Welcome! This is ToGather! (Find out more about ToGather.church.) We pray that you are blessed as we move out from under a cloud of pervasive negativity that is suffocating our world and as we commit to share and serve our broken world with joy in the name of Jesus!
Opening with Praise in Word and Song:
Let's begin ToGather with "Come Now is the Time to Worship," led by Phillips, Craig, and Dean:
Our opening prayer comes from the apostle Paul as he prays for his brothers and sisters in Christ in Philippi, and as he prays for them, we know his prayer is also for us as we seek to make a difference in the world for Jesus:
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God. [Amen.]
Focusing on the Scriptures:
As we prepare our hearts for the message from the Scriptures, let's remember that we need to serve others in Jesus' name, so we make ourselves "Available" to Jesus as we sing with Elevation Worship:
Our message is from 2 Corinthians 9:7, the Verse of the Day. Despite the overwhelming negativity in our world, we have many reasons to be thankful and generous. Our message challenges us to be joyful recipients of God's grace as well as cheerful conduits of that grace so it flows to others:
As our message reminded us, we give because God freely gave us his grace in Jesus. Let's sing "God Forgave My Sin (Freely, Freely)" with Invitation Music as we encourage each other to serve so others can know the grace of God:
Sharing The Supper:
Serge Gasore and Vann Conwell of Rwanda Children share our Communion reflection today. They are living examples of our message today about being joyful recipients of grace as well as cheerful conduits of that grace as we share it with others:
Closing with Commitment:
We want to close our time of ToGather worship today with a commitment to "Do Something" to make a difference in our world as we sing with Matthew West:
As we leave this time of ToGather worship, let's remember Paul's closing words to his beloved friends in Ephesus:
"In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
Let's give ourselves generously to those in need to honor Jesus!