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1.30.11 Worship Confessional

It’s hard to believe that this morning was our last worship gathering of the month of January. This first month of 2011 was gone by incredibly fast. In my mind, Spring can’t get here fast enough.

Today’s gathering was our third installment in our series “Five Ways of Being the People of God.” This series is foundational to our life as a community of faith and is built around five New Testament allelons, (the Greek word for one another).  As a church committed to nurturing healthy relationships, we are focusing on these five biblical attitudes:  be accepting, be hospitable, be encouraging, be forgiving, and be loving.

Our focus this morning was “be encouraging” and our central text came from  2 Corinthians 13:

Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. (2 Corinthians 13:11-12)

In summary – the essence of encouragement is giving courage to another person. Life is difficult, the journey is risky and at times we all face the temptation to give up, throw in the towel and bail.  Encouragement gives heart to the disheartened and helps people keep going.

As an introduction to the message this morning, we did a cover of John Mayer’s “Say” (the theme song from the movie, “The Bucket List”). While I’m always looking for a way to get some John Mayer music into our worship gathering, this song provides a familiar and strong reminder that each of us plays an important role of speaking encouraging into the life of others.

The rest of our worship set included:

  • Everlasting God (Brenton Brown)
  • As It Is in Heaven (Matt Maher)
  • I Will Follow (Chris Tomlin)
  • All Things New (Brett Younker)

You can learn what other communities of faith experienced in worship this weekend at The Worship Community.

Stay connected…


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have the peace that passes understanding at the heart of yourself, but do not be at peace with the world. for the world is more malleable than we think and we must wrestle it from fools. (bono)
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