Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Emmaus City Values Series | Local Work in Worcester (1 Cor. 10:31; Ps. 90:14-17) + Saturday, September 1

"Christ with St Joseph in the Carpenter Shop by Georges de La Tour, 1640 A.D.

Workers Apostles' Creed Adaptation adapted from Theology of Work Project

We believe in God the Father Almighty, 
Maker of heaven and earth, 
Source of human skills and art, and
Provider of the earth's riches
who desires our help in His creation 
to bless, work, cultivate, and fulfill His purposes on earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son our Lord,
who was conceived by Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary, 
adopted by Joseph the carpenter,

Worker for good, Servant for others, 
our Neighbor, Redeemer, and Friend.
He worked as a carpenter from Nazareth for thirty years. 
He suffered as a prophet under Pontius Pilate, 
was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended to hell.
The third day He rose again!
He ascended to heaven, and sits at the right hand of 

God the Father almighty, continuing His saving work to prepare a 
place for us and interceding for us until He returns as King
to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, 
God's inspiration to men, women, and children,
the Giver and Director of Life, revealer of the Truth, 
Promoter of patience and peace,
Comforter and Advocate in our times of trouble, and the
Supplier of vision for His work in us and through us
until God finishes His renewal of all things. 
We believe in the holy catholic Church, 
the communion of saints and fellow workers in the Kingdom, 
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, 
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Homily Scriptures | Luke 2:39-40, 52; Mark 6:3; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Psalm 90:14-17

Homily Christian Practice Questions: 

+ Who could you write a note to at a local business to thank them for how their work mirrors God's work in the world? 
+ Who is a friend you could text this week to encourage them in how their work blesses our city and reveals more of Jesus to you?

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

Prayer seeking more from Jesus
Jesus, You claim to be the Way,
the Truth and the Life.
If what You claim is true,
please reveal to me who You are.
Give me an understanding of You
that is clear and convincing. Amen.

Prayer for Communion with Jesus
Jesus, grant that we may be filled
by You, the true Bread and Vine.
Be present with us, strengthen us,
and empower us to be Your witnesses
together as we seek first Your Kingdom
until You return and make all things new. Amen.

Thomas Ken, 1674 A.D.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise Him all creatures here below.
Praise Him above ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Lord, let my soul forever share
The bliss of Thy paternal care.
‘Tis heav’n on earth, ‘tis heav’n above
To seek Thy face and sing Thy love.
(Repeat 1st Verse)

Great Are You Lord
All Sons and Daughters, 2013 A.D.

You give life, You are love,
You bring light to the darkness.
You give hope, You restore
Every heart that is broken.
Great are You, Lord.

It's Your breath in our lungs,
So we pour out our praise,
We pour out our praise.
It's Your breath in our lungs,
So we pour out our praise to You only.

All the earth will shout Your praise,
Our hearts will cry, these bones will sing,
“Great are You, Lord!”

Take My Life 
Frances B. Havergal, 1874 A.D.

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose,
Every power as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will, and make it Thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart; it is Thine own;
It shall be Thy royal throne,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love; my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure-store.
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee,
Ever, only, all for Thee.

Ike Ndolo, 2013 A.D.
My hands shake with guilt and shame,
Still You love me, love me.
Your eyes are bright
And shine so full of mercy, mercy.

Jesus, Bread of Life, Bread for all ...
This is my offering, this is my everything,
The Son of God who bled and died
And rose again for me.

Your flesh You gave for all
So we could see You, see You.
Your blood poured out for all
So we could know You, know You.

Establish the Work of Our Hands
Porter's Gate Worship Project, 2017 A.D.

If You don't build it, we labor in vain.
Without Your Spirit, we stand with no strength.
I know my life is passing away,
But the works of Your hands are what will remain.

Let the favor of the LORD rest upon us.
Oh LORD, establish the work of our hands!
Oh LORD, establish the work of our hands!

Teach us to number the length of our days.
Pour out Your power, we'll pour out Your praise.
Teach us to run, to finish the race,
For only what's done in love will remain.

Questions as You Consider Jesus

Are you curious? Consider asking someone a question or two about Jesus and Christian spirituality even if you don't believe.

Are you open? Consider your emotional and spiritual needs, and step into asking if Jesus can meet them and help you.

Are you searching? Consider exploring more about Jesus even if you are not sure who He is; example: "If I could ask Jesus one honest question that would help me trust Him, what would I ask?"

Are you beginning to believe? Consider how your life would be transformed if you followed Jesus. Ask God to help you understand the Good News that through Jesus' life, death, and resurrection, He is restoring everything sin has ruined in your life and in the world.


For this reason I kneel before the Father
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.
I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory,
to be strengthened with power in your inner being through His Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love,
may be able to comprehend with all the saints
what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love,
and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge,
so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond
all that we ask or think according to the power
that works in us—to Him be glory in the Church
and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. 
+ Ephesians 3:14-21

Next sermon audio and liturgy: Emmaus City Values Series | Big "C" Church

Christ is all,

Rev. Mike "Sully" Sullivan

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