Everlasting Lord, we glorify your name this morning. Your steadfast love knows no end; your mercy has no bounds; your justice is perfect; your grace sufficient. You are all satisfying; in you we find joy, delight, and sheer goodness. We raise the banner of your greatness this morning God. Take our songs and our prayers as sweet incense before your throne.
Remind us this morning, Lord, of the love you have for us: “No love is higher, no love is wider, No love is deeper, no love is truer, No love is higher, no love is wider, No love is like Your love O Lord.” We pray for those who are weary this morning – encourage us with the immensity of your love shown to us in Christ Jesus. We pray for those struggling to find joy in you – Holy Spirit take the word and reveal the glory of God in the face of Jesus. We pray for those willfully and consistently rebelling against you – in your mercy Lord, show us the greater satisfaction found in you. We pray for those walking in faithfulness and joyful obedience – Holy Spirit spur us on all the more that we might taste and see and experience that you are good. We pray for those here this morning who are not trusting in Christ Jesus – in your grace, Lord, open the eyes of their soul that they might know the hope in Jesus.
Father, we come to you this morning, not just as pardoned criminals, we come as your cherished sons and daughters. We, by your grace, use the same cry of Jesus and call out, “Abba, Father.” And we know that you hear us, not because of our goodness, but because of the riches of your grace lavished upon us. Father, help us not only know what it means to be your sons and daughters in our heads, but to be gripped and defined by that reality in all that we think, feel and do. We confess that we are too often defined and driven by what others think of us, rather than resting in who we are before you. Forgive us, Lord. We confess our wayward rebellion when we go looking for comfort and joy in money or sexual immorality or substance abuse. Forgive us, Lord. We confess that we forget how much you love us and how patient you are with us, and because of that we refuse to forgive others, we hold onto bitterness, we condemn in our hearts, we gossip and slander. Forgive us, Lord.
Merciful God, in your soul-satisfying, hope-giving, sin-shattering grace, saturate our souls with all that we have in Christ. We turn to him this morning. We praise you that his life was not just calculated and sinless, but filled with joy and delight and complete satisfaction in every way. We praise you that the death and resurrection of Jesus purchases forgiveness, provides freedom, and ushers in life to the fullest for those trusting in him. Remind us that there is more grace in Jesus than sin in us. No matter what sin has been committed against us, no matter what sins we have committed, remind us there is more grace in Jesus.
Magnificent Lord, we praise you for all that you are doing here at Restoration Church. We praise you for the many ways you are using Restoration Kids to teach the young ones about Christ. We praise you for the 11 Community Groups that meet each week. Use these groups, not just a stale Bible studies, but as a place of gospel community, a place of encouragement, a space where sin is fought and joy is stoked with the flames of the gospel. We praise you for the T2 Forum. Holy Spirit, take what we learn and apply it to our hearts that we might adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.
We praise you for granting the visa to bring the Molero family to DC. Grant us wisdom and favor as we work on the logistics of housing and school. We praise you for the opportunity to play a small part in bringing the gospel to the Ks. Use us to encourage the workers on the ground. Use our resources to help get the Bible translated into B and to care for refugees in K. We praise you for the way so many of our members are eagerly sharing the gospel with friends and co-workers and classmates. Spur us on all the more in sharing the good news of Jesus with those who do not yet know him; and, Lord, in your sovereign goodness, bring forth fruit that we might see people come to faith in Jesus. We praise you that we get to work with other gospel churches – Redemption Hill, The District Church, Grace DC. Bless them Lord.
Sovereign Lord, at a time when the political climate of this country is deeply divided, we hope not in an man or woman winning an election, we hope in you, the King of kings, Lord of lords, who reigns in eternity. Help us steward our democratic freedom with a view toward Christ. Grant our current and future President and elected officials wisdom to govern in a way that helps all of humanity flourish. Give us a deep spirit of humility; give us grace to respect those with whom we disagree. Keep us from arrogance and personal attacks. Remind us that those who we disagree with are still created in your image. Lord, bring an end to the wickedness of racism and bigotry. We praise you that you are a God of justice, and we rest knowing that you will accomplish all that you purpose, and we know that your purposes are good and glorious.
Use our time this morning to make much of Christ Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.
Treasuring Christ Together is a new(er) network of churches that seeks to spread a passion for the supremacy of God through Church Planting. We had the opportunity to talk with our friend, Sean, who’s serving as the executive director. Listen in and you’ll soon see why we’re considering joining this network. (See more at tctnetwork.org).
You alone are worthy of praise. You alone are great, you alone are eternal, you alone are good. Your lovingkindness extends to the heavens and your faithfulness reaches the skies. People take refuge in your wings and you preserve them.
Lord, you are holy, set apart from your creation, not bound by time and futility. People make images of themselves and engrave them in marble or bronze or even mountains. But you o, Lord, are truly worthy to be looked at in all your goodness and remembered from generation to generation. Lord, people use your creation and your blueprints to create objects and ideas that they use to pride themselves. But you alone are worthy to be praised, because you create from nothing. Whenever somebody becomes big and important, they go out of reach. Kings surround themselves with armies and people to serve them. But you, Lord, who were out of reach, as the Holy God that you are, you walked among your people and you served them. Lord, you deserve to be praised because you love. You truly love. You seek the well-being of the other, not matter how much it hurts you.
We confess, Lord, we don’t praise you enough. Our problems are big and you are small. We are busy, we are overwhelmed or we are self-absorbed.
In our busyness, which you may have ordained for us, we forget to think of you, thinking you are further away and somehow less immediately relevant. Please forgive us this short-sightedness.
In the midst of difficult moments, maybe surrounded by un-cooperating or failing neighbors, unsolvable problems and lack of time and energy, we forget you are the source of life. We forget you give strength to the weary. Forgive us Lord.
Lord, many times we are simply self-absorbed. We fear missing out on this or that. Or we feel a need to justify ourselves. We work hard at making sure we are the type of person we or the world around us thinks we should be. Forgive us Lord for failing to look to you.
Lord, we are thankful for the repentance that you have given us and for the forgiveness you have provided in Jesus. We are thankful He bore our sins on the cross, and for providing us with the Holy Spirit. We can now enter into your presence, we, small, insignificant people.
Lord, we are thankful for S.M. We are thankful that both mom and baby are doing well. We pray that S would believe in you and be a light in this world.
Lord we pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed to the ends of the earth. We pray that people in Northern Iraq would hear and believe the Gospel. We pray for the Christians is Syria and Nigeria and North Korea to persevere in faith and proclaim your name and that many believers would be added to their numbers.
We pray Lord that we would proclaim the Gospel here in Washington DC. We pray our circumstances would turn out for the proclamation of your Word and not for sin. We pray that we would love one another as Jesus loved us and we would thus reveal your glory to the world around.
Lord, we pray we would praise you more in the midst of our daily lives. I pray that what we learn about you, we would delight in and live out of by praising you. I pray that our busy schedules, our challenges beyond power and all our circumstances would be opportunities to praise you. Lord, I pray we would walk by faith in your promises and your character which you proclaimed so loudly at the cross.
Help us today, be confronted with your perfect love and be challenged and transformed by it.
In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
Father, we come to you this morning in the name of your eternal Son, Jesus Christ. We come relying on the aid of the Holy Spirit who gives us life. We come with boldness and confidence knowing you are a God who hears and answers prayers. We come worshipping you in all your goodness. One thing we ask this morning Lord, that we may gaze upon your beauty. Help us to see and savor you; to taste your goodness and treasure who you are.
We are so thankful for the many ways you are working in the life of Restoration Church. We praise you for our sister, Brandi. We praise you for the nearly 5 years she has invested into the life of our church. What a joy it has been to serve alongside of her. Thank you. We ask that your grace would be upon her and Tim as they prepare for marriage. Use their marriage to magnify the gospel of our Lord.
We praise you for the ways you have grown Restoration Kids. What a joy it is to have dozen of little ones here each Sunday. Teach us to enjoy life and laughter and fun as they enjoy life. Teach them what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Thank you for all the men and women who selflessly serve as teachers in Restoration Kids. For the glory of your name, Lord, continue to bring us more families and more children that we might make disciples of all ages.
We praise you this morning for other faithful, Christ-exalting churches in our city. Use Capitol Hill Baptist and Redeemer Arlington and 4th Presbyterian and Pillar DC to boldly preach the gospel. We praise you that visas for the Molero family have been issued. Give us wisdom and favor as they come here to plant a Spanish-speaking church in Columbia Heights. Go before us Lord; prepare the way, and raise up a Spanish-speaking church that makes disciples and plants other churches. Do this Lord, for the glory of your name.
We praise you for your Word this morning Lord. Thank you for the Bible. Thank you for revealing yourself to us in the beauty of your word. As we read the Word individually and corporately, fill us with the Holy Spirit and open our eyes that we might behold wondrous things out of your law. We praise you this morning for the gift of music. Thank you for giving us many men and women who are gifted musically to serve our church. Thank you for our brother Daniel who labors weekly to help us sing of the glories of Christ Jesus. Thank you for Matt and Erin and Will and Ben others who labor behind the scenes making sure we can hear and see the words and lyrics. Use our singing Lord to stir our affections for you and to encourage each other.
Father, we think of our brothers and sisters around the world this morning. We think of those singing in small churches in Africa and Haiti. We think of those signing of your goodness while in prison and suffering persecution in Iraq and N. Korea. We think of R&E as they labor to bring the gospel to Ks. Hallow your name Lord. Raise up believers from the Ks. Get the Bible into Behdini we pray. Send people from this church short-term and long-term to labor among the Ks that we might see disciples made and churches planted for the glory of Christ. Yes Lord, use the resources and people of this church to help get the gospel to those who have never heard.
Lord, we are so grateful, that in your grace, you have brought the gospel to us. Thank you for giving us the grace to hear of the goodness of your name; to hear of the salvation and satisfaction found in Christ Jesus. Thank you for revealing our sin to us. We confess that we have rebelled against you. We confess that we have lied. We confess that we acted of our pride this past week. Forgive us Lord. We confess that we hold grudges and refuse to forgive. We confess that we find you dull and boring. We confess that we often find security in our possession or in money. Forgive us Lord. We confess that we have disciplined our children out of self-righteous anger. We confess our immorality. Forgive us Lord.
We praise you that in Christ Jesus we are fully and freely forgiven of our transgressions. Praise be to the Lamb who was slain in our place that we might enjoy reconciliation with you, our Father in heaven. Help us to live as redeemed sons and daughters. Holy Spirit, help us to enjoy life fully by living a life of worshipful obedience. We look to you this morning, God. We look to you in all your holiness and splendor and goodness. Holy Spirit, this morning we ask you to comfort the hurting, drawback the wayward, encourage the weary, spur on the faithful, save the lost. Do this we ask, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
If you aren’t familiar with Safe Families, the goal of the program is to walk with a family going through a crisis, preventing the children from entering the foster care system, and strengthening the family. The Safe Families team will host the children and provide a listening ear, encouragement, and accountability for the parent. Watch this video to get a full idea of what the program looks like!
In our situation, we will be providing ongoing respite care for a single mom with four kids, ages 1 to 6. Our team met up with the family for the first time last week.
We think there will be many ways that you can get involved once we get a better grasp of the process, from helping us gather supplies to providing an extra pair of hands to care for the kids. However, for now, the biggest way you can serve us is to join us in prayer that:
- The Lord will be glorified.
- Our team and the family will grow and be strengthened in our walks with Christ, learning from one another.
- Our team will come alongside this family in love, humility, patience, and grace.
- The Lord will give us wisdom in knowing how to care for the kids and support mom.
For years we’ve been praying that the Lord would use us to plant a Spanish-speaking church in Columbia Heights. Over a year ago, we identified the man who’s able and willing to lead the effort – Alejandro. Listen in as we have a conversation with our brother from Venezuela.
A few weeks ago we started another sermon series: Anthology. It’s not like our previous series. And what does the name even mean? Listen to find out.
Triune God, Holy Father, gracious Son, merciful Spirit, we come to you this morning. We lift our eyes up to you. We bring our hearts before you. We come into your presence this morning with singing. We come worshipping you with gladness. We declare your goodness. We declare your righteousness. We declare your faithfulness. We declare your majesty. To your name, be all power and dominion and authority.
Raise up a people for your namesake, O Lord. Use this church, Restoration Church, to magnify the fame of Jesus in DC and beyond. Use our brothers and sisters at Cherrydale Baptist Church in Arlington to exalt the person and work of Christ. Grow Redeemer City Church and Waterfront Church and Restoration City Church in holiness that they might shine brightly into a dark world.
Raise up a people for your namesake, O Lord. In the name of Jesus, we ask that you would bring the Molero family to DC to start a Christ-exalting Hispanic church. Save men and women among the BKs. We plead with you, O Lord, to get the Bible into B. Give the translators wisdom and diligence and perseverance to complete the New Testament. We pray for M and H and E as they labor that the Bs might read your Word in their own language. Do this, Lord, we boldly and confidently in the name of Jesus.
Righteous Father, we ask that you would conform us to your word by the indwelling Holy Spirit. Let us not be conformed to the world, but transformed by your word. Let your word dwell in us richly. Let our words be flavored and seasoned with grace that no corrupting talk would come out of our mouths, but only such as is useful for building up so that it may give grace to those who hear.
You gave us life, Lord. You gave us breath. You gave us words to honor and worship you. But we confess that’s not always how we live. We use our words not to honor you, but to hurt others. We confess that we use our words to wound and not worship. We confess that we use our words not to praise you, but to promote ourselves. Forgive us, Lord. Forgive us our pride that makes us self-righteously promote ourselves. Forgive our anger. Forgive our hypocrisy, saying one thing and doing another. Forgive the way we use our words to manipulate and malign others.
Clean our hearts, Lord. By the power of the Holy Spirit, uproot the weeds of sin that so entangle us. Give us the grace to live in gospel community, to drag our sin into the light that as mold it might shrivel up and die. Use the members of this church to spur each other on toward godliness. Use this church as a place of healing for the hurt, a place of rest for the weary, a place of hope for the anxious, a place of delight and pleasure for all who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus.
Thank you that in the midst of our trials and temptations, or even in the times we are bored with you, you have provided a strong and satisfying Savior. Open our eyes to see the beauty of Christ. Silence our hearts when we condemn ourselves or doubt you. Remind us day after day that you are always on our side – you have lavished your grace upon us in Christ Jesus. Show us how your wrath toward our sin has been emptied on and exhausted by your Son as he hung on the cross. Let us feel deeply in our souls that Jesus has paid for every sin with his bleeding wounds that we might cry out, “Abba, Father” as your sons and daughters.
Father, we look at the world around us, and the brokenness is tangible. We pray for an end to elective abortions. We pray for hope and healing for those who have been forced or chosen to have an abortion. That probably includes some here this morning. Use us, Lord, as a place of grace and compassion. We pray for an end to modern day sex-slave trafficking of young girls and boys. We pray for an end to domestic abuse. Heal those here Lord who have tasted these things first hand. We pray for an end to religious persecution, not just that which is against Christians, but all religious persecution – persecution against Jews and Muslims and Yazidis and other faiths. Bring about peace, for you are a God of peace.
Give leaders worldwide wisdom and justice, and a deep desire to bring about human flourishing. We pray for the government here. Grant President Obama and Congress and elected officials integrity and humility and boldness to do what is right, not for personal agendas or political gain, but for the good of the people they are entrusted to lead. Grant us Lord the humility to respect those in leadership even when we disagree with them. We thank you that we find ourselves in a place of peace and order. Let us not take that for granted but be wise making the best use of our time.
We thank you that we can gather here without fear, and worship openly and freely. As we continue to pray and sing and listen to the preaching of your Word, remind us of all that you have given us. But remind us especially of the supremacy and sufficiency of Jesus Christ. Holy Spirit, point us to Jesus that we might find our greatest delight in him. We pray all of this in the name of Christ. Amen.