What does forgiveness mean to you? More specifically, what does receiving the complete forgiveness of God through Jesus Christ mean to you? That was what we looked at this weekend in the Psalms: Songs of Life series and Psalm 32.
In this psalm, David writes about the joy and blessedness of the forgiveness that comes from God when we confess. The restoration that comes when we do not hide our sins. David himself was very familiar with hiding sin, confessing, and receiving the restoration of God.
The thing is that our sin is significant, but God’s forgiveness is magnificent. When we confess, He forgives. And not only forgives, but grants us so much more as His children. The realization of the depth of that forgiveness is something that should grow in us the longer we walk in forgiveness and be something that draws forth an amazing response of worship.
Here’s what we did together…
Our Service Flow:
Call to Worship
The call to worship was multi-faceted. Started by reminded us of God’s forgiveness and that with forgiveness comes a number of benefits of being God’s child. Then we viewed a video (I Am from Blue Ridge Community Church and currently FREE on Worshiphousemedia.com) that reminded us of who God has made us to be in Christ. Then read Psalm 9:1-2, and invited the congregation to join in worship.
Blessed Assurance (Crosby/Knapp with Third Day vibe)
Jesus, Lord of Heaven (Wickham)
Prayer – invited the congregation to consider whether or not God’s forgiveness matters and if our hearts break for those who haven’t yet responded to forgiveness. Let in a time of prayer where we could confess sins or that God’s forgiveness doesn’t matter and for those we know who haven’t yet responded.
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) (Newton/Rees/Excell/Tomlin/Giglio)
I Will Sing of My Redeemer (Bliss/McGranahan/Cottrell/Moore)
Mighty to Save (Fielding/Morgan)
Close & Commission
- What a great service celebrating God’s forgiveness and the joy and blessedness that comes for those who live in that. The parts fit together really well. The message, the songs and transitional elements, and the flow painted a great picture and provided an excellent opportunity to respond.
- The scripture between the last two songs was selected by another member of our team (my wife actually) because it seemed that there needed to be a transitional element, and I needed to be able to move through that transition and have someone else do the talking. The scripture fit really well and reinforced some of the morning’s themes.
I know this is a little late this week. Thanks for stopping by and reading it. How was your time of corporate worship this past weekend? I hope that it was a God-honoring and responsive time to all of who He is.