Liturgy / Feb 25, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP

Out of the depths we call to you, Lord.
Oh Lord, hear our voice.
Hear us, as you heard those before us who called to you.
In you we put our hope.
We wait for the Lord with all of our being.
We wait for the Lord, more than waiting for morning.
What is our hope?
Our hope is this: with the Lord there is love that does not fail.
With the Lord is full redemption. The Lord will redeem his people,
those lost and those found, and with them redeem the world.
Wait for the Lord with all of your being.
We wait for the Lord, more than waiting for morning.
Amen.

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PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Father thank you that you are a God who invites his children to speak. We pray for the whole people of God hidden in Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

Father thank you that you are a God who invites us to speak. We pray for the whole people of God hidden in Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

For believers throughout the world who endure physical harm because they follow our Lord Jesus, shelter them this week; God of all mercy… Hear our prayer.

For the many thousands of Puerto Ricans still living without power and basic services; would you provide for them; God of all mercy… Hear our prayer.

For the continued suffering in Syria, as war there continues; would you use wise leaders to bring peace; God of all mercy… Hear our prayer.

For your Church in Chicago; teach us love, justice, and humility; God of all mercy… Hear our prayer.

For the people of Renewal Church; show them ways to bless Wells High School; God of all mercy… Hear our prayer.

For the many gifts you give to your children; thank you for life, breath, friends, family and laughter; God of all mercy… Hear our prayer.

And for all who come to the feast of Jesus this morning; for the hearing of our ears, rejoicing of our minds, and stillness of our souls; God of all mercy… Hear our prayer.

Gracious Father, these are our requests. We trust in your mercy made known through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The right way to approach God is to stretch out our hands and ask of One who we know has the heart of a Father.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

THE ONE MAN: HEIRS WITH CHRIST
ROMANS 8:12-17
Pastor Wes Oaks


We do not own ourselves. The impulses and desires of our bodies do not rule us; we are dead to them.  Rather the spirit of Christ rules in us making us alive to God. Indeed, we are children of God, and if children then we are heirs, and if we are heirs then we lack no good thing. Our Father is here in front of you. And he has not brought  condemnation in his brow but power in his hand—all the power we need to participate in the sufferings of Christ—to know joy in the life of God.


PRAYERS OF CONFESSION

Merciful God, we open our hearts to you and to each other.
Search us, Lord. Bring us into an honest space for contemplation.

When we look within, what we see is sometimes too painful to bear.
Let us examine our hearts with courage and truth.

When we look within, we see anger.
We burn with self-righteousness. We make enemies of our neighbors,
turning away from love and towards cold stubbornness.


When we look within, we see numbness.
We stumble through life half-asleep.

When we look within, we see greed.
We ignore those close to us in need. We uphold systems of oppression with our complacency,
preferring to stay in the false comfort of what we have.


When we look within, we see despair.
We see the brokenness of the world, and we let our hope die out.
This is our pain when we look within, Lord. How will we bear it?


The Lord keeps no record of sins. We are the ones who keep records.
The Lord keeps nothing, and offers everything.
With the Lord, there is full forgiveness, welcome, embrace,
unwavering presence, even in all our weaknesses and failings.
There is peace for the angry, wakefulness for the numb, selflessness for the greedy,
and hope for the despairing.


Family, may we lean into these promises,
taking them on and reminding one another when we forget.
We will aid one another in this new life. We will lower ourselves to service with Christ,
enter into suffering with Christ, and share in the glory of Christ.
Amen.