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Opening with Praise in Word and Song:

Let's begin ToGather by singing "Who You Say I Am" with Hillsong Music:

Our opening prayer comes from the apostle Paul's prayer for the fractured church in Rome:

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give [us] the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice [we] may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. [Amen.] (Romans 15:5-6)

Sharing The Supper:

We come to the Table of the Lord from all sorts of walks of life. We each have had various experiences, some good and some bad, as followers of our Lord Jesus. For some, life is hard. For others, life is joyous. For more than a few, life has been full of embarrassing stumbles and failures. For some, life is a series of incredible spiritual triumphs. No matter where you come from this past week, month, year, and beyond, God is at work in you to do something powerful and precious and holy (Philippians 2:12-13). Through these experiences, God is fashioning you into someone new and glorious. Let's prepare our hearts for the Supper by singing "New Wine," led by Hillsong Worship:

Phil shares our Communion reflection today, taken from Jesus' last night with HIS closest disciples before HIS passion, especially from the account in Mark chapters 13 through 15. No matter who we have been, Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection offer us fresh hope:

Because of Jesus' grace and our Father's love and the Spirit's power to give us new birth into a living hope, let's sing "I Belong to Jesus (Oh Hallelujah)" with Selah:

Focusing on the Scriptures:

God calls us to live HIS righteous character, gracious compassion, and faithful lovingkindness. We declare these truths are our goal as we sing "A Mighty Fortress" with Christy Nockels:

Our message for ToGather is focused on not judging others on matters that are not central to our faith. Our Verse of the Day gives us this key focus:

Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand (Romans 14:4).

My passion for holiness does not give me the right to judge my brother or sister on matters that are not central to our faith in Christ Jesus!
Phil's message helps us untangle what Paul calls us to do as we seek to be holy and loving people in the middle of differing, sometimes confusing, religious traditions and practices. Let's open our hearts to what the Spirit is saying to us through the apostle Paul as he seeks to unite a divided church by pointing them to the way of Jesus:

Closing with Praise:

Paul's exhortation to us in Romans 14:1-13 is built on his powerful reminder that, since we are in Christ Jesus, nothing can separate us from God's love. We proclaim this truth to each other in the song "Nothing Ever (Could Separate Us)," sung by Citizen Way:

Let's close ToGather with the following blessing:

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy — to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen (Jude 24-25).

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