As we consider fruit and foundations today from Luke 6, the Gospel confronts us with the reality that we will bear fruit in accord with the resident truth in our hearts and the quality of that fruit is dependent upon the identity of our foundation. The Call to Worship from Psalm 31 reminds us that our Lord is a faithful God and our rock and fortress. We respond by singing A Mighty Fortress is Our God and My Hope is Built on Nothing Less.
The New Testament Reading from Ephesians 4 summons us to walk “in a manner worthy” of our calling in all humility and gentleness, with patience, “bearing with one another in love.” The passage concludes with the exhortation to, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Our Prayer of Confession is based on Psalm 31 and the wasting effects of our sin and iniquity. The Assurance from Titus 3 reminds us that God’s kindness and mercy brought lavish redemption and renewal through the gift of Christ our Savior and grace. We continue in worship by singing Psalm 1: Blessed Are All They.
For our Hymns of Communion we sing If Thou But Suffer and the fact that “Who trusts in God’s unchanging love Builds on a rock that naught can move.” We also sing of the “Dear Name, the Rock on which I build,” in How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds.
We conclude the service with The Church’s One Foundation and Christ is Made the Sure Foundation—a reality that binds the Church as one.