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Opening with Praise in Word and Song:
Trusting God is our emphasis for ToGather today. We begin with the prayer song "Take My Life and Let it Be," led by Vineyard Worship. As we sing, we ask God to take control of our lives, and we pledge to live his will in our lives:
Let's share this prayer with and for each other as we seek to put our trust in God and live for him:
[W]e constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. [Amen.]
(2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)
Focusing on the Scriptures:
Will we trust God and his truth for our lives? This trust is a big challenge in a world that doesn't really acknowledge the ways of God. As we sing with Westover Hills Church Students, let's each affirm to our Father in heaven that I will "Trust in You":
Phil's message comes from our Verse of the Day from Proverbs 16:20:
Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,
and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
Trusting in the LORD means that our lives need to go in the direction that he wants us to go. Just as a compass can help us determine true north so we have proper orientation when traveling, hiking, etc., God is our "True North" for maintaining the proper orientation and direction for our lives.
We can trust in God because he has shown us his love in Jesus. Let's celebrate the preciousness of this gift as we sing "Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus" with Page CXVI:
Sharing The Supper:
God has told us, "Never will I leave you or forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5-6). We trust that nothing can separate us from God's love for us that he has demonstrated in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:32-39). We take refuge in the Father who sent his Son to save us (John 3:16-17) and poured out his Spirit to adopt us as his children (John 3:3-7). In the middle of our storms, struggles, and battles, we proclaim, "You O Lord are My Refuge" with the Zoe Group:
We join Phil, Donna, and Megan Ware for a sweet time of Communion as we reflect on Jesus' love for us and the Father's adopting us into his family through the work of the Holy Spirit:
Closing with Praise:
We take our closing prayer of confident praise from Psalm 46:
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging
For you, the LORD Almighty, are with us;
You, the God of Jacob, are our fortress.
For you say to us, "Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."
So, we confess that the LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Thank you, O God,
Hallelujah and amen!
We close with the song "Still," led by the Zoe group. We take the words we have just prayed from Psalm 46, and we pledge to trust they are true, so we still our hearts in expectation as we sing: