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Sermon
Sexuality and the Image of God

Genesis 2:18-25
Michael Clary
Lead Pastor


Service

Come Thou Fount

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Call to Worship
God makes the sun rise and set.
He is faithful from generation to generation.
God makes summer and winter come and go.
He is faithful from generation to generation.
God helps plants grow and flowers bloom.
He is faithful from generation to generation.
God gives us food to eat, places to live, and people to love us.
He is faithful from generation to generation.
God is always with us.
He is faithful from generation to generation.
God keeps his promises with us.
He is faithful from generation to generation.
Let us praise our faithful God.
Hallelujah!
Praise the Lord!

Man Of Your Word
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Confession
Great Creator, we thank you
for the gift and mystery of our bodies.
We thank you for the gift of loving sexual intimacy.
Forgive us the misuse and abuse of that gift.
For taking it too early, for misplacing it outside the marriage covenant,
for replacing love with lust,
for prioritizing self-fulfillment.

Help us repent of the ways that we have been disciples of wickedness.
Make us pure in love, discerning in passion.
Help us choose commitment over possession.
Christ Jesus, who came to reconcile and restore all relationships,
heal and restore our broken and fragile imaginations and desires.
In your name, Lord, we pray. Amen.

O Praise The Name
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Assurance
Our world, though broken and scarred, still belongs to God.
He holds it together and gives us hope.
With the whole creation we join the song:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
He has made us a kingdom of priests to serve our God,
And we will reign on earth.
God will be all in all, righteousness and peace will flourish,
Everything will be made new, and every eye will see at last that our world belongs to God. Hallelujah! Come, Lord Jesus!

Sweet Comfort
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We Will Feast In The House Of Zion
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Benediction
May God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the source of all goodness and growth, pour his blessing upon all things created, and upon you, his children, that you may use them to his glory and the welfare of all peoples.
Amen

 

 

Sermon
Work and the Image of God

Genesis 2:4-17
Michael Clary
Lead Pastor


Service

For The Beauty Of The Earth

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Call to Worship
For the beauty of the earth,
The raw materials that come from it,
And the mystery of life and growth.
We thank you O God.
For science and craftsmanship,
For skill and patience,
And for the opportunity of serving our fellows.
We thank you O God.

For the work we are enabled to do,
For the truth we are permitted to learn,
For whatever good there has been in our lives,
And for hopes and resolves which lead us to better things.
We thank you O God.

For home and family,
For friends and fellowship,
And for all the happiness in life.
We thank you O God.

Giver of life and skill and culture,
We confess that everything true and beautiful
Belongs to us, your people.
Bless us now in this hour of worship, and always.

Grace Alone
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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.

Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me
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Assurance
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I also saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband.
Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God’s dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away.
Revelation 21:1-4

When I Survey
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Redeemed By The Blood Of The Lamb
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Benediction
God our Father, Lord of all the world, we thank you that you have called us into the fellowship of your universal Church. Hear our prayer for all your faithful people, that in our vocation and ministry each may be an instrument of your love; through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

 

Sermon
Humanity and the Image of God

Genesis 1:26-28
Michael Clary
Lead Preacher


Service

New Again

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Call to Worship
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

We praise you, our God, our Creator,
the whole creation praises your name.
From the heavens to the depths of the earth,
from the endless seas to the ever stretching deserts,
All your creation testifies your workmanship.
We come before you as small creatures we are,
you deserve all our praises, for we are yours.

– Based on Psalm 19:1-6

Made Alive
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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,
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 prejudice toward those whose skin color and culture is different from ours.
Teach us to open our minds and hearts to your creative beauty reflected in the nations and tribes.
Through Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

Raise Our Song
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Assurance
We believe and confess

one single catholic or universal church—
a holy congregation and gathering
of true Christian believers,
awaiting their entire salvation in Jesus Christ,
being washed by his blood,
and sanctified and sealed by the Holy Spirit.

This church has existed from the beginning of the world
and will last until the end,
as appears from the fact
that Christ is eternal King
who cannot be without subjects.

And this holy church is preserved by God
against the rage of the whole world,
even though for a time
it may appear very small to human eyes—
as though it were snuffed out.

For example,
during the very dangerous time of Ahab
the Lord preserved for himself seven thousand
who did not bend their knees to Baal.
And so this holy church
is not confined, bound,
or limited to a certain place or certain people.

But it is spread and dispersed
throughout the entire world,
though still joined and united
in heart and will,
in one and the same Spirit,
by the power of faith.

In Tenderness
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Before The Throne Of God Above
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Benediction
The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face to shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.

Amen.
—Numbers 6:24-26