Music and Worship: Sunday, January 1st, 2017
This past Sunday we came together as a church family for an extended time of worship and prayer together, well as prayer for one another, as we dug into the heart behind our mission as a church...to Love, Grow and Share.
Below are the songs we sang, along with some of the things we prayed about and reflected on as brothers and sisters in Christ!
(LOVE) God: awareness & engagement
Remember and Faithfulness
A prayer for 2017...
As we reflect on 2016 and claim the year ahead, our Father, we need to confess to you those pieces of the past that persist in pulling us backward. Through admitting our failures and sharing our sin, we would like to put away those things that nibble and nag, de-energize and depress. With boldness, then, and a certain measure of embarrassment, we admit to squandering time and talent, good intentions and better ideas, opportunities for growth and occasions for grace. We admit that we have most often taken care of ourselves while others have stood in line. We have defined our interests carefully and our goals precisely, using energy and expertise gainfully to the detriment of family, friends, community, and church. We agonize with memories that sit heavily and images that cause us to blush and ask that you would grant us your forgiveness as we confess our individual regrets and remorse in silence. . . . Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
(GROW) Self: awareness & engagement
Humility & Discipline
The L ORD works vindication and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. The L ORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always accuse, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far he removes our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion for his children, so the L ORD has compassion for those who fear him. For he knows how we were made; he remembers that we are dust. As for mortals, their days are like grass; they flourish like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the L ORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.
(SHARE) Others: awareness & engagement
Compassion & Service
God makes the sun rise and set. God makes summer and winter come and go. God helps plants grow and flowers bloom. God gives us food to eat, places to live, and people to love us. God is always with us. God keeps his promises to us. He is faithful from generation to generation. Let us praise our faithful God.