Do we love and praise God simply because He is God, or only because He showers blessing on us?
Take turns reading the Call to Worship, joining your voices for the bold portion.
In God's kingdom, weakness becomes strength.
Emptiness becomes abundance.
Fear is replaced with confidence.
The foolish learn wisdom.
The wise learn the foolishness of the cross.
The great are humbled, and the humble are lifted up.
In God's steadfast love, all things are made whole, complete, and new.
We worship the God of wisdom, strength, and glory; let us sing before the Lord glad songs of thanksgiving!
Take turns reading the Confession, joining your voices for the bold portion.
Heavenly Father, you made us and know us, but our hearts are still mysteries to us.
We say that we love you, but then we disobey your command to love our neighbor by speaking evil against them and judging them in our hearts. Forgive us.
We say that we want to follow Jesus, but then we complain and grumble when we suffer like He did. Forgive us.
We say that you are our refuge and strength, but then we worry when our bank account drops and our investments go down. Forgive us.
We say that we need the church to persevere to the end, but then we fail to invest our time in the people of the church and we try to persevere on our own. Forgive us.
We say that we need your forgiveness because we have sinned, but then we withhold forgiveness from those who sin against us. Forgive us.
Heavenly Father, you made us and know that we are but dust. Breathe your Holy Spirit into our cold hearts and revive us again. Amen.
Please take a few moments to silently confess your sins to God.
One person should read the beginning; join your voices for the bold portion.
Hear the good news! Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us. (Romans 8:34) Friends, believe the good news of the gospel.
In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
We reached out to the gospel partners that our church supports financially to ask them to give us a glimpse of what life looks like for them during this pandemic. This week we hear from Ian Hammond, RUF International Northwestern University.
1. What surprises you the most in this scripture passage?
2. How does this passage change the way that you think about God and/or Satan?
3. In what ways do you feel as though you are suffering right now? Is it hard to accept that God is in control of your circumstances when they include suffering? Why?
4. What are the ways that this passage can help you trust God in your suffering?
5. What questions do you have for Pastor O'Donnell?
Sing or say these words together.
That soul, though all hell
Should endeavor to shake,
He'll never, no never,
No never forsake.
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