The scene is still the upper room where Jesus ate the Passover meal with his disciples (Luke 22:24-30). The blessings of hindsight deepen the offensiveness of what we see: the disciples bickered with a spirit of contentious rivalry, vying for position in the Kingdom. Ironically, they had missed the example of their Leader who presented them with the ultimate symbols of humility: the bread and the cup. Jesus did not chide them but called them away from the world’s values. Instead, he called them to embrace servant-leadership. This is the path for citizens of his future kingdom.
The hymns in the worship service this Lord’s Day will call us to direct our focus to our Lord so that we can follow his example, declaring his glory and serving his people.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Call to Worship: Philippians 2:4-8
Hymn Insert: O God Beyond All
Hymn 476: May the Mind of Christ My Savior
Scripture Reading 1 Peter 5:1-11
Hymn 44 (tune LYONS, 46) Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim
Message: Living Like the Kingdom is Our Home
Pastor Steven Thomas
Hymn 560: Take My Life and Let It Be
Prayer Response: Joel Owen
Benediction: John Miles