The text this week is Romans 3:9-20, where Paul summarizes his assertion that all alike are ‘under sin,’ sinners. The recognition of our sin is foundational to our understanding of God’s rescue in Jesus. The worship will focus on that rescue, celebrating that even though we are sinners, God loved us and saved us. The visual theme is pollution, which is a metaphor for the sin that pervades the world.
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1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Ephesians 2:1-9 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Offertory: A new song on a rarely mentioned subject – the beauty of confession. Lyric by D. A. Carson, music by Sandra McCracken: I Am Ashamed
Alternate Offertory: From the Depths of Woe. We are not going to play this, it’s just a great song.
Not to Us – Chris Tomlin