“God’s Good Pleasure Series”
Theme verse for this series: “It is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” – Philippians 2:13
Invitation to Worship: from Psalm 149
Leader: Praise the Lord!
People: Sing to the Lord a new song
Leader: Let Israel be glad in its Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King
People: Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre
Leader: For the Lord takes pleasure in his people
All: Praise the Lord!
Opening Prayer: by Michael Perry
God of peace, cause us to rejoice in you always, make us gentle to everyone, keep us from being anxious about anything— help us to ask you for what we need, with thanksgiving; and let your peace guard our hearts and minds in Jesus Christ our Lord. Let us look to the future with excitement, knowing we work toward it with your encouragement and strength. In the strong name of Jesus we pray, using the words he taught his disciples, “Our Father…”
Scripture: Philippians 3:10-14; 3:20; and 4:4-9
Message: God’s good pleasure in our perseverance
Theme: Eyes on the prize – there is no future in the past