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Opening Scripture

from Psalm 119

Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees,
that I may follow it to the end.
Direct me in the path of your commands,
for there I find delight.
I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.
I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.
I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.

Rejoice in All Your Works

Verse 1
Every mouth that cries for food
Every lung that yearns for breath
Every eye that searches through the dark for light
All creation looks to You
For its breath and for its food
From the goodness of Your hand we’re satisfied

Chorus
Oh rejoice in all Your works
King of heaven King of earth
Every creature You have made declares Your praise
We rejoice in all You’ve made
God of all-sustaining grace
With the mountain sky and sea we sing Your praise

Verse 2
Every tree that thirsts for rain
Every bird that seeks its nest
Every heart that waits in hope to be made glad
All creation looks to You
For its breath and for its food
From the goodness of Your hand we’re satisfied

Verse 3
May the pond’rings of my heart
And the song upon my lips
With the chorus of creation join in praise
To the God who made all things
To the Spirit who sustains
To the Son who over all creation reigns

Forever Reign

Verse 1
You are good, You are good

When there’s nothing good in me
You are love, You are love
On display for all to see
You are light, You are light
When the darkness closes in
You are hope, You are hope
You have covered all my sin

Verse 2
You are peace, You are peace
When my fear is crippling
You are true, You are true
Even in my wandering
You are joy, You are joy
You’re the reason that I sing
You are life, You are life
In You death has lost its sting

Chorus
I’m running to Your arms
I’m running to Your arms
The riches of Your love will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

Verse 3
You are more, You are more
Than my words will ever say
You are Lord, You are Lord
All creation will proclaim
You are here, You are here
In Your presence I’m made whole
You are God, You are God
Of all else I’m letting go

Bridge
My heart will sing no other Name
Jesus Jesus
(x4) 

A Church for the Searching

Pastor Paul Sausser

Download the outline PDF here

Matthew 9:1-8

Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”

At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”

Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” Then the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.

I. HUMANITY’S NEEDS

A. The Needs We Want Met
B. Jesus Care for Us Deeply
C. Jesus Meets Our Deepest Need

II. JESUS’ WORKING

A. Forgiveness
B. Hope
C. Healing

III. RESPONSES

A. By the Crowd
B. By the Church

    You Are My Delight

    Chorus
    You are my delight

    Your Word my heart adores
    In you I find my life, My joy, my Lord

    Verse 1
    Just like a tree planted by streams
    With nourishing fruit
    Such are the ones who trust in Your ways
    Put all hope in You
    Their leaf doesn’t wither, their council is sure

    Verse 2
    Not so the wicked, like chaff in the wind
    they’ll be blown away
    Don’t give them your ear
    or walk on their road or scoff like they do
    Their way is destruction
    they won’t stand before Him

    Verse 3
    Jesus, the Wisdom and Power of God,
    The Word become flesh:
    You are the Truth, the Way and the Life
    You make all things new
    Help us to listen, to walk in Your ways

    Bridge
    God gives generously to all those in need
    Do you lack wisdom?
    He says, “Ask it from me” (x2)
    “Ask it from me” (x3)

    Quiet Minute

    from Ephesians 1

    [May] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of
    your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he
    has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

    Come as You Are

    Verse 1
    Come out of sadness
    from wherever you’ve been
    Come broken-hearted let rescue begin
    Come find your mercy
    O sinner come kneel
    Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can’t heal

    Chorus
    Lay down your burdens
    lay down your shame
    All who are broken lift up your face
    O wanderer come home
    You’re not too far
    So lay down your hurt lay down your heart
    Come as you are

    Verse 2
    There’s hope for the hopeless
    And all those who’ve strayed
    Come sit at the table come taste the grace
    There’s rest for the weary
    Rest that endures
    Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can’t cure

    Verse 3
    There’s joy for the morning
    O sinner be still
    Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can’t heal (x2)

    Yet Not I but through Christ in Me

    Verse 1
    What gift of grace is Jesus my redeemer
    There is no more for heaven now to give
    He is my joy, my righteousness and freedom
    My steadfast love
    my deep and boundless peace
    To this I hold: my hope is only Jesus
    For my life is wholly bound to his
    Oh how strange and divine
    I can sing, “all is mine!”
    Yet not I but through Christ in me

    Verse 2
    The night is dark but I am not forsaken
    For by my side the Saviour he will stay
    I labour on in weakness and rejoicing
    For in my need his power is displayed
    To this I hold: my Shepherd will defend me
    Through the deepest valley he will lead
    Oh the night has been won
    and I shall overcome
    Yet not I but through Christ in me

    Verse 3
    No fate I dread I know I am forgiven
    The future sure the price it has been paid
    For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon
    And he was raised to overthrow the grave
    To this I hold: my sin has been defeated
    Jesus now and ever is my plea
    Oh the chains are released
    I can sing, “I am free!”
    Yet not I but through Christ in me

    Verse 4
    With every breath I long to follow Jesus
    For he has said that he will bring me home
    And day by day I know he will renew me
    Until I stand with joy before the throne
    To this I hold: my hope is only Jesus
    All the glory evermore to him
    When the race is complete
    still my lips shall repeat
    “Yet not I but through Christ in me.”

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