Sunday Worship Gathering 11 AM @ North Community Lutheran Church
114 Morse Road Columbus, OH 43214 (Map)
We will be kicking off the New Year with a 3 week sermon series called "Illuminate: the Revealing Light of the Gospel". The New Year gives us a great chance to be reminded of the basic yet complex saving grace of God. This Sunday, we will be focused on gospel theology. What does God have to do with the gospel? Jay O'Brien will be preaching primarily from John 8:12.
Each Sunday, we take time to confess our sins. This is an act of worship, not an act of self-depricating. Reflect on this call to confession:
We confess our sins to God every Sunday. This is not to beat ourselves up, rather we are freeing ourselves. When we confess our sins, we are confessing that we cannot fix ourselves, that only God can fix us. When we confess our sins, we are dragging our sins into the light of the gospel saying, "I don't want this to be part of my life".
"If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." - 1 John 1:8-9
We are all sinners but God is faithful and He is just to forgive our sins. In this knowledge let's confess our sins to God.
All Creatures - Words written by Francis of Assissi circa 1225 and this particular arrangement is from King's Kaleidoscope. This hymn rightly calls "all creatures" to worship and praise God. It looks, primarily, at nature and calls ALL of creation to worship God. Psalm 148:1-14 & Psalm 104:1-35.
Doxology - (Arrangement by Page CXVI) One of the most famous hymns in English speaking churches. The first stanza was written by Thomas Ken in 1695. This hymn has been sung by Christians for more than 3 centuries, during times of joy and times of pain. The word "doxology" comes from two Greek words - one meaning "opinion, praise, glory" and the other meaning "to speak". James 1:17
Hallelujah! What a Savior - Written in 1875 by Philip Bliss, arrangement by Ascend the Hill. This hymn recounts many of the ways that Christ has saved us. This song is a joyous proclamation as we sing "Praise God [Hallelujah]! What a savior we have in Christ Jesus!"
Skeleton Bones - A modern song written in 2008 by John Mark McMillan. McMillan writes of deep theological truths in nonreligious language. This song is a confession of our desire and need to have an intimate relationship with God. "Peel back our ribs again and stand inside of our chest" - the desire for God to be in our hearts. "Peel back the veil of time and let us see you with our nake eyes" - the desire to see and know God without any hindrance. "We want Your blood to flow in our bodies, we want Your wind inside our lungs" - We want our blood and breath to be God's. The "blood" refers to the blood of Christ and the "wind" refers to the Holy Spirit. "Skeleton bones stand at the sound of eternity on the lips of the found" - We were found by God, brough to life, now we speak of the glory of eternity with God and the beauty of the gospel which brings the dead to life! This song speaks of our desire and our need for God. "Oh let us adore the Son of glory drenched in love!!!" Colossians 2:13 & Romans 10:15
We will be sharing breakfast together at 10am this Sunday. Please join us for good food and a chance to get to know eachother better. See you on Sunday!!!
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