November 17, 2013 | 7 Things I Wish Jesus Never Said: Part 6

Scripture: John 14:6-7 (CEB)

Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you have really known me, you will also know the Father. From now on you know him and have seen him.”

Setlist: 

Rise & Sing

Glory is Here

God's Chidren

Cannot Keep You

Coming My Way

God of Justice

Closing Prayer: 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me so love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console. to be understood as to understand. To be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born into eternal life. Amen. 

November 10, 2013 | 7 Things I Wish Jesus Never Said: Part 5

Scripture: Matthew 5:27-30 (MSG)

“You know the next commandment pretty well, too: ‘Don’t go to bed with another’s spouse.’ But don’t think you’ve preserved your virtue simply by staying out of bed. Your heart can be corrupted by lust even quicker than your body. Those leering looks you think nobody notices—they also corrupt.  “Let’s not pretend this is easier than it really is. If you want to live a morally pure life, here’s what you have to do: You have to blind your right eye the moment you catch it in a lustful leer. You have to choose to live one-eyed or else be dumped on a moral trash pile. And you have to chop off your right hand the moment you notice it raised threateningly. Better a bloody stump than your entire being discarded for good in the dump.

Setlist: 

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

Love You Swore

God's Love is For Everybody

Wandering

Timshel

You Are the Light

Closing Prayer: 

God of all good things, our hearts are restless until they find rest in you. Remind us that you are more than enough and that we are not alone.

November 3, 2013 | 7 Things I Wish Jesus Never Said: Part 4

Scripture: Matthew 5:3-12 (CEB)

“Happy are people who are hopeless, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs. 
“Happy are people who grieve, because they will be made glad. 
“Happy are people who are humble, because they will inherit the earth. 
“Happy are people who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, because they will be fed until they are full. 
"Happy are people who show mercy, because they will receive mercy. 
“Happy are people who have pure hearts, because they will see God. 
“Happy are people who make peace, because they will be called God's children. 
“Happy are people whose lives are harassed because they are righteous, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs. 
“Happy are you when people insult you and harass you and speak all kinds of bad and false things about you, all because of me. 
Be full of joy and be glad, because you have a great reward in heaven. In the same way, people harassed the prophets who came before you.

Setlist: 

For All the Saints

Below My Feet

God's Children

A Place Only You Can Go

Oceans

A Reason to Sing

Hold Us Together

Closing Prayer: 

God, as we seek to understand Your heart and learn to see Your spirit in those around us, help us to remember those who have inspired us. Thank You for the ways that You show Your love to us each day. Amen.

October 20, 2013 | 7 Things I Wish Jesus Never Said: Part 2

Scripture: Matthew 10:34-39 (The Message)

“Don’t think I’ve come to make life cozy. I’ve come to cut—make a sharp knife-cut between son and father, daughter and mother, bride and mother-in-law—cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God. Well-meaning family members can be your worst enemies. If you prefer father or mother over me, you don’t deserve me. If you prefer son or daughter over me, you don’t deserve me.
“If you don’t go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don’t deserve me. If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.

Setlist: 

Come On My Soul/Waking Up

These Hard Times

God's Children

Sometimes

Closer To Love

Here And Now

Closing Prayer: 

God, help us to be uncomfortable in the midst of our doubts and fears. Show us what it means to take risks in being contagious with your love for others, and how to live outside of our comfort zones. Amen.

October 13, 2013 | 7 Things I Wish Jesus Never Said: Part 1

Scripture: Matthew 5:43-48

You have heard that it was said, You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who harass you so that you will be acting as children of your Father who is in heaven. He makes the sun rise on both the evil and the good and sends rain on both the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love only those who love you, what reward do you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing? Don’t even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore, just as your heavenly Father is complete in showing love to everyone, so also you must be complete.

Setlist: 

Alive Again

Be Thou My Vision (Oh God Be My Everything)

God's Children

Blood Brothers

I Have Made Mistakes

The Cave/Sigh No More

Closing Prayer: 

Dear God, hearing Your words are not the easiest for us to hear.  As we listen to the words You say, help change our hearts to lean towards love.  Even in the hardest of times, forgiveness is something we need to be reminded of.  Help us seek Your heart.  Amen. 

October 6, 2013 | Be Contagious: Part 6

 Scripture: Matthew 13:24-32

He told another story. “God’s kingdom is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. That night, while his hired men were asleep, his enemy sowed thistles all through the wheat and slipped away before dawn. When the first green shoots appeared and the grain began to form, the thistles showed up, too. “The farmhands came to the farmer and said, ‘Master, that was clean seed you planted, wasn’t it? Where did these thistles come from?’  “He answered, ‘Some enemy did this.’ “The farmhands asked, ‘Should we weed out the thistles?’ “He said, ‘No, if you weed the thistles, you’ll pull up the wheat, too. Let them grow together until harvest time. Then I’ll instruct the harvesters to pull up the thistles and tie them in bundles for the fire, then gather the wheat and put it in the barn.’” Another story. “God’s kingdom is like a pine nut that a farmer plants. It is quite small as seeds go, but in the course of years it grows into a huge pine tree, and eagles build nests in it.”

Setlist: 

Skeleton Bones

You Are the Beauty

God's Love is For Everybody

A Message

Called Me Higher

This is Not the End

Closing Prayer: 

God, help us to go out and do love along with talking about love. Let us be a people moving and doing for your dream, loving each and every person despite our fears. Amen.