Welcome to the 50th consecutive week of “Sunday Setlists” – the blog carnival where we share our worship service recaps with one another.
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My Worship Confessional for SSCC
As expected, our 9:00 crowd seemed a bit light in attendance, as everyone was probably out late celebrating the 4th of July. The 11:00 was pretty packed. Powerful services at SSCC today.
We’re on Week #2 of 7 in our “Unwrapped” series – a teaching series explaining salvation and what exactly it’s all about. Today’s message focused on the wonderful news that God declares us “not guilty” and “righteous” by his sacrifice. We are justified freely by grace through redemption that came through Jesus Christ.
David talked about the scapegoat, and how the priests would put their sins on the scapegoat and lead it out of town. We’re reminded of our Sacrifice, Jesus Christ, who was led out of town, down a road, and sacrificed for us.
At the conclusion of the sermon, David picked up a huge cross and picked up a hammer and started driving nails in that cross – reminding people that their sins were nailed to the cross. Then in a dramatic close, he carried the cross off the stage, down the center aisle, and out the doors – with his mic still on, speaking as he went … “your sins were nailed on the cross, and the scapegoat was led out of town” … the room flooded with light when they opened the double front doors as he left the room, and darkened again as they closed. From outside, you hear him say “your sins are gone”. Powerful.
Here’s how we setup this service:
Walk In: “I Have Found” (Kim Walker)
Opening Song: “See His Love”
Announcements: we had brief announcements, and prayed for our nation, recognizing our civil holiday, July 4th. As David closed the prayer, Kim Dixon sang “God Bless America” with just piano/strings. It was a free-flowing, slow version and by the 3rd line, people were on their feet, singing aloud, asking for God’s blessings on our nation. There has been quite a discussion about this on my recent “Do You Sing Patriotic Songs in Worship” post both here on the blog and on TheWorshipCommunity.Com.
Consuming Fire (Tim Hughes)
Transition: spoken transition communicating God’s love for us (1 John 4:10)
Special: “How He Loves Us”
I’ve alluded to how David closed out the sermon above. As he left the building, we gave a brief pause and slipped on stage to sing the closing song while people were coming forward to the altar:
Closer/Altar Ministry: “O The Wonderful Cross”
It was a powerful morning. I’m sure that people experienced the message of salvation and justification by faith in a way that they’ve never quite realized. It’s a great honor to serve here along with so many creative, Spirit-led people.
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