(6th Sunday after Pentecost)
Greeting and Announcements
Call to Worship: (Responsively)
Pastor: We lift our eyes to You, to You whose throne is in heaven.
People: Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us, for we have endured much contempt.
Pastor: We have endured much ridicule from the proud,
People: Much contempt from the arrogant.
ALL: Have mercy on us, O Lord God, and lift us now through Your Holy Spirit. Amen.
(Adapted from Psalm 123)
~ WE GIVE ADORATION & CONFESSION TO GOD ~
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession (Unison)
Eternal God, in whom we live and move and have our being, whose face is hidden from us by our sins and our fear of confessing, and whose mercy we forget in the blindness of our hearts: Cleanse us from all our offenses, and deliver us from proud thoughts and vain desires, that with reverent and humble hearts we may draw near to you, confessing our faults, confiding in your grace, and finding in you our refuge and strength; through Jesus Christ your Son, Amen.
Words of Assurance
~ WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD ~
Prayer for Illumination
Sermon: “Laodicea: The Lukewarm Church (Part 1)” (Revelations 3:14-22)
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
“Laodicea: The Lukewarm Church (Part 1)”
Summary: What happens to a church that is spiritually dead? Are you a thermometer or a thermostat – what does it mean to be at the ambient temperature of our culture? and how can we change? How to connect to God in a way that perseveres our life of faith.
II. The Seven Churches of Revelations.
III. The Church in Laodicea.
B. Medical School.
C. Bad Water.
IV. Jesus Commendation to the Church in Laodicea – The “Amen”.
V. How Does This Apply to Jesus?
A. Jesus is the Amen.
B. Jesus is the “Faithful and True Witness”.
C. Jesus is the Beginning of God’s Creation.
VI. Jesus’ Correction to the Church in Laodicea.
VII. Is This Our Church Today?
A. Why Risk It?
B. The Church is a Body of Leaders.
VIII. Jesus’ Disgust of the Church in Laodicea.