God Shows No Partiality
Discipleship and Outreach Pastor
Call to Worship
So then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh—called “the uncircumcised” by those called “the circumcised,” which is done in the flesh by human hands. At that time you were without Christ, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
the sheep under his care.
–Ephesians 2:11-13; Psalm 95:6-7
Confession of Sin
Holy and merciful Father, we confess that like Israel we can be hard-hearted and stiff-necked. We forget that as gentiles we were cut off from your covenant; we were like foreigners in a strange land. Because we forget the amazing mercy you showed to us, we continue to build walls of hostility between us and the foreigners and strangers among us. Lord, forgive our pride and turn our hearts toward others in compassion. Teach us to love foreigners and strangers among us as we remember that we were once alienated from your kingdom.
-Based on Deuteronomy 10:18-19
holy and mighty,
holy immortal One,
have mercy on us.
Assurance of Pardon
Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord”
-1 Corinthians 1:20-25, 30-31
The Lord’s Supper
Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when he was betrayed, took the bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples and said: Take; eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he also took the cup after the supper, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them saying, Drink of it, all of you. This cup is the New Testament in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
May the grace of Christ, which daily renews us,
and the love of God, which enables us to love all,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, which unites us in one body,
make us eager to obey the will of God until we meet again,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Peace be with you.
And also with you.