Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Gospel Series Cont. | Matthew 8:23-9:8: Jesus' Divine Power Beyond Our Wildest Imaginations + Saturday, August 24

The Calling of St. Matthew + Caravaggio, 1600 A.D.

Forces beyond control in the ancient world were ascribed to demons. In our modern world, mental health, medication, and other considerations help reveal that some of these symptoms are physiological. But are there still aspects to the internal world we still don’t understand? In the external storm, the disciples asked, “What kind of man is this?” In the internal storm, the demons provide the answer, “Son of God.” Evil has access to an internal reality and authority we can miss. + N.T. Wright & Stanley Hauerwas

" ... We would rather be ruined than changed, we would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment and let our illusions die … " 
+ W.H. Auden, “The Age of Anxiety,” Pulitzer Prize Winner ’48

Sermon Scriptures | Matthew 8:23-9:8

Call to Worship | Psalm 150:1-2, 6

1 Hallelujah! Praise God in His sanctuary.
Praise Him in His mighty expanse.
2 Praise Him for His powerful acts;
praise Him for His abundant greatness. ...
6 Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.

All Creatures of Our God and King
St. Francis of Assisi, Early 1200s A.D.

All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing
“O praise Him! Allelujah!”
Thou, burning sun with golden beam,
Thou, silver moon with softer gleam.
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Allelujah! Allelujah! Allelujah!

Let all things their Creator bless
And worship Him in humbleness.
O praise Him! Allelujah!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son
And praise the Spirit, Three-in-One.
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Allelujah! Allelujah! Allelujah!

All the redeemed washed by His blood
Come and rejoice in His great love.
O praise Him! Allelujah!
Christ has defeated every sin.
Cast all your burdens now on Him.
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Allelujah! Allelujah! Allelujah!

The Everlasting God
William Murphy, 2016 A.D.

The Lord is my Light and salvation.
Whom shall I fear?
Of whom shall I be afraid?

I will wait on You, I will wait on You.
I will trust in You, I will trust in You.

I will remain confident in this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord. (x2)

We set our hope on You,
We set our hope on Your love,
We set our hope on the One
Who is the everlasting God!
You are the everlasting God!
You are the everlasting! (x3)

Mosaic MSC, 2017 A.D.

Peace, bring it all to peace, the storm surrounding me,
Let it break at Your name. Still, call the sea to still,
The rage in me to still, every wave at Your name.

Jesus, Jesus, You make the darkness tremble.
Jesus, Jesus, You silence fear.
Jesus, Jesus, You make the darkness tremble.
Jesus, Jesus.

Breathe, call these bones to live, call these lungs to sing
Once again, I will praise …(Chorus 2x)

Your name is a light that the shadows can't deny!
Your name cannot be overcome!
Your name is alive forever lifted high!
Your name cannot be overcome! (Chorus)

O Come to the Altar
Elevation Worship, 2015 A.D.

Are you hurting and broken within?
Overwhelmed by the weight of your sin?
Jesus is calling.
Have you come to the end of yourself
Do you thirst for a drink from the well?
Jesus is calling ...

O come to the altar,
The Father's arms are open wide!
Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ!

Leave behind your regrets and mistakes.
Come today, there's no reason to wait.
Jesus is calling.
Bring your sorrows and trade them for joy,
From the ashes, a new life is born.
Jesus is calling ... (Chorus)

Oh what a Savior, isn't He wonderful?
Sing "Hallelujah, Christ is risen!"
Bow down before Him
For He is Lord of all.
Sing "Hallelujah, Christ is risen!"
(Repeat + Chorus)

Bear your cross as you wait for the crown,
Tell the world of the treasure you found.

King of My Heart
John Mark & Sarah McMillan, 2015 A.D.

Let the King of my heart
Be the mountain where I run,
The fountain I drink from;
Oh He is my song.
Let the King of my heart
Be the shadow where I hide,
The ransom for my life;
Oh, He is my song!

You are good, good, oh!
You are good, good, oh!
You are good, good, oh!
You are good, good, oh!

Let the King of my heart
Be the wind inside my sails,
The anchor in the waves;
Oh, He is my song.
Let the King of my heart
Be the fire inside my veins,
And the echo of my days;
Oh, He is my song! (Chorus)

You’re never gonna let,
Never gonna let me down!

Prayers of Confession and Assurance

One: Jesus, Your name means the Lord is salvation.
Fulfill the meaning of Your name in this school year.
You are the Lord of education. Turn us to You and teach us again.

All: Congregational Prayers for Students & Educators

One: Jesus, in You we see the almighty God,
Redeem, and bring new life to our work,
our schools, our learning, and our life.
All: Lord, hear our prayer.

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.

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 Q&A 30
2008 A.D.

Q. How does God send us into our schools and workplaces
with Holy Spirit-fueled vision and imagination?
A. 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 us and with us, the Spirit
convinces the world of sin and pleads the cause of Christ.
Men, women, and children, 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 we do and say.

Benediction Based on "The Kingdom Is Yours"
by Common Hymnal (Matthew 5:3-12)

Blessed are the wounded ones in mourning, brave enough
to show the Lord their scars. Blessed are the hurts that
are not hidden, open to the healing touch of God.
Blessed are the ones who fight for justice, longing for the
coming day of peace. Blessed is the soul that thirsts for
righteousness, welcoming the last, the lost, the least.
Blessed are the ones who suffer violence and still have
strength to love their enemies. Blessed is the faith of those
who persevere; though they fall, they'll never know defeat.
The Kingdom is yours, hold on a little more, this is not the end.
Hope is in the Lord; keep Your eyes on Him. You are loved.
Now go with the Prince of Peace to declare and demonstrate
Jesus' Good News of the Kingdom of heaven that is near.

Next sermon audio + liturgy notes post: Jesus' Restoring Power to Welcome Anyone to His Table

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