Worship Live and Online 9/13

A sermon series about friends.

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In the Bible calls us friends. How does that term of closeness compare to the modern, social media-driven idea of a “friend.” What would it mean for our lives if the Almighty God was actually our ever-present friend? Because Jesus is our friend, and our best friend at that, and he prefers to be with us, our life is infused with forgiveness, care, and support.

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Opening Song

Lord, I Need You

Lord, I Need You

By Matt Maher, Kristian Stanfill, Jesse Reeves, Daniel Carson, Christy Nockels

 

Verse 1

Lord, I come, I confess

Bowing here I find my rest

Without You I fall apart

You're the One that guides my heart

 

Chorus

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You

Every hour I need You

My one defense, my righteousness

Oh God, how I need You

 

Verse 2

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more

Where grace is found is where You are

Where You are, Lord, I am free

Holiness is Christ in me

 

Chorus

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You

Every hour I need You

My one defense, my righteousness

Oh God, how I need You

Words of Forgiveness

These words of Forgiveness are based on King Solomon's Proverbs and Saint John's Gospel.


Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”


Yet we know just how poorly we have lived out that proverb. We have not loved at all times. We have utterly failed to love even our friends, family, and neighbors. Furthermore, we have not loved our Savior who is pleased to call us his friends. For this and all our sins, we go before God and humbly ask his forgiveness.


Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful and that I have disobeyed you in my thoughts, words, and actions. I have done what is evil and failed to do what is good. I have not loved at all times. For this I deserve your punishment both now and in eternity. But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior Jesus Christ, I pray: Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.


Proverbs 18:24, Says, “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”


In this way Proverbs prophesied the coming of our best friend who came "to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." (Jn 15:13) so “that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31). The Scriptures testify about Jesus, who lived a perfect life for you, died on the cross to pay for all your sins, and rose again to assure you of your salvation. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Opening Song (Continued)

Lord, I need You

Bridge

So teach my song to rise to You

When temptation comes my way

When I cannot stand I'll fall on You

Jesus, You're my hope and stay

 

Chorus

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You

Every hour I need You

My one defense, my righteousness

Oh God, how I need You

 

End

You're my one defense, my righteousness

Oh God, how I need You

My one defense, my righteousness

Oh God, how I need You

God's Word

John 15:9-17

Listen in as Pastor Matt reads or click on the link to follow along.

Sermon Song

Who You Say I Am

Who You Say I Am

By Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan


Verse 1

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


Chorus 1

Who the Son sets free is free indeed

I'm a child of God, Yes I am


Verse 2

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


Chorus 2

Who the Son sets free 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


Bridge (2x)

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


Chorus 3

Who the Son sets free 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

In my Father's house there's a place for me

I'm a child of God, Yes I am


Bridge (2x)

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


Chorus 1

Who the Son sets free is free indeed

I'm a child of God, Yes I am

Sermon

Luke 7:33-50

This sermon is the first sermon in a series called "Friends".

This sermon is based on God's Word in Luke 7.


Click here to read Luke 7:33-50!

  1. The dictionary definition of a friend = ________
  2. Jesus, our friend, is ________!
  3.  Jesus, our friend, ________!
  4.  Jesus, our friend, ________!
  5. Friends are ________ with each other.
  6. Friends ________ one another.
  7. Friends ________ life!

Song of Praise

What A Friend we have in Jesus

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Text by Joseph M. Scriven; Tune by Charles C. Converse

 

Verse 1 

What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Ev'rything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,

Oh, what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

Ev'rything to God in prayer!

 

Verse 2 

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged --

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our ev'ry weakness --

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

 

Verse 3 

Are we weak and heavy laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge --

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do your friends despise, forsake you?

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

In his arms he'll take and shield you;

You will find a solace there.

Confession of Faith

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

 

I believe 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, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Thanksgiving

We don’t primarily gather offerings to simply keep ministry going (though that is certainly a blessing of our offerings)


Primarily, we gather offerings to glorify God. We consider what God has given us to manage (everything we have), and we offer a portion of what he has given us back to him. Giving an offering is an opportunity for you to express faith in and say “thank-you” to a God who has made life-giving promises to you!  


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Prayer

Prayer Requests


The Lord’s Prayer.


Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.

Amen.


Thanksgiving and Blessing

Thanksgiving Payer

We give thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us with this Holy Supper. We pray that through it you will strengthen our faith in you and increase our love for one another. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN


Blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look on you with favor and † give you peace.

Closing Song

Make me a light

Make Me a Light

By Caleb Schmiege


Verse 1

When he died I died with him

Dead to self and dead to sin

Crucified is all the pride held deep within 

So may there be less of me and more of him.


Verse 2

If I suffer for the cause,

It is joy, it is not loss.

Not ashamed to bear the name, I follow him.

Yet may there be less of me and more of him.


Chorus

Make me a light reflecting Christ

To the praise of him alone

For no glory of my own.

I’m just a mirror shining bright with Jesus’ light. 


Verse 3

May the love that this world sees

Be the love of Christ in me:

Love that loves the loveless one, still dead in sin.

Yet may there be less of me and more of him.


Chorus

Make me a light reflecting Christ

To the praise of him alone

For no glory of my own.

I’m just a mirror shining bright with Jesus’ light. 


Verse 4

Cause he rose, I too will rise, 

Join my Lord in paradise.

Confidence I have in this: I’ll rise again.

Yet may there be less of me and more of him. 


Chorus (x2)

Make me a light reflecting Christ

To the praise of him alone

For no glory of my own.

I’m just a mirror shining bright with Jesus’ light.