Pentecost 3 Worship Preview

“ For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Galatians 5:13-14) 

We have no good apart from God. That makes our Lord’s call to follow him an invitation to freedom. This is freedom to revel in the Spirit’s fruits: love, joy, peace, patience, and the like. This is the path of life.

Music At Worship

Traditional Worship Music — 798 — Will You Come and Follow Me — God calls each of us to a life in service of those around us. The first four verses of today’s hymn of the day has us sing this call to one another with the fifth verse acting as our response. How will you follow God’s call in your life this week, month, year?

New Day Worship Song — I Will Follow — In New Day, Chris Tomlin’s praise song “I Will Follow” offers us these words: Where You go, I’ll go, Where You stay, I’ll stay, When You move, I’ll move, I will follow.  We sing these words, hoping that God’s Spirit will create in us a willingness to dare follow in the way Jesus asks us to follow.  Do you dare to try it yourself?

For Further Reflection

To follow Jesus means believing and trusting that Jesus always loves you, always forgives you, is always chasing after you, and will never give up on you.” ~~ Crazy Talk, by Rolf A. Jacobson, Editor

So … then to be a follower, means that you are someone that God will never let slip through his embrace.  It means that you are someone that God follows throughout your life, reaching out to you when you have lost your way.  It means that God is the first to follow you in your life, and that our following strives to mimic that which God first offers to us.  With that kind of “following” in mind….

When does God “find” you, before you “find” God?

Can you ever feel completely alone, knowing God is watching out for you?

Might you reconsider those that you have given up on?

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Rev. Craig Ross

Senior Pastor

The vibrancy of life here at St. Peter’s makes my service on our staff a joy and privilege. Visitation, teaching and preaching are the ministries that feed my pastoral identity, as together our staff and lay members share in our missional calling … Building a community of faith by God’s grace.

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