Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Gospel Series Cont. | Matthew 10:29-42: Jesus' Reassuring Power for John & Us w/ Scott Brill + Saturday, October 26

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

Call to Worship + We provide this call to take a moment to be still and consider if there is more. More beauty. More goodness. More awe. More wonder. More life. More love than what we may have experienced this week. Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us, is here. Some of us may sing because we believe. Some may sing or listen until belief comes. This call for all to step into wonder and holy imagination.

Sermon Audio
 | Jesus' Reassuring Power for John & Us w/ Scott Brill

Sermon Scriptures | 
Matthew 11:1-15

Call to Worship | Psalm 33:1, 12

Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous ones; 
praise from the upright is beautiful. ... 
Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord—
the people He has chosen to be His own possession!

Who You Say I Am
Hillsong, 2018 A.D.

Who am I that the highest King
Would welcome me?
I was lost but He brought me in
Oh, His love for me! Oh, His love for me!

Who the Son sets free, oh, is free indeed!
I'm a child of God, Yes, I am!

Free at last, He has ransomed me.
His grace runs deep.
While I was a slave to sin,
Jesus died for me.Yes, He died for me!

Who the Son sets free, oh, is free indeed!
I'm a child of God, Yes, I am!
In my Father's house there's a place for me,
I'm a child of God, Yes I am!

I am chosen, not forsaken,
I am who You say I am!
You are for me, not against me,
I am who You say I am!

Clara T. Williams, 1875 A.D.

All my life long I had panted
For a drink from some cool spring
That I hoped would quench the burning
Of the thirst I felt within.

Hallelujah! He has found me,
The One my soul so long has craved!
Jesus satisfies all my longings,
Through His blood I now am saved!

Feeding on the filth around me,
‘Til my strength was almost gone
Longed my soul for something better,
Only still to hunger on ... (Chorus)

Well of water ever springing,
Bread of Life so rich and free!
Untold wealth that never faileth,
My Redeemer is to me! (Chorus)

His Eye Is on the Sparrow
Civilla D. Martin, 1905 A.D.

Why should I feel discouraged?
Why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart feel lonely
And long for heaven and home
When Jesus is my portion,
A constant friend is He?

His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches over me.
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me.

I sing because I'm happy,
I sing because I'm free!
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me!
He watches me.

His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me! (Repeat)

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.

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)

The Kingdom Is Yours
Common Hymnal, 2017 A.D.

Blessed are the ones who do not bury
All the broken pieces of their heart.
Blessed are the tears of all the weary
Pouring like a sky of falling stars.
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.

The Kingdom is yours, the Kingdom is yours,
Hold on a little more, this is not the end.
Hope is in the Lord, keep your eyes on Him.

Blessed are the ones who walk in kindness
Even in the face of great abuse.
Blessed are the deeds that go unnoticed,
Serving with unguarded gratitude.
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. (Chorus)

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! (Chorus)

Prayers of Confession and Assurance

One: Jesus, You are the One to follow. You satisfy.
Forgive us for looking for freedom elsewhere.
May we be willing to be counted among the least
in Your Kingdom, free to love and sacrifice for others.
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.

Next sermon audio + liturgy notes post: Matthew 10:17-11:19: Jesus Makes the Least Greater

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

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Christ is all,

Rev. Mike "Sully" Sullivan

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