Worship Service

Pharisee and the Tax Collector

with Pastor Reggie White

We all want to be right. The desire is deeply embedded in us, but how can we be right with God? In this parable, we are reminded that instead of seeking God's righteousness, we often go about seeking self righteousness. Will we insist on making ourselves right or will we allow God to make us right?

Sermon text: Luke 18:9-14
Scriptures referenced: Luke 11:42, Romans 10:1-3

As Seen In Worship:
Postures of Prayer (based on the Lord’s Prayer)
Written by Matthew Brown & Jazlyn Ruiz

Our Father in heaven, let Your name be praised and revered. You are holiness and light.
You paint the heavens and the earth with Your words. You craft every little thing with intricate intention.
You are the only great King, ruling justly from Your throne.
And even on Your throne, You draw your children near to you, embracing us in mercy and holiness.
That You would even look in my direction is unfathomable, for I am the worst of sinners.
Because sometimes, I welcome darkness. I let it overtake me, damaging my heart. But
when I turn back to You, You’re still there, waiting to restore my soul.
I’m not worthy to even kneel at Your feet...
Yet I know I can still call You “Father”...
My Father...?
...for I am Your child,
You are my King... and my Father?
running fearlessly into Your arms,
knowing peace and freedom under the shadow of Your wings,
a cherished heir to Your kingdom,
Your kingdom come, Your will be done.
When I feel like I’m drowning in brokenness, I know I don’t have to tread these deep
waters alone. You work all things together for my good-- for our good.
Tear open the veil and let Your Works in heaven cascade into the earth!
...into our lives, Father.
“Man does not live by bread alone,” but in You, I’ll live forever.
So open my ears! Let me hear Your voice! Give me breath to praise You at the top of my
lungs and when I feel like I can’t speak.
Because I don’t always use this breath for You, Lord.
I spew toxins of hatred and bitterness into people You have made in Your image.
I have abused and misused what You have so graciously given me, to people that You so dearly love.
Fill me with forgiveness, Father.
Saturate my soul.
I want to love like You love.
On the cross, You’ve paid--no, extinguished my debt.
In You, I walk in confidence as a child of the King.
Though dark valleys are in my path, mountains of mercy are always ahead of me!

Cultivate us, Father. Use Your church to help us grow into the children You want us to be.
Droughts and storms may come, but You will keep us firmly planted,
Your abiding garden...
Your beautiful church.
Expose, display the diversity of Your Kingdom to us!
O glorious King, O powerful Father, We pray this in Your name, now and forever. Amen.

The Apostles' Creed:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
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.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy apostolic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

“Not only do we tend to keep score by comparing ourselves to others, but we tend to do it in the most self-serving ways. When it comes to affluence or wealth for instance, we chronically compare ourselves with those just a little better off. This keeps us from gratitude. It also keeps our eyes off people who are under resourced so we don't think about our need to share. On the other hand, when it comes to ethical behavior we all tend to compare ourselves to people we perceive to be lower than us in the morality ratings. We tend to make our ethical benchmark someone who is a little less moral than ourselves to give ourselves a high score on integrity.”
– John Ortburg (From the Book: Once The Game Is Over Everything Goes Back In The Box)

Worship Attribute:
Worship Christ today for His mercy for sinners. According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Worship Set: 
Words and Music by Ed Cash, Chris Tomlin, and Jared Anderson

"Holy, Holy, Holy (God With Us)"
Words by Reginald Heber, Music by John B. Dykes, Add'l words and music by Matt Maher

"O Come To The Altar"
Words and Music by Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick and Wade Joye

"Back To You"
Words and Music by Pete Geiger

"Jesus Paid It All"
Words and Music by Alex Nifong, Elvina M. Hall and John Thomas Grape

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