Good morning Church and welcome! As always, it is a pleasure to be worshiping alongside you all this morning, and while I cannot see your faces I know that we are unified in Christ. Today Michelle will be bringing the word for us as she talks about relationships and reconciliation. We will be looking at how the brokenness and need for repair in our earthly relationships reveals more about God’s heart and his desire for us to be reconciled back to him. As we worship together today, let us turn our thoughts towards our heavenly father who is constantly trying to draw us near to him.
Goodness Of God – Bethel Music
Come As You Are – David Crowder
Jeremiah 17:14 says “heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise” (ESV). In our prayers, let us cry out and state our need for healing. Let us name the brokenness in our relationships and our need for their repair. Let us be obedient to his calling and meet God where we are, allowing our flaws to be exposed so that the process of healing and reconciliation can begin.
Graves Into Gardens – Elevation Worship
The first verse of this song is reminiscent of the parable of the prodigal son. In this parable there are two sons and while one of them obviously sins and leaves his father the truth is that both of the sons had relationships with their father that needed repair and reconciliation. The heart of the father in the parable is the same as the heart of our father, that both those who have strayed physically and those who have strayed in their hearts would be drawn near again. In the song “Graves Into Gardens,” the lyrics in the bridge declare the great things that God has done. The song declares that God gives beauty in exchange for ashes and he turns shame into glory, and these include recreating broken relationships into beautiful new ones.
You Are My King (Amazing Love) – Shane & Shane
In Christ Alone – Passion Music
Let us close our time of worship together with 2 Corinthians, which says this:
“therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God who was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:17-21, ESV).
If you prefer to listen to worship music in a playlist format, we’ve got you covered there too! All of these songs are also available on our Spotify playlist so that you can worship as you go about your week. Our playlist is updated every week so that the songs I’ve posted to go along with the message will be right at the top of the queue. Thanks, and God bless!