
As you continue to worship together this week in your online and household groups, we offer the following as a guide:
Opening Prayer: (Read by a Single Voice)
Heavenly Father, we come before you today with forgiveness on our hearts: forgiveness that we have failed to give and forgiveness that we wish from others. We are grateful for the forgiveness that we receive from you daily as we offer our repenting hearts. We are grateful that when we move away from you, you will always say yes when we ask if we can come back to your loving embrace. Help us to stay close. We pray that your grace will guide us and help us to forgive others. We seek your peace and your hope and express our thanks and amazement for your assurance that our sins are forgiven through Jesus’ journey to and through the cross. We are your prodigal children. Through your Holy Spirit and in the loving name of your Son, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
Reading Scripture: (Take Turns Reading)
21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. Colossians 1:21-23 (NIV)
22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:22-25 (NIV)
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. Ephesians 1:7-8 (NIV)
- How would you encourage someone who, because of sin, is expressing doubt in attending church or joining a life group?
Close in prayer for one another and then with these words: (Read by a Single Voice)
24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. Jude 24-25 (NIV)