Sermon
God’s Power Is Not For Sale
Acts 8:1-25
Michael Clary
Lead Pastor

Service
God Is Good
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Call to Worship
Loving God,
we come to you in worship and thanksgiving.
You are greater than we can understand;
open our eyes that we may see the wonderful truths
you have shown to us in Jesus.

You are more loving than our hearts can respond to;
help us to give ourselves to you in worship
so that we learn what you want us to be.

You are wiser than we can know;
still our minds as we worship you
so that we can understand the things you are saying to us.

 Loving God, in Jesus
you chose to come to the world in humility.
You chose the path the world saw as foolish.
You used what the world considered weak.
We worship and adore you. Amen.

 Be Thou My Vision
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Confession of Sin
Eternal God, you do not change.
You have revealed yourself to us in your Word.
You call us to worship you in spirit and in truth.
But we confess that we often worship
not your true self but who we wish you to be.
We too often ask you to bless what we do
rather than seeking to do what you bless.
Forgive us for seeking concessions
when we should be seeking guidance.
Forgive us when our worship shapes you into what we want
instead of shaping us into what you want.
Help us to meet you here, that we might bow
before your unspeakable majesty
and so live for you now and ever, in Christ.
Amen.

Though You Slay Me
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Assurance of Pardon
But you are a chosen race,a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a person for his possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
1 Peter 2:9-10

How Majestic
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Hope Has A Name
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Benediction
Go out into the world in peace: have courage;
hold on to what is good; return no one evil for evil; help the suffering;
honor all; love and serve the Lord,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.
With God’s help we will. Amen.

 

Sermon
Local Mission
Kris Brossett
Urban Church Planter

Service
Come To The Feast
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Call to Worship
This is the day that you have made, Lord.
Help us to rejoice and be glad in it!
Remind us of the privileges we enjoy as your people:

to come to you in these moments,
to confess our sins,
to receive forgiveness and give it,
to pray and sing and listen,
to renew our tired spirits,
to rest in all your promises.
Open our eyes to see you, Lord.
Make your presence known by the Holy Spirit,
and help us to celebrate our faith. Amen.

-based on Psalm 118:24

 Shine Into Our Night
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Confession of Sin
Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate,
slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.
-Joel 2:12-13

Loving God, we confess before you and each other that our lives are not pure and holy
apart from the cleansing we have in the cross of Christ.
Open our eyes, that we may see your image in those around us.
Open our ears to hear and believe your words of truth.
Open our mouths, to speak good rather than evil.
Open our hands, in generosity and forgive us out clinched fists.
Open our hearts, to follow Jesus in full obedience.

I Have To Believe
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Assurance of Pardon
If God is for us, who is against us?
He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us,
will he not also give us everything else with him?

Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.
Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised,
who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.
Who will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
-Romans 8:31-39

Hope Has A Name
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I Surrender All
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Benediction
Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way,
and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless
until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.
God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

 

Sermon
I Am Not The Hero
Ara Torosian
Senior Pastor, Grace Iranian Church

Service
For the Beauty of the Earth
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Call to Worship
My soul, bless the Lord, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
My soul, bless the Lord, and do not forget all his benefits.

He redeems your life from the Pit; he crowns you with faithful love and compassion.
He satisfies you with good things; your youth is renewed like the eagle.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his faithful love toward those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
-Psalm 103:1-5,11-13

 A God Who Saves
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Confession of Sin
So he told them this parable: “What man among you, who has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open field and go after the lost one until he finds it? When he has found it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders, and coming home, he calls his friends and neighbors together, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my lost sheep!’ I tell you, in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who don’t need repentance.

-Luke 15:3-7
Lord, we confess that we are prone to wander away like lost sheep
Help us hear your voice and turn back to you

Raise Our Song

Assurance of Pardon
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
-2 Corinthians 1:20-22

O Come To The Altar
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Worthy Is The Lamb
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Benediction
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.

Amen!
-based on 2 Corinthians 13:13

Sermon
Multiplying Churches
Arjuna Chiguluri
Director, Vision Nationals

Service
New Again
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Call to Worship
Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous!
Give thanks to the LORD with instruments.
Sing to him a new song.
Play skillfully on the strings and with loud shouts.

The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
he frustrates the plans of the peoples.
But His counsel stands forever,
the plans of his heart to all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!
Our soul waits for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.
-Based on Psalm 33

 Made Alive
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Confession of Sin
Almighty God,
we confess the many ways we fail to obey your commands.
You have called us to be the church,
to continue the mission of Jesus Christ in our lost and confused world.

Gracious Lord, have mercy upon us and forgive our sins.
Remove the obstacles preventing us
from being your family in this broken world.
Awaken our hearts to the promised gift of your indwelling Spirit.
This we pray in Jesus’ powerful name. Amen.

Death Has Lost Its Sting
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Assurance of Pardon
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!
The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.
But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
-1 John 3:1-2

In Christ Alone
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Nothing But The Blood
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Benediction
Just as Jesus called his followers to go into all the world, making disciples and baptizing them, you are now sent out to carry the hope of the gospel to the places God has called you. The love of the Father, the grace of Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit be with you until we meet again.
Peace be with you all.
And also with you.