Good morning, Church, and welcome to 2021! So far, my car has gotten stuck in the snow less, I have woken up early about just as often – relatively little, and I have thought kindly of 2020 more. That last one in particular has surprised me quite a lot. It seems so odd that in the midst of such a tumultuous and tragic year we would be able to look back and see the good things in the midst of the bad, but fortunately many of us have been able to just that. Of course there are some who are quite justly not ready to forgive 2020 for the things and the people it has taken from us. However, no matter where you stand, we have a hope found in Jesus Christ that we can cling to as we continue to seek out God in creation, in each other, and in the situations that we find ourselves in. So, as we begin our time of worship this morning, lets quite our hearts and minds to focus on the God who sat with us throughout all of the past year and the God who will continue to be with us in this coming year.
Take a Moment – United Pursuit
John’s message for this week is a continuation of the series on the ten commandments that he began several months ago, and today we get to discuss the commandment from Exodus that says: “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12, ESV). As we currently sit in a season that for many of us consists of looking back as we examine the past and looking ahead as we anticipate the future, let us also think deeply about our relationships with our parents, even the ones that are fraught with pain, and let us think about how we honour God and can strive to honour God in these relationships.
Stop This Train – John Mayer
John Mayer’s perspective in this song is one of brokenness and weariness, a sentiment that many of us can relate to. This song felt particularly fitting for our response today as we talk about why and how we can honour and love our parents. Honouring our parents doesn’t just mean not talking back as young children, or calling them twice a year in adulthood. The way we think about their wellbeing, their wealth of knowledge, the effort they put into raising us, and how we respond to all of these things – these are the beginning of how we truly honour our parents.
How Deep The Father’s Love for Us – Austin Stone Worship
Highlands (Song of Ascent) – Hillsong United
My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck. When you walk, they will lead you; and when you awake, they will talk with you. For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life (Proverbs 6:20-23, ESV).
Thank you for joining us today! If you haven’t listened to this week’s sermon yet, it is posted on both our YouTube channel and our website, or you can find the link on our Facebook and Instagram pages. 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 for the most recent message will be right at the top of the queue. Thanks, and God bless!