Sunday, August 30, 2020

Special Weekend Message | Who Are We Looking to for Rescue? + Love Across the Lines (i.e. Political, Ethnic, Cultural)


LORD, we do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You. + King Jehoshaphat (whose name means, "God is judge, God will bring justice"), 2 Chronicles 20:12

Special Message Video | Who Are We Looking to for Rescue?

Sermon Quote | 

The U.S.A. is not God.
The American Dream is not Jesus' Gospel of the Kingdom. 
Your politician is not the Messiah.
Your political party is not Jesus' Church.
Your political persuasion is not *the* Truth.
Your hope is not in winning elections.
Your mission is not defeating the other side. ... 

I love people who are shaken by COVID19. 
I love people who think it’s all a hoax. 
I love people who are voting for Trump. 
I love people who are voting for Biden. 
I love people who vote 3rd party or refuse to vote. 
I love people who believe conspiracy theories. 
I love people. ... 

The most politically revolutionary thing we can say: Jesus is Lord.

Sermon Lament Song + Prayer | 

Matt Boswell + Matt Papa, 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)

For hearts that are cold, for seizing control, 
For scorning our very Maker,
In thought, word, and deed, we’ve failed You, our King.
How deeply we need a Savior. (Chorus)

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!

Sojourn Worship, 2015 A.D.

Forgive us Lord, for passing by when children cry for bread.
Forbid it Lord, that justice lies in tatters, cold and dead.
Outside these walls run desperate streets
Where greed is law and life is cheap.
We bar the doors, refuse to see, or hear the words You said:

Let justice roll like a river, like a river, let it roll! (Repeat)

Convict us Lord, we dance and laugh ignoring those who weep.
Correct us Lord, our golden calf has lulled our hearts to sleep.
The gap between the rich and poor
Grows ever wider, shore to shore.
There’s racial hate, religious war
And wolves among the sheep. (Chorus)

Indwell us Lord, and purify our hands to work for You.

Enlist us Lord, to serve nearby and ʻcross the waters, too.

Your image-bearers on the earth 

Will never know how much theyʼre worth

Unless we love and help them first 

And show the way to You! (Chorus)

Like the stone that was rolled away from the mouth of the tomb
With death trying to swallow the bridegroom, 
Likewise justice has no feet, it has wheels empowered by the Spirit,
Not by horses trampling over the wickedness of cosmic forces.
Let’s remove the roadblocks and detour signs
And allow the justice and rightness of the Gospel to find
Its way on our streets at the intersectionality of every -ism 
That disrupts the beloved community of image-bearers.
In this era of unrest and terror and anti-”fill in the blank,”
Let justice roll.
Silence is the nail in the tire treads of justice slowly draining its life,
But a patch will not suffice.
We’ll change the whole thing so justice can stay on the move
And humanity can get its groove back like Stella,
And our hearts can beat as one as we sing a cappella ... 

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Christ is all,

Rev. Mike "Sully" Sullivan

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