Sunday In Review: January 19, 2014

Welcome to Sunday In Review–a weekly post I create to share song selections, Scripture readings, and various other elements of worship services I’ve planned and led at LifePoint Church. This week’s Liturgy Recap is from Sunday, January 19, 2014.

Listen to songs from 01.19.14 on Spotify.

Prelude: “Grace Alone”

Call to Worship:

Good morning–welcome to LifePoint. Sometimes when we think about the idea of coming to church, it conjures up all kinds of baggage in our minds. Some of us think of a stuffy room full of holier-than-thou Christians, while others think of all the ways the church has failed them. But today, we need to be reminded that every time the church gathers it’s a miracle. Every time we assemble, God is in our midst inviting us to participate in the drama of his great Story. We need to rediscover the reality that we’ve come here today to share in a family reunion. So let’s turn to his Word and be called to worship him in spirit and truth.* This is the Word of God:

Shout for joy to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise!

All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name. Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man. (Psalm 66:1-2, 4-5)

Song: “Our Song from Age to Age”

Confession & Assurance:

As we prepare to confess our sin, hear what the Lord says to us,

I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior. But you have burdened me with your sins; you have wearied me with your iniquities. I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. (Isaiah 43:11, 24a-25)

There is only one God who saves; let’s raise our voices in response to him.

Song: “You Alone Can Rescue”

Pastoral Prayer & Reading:

He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (1 Peter 2:22-25)

Song: “Lead Me to the Cross”

Sermon: “The Family of God” by Chris Bryant (you can listen to sermons from LifePoint here).

Song: “Behold Our King”

Reading of Commission:

For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:14-18)

Let’s continue to sing to our soon-returning Lord.

Song: “You’re Beautiful”

Benediction:

LifePoint, as you go,

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

In the name of the triune God, you are sent. Go in peace.

*Portions of the Call to Worship are adapted from a liturgy created by Sojourn Community Church: http://blog.sojournchurch.com/sojourns-liturgy-recap-january-12-2013/
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