Sunday Worship Gathering 11 AM @ North Community Lutheran Church
114 Morse Road Columbus, OH 43214 (Map)
Jay O'Brien will be preaching Acts 2:42-47. So far in the book of Acts, we've seen the Holy Spirit come to the Apostles and empower them and the church to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. In this passage, we see, for the first time, the church being made up of many different types of people. What connected them was devotion to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We see these people are devoted to the truth of the gospel, devoted to loving and serving one another, and devoted to God. What is the church, today, devoted to?
Meditate on this confession and assurance:
CONFESSION of our sins
Father God, we confess that our hearts have been stirred, our stomachs turned, and our minds deeply saddened by images of starving or exploited children and statistics of boys and girls, men and women that are left to fend for themselves with no family to love them. While we ponder our good intentions, our hands remain in a white-knuckled death grip of our possessions, our time, our reputation. We have grown more comfortable hiding in our houses rather than opening our homes, filling our days with busyness and entertainment rather than loving others.
Lord, reveal just how frozen and numb our faith has become within the comforts (or confines) of our inaction. We pray that by your love and grace, you loosen our death grip and give us open hands to love and serve others as you freely gave of yourself to love and serve us as dear children.
ASSURANCE of our salvation
"In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight...” - Ephesians 1:5-8
We stand in the assurance that God's grace and forgiveness is freely given and lavished on us through the blood of Jesus Christ. Through that blood, we have been brought into God's family
The Love of God - This hymn was written in 1917 by Frederick M. Lehman. The lyrics are based on the Jewish poem Haddamut, written in Aramaic in 1050 by Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai. The words speak of the depths and heights of God's love for us.
House of God, Forever - This song is from Psalm 23. God is our ultimate rest and protector.
When I Survey the Wonderful Cross - This hymn was written in 1707 by Isaac Watts. Watts was inspired by Galatians 6:14 but the hymn also attests to Matthew 16:26 and 1 Corinthians 11:27. The word "survey" suggests seriously considering a thing in order to appreciate it's full value. Let's, together, appreciate the full value of Christ's work on the Cross.
Join us as we celebrate the gospel of Jesus Christ and how it is made new for us daily. We will be having breakfast together from 10:00am-10:20am. Please join us and bring your favorite breakfast foods. Don't forget to change your clocks on Saturday night. We'll see you on Sunday!!!
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