*Call to Worship
We come together to strengthen each other;
together we can defeat evil that tries to break us apart.
We come together to encourage each other;
together we can build up our hearts and souls to accept His grace and give it to others.
We come together as called followers of Christ, sent out to the world to share the Good News, to lead others to a life with Christ.
Let us worship God!
*Prayer of Confession
Dear Lord, we know the world needs You, yet we seek help from others; the world needs Your love and mercy, yet we are not willing to share that which You have abundantly bestowed on us; the world needs Your guidance, yet we fail to lead others to Your all-knowing Word; the world needs Your guidance to know that you have a plan, yet we are unable to accept the map You have drawn for us individually. Help us to realize that You called us to be Your workers, to share and give and love until Your Word is everywhere and with everyone; to be a participant in reformation, not simply a spectator…
*Assurance of Pardon
When we follow Jesus to the cross, we also lead others to the blessing of His forgiveness, freeing us from the sins that once held us captive.
Thanks be to God!
11 For I am longing to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— 12 or rather so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. 13 I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as I have among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish 15 —hence my eagerness to proclaim the gospel to you also who are in Rome.
The Power of the Gospel
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, “The one who is righteous will live by faith.”