Sunday, October 20, 2019

Gospel Series Cont. | Matthew 10:29-42: Jesus' Cross-Shaped Power to Give Us Courage in Conflict + Saturday, October 19

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

"Bearing the cross for the sake of God’s Kingdom and peace – that is the work of Christ on earth. Who dares to speak of a parent’s love to a child in such a way, if not either the destroyer of all of life or the Creator of a new life? Who can claim (our) love and sacrifice so exclusively, if not the enemy of humanity or the Savior of humanity? Who will bring the sword (of the Spirit, Word of God, the cross) into their houses, if not the devil or Christ, the Prince of Peace?" + Dietrich Bonhoeffer … Can this Prince of Peace’s enemy-love and forgiveness set the world right, set our hearts right?

Sermon Audio | Jesus' Cross-Shaped Power to Give Us Courage in Conflict

Sermon Scriptures | 
Matthew 10:29-42

Call to Worship | Psalm 142:1-3a 

I cry aloud to the Lord;
I plead aloud to the Lord for mercy.
I pour out my complaint before Him;
I reveal my trouble to Him. Although my
spirit is weak within me, You know my way.

Lord Have Mercy 
M. Boswell, M. Papa & Co., 2019 A.D.

For what we have done and left undone,
We fall on Your countless mercies.
For sins that are known and those unknown,
We call on Your name so holy.
For envy and pride, for closing our eyes,
For scorning our very neighbor
In thought, word, and deed, we’ve failed You,
our King. How deeply we need a Savior.

Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy,
Lord have mercy on us! (Repeat)

For what You have done, Your life of love
You perfectly lived, we praise You.
Though tempted and tried, You fixed Your eyes,
You finished the work God gave You.
And there on the tree, a King among thieves,
You bled for a world’s betrayal.
You loved to the end, our merciful Friend,
How pure and forever faithful. (Chorus)

Break Every Chain + Fill Me Up
T. Cobbs & W. Reagan, 2015 & 2013 A.D.

You provide the fire, I'll provide the sacrifice.
You provide the Spirit, I will open up inside.

Fill me up, God (x3) ... Fill me up.
Love of God, overflow.
Permeate all my soul.

Fill me up until I overflow!
I want to run over, I want to run over!

There is power in the name of Jesus (x3) ...
To break every chain, break every chain,
Break every chain!

All sufficient sacrifice, so freely given,
Such a price bought my redemption,
Heaven's gates swing wide.

May Your Power Rest on Me
Sojourn (via 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.

Surrounded (Fight My Battles)
Upper Room, 2018 A.D.

There’s a table that You’ve prepared for me
In the presence of my enemies.
It’s Your body and Your blood You shed for me.
This is how I fight my battles … (Repeat 1st Verse)

And I believe You’ve overcome
And I will lift my song of praise
For what You’ve done!

This is how I fight my battles,
This is how I fight my battles,
This is how I fight my battles,
This is how I ... (Repeat)

In the valley I know that You’re with me
And surely Your goodness and Your mercy follow me.
So my weapons are praise and thanksgiving.
This is how I fight my battles … (Chorus)

may look like I'm surrounded,
But I'm surrounded by You!

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)

Prayers of Confession and Assurance

One: Jesus, too often we are afraid of what's been
done to us, what we have or have not done to others.
We ask for Your forgiveness. Renew our hope
that we are no longer slaves to sin or fear.
All: Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Congregational Prayers

One: And now we pray together, Jesus, as You taught us to pray ...

All: Our Father who is 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.

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

Apostles' Creed | 390 A.D.

I believe in God the Father almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary.

suffered under Pontius Pilate, 

was crucified, dead, and buried;

He descended to hell.

The third day He rose again!

He ascended to heaven

and is seated at the right hand
of God the Father almighty;
from there He shall come
to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic* Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins, 

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

*Catholic stands for Jesus' Church
"according to the whole,"
across time, cultures, and nations,
that He established and continues to build
by His grace, truth, and resurrection power. 

Benediction Based on Matthew 28:18-20

Go in the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He is the Prince of Peace and all authority is His
in heaven and on earth to make all things new.
Welcome people into the family of the Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit. Become disciples who make
disciples who baptize, teach, and love.
Don't be afraid. He is always good and true.
And He is with you always.

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

Christ is all,

Rev. Mike "Sully" Sullivan

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