Good morning, or good afternoon, or good evening! Sometimes it still feels strange that I can open up my computer and attend church whenever works best for me – last week I listened to the sermon while going for a drive on the beautiful, sunny, Sunday afternoon. Though the pandemic has changed so many things about our life not all of these changes have been wholly bad and some of them have even been good! Perhaps you don’t agree with me on that point, and I won’t fight you on it, but today John is preaching on how the process of God making all things new includes us and the Church, the body of Christ, being made new and changing too. Today as we worship I want to encourage you to think about how far the church has come in the past two centuries, how far you have come in the past however-many-years, and how much growth God must still have in mind for us.
Older Than Our God – Chris Renzema
Have it All – Bethel Music
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:1-2, NRSV).
New Wine – Hillsong Worship
“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18, NRSV).
Church, not only have we been made new through Christ, but we are constantly being made new: created and recreated, again and again, as we grow in our faith, our relationship with God, and our ability to see God in the world. We are not in our final iteration, not as the Church or as individuals. So today, let us lean into the growth and enjoy the process of change that God invites us into, and let us receive with open hands that which is set before us.
Nothing I Hold On To – United Pursuit
Graves Into Gardens – Elevation Worship
“I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King. Thus says the Lord, Who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings out chariots and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild animals will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches; for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise” (Isaiah 43:15-21, NRSV).
Thank you for joining us today! If you haven’t listened to this week’s sermon yet, it is posted on our YouTube channel, our website, and now as a podcast on Spotify, iTunes, and a few other platforms too! If you prefer to listen to worship music in a playlist format, don’t forget that 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. We also have a newsletter that talks about more ways to connect and worship with us as a community in Christ, so if you would like to connect with us in that way there is more information about how you can do that on our website. Thanks, and God bless!