September 17, 2017

Call to Worship:

From our busy lives, God calls us together to worship and pray.

We are here, Holy One.

From different places, Christ calls us to gather, to love, and to live.

We are here, blessed Jesus!

From unexpected journeys, the Spirit calls us into unity to serve and to grow.

We are here, Holy Spirit!

Come! Let us worship.

Sermon Message by Rev. Dr. Parrish L. Bridges

"The Antidote to Egotism"

Message Series:  Building Blocks to Great Relationships

Theme:  Relationships can determine your happiness, your success, and they can also develop your character.



Bible Texts: NIV (New International Version)

Old Testament: Psalm 25: 1-10

Of David.

1) In you, Lordmy God,

I put my trust.

2I trust in you;

do not let me be put to shame,

nor let my enemies triumph over me.

3No one who hopes in you

will ever be put to shame,

but shame will come on those

who are treacherous without cause.

4Show me your ways, Lord,

teach me your paths.

5Guide me in your truth and teach me,

for you are God my Savior,

and my hope is in you all day long.

6Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,

for they are from of old.

7Do not remember the sins of my youth

and my rebellious ways;

according to your love remember me,

for you, Lord, are good.

8Good and upright is the Lord;

therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.

9He guides the humble in what is right

and teaches them his way.

10All the ways of the Lordare loving and faithful

toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.


Bible Texts: NIV (New International Version)

New Testament: 1 Corinthians 4:1-7

The Nature of True Apostleship

1) This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. 2Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.

6Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other. 7For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?