We moved forward in the many stories of faith this week with the story of Joseph of the Old Testament. Joseph is a man who showed us how faith is consistent through the ups and downs of life. He built his life on the unending and unchanging promises of God. The promise given to his great-grandfather Abraham and the promise given to him.
Joseph lived a life focused on God and the value of the eternal versus the temporary. Even at the end of his life, in a position of great wealth and power within Egypt, his concern was for the blessing of God upon his sons and for his eventual return to the Promised Land.
Do we live with such a faith? Do we stand solid on the unchanging and unending promises of God in such a way that our faith remains steady and true like a compass pointing north?
Today, we took the opportunity to remember and celebrate the promises of God, both those fulfilled and those still playing out.
Here’s what we did together…
Our Service Flow:
Call to Worship: Psalm 124:8
Standing on the Promises (Carter)
The Promises of God: Took a moment to remind us of some of the promises of God, and then invited the congregation to turn and share with one another one or two promises that were most meaningful to them.
Scripture: Psalm 121
Your Name (Baloche/Packiam)
Praise the Father, Praise the Son (Cash/Tomlin)
2 Corinthians 1:20-22
Video: The Greatest Promise from Igniter Media
Communion with How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (Townend)
I Will Sing of My Redeemer (Bliss/McGranahan/Cottrell/Moore)
Close & Commission
- It was a full Sunday with lots of different elements. But it didn’t feel crowded or rushed. Originally, I had planned a song between the message and communion (In Christ Alone), but it worked better to flow right into communion out of the message.
- Communion worked really well with the story of Joseph and faith this week. As Joseph built his faith upon and acted out of the promises of God, we can build our faith and act out of the promise fulfilled of redemption through Jesus Christ.
- Our close and commission was a little different this week. Instead of a scripture passage like we normally do, we used a short reading I had come across that really seemed to connect with our theme.
- Our faithful God, who kept his word to all of the Patriarchs – Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob - and to Joseph through all of his trials, promises faithfulness to us, his church as well. May we find rest and comfort in his promises, no matter what the circumstances of life may bring. Walk now in that rest, and in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you.
I hope that your time of communal gathering to worship was full of celebration, remembering, being challenged with the truth of God, and being transformed a little bit more into His likeness. May we honor Him with spiritual worship every day in the week to come.