CALL TO WORSHIP
Together, we gather to be present to the God who is already present to us.
However you are joining us, we encourage you to participate in the work of God today as He speaks and leads us. Wherever you are, God is already present and at work all around us. Let’s join Him!
OUR SCRIPTURE READING
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Isaiah 6:1-8 NIV
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
QUESTIONS AND PRACTICES
1. When Isaiah encounters God in all his glory, he is immediately aware of his sin. When you become aware of your sin and brokenness, how do you tend to respond? Defensiveness? Despair? Running from God? What would it look like in this awareness to move toward God, not away from Him?
2. Isaiah sees his own sin right alongside the sins of his people – not separating himself as exempt from a need for repentance. How might Christians share this posture as we seek to share Jesus with the world around us? How might a humble mission look as we share a common need for grace?
Repentance can often carry the connotation of shame and judgment, but in reality, it’s a word of hope. Repentance literally means a change of mind, a turning in a different direction. This week, spend intentional time reflecting on the ways your own mind needs renewal, and how you might turn even more towards the grace of God that is pursuing you.