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September 24 2017 Sermon bulletin cover Life is Christ

Life is… Christ

Dr. Jennifer Blake gives a sermon about the Christian Life, based on Philippians 1:21-30 (link).

*Call to Worship
If we truly live and walk as Christ desires;
then life is a pleasurable journey which leads us to eternity.
If we truly love and believe as Christ desires;
then death is the joyful path which brings us to the Lord.
We are called to live a life of service to others in the name of Jesus; to live for Him and to each other. We are called to die to sin and to one day be gathered together with the Lord.
Let us worship God!

*Prayer of Confession
Dear Lord, sometimes we see life as a difficult challenge that we are unable to handle; but as hard as life may be, we fear death for ourselves and our loved ones. We seek ways to fill our lives with happiness, instead of finding joy that only You can give. We curse death instead of Praising you for eternal life in Your presence. Help us to see life as a gift given to us to learn to grow, to bless and be blessed. Help us to see death as a reward for living a life dedicated to You, to praise the One who saves, for saving us…

*Assurance of Pardon
Jesus knew His life would be difficult and His death would be painful; but in dying He not only escaped His suffering, but He saved us from eternal pain through His forgiveness and the promise of Heaven.
Thanks be to God!

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Forgiven and Forgiving

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a sermon about forgiveness, based on Matthew 18:21-35 (link).

*Call to Worship
Sometimes our debts can seem overwhelming;
no matter how hard we work, there seems to be no end.
Sometimes it seems easier to hide from our obligations than to face them;
but when we face our liabilities, we open ourselves to freedom from them.
Eventually all our faults, all that we are accountable for, come into the light. As we gather this day, let us reveal our souls to the grace of God, giving us the strength to spread that grace into the lives of others.
Let us worship God!

*Prayer of Confession
Dear Lord, as we call to mind our sins, help us to recall those who have sinned against us. As we ask for Your forgiveness, help us to forgive others. Just as we often feel unworthy of Your mercy, we often forget that those who have wronged us may also feel undeserving. Open our eyes to see our faults, open our mouths to ask for forgiveness, open our hearts to accept Your mercy, and to grant Your forgiveness onto others, not just once, not twice, but always…

*Assurance of Pardon
Jesus died to forgive sin:sins past, present and those yet to be committed. His great sacrifice is not to be hoarded and used for personal benefit; it is to be eagerly shared.
Thanks be to God!

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Together

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a sermon about our togetherness as fellow believers in the body of Christ, based on Ephesians 4:15-16 (link).

*Call to Worship
We enter church this morning as individuals;
but as we gather, we become one.
One body, one mind, one spirit;
woven together with Jesus as our head.
We come today to be united in something larger than ourselves, a fellowship of believers, striving to be examples of Christ’s love, as we grow in faith.
Let us worship God!

*Prayer of Confession
Dear Lord, we are often overwhelmed in life, we feel so small in the midst of great problems, large obstacles and unending confusion. We fear standing against the masses and we keep silent when we should be shouting out Your Word. Help us to see ourselves as part of a whole; as one of many; as an extension of You. Help us be willing to speak truth and to stand tall against even the most formidable foe. Help us to always remember that we are never alone when we walk the path You have chosen and share the message You have put on our lips…

*Assurance of Pardon
Jesus did not walk the road to Calvary alone; He was leading His followers to salvation, to mercy and forgiveness. He continues to lead us as we lead others.
Thanks be to God!

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The Paradox of Faith

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a sermon about biblical paradoxes, based on Matthew 16:21-28 (link).

Call to Worship
We enter the church this morning to exit the ways of the world;
Jesus leads us from bad to good.
We seek everlasting life;
but must endure temporary death.
Jesus’ teachings often appear to be contradictory or difficult to understand. We continue to hold that which needs to be released and hear that which needs to be muted. We come with questions in order to leave enlightened.
Let us worship God!

Prayer of Confession
Almighty God, we should praise You but instead condemn You. We choose to gain the world by losing ourselves in it. We should deny ourselves and accept You but instead believe evil lies and doubt Your holy truth. We know to follow You means to carry a cross beside You; but we seek ways to place the burden on others and turn from Your path. Help us to believe that in order to live eternally with You we must die to the sin that separates us…

*Assurance of Pardon
Jesus calls us to the cross, where He bears our pain and forgives our sin with mercy, grace and life everlasting.
Thanks be to God!

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On Mission

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a sermon about a mission centered life, based on Luke 10:1-20 (link).

Call to Worship
We are called today to follow Jesus;
to carry His name far and wide!
We are called to bless people in His name;
and to be a blessing as we serve people in His honor!
As we gather this morning, let us seek faith, courage and knowledge to be true missionaries of Christ; to reach out to others every day of our journey through life.
Let us worship God!

Prayer of Confession
Dear Lord, we easily profess our faith when we are surrounded by other believers. We safely praise Your name when we worship on Sundays; but we fail to be outspoken witnesses when Your Word is most effective: with the lost, the unsure and those who cannot or do not see. We count on You to keep us safe from persecution, yet are too afraid to reach outside our comfort zones. Help us to truly believe that we are called by You to share Your Word; to serve others as You command. Help us trust in You as we boldly go into Your mission field: our community, city, state and world…

Assurance of Pardon
Jesus was crucified for leading people to the Word and He calls us to do the same; to follow Him, to turn from sin and live in His grace and mercy forever.
Thanks be to God!

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I AM: The Resurrection and the Life

Dr. Jonathan Sloan finishes a 7 week series on “I AM” statements made by Jesus. The final sermon is based on John 11:17-26 (link).

Call to Worship
Just as we come to Jesus today, He comes to us every day;
He comes to us in our joys, our pains and in our sorrows!
Jesus promises us life, and life ever after;
He is the Resurrection and the Life, we need only to believe!
Jesus promises us not just life, but abundant life; not only hope, but eternal hope; not just a future, but an eternity.
Let us worship God!

Prayer of Confession
Dear Lord, we endure so much pain as loved ones suffer and die; we fear the end of our own lives; we are afraid of what we cannot see, and that of which we have no proof. We seek understanding and answers that diminish Your abilities and Your promises. Help us to believe that You have gone before us; that You are preparing a place for us and that in You we have eternal life because You are the Resurrection and the Life…

Assurance of Pardon
Jesus suffered and died on the cross in order to give us everlasting life. He bore our sins and gave us mercy and forgiveness, now, always and forever.
Thanks be to God!

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I AM: The Way, the Truth and the Life

Rev. Dr. Jennifer Blake continues a 7 week series on “I AM” statements made by Jesus. The 6th sermon is based on John 14:1-7 (link).

Call to Worship
As we gather this morning, be confident that the Lord is with You;
He has called us, that we may be where He is!
Jesus is the path that leads to God;
He is the certainty that leads to God.
Jesus came as the way, the truth and the life to protect us, to lead us and to comfort us always.
Let us worship God!

Prayer of Confession
Dear Lord, we struggle in our lives with doubt, loneliness and fear of the unknown. We look to other sources to answer hard questions, to justify our actions and to seek comfort. Help us to remember that You alone are the source of all our needs; You guide us on the path that leads to joy; You teach us the real truth of life and death; You shine upon us and our lives…

Assurance of pardon
Jesus tells us He wants to be with us always; He wants to comfort us; He promises that with Him all our sins will be forgiven and His mercy will never cease.
Thanks be to God!

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John 14:1-7

Jesus the Way to the Father
14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And you know the way to the place where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

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I AM: The True Vine that Declares God’s Glory

Dr. Jonathan Sloan continues a 7 week series on “I AM” statements made by Jesus. The 5th sermon is based on John 15:1-8 (link).

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I AM: The Good Shepherd

Dr. Jonathan Sloan continues a 7 week series on “I AM” statements made by Jesus.
The 4th sermon is based on John 10:1-18 (link).

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I AM: The Light of the World

Dr. Jennifer Blake continues a 7 week series on “I AM” statements made by Jesus.
The 3rd sermon is based on John 8:12-20 (link).

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