Worship Preparation

Recognizing the value of preparing oneself for the the worship of God, we encourage you to consider praying through the day’s texts before the service begins—either during the week prior or the morning of the service. In general, the context of a story may be provided here, whereas in the service the primary story may be read alone, with the context informing how we engage that story. Additionally a “sermon seed” is offered for personal reflection and preparation.

September 18

Call to Worship: from Psalm 50
Scripture: Genesis 12:1-9
Sermon Title: “The Journey”

Sermon seed:
Whether we like it or not, we are on a journey. What does your journey look like? Where do you hope your journey leads? What does it feel like when a new opportunity arrives?

September 25

Call to Worship: from Psalm 105
Scripture: Genesis 39:1-23
Sermon Title: “The Cost of Values”

Sermon seed:
Rarely a day goes by when the boundaries of our values are not tested. Which of your values do you readily pay the cost of? Which are hardest to “pay for” when they are put to the test?

October 2

Call to Worship: Adapted from Isaiah 12:2-6
Scripture: Exodus 13:17-14:29
Sermon Title: “Out of Egypt”

Sermon seed:
Moses and the Israelites find themselves at the end of the road—literally. What are some “dead ends” you’ve experienced in life? Where was God in them?

9 October 2022

Call to Worship: from Psalm 116
Scripture: Exodus 19:3-7; 20:2-17
Sermon Title: “A New Beginning”

Sermon seed:
Having rescued the ancient Israelites out of Egypt, God sets some ground rules (Exodus 20). What boundaries are important in your relationships? What “ground rules” would you set for our life together in the local church?

16 October 2022

Call to Worship: Psalm 78:1-7
Scripture: Joshua 24:1-15
Sermon Title: “More than Me”

Sermon seed:
Covenant is always about more than any one of us as an individual. Covenant is always about community—community with God and community with one another. How do you feel about the church covenant, and are there areas of it that you need to work on?

23 October 2022

Call to Worship: from Psalm 51
Scripture: 2 Samuel 12:1-9
Sermon Title: “Faithful?”

Sermon seed:
The mark of character and integrity is not that a person never fails; but rather what they do when they realize they failed (and especially when they are confronted with this by others). Do you receive the criticism of others as readily as you offer criticism to others?

30 October 2022

Call to Worship: Psalm 119:129–136, 160
Scripture: 1 Kings 3:4-28
Sermon Title: “Be Careful What You Pray For”

Sermon seed:
Were you offered any one wish granted, what would you wish for? What do you pray that God would grant you? What might the fulfillment of that prayer entail?

6 November 2022

Call to Worship: Psalm 30:2-5, 11-12
Scripture: 2 Kings 5:1-15a
Sermon Title: “False Focus”

Sermon Seed:
What is “good”? How do you know? What distracts you from doing good or being good or choosing good? What might be different in your life if you accepted God’s vision of “good” over your own?

13 November 2022

Call to Worship: Psalm 15
Scripture: Micah 1:3-5a; 5:2-5a; 6:6-8
Sermon Title: “False Faith”

Sermon Seed:
The kind of leader we look to says a lot about the kind of faith and values we hold. When you consider the leaders you lift up, what does that say about your faith and values? What might be different about a faith rooted in justice, kindness, and humility as opposed to one rooted in power, wealth, and dominion?

20 November 2022

Call to Worship: Psalm 122
Scripture: Isaiah 2:1-4
Sermon Title: “False Peace”

Sermon Seed:
How would you define “peace”? Does that meaning stay the same when we are talking about “the peace of Christ” versus “peace in the world”? How is peace achieved in yourself, in your relationships, and in your world?