Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Freedom in the Spirit Series | Free to Be with Jesus in the Spirit w/ Scott Brill + Saturday, July 20



The Spirit doesn't replace Jesus, He replicates Him and multiplies Him through the children, women, and men who are filled with Him throughout the world. With Him, it's never about what we don't have, but what Who we do have to be filled with His gifts and self-giving power to overflow to others.


Sermon Audio | Free to Be with Jesus in the Spirit

Sermon Scriptures | Acts 3:1-10, 4:13-20

Pass the Peace | In the Story of God, Jesus declared, "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you" (John 14:26) during humanity's darkest, most tragic weekend of His death. And then after Jesus was crucified and resurrected, defeating evil and death, He said, "Peace be with you ... Receive the Holy Spirit" (John 20:21-22). Somehow, with Jesus, peace is possible even in our darkest moments. During this time, we desire to share with each other peace that passes understanding, empowered by the Spirit of Christ.

The peace of the Lord by always with you.
And also with you.

Call to Worship | Psalm 68:19-20, 24, 26

19
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,
who daily bears our burdens.
20 Our God is a God who saves;
from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death. ...
24 Your procession, God, has come into view,
the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary. ...
26 Praise God in the great congregation!


Come People of the Risen King
Stuart Townend, 2007 A.D.

Come people of the Risen King,
Who delight to bring Him praise.
Come all and tune your hearts to sing
To the Morning Star of grace.
From the shifting shadows of the earth
We will lift our eyes to Him,
Where steady arms of mercy reach
To gather children in.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Let every tongue rejoice!
One heart, one voice, O Church of Christ, rejoice!


Come those whose joy is morning sun
And those weeping through the night.
Come those who tell of battles won,
And those struggling in the fight.
For His perfect love will never change,
And His mercies never cease,
But follow us through all our days
With the certain hope of peace. (Chorus)

Come young and old from every land,
Men and women of the faith.
Come those with full or empty hands,
Find the riches of His grace.
Over all the world, His people sing,
Shore to shore we hear them call
The Truth that cries through every age;
"Our God is all in all!" (Chorus)

How Great Is Our God

C. Tomlin, E. Cash, J. Reeves, 2003 A.D.

The splendor of a king clothed in majesty,
Let all the earth rejoice, all the earth rejoice.
He wraps Himself in light, and darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice, trembles at His voice.

How great is our God!
Sing with me, "How great is our God!"
And all will see how great, how great is our God.


Age to age He stands and time is in His hands,
Beginning and the end, beginning and the end.
The Godhead Three in One: Father, Spirit and Son;
The Lion and the Lamb, the Lion and the Lamb!
(Chorus)

Name above all names, worthy of all praise,
My heart will sing, "How great is our God!"

Just a Closer Walk with Thee
African American Spiritual, 1800s A.D.

Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.


I am weak, but Thou art strong,
Jesus, keep me from all wrong,
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee. (Chorus)

Through this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee. (Chorus)

When my feeble life is o’er,
Time for me will be no more,
Guide me gently, safely o’er
To Thy Kingdom's shore, to Thy shore. 
(Chorus)

May Your Power Rest on Me
Sojourn (via poem by I. Watts), Early 1700s A.D.

Let me hear my Savior say, “Your strength shall return.”
Then I’ll rejoice in my weakness
As I lean on Your grace, as I lean on Your grace.

May Your power rest on me.
You are strong when I am weak.
I can bear all things when temptation springs
For You sustain me all my days.


Let me know my Savior’s face. Let my hope be secure.
Then I’ll rejoice in my weakness
As I lean on Your grace, as I lean on Your grace. (Chorus)

Once from the Lord withdrawn
I thought that I could live my life alone.
Leaving the solid ground, I sank beneath His wisdom.
The harder I tried to climb the closer I was to find
How great is my weakness. (Chorus)

Though the trial still goes on, Your grace will be my song!
For I can bear all things when temptation springs
For You sustain me all my days.

It Is Well with My Soul
Horatio G. Spafford, 1876 A.D.

When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say
“It is well, it is well, with my soul!”

It is well, (it is well),
With my soul, (with my soul),
It is well, it is well, with my soul!


Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this bless’d assurance control
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate and
Hath shed His own blood for my soul! (Refrain)

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, O my soul! (Refrain)

And Lord haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul! (Refrain)

Prayers of Confession and Assurance

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Your name.
Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil
for Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory
now and forever. Amen.


Prayers of Preparation for Eucharist
Matthew 26:26-291 Corinthians 11:23-26

Prayer Asking for Jesus' Help
Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.
I want to see. Please reveal to me who You are.
Give me ears to hear You, and understanding for
the Good News You are saying to me today. Amen.

Prayer for Communion with Jesus and Each Other
Jesus, by Your Spirit, fill us with Yourself,
the true Bread and Vine. We turn to You now to
unite us, strengthen us, and empower us
to be Your Kingdom family of servants and witnesses
together until You return and make all things new. Amen. 


Eucharist | Thanking God for Communion with Christ and His Church

Our World Belongs to God, 2008 A.D.
Q&A 30

Q. What is the Holy Spirit doing among us?

A. The Spirit gathers people from every tongue,
tribe, and nation into the unity of the body of Christ.
Anointed and empowered by the Spirit, Jesus' Church is
sent into the world, ambassadors of God’s peace,
announcing forgiveness and reconciliation,
proclaiming the Good News of grace.
Going before them and with them, the Spirit
convinces the world of sin and pleads the cause of Christ.
Men and women, impelled by the Spirit, go next door and far away into science and art, media and marketplace—every area of life, pointing to the reign of God with what they do and say.


Benediction Based on Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with
hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Now go be among your
neighbors, joining in the Spirit's work to share the Gospel
with the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Emmaus City Church is a local church made up of City Groups.

City Group (CG) is a group of 10-30 people – children, women, and men included – who are befriending, serving, and loving a community together in Jesus' name in Worcester. CGs are small enough that people can know you and value you, but large enough to make an impact in communities throughout Worcester. Each CG gets together throughout a month (i.e. dinners, times of prayer or learning from the Story of God in the Bible, acts of service, parties, etc.) to see Worcester become a city of neighbors and friends that showcase Jesus' love and compassion to all. Those who are cautious or curious to hear and see what it means to follow Jesus are just as welcome as those who believe Jesus is Lord and God and seek to follow Him in every area of life.

Current City Groups: Lincoln Street City Group | W.R.A.P. City Group

To connect with one of the City Groups above, please contact info@emmauscitychurch.com


Christ is all,

Rev. Mike "Sully" Sullivan