Potent Promises: Covenant and Commandments

God’s Potent Promise You can shelter in the Covenant and Commandments

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Covenant and Commandments 
Exodus 19:3-7; 20:1-17 God bring Israel on Eagle’s Wings; Decalogue
Matt 5:17 Jesus not to abolish law but fulfill it
Psalm 91

Call to Worship

Remember God loved us into being

God, you are worthy of our praise

God is here to set the captive free

Come let us Worship the liberating God

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 91)

You who live in the shelter of the Most High, Trust in God

We abide in God’s shadow, for God delivers us

God will us with her pinions—nestling us to her breast

We can always find refuge under her wings

Come let us praise the Holy Spirit, who lifts us and protects us.

Come, Holy Spirit, Come. 

Call to Confession: God calls us, comforts us and forgives us. Come let us confess ourselves to God.

Prayer of Confession: God we confess that we do not know exactly what it means when you say that you have fulfilled the law or even that we are free. We confess that we love to judge one another, and that we humans do not do well with concepts such as grace or freedom. We do better with rules and judgement. Forgive us, love us to a new covenant we pray. Amen. 

Assurance of Pardon: God loved us before anything else, and so we can be certain of the Good News of the Gospel: In Jesus Christ we are Forgiven. Amen

Prayer of Dedication: God, may we come to you to find shelter whenever we are afraid, or stumble or fall. May we remember that no matter what. Amen. 

Hymns: Immortal Invisible God Only Wise, Amazing Grace, Great is Thy Faithfulness, Morning Has Broken, If Thou But Trust In God to Guide Thee, O God What You Ordain is Right.

Children: Explain that God gives us rules to keep us safe, but always forgives us. Perhaps talk about the “kitchen light” concept where one family always has the kitchen light on in their house so their kids know no matter what they can always come home. God always has the kitchen light on for us. Book Suggestion: “The Book of Rules” by Brian GehrleinOr perhaps explain how sometimes following the rules or doing something that is asked is very hard and you have to be very brave to do it (that happens a lot in the Bible) Book Suggestion: “The Monster at the End of This Book”

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Author: katyandtheword

Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ. She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible. "Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one.[66] Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.

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