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This Week

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Sermon
 The Tower Of Babel

Genesis 10-11
Michael Clary
Lead Pastor


Service

Holy Holy Holy

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Call to Worship
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
covering yourself with light as with a garment,
stretching out the heavens like a tent.

He set the earth on its foundations,
so that it should never be moved.
He makes springs gush forth in the valleys.
He causes the grass to grow for the livestock
and plants for man to cultivate.

He spread out the lights in the heavens,
and the wild beasts are fed by his hand.
O LORD, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.

I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
Praise the LORD!
— From Psalm 104

Be Thou My Vision
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Confession
Merciful God, in your gracious presence
we confess our sin and the sin of this world.
Although Christ is among us as our peace,
we are a people divided against ourselves
as we cling to the values of a broken world.
The profit and pleasures we pursue
lay waste the land and pollute the seas.
The fears and jealousies that we harbor
set neighbor against neighbor
and nation against nation.
We abuse your good gifts of imagination and freedom,
of intellect and reason,
and turn them into bonds of oppression.
Lord, have mercy upon us;
heal and forgive us.
Set us free to serve you in the world
as agents of your reconciling love in Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Come To Me
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Assurance
Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days.
The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with wildflowers;
Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers
and singing and joy!
The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon,
as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon.
There the Lord will display his glory, the splendor of our God.

With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands,
and encourage those who have weak knees.
Say to those who have an anxious heart,
“Be strong; fear not!
Behold, your God
will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God.
He will come and save you.”

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.

Springs will gush forth in the wilderness,
and streams will water the wasteland.
The parched ground will become a pool,
and springs of water will satisfy the thirsty land.
Marsh grass and reeds and rushes will flourish
where desert jackals once lived.

And a highway shall be there,
and it shall be called the Way of Holiness;
Evil-minded people will never travel on it.
It shall belong to those who walk on the way;
fools will never walk there.

Lions will not lurk along its course,
nor any other ferocious beasts.
There will be no other dangers.
Only the redeemed will walk on it.

Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return.
They will enter Jerusalem singing,
crowned with everlasting joy.
Sorrow and mourning will disappear,
and they will be filled with joy and gladness.
— Isaiah 35

Give Reviving
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In Christ Alone
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Benediction
The God of peace,
who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great shepherd of the sheep,
by the blood of the eternal covenant,
make you complete in everything good
so that you may do God’s will,
working among us that which is pleasing in God’s sight,
through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever!
Amen.
—from Hebrews 13:20-21

 

 

 

Sermon
 Covenant and Commission

Genesis 8:20-9:22
Michael Clary
Lead Pastor


Service

Fairest Lord Jesus

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Call to Worship
Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your justice like the ocean depths.
You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.

How precious is your unfailing love, O God!
All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.
You feed them from the abundance of your own house,
letting them drink from your river of delights.

For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.
Pour out your unfailing love on those who love you;
give justice to those with honest hearts.
— Psalm 36:5-10

Song of Moses
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Confession
Father, you tell us in your Word
that whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.
But we live in a cynical time when the great and the small
Fail to stand by their words and promises are easily broken.
We confess that we have too frequently relaxed our faith.
We have allowed ourselves to become cynical,
and our cynicism has boiled over
with slander, criticism, prayerlessness, and pessimism.
How easily we’ve allowed ourselves
to crumple under the stresses of our lives.
Forgive us for our smallness of faith.
In your mercy, hear our prayer.
Amen.

How Deep The Father’s Love For Us
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Assurance
And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can have confidence to enter the holy places because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain that is, through his flesh, into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but e
ncourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery
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It Is Finished
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Benediction
As you go:
“Keep alert and stand firm in your faith,
be courageous, be strong.
Let all that you do be done in love”
In the name of Jesus Christ,

Amen.

 

 

Sermon
Noah’s Ark And The Great Flood

Genesis 6:9-8:19
Jason Hudson
Worship Pastor


Service

Before The Throne

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Call to Worship
I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.
I will be filled with joy because of you.
I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.

The Lord reigns forever,
executing judgment from his throne.
He will judge the world with justice
and rule the nations with fairness.
The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed,
a refuge in times of trouble.
Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.

Sing praises to the Lord who reigns in Jerusalem.
Tell the world about his unforgettable deeds.
— Psalm 9:1-2, 7-11

All The Poor And Powerless
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Confession
Gracious Father, the God of life,
teach us ever more to respect and love all the lives you create.
Forgive us our lack of concern and love for those who are yet unborn,
And who are eagerly waiting to be welcomed into families.
Forgive our lack of care and compassion for the disabled.
Teach us to open our hearts and our homes to all your children.
Forgive us when we are negligent and uncaring toward the elderly,
for those who are lonely and forgotten in nursing homes.
Teach us to open our hearts, to open our homes and churches.
Forgive our indifference and callousness toward the imprisoned.
Teach us to increase our longing for justice that is just.
Forgive our cynicism and self-righteousness that leads to broken fellowship.
Teach us how to outdo one another in showing honor.
Through Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

Christ The Sure And Steady Anchor
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Assurance
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.
— 1 Peter 3:18-22

Thanks be to God for his salvation!

 

Come And See
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Sweet Comfort
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Benediction
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father,
who loved us and by his grace
gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,
encourage your hearts and strengthen you
in every good deed and word.

Amen.
—2 Thessalonians 2:16-17