Greeting and Announcements
Call to Worship: (Responsively)
People: Let us worship Jesus Christ, the risen one, who lives among us.
Pastor: Let us worship the Spirit, the holy fire, who renews us.
People: To the one true God, be praise in all times and places, through the grace of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession (Unison)
Holy and merciful God, for the times we have followed the path of the wicked, stood in Solidarity with those who were wrong, or sat quietly and allowed sin to happen, forgive us. Help us to meditate, even delight, in your word so that we will flourish with the fruit of your Spirit. Amen
~ WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD ~
Prayer for Illumination
Sermon: “Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me!” (Matthew 10:37-42)
Affirmation of Faith – “The Apostle’s Creed” (Unison)
Almighty God, we do not deserve the Promised Land; we deserve endless exile. We say that money does not buy happiness but then live as if money is the chief source of happiness. We are quick to be haughty, thinking ourselves better than others. The poor starve while we supersize our snacks. We place some money in a plate or jar and tell ourselves we’ve done our part to fight poverty. We are inconsistent stewards when it comes to what you have entrusted to us. By the blood of Jesus, the Steward-Master, forgive us. Please. Amen.
Prayers of the People & The Lord’s Prayer
~ WE GO AND SERVE IN GOD’S NAME ~
Charge & Benediction
“Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me!”
Summary: The Cross allows us to “deny oneself” from pure self-interest to serve a higher purpose. It’s a way for us to continually do a self-check, and for us to be sanctified.
II. What We Hear in Our Gospel.
A. You Don’t Need to Look for Your Cross.
1. Taking Up Your Cross is an Intentional Act.
2. Our Cross Empowers Us.
B. Look at the Recipient:
III. Look at the Certainty of the Reward.