Worship Service Resources

Because He Lives

God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove
My Savior lives

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living 
Just because He lives

And then one day I'll cross that river
I'll fight life's final war with pain
And then as death gives way to vict'ry
I'll see the lights of glory
And I'll know He lives

 Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living 
Just because He lives

 

This I believe

Our Father everlasting
The all creating One
God Almighty
Through Your Holy Spirit
Conceiving Christ the Son
Jesus our Savior

I believe in God our Father
I believe in Christ the Son
I believe in the Holy Spirit
Our God is three in One
I believe in the resurrection
That we will rise again
For I believe in the name of Jesus

Our judge and our defender
Suffered and crucified
Forgiveness is in You
Descended into darkness
You rose in glorious light
Forever seated high

I believe in life eternal
I believe in the virgin birth
I believe in the saints communion
And Your holy Church
I believe in the resurrection
When Jesus comes again
For I believe in the name of Jesus

I believe in God our Father
I believe in Christ the Son
I believe in the Holy Spirit
Our God is three in One
I believe in the resurrection
That we will rise again
For I believe in the name of Jesus

I believe in You
I believe You rose again
I believe that Jesus Christ is Lord

I believe in the name of Jesus
For I believe in the name of Jesus

 

 

 

 

Prayers of the People

LEADER :
The Spirit of God be with you.

ALL :
And also with you.

LEADER :
Lift up your hearts to heaven!

ALL :
Where Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father!

LEADER :
In your eternal love, Father, Son and Holy Spirit – You are Righteous and strong to save. You came among us in Jesus Christ, Our crucified and living Lord. You make all things new! In Christ's sufferings, cross, and resurrection, You reveal Your glory and reconcile all peoples to Yourself. We entrust ourselves to You because You have given Yourself to us.  Please hear us as we pray to You in the power of Your Spirit...

We pray for all, through their own or others' actions, who are deprived of the fullness of life

ALL :
For prisoners, refugees, the handicapped, the elderly and all who are sick;

LEADER :
For those who lead over us, those in medical sciences, social, cultural relief work, and in education;

ALL :
For all who seek to bring life to others.

LEADER :
We pray for the needs of our families, our neighbors in Oak Cliff, Dallas, and in the world;

ALL :
Hear us Lord, as we pray ...

[Prayer]


LEADER :
God, our Father, show us Your way. Jesus, our Redeemer, renew us. Holy Spirit, strengthen and guide us. Amen.

 

 

The Apostles' Creed

LEADER :
Christians, what do you believe?

ALL :
I believe in God
the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth

LEADER :
Do you believe in Jesus?

ALL :
I believe in Jesus Christ,
his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand
of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come 
to judge the living and the dead.

LEADER :
Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?

ALL :
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.

 

Be My Shalom

Be my shalom
The calm inside the chaos that surrounds me
The peace that goes beyond
My understanding oooh oh

Be my shalom, You call my name
When my heart starts to wander
You shepherd me and lead me
To still waters oooh oh

Let your spirit fall, be my comfort
Let your spirit fall, be my healing
Let your spirit fall, I just want more
I just want more, Jesus, be my shalom

The ebb and flow of mercy brings us closer
As the kindness of your heart, God
Wins me over oooh oh

Let your spirit fall, be my comfort
Let your spirit fall, be my healing
Let your spirit fall, I just want more
I just want more, Jesus, be my shalom

Your presence God
The only place where I'm made whole
Your love Jesus
There's nothing else I want more 
Spirit please come
Come and calm the raging storm
Bring peace and be my shalom

Let your spirit fall, be my comfort
Let your spirit fall, be my healing
Let your spirit fall, I just want more
I just want more, Jesus, be my shalom

 

Scripture

Matthew 11:16-30 (CSB)

“To what should I compare this generation? It’s like children sitting in the marketplaces who call out to other children:

We played the flute for you,
but you didn’t dance;
we sang a lament,
but you didn’t mourn!

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

Then he proceeded to denounce the towns where most of his miracles were done, because they did not repent: “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented in sackcloth and ashes long ago. But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until today. But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, because this was your good pleasure. All things have been entrusted to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son desires to reveal him.

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

 

Sermon

Mutual Make Plainers
(with the art of M.C. Escher)

 

Sovereign Over US

There is strength within the sorrow
There is beauty in our tears
And you meet us in our mourning
With a love that casts out fear 
You are working in our waiting
You're sanctifying us
When beyond our understanding
You're teaching us to trust

Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You're with us in the fire and the flood
You're faithful forever, Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

You are wisdom unimagined
Who could understand your ways
Reigning high above the heavens
Reaching down in endless grace
You're the lifter of the lowly
Compassionate and kind
You surround and You uphold me
And Your promises are my delight

Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You're with us in the fire and the flood
You're faithful forever, Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

Even what the enemy means for evil
You turn it for our good
You turn it for our good and for Your glory
Even in the valley, You are faithful
You're working for our good 
You're working  for our good and for Your glory

Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You're with us in the fire and the flood
You're faithful forever, Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You're with us in the fire and the flood
You're faithful forever, Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us 


 

Now to Him

Now to Him who is able,
to keep you from falling,
To Him who will keep you to the end

To Him be the glory,
the honor and power,
forever and ever amen.

Forever and ever amen,
forever and ever amen.

 

Benediction

Go with God, everyone!