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September 27, 2020 - Sunday Service Worship Guide

 

 

TOday's Announcements

Good morning Mercy Hill and happy Sunday to you!  If you're new with us, we just wanted to extend a special welcome to you.  Feel free to fill out a Connection Card to get more info or prayer.  We're glad to have you with us!

If you're tuning in for the Watch Party, you'll notice that the platform has tabs where you can find today's Worship Guide, read an online Bible, and even chat.  While we're meeting virtually like this, we'd encourage everyone to please consider taking a moment to put a comment in the chat box there.  Let us know who you are and maybe where you're tuning in from.  Say hi.  We miss you!  And as we get into the message, feel free to share other Scriptures that come to mind, prayer requests that you have, questions that you'd like answered, etc.  It would be great to interact even in this limited format.

Here are a few critical announcements to keep in mind:

  • Mercy Hill Youth Hike: All Mercy Hill Youth are invited to a hike at Almaden Quicksilver Park! Come join us for a time of fellowship whilst enjoying the great outdoors, and we'll provide pizza at the end of the hike as well. Plan to bring water and wear a mask so we can follow social distancing guidelines. We encourage you to pray and invite any of your friends as well. Please RSVP here so we know if you're coming, and let us know of any specific food allergies you may have. Hope to see you there!
  • Covenant Membership Class - Open Registration: At the request of some in the congregation, registration for the Covenant Membership Class is now open! If you are interested in becoming a member here or simply want to re-familiarize yourself with what we’re all about, please register online.  We will leave registration open for the next couple of weeks, then we’ll pick a Sunday to hold the class (either virtually or in person depending on the comfort level of those who register).
  • Sunday Service Afterparty: Remember to join us immediately following the Watch Party via Zoom for the Afterparty (which today will include a time for connection and prayer).  You can find a link to join in here.
  • Mercy Hill Kids Online Worship: Beginning at 11:30am today!  Go here to read more and to find a link to sign in!

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  • Home Groups: Many of our Home Groups are moving to a hybrid (in-person + virtual) format.  Whatever your comfort level with meeting, you're welcome to come check one out.  Find one to join here.  You are not alone!
  • COVID-19 SOS FormIf you or anyone you know needs help during this challenging time, we'd love to do what we can!


Today's Sermon


Title:
In the Resurrection . . . (Part 1)
Text: Luke 20:27-40
Preacher: Nick Weber
Manuscript: If you appreciate following along with written material, you can find today's manuscript here.


Reflection Questions

  • In the sermon, Nick mentioned how driving down Highway 1 and seeing the fire-ravaged landscape led him to reflect on where he's been setting his heart and hope and whether he's been living for this age or the age to come.  Have you had experiences like this lately, with all that's being shaken up around us?  When's the last time you thought about eternity, the resurrection, heaven and really been moved by it?  Are you treating this world like it's not on fire, like it's going to last, like it's your final destination?  Or are you living this life in view of the life to come?  Explain.  What would that even look like for you?
  • Describe your initial reaction to the idea that there will be no marriage in heaven (v. 35).  Why do you think the romantic relationship seems to be the "idol of choice" here in our culture?  How will what we experience in heaven with Christ be infinitely greater than what we've known in these sorts of relationships, even with our spouse, here on earth?  What questions do you still have?

Call to Response


1.  Sing:

2.  Pray:

If you need prayer in any way, please either: (1) request it during the Watch Party via the "Request Prayer" button; (2) fill out a Connection Card; or (3) post your request to our Mercy Hill Community Facebook Group.  We’d love to be lifting you up and caring for you in this time!

3.  Give:

If you’d like to give an offering this morning, please check out our Give page to find the best option for you!

Mercy Hill Kids

While difficult, this pandemic does create a wonderful chance for parents to step towards their God-given call as chief disciplers of their kids.  We know this may feel overwhelming and that is why we want to help!  Parents of Mercy Hill children should have already received an email from the Director of Mercy Hill Kids, Christina Lugo, regarding ways you can utilize the Gospel Project curriculum at home.  This information has also been included on our blog here.  Beyond this, each Sunday, we are also looking to host an online worship gathering for our kids.  You can check here for more details.  We'd love to have you join us!

If you have any questions or need help in any way, don't hesitate to reach out to Christina at    

Have a Wonderful Week!

 

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September 20, 2020 - Sunday Service Worship Guide

 

 

TOday's Announcements

Good morning Mercy Hill and happy Sunday to you!  If you're new with us, we just wanted to extend a special welcome to you.  Feel free to fill out a Connection Card to get more info or prayer.  We're glad to have you with us!

If you're tuning in for the Watch Party, you'll notice that the platform has tabs where you can find today's Worship Guide, read an online Bible, and even chat.  While we're meeting virtually like this, we'd encourage everyone to please consider taking a moment to put a comment in the chat box there.  Let us know who you are and maybe where you're tuning in from.  Say hi.  We miss you!  And as we get into the message, feel free to share other Scriptures that come to mind, prayer requests that you have, questions that you'd like answered, etc.  It would be great to interact even in this limited format.

Here are a few critical announcements to keep in mind:

  • Mercy Hill Youth Hike: All Mercy Hill Youth are invited to a hike at Almaden Quicksilver Park! Come join us for a time of fellowship whilst enjoying the great outdoors, and we'll provide pizza at the end of the hike as well. Plan to bring water and wear a mask so we can follow social distancing guidelines. We encourage you to pray and invite any of your friends as well. Please RSVP here so we know if you're coming, and let us know of any specific food allergies you may have. Hope to see you there!
  • All Church Prayer: Tonight's All Church Prayer meeting will be hosted in-person at the Wilson's residence and will take place in their yard for a safe, socially-distanced meeting (RSVP required below). If you need the location details you can request that when you RSVP and a member of our team will get back to you. For any planning to attend, we ask that you please respect the county's guidelines by committing to self-screen before arrival and socially distance and wear a mask while present. We know this is hard, but we thank you in advance for your understanding! For more on this, you can check out our reopening document here. To RSVP, please fill out the form here. (Note: we may have to cap attendance, so be sure to register as soon as you can to save your seat!)
  • Sunday Service Afterparty: Remember to join us immediately following the Watch Party via Zoom for the Afterparty (which today will include a time for communion, so grab the elements if you have them!).  You can find a link to join in here.
  • Mercy Hill Kids Online Worship: Beginning at 11:30am today!  Go here to read more and to find a link to sign in!

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  • Home Groups: Many of our Home Groups are moving to a hybrid (in-person + virtual) format.  Whatever your comfort level with meeting, you're welcome to come check one out.  Find one to join here.  You are not alone!
  • COVID-19 SOS FormIf you or anyone you know needs help during this challenging time, we'd love to do what we can!


Today's Sermon


Title:
Let Everything that Has Breath Praise the Lord!
Text: Psalm 150
Preacher: Nick Weber
Manuscript: If you appreciate following along with written material, you can find today's manuscript here.


Reflection Questions

  • In vv. 1-2, the psalmist describes the "propriety" of praise.  It is right and appropriate that we praise the Lord.  Check your spiritual temperature.  Where are you at with this?  Has there been praise in your heart for God lately or not?  If not, why?  Have you just been distracted with all the stress of recent days?  Have you not been reading Scripture, meditating on His word and His works?  Repent as the Spirit leads.  Recount the ways God’s been good to you—all the ways you’ve seen His mighty deeds, both in Scripture, and in your life lately.  Begin to praise Him for it.  Open your heart back up to a God who loves you, died to save you, and wants relationship with you.
  • In vv. 3-5, the psalmist calls for us to take whatever's in our hand, whatever we can find lying around, and use it as an instrument of praise to God.  What’s in your hand right now?  Are you using it as instrument of praise?  Consider the various aspects of your life—your job, your money, your sexuality, your intelligence, your free time, your parenting, your friendships, your health, your sickness, your joys, your sorrows.  Is Christ being praised in these things through the way you’re handling them or are you throwing off the song with your own self-centeredness?  Is your entire life "one glorious hymn played out in praise of the greatness and goodness of God for you in Jesus"?  Why or why not?  Ask God to search you and make you that living sacrifice (Rom 12:1-2), that song of worship that He so delights in.  
  • In v. 6, the psalmist describes this crescendo of praise where "everything that has breath" is called to praise the Lord.  It's a command for the present, but a foreshadow of the future and where God is taking the world in Jesus (cf. Rev 5:13).  Have you been anxious about the way things are going in this current season with the pandemic, the economy, the racial unrest, the political turmoil, the wildfires, etc., etc.?  It has been hard.  But, as Christians we know how the story ends . . . in a crescendo of praise for the Lamb and His great victory.  How might this reality help resettle your heart during these troubling days?  Are you able to sing and praise God even now by faith?  He is worthy!

Call to Response


1.  Sing:

This week's worship music is included in the main service video embedded above.  Watch and sing along!

2.  Pray:

If you need prayer in any way, please either: (1) request it during the Watch Party via the "Request Prayer" button; (2) fill out a Connection Card; or (3) post your request to our Mercy Hill Community Facebook Group.  We’d love to be lifting you up and caring for you in this time!

3.  Give:

If you’d like to give an offering this morning, please check out our Give page to find the best option for you!

Mercy Hill Kids

While difficult, this pandemic does create a wonderful chance for parents to step towards their God-given call as chief disciplers of their kids.  We know this may feel overwhelming and that is why we want to help!  Parents of Mercy Hill children should have already received an email from the Director of Mercy Hill Kids, Christina Lugo, regarding ways you can utilize the Gospel Project curriculum at home.  This information has also been included on our blog here.  Beyond this, each Sunday, we are also looking to host an online worship gathering for our kids.  You can check here for more details.  We'd love to have you join us!

If you have any questions or need help in any way, don't hesitate to reach out to Christina at    

Have a Wonderful Week!

 

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September 13, 2020 - Sunday Service Worship Guide

 

 

TOday's Announcements

Good morning Mercy Hill and happy Sunday to you!  If you're new with us, we just wanted to extend a special welcome to you.  Feel free to fill out a Connection Card to get more info or prayer.  We're glad to have you with us!

If you're tuning in for the Watch Party, you'll notice that the platform has tabs where you can find today's Worship Guide, read an online Bible, and even chat.  While we're meeting virtually like this, we'd encourage everyone to please consider taking a moment to put a comment in the chat box there.  Let us know who you are and maybe where you're tuning in from.  Say hi.  We miss you!  And as we get into the message, feel free to share other Scriptures that come to mind, prayer requests that you have, questions that you'd like answered, etc.  It would be great to interact even in this limited format.

Here are a few critical announcements to keep in mind:

  • Worship Sunday: We know it's been some time since we've been able to worship thru song together but we are preparing a special online Sunday Service Watch Party for next Sunday, September 20th! On this Sunday, while we'll still be opening God's Word and reflecting a bit together on it, we'll also be incorporating extended times of singing. So prepare to turn up the volume and sing along! We look forward to worshiping with all of you from our homes!
  • Mercy Hill Youth Online Hangout: All Mercy Hill Youth are invited for an online hangout after service today at 1:00pm! Come spend an hour catching up in fellowship, prayer, and sharing. We look forward to seeing you there! We will be meeting using Zoom's video conferencing platform - you can find the details for joining the meeting here.
  • Sunday Service Afterparty: Remember to join us immediately following the Watch Party via Zoom for the Afterparty (which today will include a time for connection and prayer).  You can find a link to join in here.
  • Mercy Hill Kids Online Worship: Beginning at 11:30am today!  Go here to read more and to find a link to sign in!

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  • Home Groups: Many of our Home Groups are moving to a hybrid (in-person + virtual) format.  Whatever your comfort level with meeting, you're welcome to come check one out.  Find one to join here.  You are not alone!
  • COVID-19 SOS FormIf you or anyone you know needs help during this challenging time, we'd love to do what we can!


Today's Sermon


Title:
“Render to Caesar”: The Christian and the State (Part 2)
Text: Luke 20:19-26
Preacher: Nick Weber
Manuscript: If you appreciate following along with written material, you can find today's manuscript here.


Reflection Questions

  • Have you ever struggled with how, as a follow of Jesus, you should engage with politics out in the public square?  What are some areas of confusion for you?  What are some questions you still have?  How have you seen Christians doing this well?  How have you seen Christians doing it poorly?  What might your place be in it all?
  • If God is the One who established governing authorities, if "the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom He will" (Daniel 4:32), if He has "appointed" them as His "servants" and "ministers" (Romans 13:2, 4, 6), why are they often so corrupt and cruel?  What are we to make of this?  How do you understand it?   Is it strange for you to consider Presidents Trump, Obama, Bush, etc. as having been appointed by God?  
  • Before this sermon, just off the top, what would you have said is the point or goal of government?  Why do governing authorities exist?  What's their purpose or function in society?
  • Read Romans 13:1-7 and 1 Peter 2:13-17.  What stands out to you in these verses?  What seems challenging?  What seems encouraging?  What questions do you still have?
  • Now read 1 Timothy 2:1-4.  Again, what stands out to you here?  Do you see the connection between the common grace of good government and the special grace of salvation in Jesus?  In the sermon, Nick said: "In many ways we could say that the purpose of government is to create a stable space wherein God’s plan of redemption can unfold and the gospel of His kingdom can advance."  Do you agree?  Have you been praying as Paul calls us to pray here?  Why or why not?  Take time to do so now.
  • Christians are to relate to the government by way of Redemptive Representation.  We are to move towards the public square as salt and light, as ambassadors for another kingdom, as representatives of King Jesus.  In the sermon, Nick outlined four aspects involved in this Redemptive Representation: Influence, Submission, Resistance, and Charity.  Which of these comes most naturally to you?  Which do you most need to grow in?
  • J.I. Packer says: “Christians are to urge governments to fulfill their proper role.  They are to pray for, obey, and yet watch over civil governments, reminding them that God ordained them to rule, protect, and keep order but not to tyrannize” (Concise Theology, 238).  Do you agree?  How is our current government doing at fulfilling its God-ordained function?  What are some ways you feel called to engage and influence for King Jesus?

Call to Response


1.  Sing:

2.  Pray:

If you need prayer in any way, please either: (1) request it during the Watch Party via the "Request Prayer" button; (2) fill out a Connection Card; or (3) post your request to our Mercy Hill Community Facebook Group.  We’d love to be lifting you up and caring for you in this time!

3.  Give:

If you’d like to give an offering this morning, please check out our Give page to find the best option for you!

Mercy Hill Kids

While difficult, this pandemic does create a wonderful chance for parents to step towards their God-given call as chief disciplers of their kids.  We know this may feel overwhelming and that is why we want to help!  Parents of Mercy Hill children should have already received an email from the Director of Mercy Hill Kids, Christina Lugo, regarding ways you can utilize the Gospel Project curriculum at home.  This information has also been included on our blog here.  Beyond this, each Sunday, we are also looking to host an online worship gathering for our kids.  You can check here for more details.  We'd love to have you join us!

If you have any questions or need help in any way, don't hesitate to reach out to Christina at    

Have a Wonderful Week!

 

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