December 30, 2018
In between the season of Advent and our upcoming series in Exodus (starting Sunday, January 27), we’ll spend four weeks with the Lord’s Prayer in Teach Us to Pray. Here’s how you can prepare for our first week:
1. Read through our text, Matthew 6:9–13.
In Luke 11, the disciples ask Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” Jesus responds with the prayer we now know as “The Lord’s Prayer.” This week, we’ll survey the entirety of the prayer. Next week we’ll focus on “Our Father in Heaven,” followed by the three “Your” statements the next week and the three “Us” statements the final week.
2. Read, pray, and sing through the service:
CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 145:8–13
Go Tell It On The Mountain (John W. Work, arr. David Crowder Band)
God With Us (Jason Ingram, Leslie Jordan)
CONFESSION OF SIN: From Every Season Prayers by Scotty Smith:
Great and gracious Father,
we declare that Your love for us is beyond measure
and Your goodness to us is beyond question.
Jesus’ empty tomb fuels our humility and intensifies our joy today.
We turn once again to You for the manna of grace,
the renewing of our hearts, and the regaining of perspective.
Forgive us for not loving You as you deserve to be loved;
for not trusting You as your faithfulness commends;
and for not obeying You as the Gospel commands.
Forgive us for living lives marked more by busyness than kindness.
Forgive us for fueling resentment rather than forgiving offenses.
Forgive us for pampering ourselves into mediocrity while ignoring the poor.
We offer our confession, trusting in Jesus’ finished work
and Your promise of grace. Amen.
Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Thomas Obediah Chisholm, William Marion Runyan)
Seas of Crimson (Johnson, Bashta, Taylor, Strand arr. Daniel Bashta)
ASSURANCE OF PARDON: Psalm 103:8–13
GREETING, SERMON, & COMMUNION
RESPONSE: Song & Prayer
Your Love Is Strong (Jon Foreman)
All Glory Be To Christ (Dustin Kensrue, arr. by Kings Kaleidoscope)