If you don’t have a place to worship in the Louisville area tomorrow, please join us!
We’re continuing through the book of Matthew, learning more of this gospel of the Kingdom.
Responsive Scripture: Psalm 96
Confession of Sin (Adapted from C.S. Lewis’ Weight of Glory)
O, Lord, we confess that we struggle with our desires—but not because our desires are so strong, but because they are too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, content with the pleasures of this world—food and drink, sex and ambition, entertainment and technology—while you offer us infinite joy in our relationship with you. We are like ignorant children, happy to play around in a slum because we cannot imagine what is meant by an offer of a vacation at the beach. We are far too easily pleased. We are pleased to follow false gods instead of passionately worshiping only you. We are pleased to drink water from a broken cistern instead of panting for living water flowing from your stream. We are pleased to live by bread alone instead of hungering for your every Word.
Have mercy on us. Cleanse us from all our sins. Show us the way of life. Give us your peace that comes through the once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus. Restore the joy of your salvation and renew a right spirit within us. Help us to know and experience your peace, which goes beyond all human understanding. We ask this for our good and for Jesus’ sake. Amen. (Silent confession)
Hymn of Assurance: “By Grace Alone”
Prayer of Thanksgiving: Andy Newton
Offering Hymn: “My Heart Is Filled with Thankfulness”
Pastoral Prayer of Intercession: Daniel Mikesh
Sermon: Matthew 7:1-6, Steve Matteucci – “The Judgment of the Kingdom”
Bread: “Man of Sorows”
Benevolence Offering: “The Saving One”
Benediction: Hebrews 13:20-21