CHURCH OUTDOORS

Welcome!

 

It’s good to be together in one place! We understand this isn’t normal, but we are grateful that we have the space where we can create new normal routines as a church family. Thank you for being flexible during this season, thank you for showing the leadership of our church grace and we ask that you continue to pray for the leadership of our church as they make decisions going forward.

Here’s a few things to keep in mind today.

  1. If you or someone in your family needs to use the restroom please use the restroom in The Collective (the building closest to Central Dr). Enter the building using the door closest to Central Dr. Please do not allow kids to walk to the restroom unattended. Please wear a mask when you go to the restroom.
  2. You can either worship in the vehicle or in lawn chairs right outside of your own vehicle.
  3. Please do not go sit with another party (this includes children). If you are going to say hello to someone outside of your party, please wear a mask.
  4. As always, stay connected to your church family through onelifehub.com.

Once again, we know that this is a new normal and we thank you for being here today and we thank you for being flexible. The church is open! The church is alive! The church is on the move! And today we have an opportunity to worship together in one place! God is good!

Scripture Reading

 

Ephesians 2v14-18

For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death


 He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.

Alive In You

 

Verse 1
From beginning to the end
All my life is in Your hands
This whole world may hold me down
But it can never drown You out
I’m not merely flesh and bone
I was made for something more

 

Chorus
You are God, You’re the Great “I Am”
Breath of life I breathe You in
Even in the fire, I’m alive in You

You are strong in my brokenness
Sovereign over every step
Even in the fire, I’m alive
I’m alive in You

 

Verse 2
Through the dark, I hear Your voice
Rising up I will rejoice
For I was lost but now I’m found
‘Cause even death can’t hold You down

 

Chorus
You are God, You’re the Great “I Am”
Breath of life I breathe You in
Even in the fire, I’m alive in You

You are strong in my brokenness
Sovereign over every step
Even in the fire, I’m alive
I’m alive in You


Bridge

It’s no longer I who live, but Christ who lives within me
Christ who lives within me
From beginning to the end You deserve the glory
You deserve the glory

COMMUNION

 

Matthew 26v26-28

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.

Jesus Only Jesus

 

Verse 1
Who has the power to raise the dead?
Who can save us from our sin?
He is our hope, our righteousness
Jesus, only Jesus

Verse 2
Who can make the blind to see?
Who holds the keys that set us free?
He paid it all to bring us peace
Jesus, only Jesus

 

Chorus
Holy, King almighty Lord
Saints and angels all adore
I join with them and bow before
Jesus, only Jesus

 

Verse 3
Who can command the highest praise?
Who has the name above all names?
You stand alone, I stand amazed
Jesus, only Jesus

 

Chorus
Holy, King almighty Lord
Saints and angels all adore
I join with them and bow before
Jesus, only Jesus

 

Brené Brown on Empathy

Unity Sermon Series

 

There is a lot of talk about division but not enough talk about unity . Most of us long for unity, we want peace, we want to work together. Most of us don’t want to be divided, we don’t want to fight about everything, we don’t want to disagree all the time. But, what is unity, really? How do we actually experience unity within the church when it seems like there’s so much that is pulling us apart? During the month of September we will look at the life of Jesus and the early church as our guide because we want to fulfill Jesus’ prayer for us: that we might be one as he is one with the Father. 

MESSAGE NOTES

 

Sermon Title: What misconceptions do we have about unity?

 

Week 1 – What is unity?
Week 2 – What misconceptions do we have about unity?
Week 3 – How can we experience unity?

 

Unity is bringing many different parts together to make a whole.

 

Ephesians 4v1-16

Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. 2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. 3 Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. 4 For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.
5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 one God and Father of all,
who is over all, in all, and living through all.
7 However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. 8 That is why the Scriptures say,
“When he ascended to the heights,
    he led a crowd of captives
    and gave gifts to his people.”
9 Notice that it says “he ascended.” This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world. 10 And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself.
11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
3 Misconceptions about unity

 

  1. We create unity.
  2. Unity requires uniformity
  3. Unity is the absence of conflict

 

What is the one thing that is needed in order for our church to pursue the unity that Jesus prays for and that Paul encourages us toward?

 

Unity requires empathy.

 

Empathy is the willingness to walk in each others shoes. 

 

Empathy requires consistent relationships, compassion and curiosity.

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