Monthly Archives: June 2015

Preparing for Worship – June 28, 2015

CALL TO WORSHIP

This week, we will begin our service by calling one another to worship our great and mighty God as we read from Psalm 98:

Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! – Psalm 98a

Praise to the Lord (Purchase)

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

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.”

My God My Father (Purchase)

 

 

ASSURANCE OF SALVATION

Thanks be to God that the God offers assurance of salvation through the person and work of Jesus. This is truly astounding!

And Can It Be (Purchase)

 

 

PROCLAMATION

JudgesSlide

We then continue in our series on the book of Judges. In this week’s passage, we begin to study the story of Gideon as we read from Judges 6-7.

 

RESPONSE

We will continue to remember God’s work on behalf of his people as we sing and participate in communion together.

Jesus Paid It All (Purchase)

 

My Jesus I Love Thee (Purchase)

 

Learn the songs. Meditate on the scripture. Come worshipping to church.

See you on Sunday.

Preparing for Worship – June 21, 2015

CALL TO WORSHIP

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

Rejoice (Purchase)

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

After welcoming one another, we will then confess our sin together by singing Poison Tree to remind ourselves that even our best attempts at righteousness are not enough. We need Jesus.

Poison Tree (Purchase)

 

 

ASSURANCE OF SALVATION

Thanks be to God that the righteousness of Christ is given to us. Because of that, God promises to never leave or forsake us.

Oh God (Purchase)

 

 

PROCLAMATION

JudgesSlide

We then continue in our series on the book of Judges. In this week’s passage, we see how God raised up yet another deliverer for his people as we study the story of Deborah & Barak in Judges 4-5.

 

RESPONSE

We will continue to remember God’s work on behalf of his people as we sing and participate in communion together.

Before the Throne (Purchase)

 

The Gospel (Purchase)

 

Learn the songs. Meditate on the scripture. Come worshipping to church.

See you on Sunday.

Preparing for Worship – June 14, 2015

CALL TO WORSHIP

This week, we will begin our service by remembering the work that God has done for us by reading from Ephesians, chapter 1.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 1:3

Come Thou Fount (Purchase)

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

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.

One Hanging On A Tree (Purchase)

 

 

ASSURANCE OF SALVATION

Thanks be to God that Jesus paid for all of our sin and we can now experience life!

Jesus Paid It All

 

 

PROCLAMATION

JudgesSlide

We then continue in our series on the book of Judges. In this week’s passage, we see how God raised up Ehud and Shamgar to deliver his people in Chapter 3, verses 12-31.

Then the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, and the Lord raised up for them a deliverer, Ehud, the son of Gera, the Benjaminite, a left-handed man. – Judges 3:15a.

 

RESPONSE

We will continue to remember God’s work on behalf of his people as we sing and participate in communion together.

Grace Alone (Purchase)

 

It Is Finished (Purchase)

 

Learn the songs. Meditate on the scripture. Come worshipping to church.

See you on Sunday.

Judges (sermon series art)

JudgesWeb

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:

  1. The people of God do what is evil in the sight of God.
  2. The anger of God burns against them.
  3. God hands them over to an enemy.
  4. The people cry out to God (at times in repentance).
  5. God raises up a deliverer (judge) to deliver the people from the enemy.
  6. There is rest or renewal in the land.
  7. The deliverer dies.
  8. 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!

Preparing for Worship – June 7, 2015

CALL TO WORSHIP

This week, we will begin our service by reminding ourselves that God is great and mighty by reading from Psalm 111 and singing Oh! Great Is Our God!

“Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.” – Psalm 111:2

Oh! Great Is Our God! (Purchase)

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

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

Nothing But The Blood (Purchase)

 

 

ASSURANCE OF SALVATION

Thanks be to God that he sent his son, Jesus to be our deliverer!

Amazing Grace (Purchase)

 

 

PROCLAMATION

JudgesSlide

We then continue in our series on the book of Judges. In this week’s passage, we see how God raised up a deliverer for his people in Chapter 3, verses 7-11.

“But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the people of Israel, who saved them, Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother.” – Judges 3:9

 

RESPONSE

We will continue to remember God’s deliverance as we sing and participate in communion together.

Jude Doxology (Purchase)

Remember you were slaves and now are free
Remember that he is King

 

Made Alive (Purchase)

You have bought me back
With the riches of your amazing grace and relentless love

 

Learn the songs. Meditate on the scripture. Come worshipping to church.

See you on Sunday.