Imitate Christ Reflection

Imitate Christ Reflection
for the Community.
Modern Song Focus on Contemporary Church Artists
performing hymns of traditional foundation.
Everyone is Welcome!

Scripture Introduction:
Abram has visionary experiences in his relationship with the Lord. In his journey through life, the Lord provides for Abram even when it does not appear likely such a result could occur.
Our psalm can be interpreted as trust, a prayer for help, or both.
Our Philippians passage calls us to imitate Christ, particularly his humility and self-sacrifice for the sake of others. How might you follow his example?
Life and death in Jerusalem is historically difficult for prophets. As Jesus goes about his ministry in the community it is clear that He is headed toward the Passion. Jesus will complete His work of deliverance for His people.

Amazing Grace
John Newton (1779).
instrumental performed by Kevin MacLeod

Amazing grace how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found,
was blind but now I see.

Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great. Gen. 15:1.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Ps. 27:1.
Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me. Phil. 3:17.
You will not see me until the time comes when you say, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” Luke 13:35.

God of wilderness and water,
your Son was baptized and tempted as we are.
Guide us through this season,
that we may not avoid struggle,
but open ourselves to blessing,
through the cleansing depths of repentance
and the heaven-rending words of the Spirit. Amen.

Rock of Ages
August Toplady (1776).
performed acapella by Calvary Mennonite Choir

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee;
let the water and the blood,
from thy wounded side which flowed,
be of sin the double cure;
save from wrath and make me pure.

God of the covenant,
you call us to be fruitful servants within creation,
and to offer our lives
as the foundation of your realm.
We lay before you the desires of our hearts,
that we may be transformed by their fulfillment.
Grant, O God, that the prayers we offer
may be your channel for new and abundant life
not only hoped for,
but worked for,
through faithful word and deed. Amen.

What a Friend We have in Jesus
Joseph Medlicott Scrivener (1855).
Performed by Tennessee Ernie Ford

What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer!

Hope beyond all human hope,
you promised descendants as numerous as the stars
to old Abraham and barren Sarah.
You promise light and salvation
in the midst of darkness and despair,
and promise redemption to a world that will not listen.
Gather us to yourself in tenderness,
open our ears to listen to your word,
and teach us to live faithfully
as people confident of the fulfillment of your promises.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

We are all stewards spreading the Word of Jesus’ blessings for His people.
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