After welcoming one another, we will then confess our sin together by singing My God My Father. This song is a confession that we often want God to bless our own plans instead of truly saying “Thy will be done, Lord.”
This week, we will begin our service by remembering the supremacy of Jesus by reading from Colossians 1.
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him. – Colossians 1:16
After welcoming one another, we will then confess our sin and sing the John Newton hymn, One Hanging On A Tree to remind ourselves that the only way we can experience forgiveness of our sins is through the work of Jesus on the cross.
On May 31st we began a series in the book of Judges. We will spend 11 weeks looking at the ongoing cycle in the book of Judges. The general nature of the cycle is something like this:
The people of God do what is evil in the sight of God.
The anger of God burns against them.
God hands them over to an enemy.
The people cry out to God (at times in repentance).
God raises up a deliverer (judge) to deliver the people from the enemy.
There is rest or renewal in the land.
The deliverer dies.
The cycle repeats.
This cycle is seen most clearly in Judges 3:7-11 with the judge Othniel. To simplify this cycle, we have shortened it – REBELLION | REPENTANCE | RENEWAL | REPEAT.
As is the case with every sermon series, we have a very talented artist (Andrew Steger) who has come up with imagery to help us remember the themes we’ll be seeing throughout the book. The image chosen for this series is a zoetrope. What is a zoetrope? Good question.
The name zoetrope comes from two Greek words for “life” and “turning.” The zoetrope was invented before film animation existed to produce the illusion of motion by displaying a sequence of drawings to show the progressive phases of that motion. This device consists of a cylinder with vertical slits cut into the side of the cylinder. Inside the cylinder is a row of sequenced images. As the cylinder spins, the viewer looks through the slits at the rotating images. The scanning of the slits keeps the images from blurring together, and the viewer sees a rapid succession of images, producing the illusion of ongoing, cyclical motion.
Here is a quick video explaining the process.
Andrew used the zoetrope image for the book of Judges to clearly communicate the ongoing cycle in the narrative – REBELLION | REPENTANCE | RENEWAL | REPEAT.
Below is the video bumper we are using to intro our series on Sunday mornings. In the video below you will see a man walking (representing God’s people). As the man walks, a burden is placed on his back which leads to confession and crying out to God. You will then notice the hand of God placing a judge in front of the burdened man, pointing forward away from the enemy. As the man follows the judge, you will notice several colored hands reaching up to distract the man (representing the sin of falling back into idol worship) – and the cycle continues.
We are thankful for the creativity of so many who are a part of the ministry of The Town Church. The work they produce is one of the ways the truth of God is communicated to us. To God be the glory!
After welcoming one another, we will then confess our sin remind ourselves that we are a people in need of deliverance. We will then sing Nothing But The Blood to remind ourselves that the only way we can be delivered from bondage to sin is through the precious blood of Jesus. See these words:
What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
What can make me whole again?
Nothing But The Blood of Jesus