THE WORD PREACHED
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10
Sermon: The Church As Thunder, Rev. Scott Bowen
Worship Leader: Shane Martin
CORPORATE CONFESSION OF SIN
Leader: Father, Son, Holy Spirit We praise You that, in Christ, and in love, You chose us before the creation of the world.
All: But in return, we have often ignored You, slighted You and have tried your patience with our own hardness of heart.
Leader: In saving us, it was not by a small mercy but by an overwhelming great mercy. It was not with a small measure of grace, but the exceeding riches of grace You poured out upon us.
All: We cannot deliver ourselves, for sin strips us of the ability to be truly good and holy. It breaks Your image within us, forfeits our favor, banishes us from Your presence and exposes us to the curse of Your law.
Leader: But, beyond our ability, without our intending it, and even without our consent You have condescended to the depths, to the point of death on a cross, on our behalf, all to reconcile us to Yourself and thereby providing the only way to life and holiness.
All: We deserved justice, You gave us mercy. We deserved eternal banishment from your presence; You reconciled us to Yourself, through the blood of the eternal mediator Jesus Christ. And for this reconciliation we give You our thanks, our lives and ourselves. Praise to You the God Who Reconciles!
Leader: Christians, do you believe and hope solely in Christ Jesus for the forgiveness of these sins and all others?
All: We do hope in Christ alone for our forgiveness!
Leader: By the mercy of God in Christ, all your sins; past, present and future, have been forgiven. Do not lose heart for you are chosen by the mercy of God.
All: Amen, Alleulia!