Sunday, January 17, 2021

Special Gospel Message | Lk. 4:14-30: Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus

 

Gospel Message between 47:20-1:19:10 minute marks


Jesus comes in the power and authority of heaven and all the privilege born to Him as a healthy Jewish male — and He chooses another way. Publicly and privately, He humanizes and honors those most maligned and neglected by the masses. He made time and space for everyone. The overlooked were no longer invisible. The ones previously left out were now included, heard, and seen. Jesus preached and lived this. + Donna Barber, Bread for the Resistance


Story of God Liturgy Flow | Creation, Crisis, Covenant Community, Christ, Church, (New) Creation


(1) Creation


Call to Worship | Psalm 146

Kim Walker Smith, 2015 A.D.

Our Father, all of Heaven roars Your name
Sing louder, let this place erupt with praise
Can you hear it?
The sound of Heaven touching earth,
The sound of Heaven touching earth!

Spirit break out, break our walls down!
Spirit break out, Heaven come down!

King Jesus, You're the name we're lifting high,
Your glory, shaking up the earth and sky.
Revival, we want to see Your Kingdom here;
We want to see Your Kingdom here!

(2) Crisis


Prayer of Confession + Assurance | 
Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me, a sinner ...   
O Lord, our hearts are heavy with the violence of our world, 
so much suffering through the ages, 
wars and holocausts, genocide and abuse. 
We cry on behalf of our violent world:
Lord, have mercy.

O Lord, You love and care for us as a parent; 
You came to share life with us as a brother. 
But we confess we have failed to live as
Your children and instead have broken many bonds. 
We cry on behalf of our violent world:
Lord, have mercy.

O Lord, You have called us to live together in community, 
to consider one another as brother and sister, 
regardless of ethnicity, economic status, or popularity. 
Yet we prejudge one another, refuse to love one another, and victimize one another. 
We cry on behalf of our violent world:
Lord, have mercy.

O Lord, Giver of all life, 
You fearfully and wonderfully made us and breathed into our
nostrils the breath of life. 
Yet we endanger the lives of one another, 
abuse the lives of young children among us, 
destroy those who are defenseless, and 
oppress those who are powerless. 
We cry on behalf of our violent world:
Lord, have mercy.
Pardon us through Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Amen.
(We turn to Jesus) He will wipe away every tear from our eyes and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore for the former things have passed away. And He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new ... these words are trustworthy and true.” + Revelation 21:4-5
(3) Covenant Community


The Porter's Gate, 2017 A.D.

My God, my God, where e’er I go — glory.
Where I reap and where I sow — glory.
When my hand it grips the thorn — glory
In the still and in the storm — glory.

Oh, we labor unto glory
When heaven and earth are one,
Oh, we labor unto glory
Until God’s Kingdom comes.

The sun it shines and then goes down — glory.
Rain, it pours and beats the ground — glory.
Dust, it blows and ends my days — glory.
Hearts they burn beneath Your gaze — glory.
(Chorus)

My heart, my hands, they’re Kingdom bound — glory.
Where thorns no longer curse the ground — glory.
Trim the wick and light the flame — glory.
My work, it will not be in vain — glory.
(Chorus)

(4) Christ


MLK Weekend Sermon Video | Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus (Thru the Amazement and/or Anger) by the Power of the Spirit (see 47:20-1:19:10 minute mark)

Sermon Scriptures | Luke 4:14-30

Sermon Song Reference | "Cynical
by Propaganda+ Sho Baraka

Sermon Quote | John Lewis

I met Rosa Parks when I was 17. I met Dr. King when I was 18. These two individuals inspired me to find a way to get in the way, to get in trouble. So I got in good trouble, necessary trouble.

(5) Church


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)

(6) New Creation


Benediction 

May God’s love sustain you, 
and may you love those who surround you. 
May God’s Spirit empower you,
and may you empower all those you meet. 
May God’s joy fill your hearts, 
and may this joy overflow to the ends of the earth 
for God’s glory, now and forever.

Is He Worthy?/Agnus Dei Medley
Andrew Peterson, 2018 A.D. + Maverick City Music, 2020 A.D.

Do you feel the world is broken? (We do.)
Do you feel the shadows deepen? (We do.)
But do you know that all the dark won't stop
The light from getting through? (We do.)
Do you wish that you could see it all made new? (We do.)
Is all creation groaning? (It is.) 
Is a new creation coming? (It is.) 
Is the glory of the Lord to be the Light within our midst? (It is.) 
Is it good that we remind ourselves of this? (It is.)

Is anyone worthy? Is anyone whole?
Is anyone able to break the seal and open the scroll?
The Lion of Judah who conquered the grave,
He is David's root and the Lamb who died to ransom the slave. 
Is He worthy? Is He worthy? Of all blessing and honor and glory? 
Is He worthy of this? He is.

Does the Father truly love us? (He does.)
Does the Spirit move among us? (He does.)
And does Jesus, our Messiah, hold forever those He loves? (He does.) 
Does our God intend to dwell again with us? (He does.)

Is anyone worthy? Is anyone whole?
Is anyone able to break the seal and open the scroll?
The Lion of Judah who conquered the grave,
He is David's root and the Lamb who died to ransom the slave
From every people and tribe, every nation and tongue;
He has made us a kingdom and priests to God to reign with the Son! 
Is He worthy? 
Is He worthy of all blessing and honor and glory?
Is He worthy? Is He worthy? Is He worthy of this? He is! He is!
Is He worthy? Is He worthy? He is! He is!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
For our Lord God Almighty reigns!
Holy! Holy! Holy are You Lord God Almighty!
Worthy is the Lamb! Worthy is the Lamb!

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