This meeting opened with a powerful call to worship by Beth Whiting.
The message by Corey focuses on how Jesus welcomes all into his "body", the church. The video of this sermon can be watched at https://youtu.be/6L_0-p1kM3U
The call to worship: Arise, Awake, Oh Sleeper by Beth Whiting - Acts 17:24-28
Lord, your words they keep stirring in my heart, perhaps beckoning my soul from this sleep. Asking me yet again to consider who you are, and who you’ve created us, your sons and daughters to be.
So I think about creation: the sun, the moon, the stars, Marveling at the contrast of how big, yet how near you are.
How you are the God who commanded in the vast emptiness, “let there be light!” Then told us that same light shines in our hearts just as bright.
How you are the God who determined the stars, and call them each by name. Yet you know our every thought, and every whisper just the same.
You are the King of all kings, and the Lord of all lords, Yet you chose to come as a helpless child whom we did not adore.
You in the nature of God did not consider privilege as something to be grasped, Rather you made yourself nothing, and on the cross you collapsed.
So when you cry out to our souls, “Arise, Awake Oh Sleeper,” It is with the very power you were risen that our souls can respond, rise up, Love deeper.
Oh, that we would see. Oh, that we would know, The depths to which you’ve already gone to see us, your bride, Rise up with you and go.
Yet, why do you call us to come with you, to go? Surely we know nothing that you don’t already know.
Do we think it is for labor, as if you could be served by human hands? Or do we hear you in the garden praying, “Father, I just want them with me where I am.”
Will we seek you, will we find you, will we no longer on ourselves depend? You’ve said you no longer call us servants, but you have called us friend.
But how often I’m like the disciples who could not keep watch with you even an hour, Asleep under a tree, while you’re interceding for your Father’s will, his guidance, his power. Did they not know the hour they were in? Did they not realize your Great Eternal Story was being written?
Like them, we’re right within the pages, each of our days a day in your story; Teach us that they are numbered; help us use them for your glory.
You call, “arise, awake, oh sleeper. Open your eyes and My glory you’ll see, You can arise, you can awake, oh sleeper because you live, and move, and breathe in me.
Return, oh sleeper to your first love, let me hear your voice, let me see your face, Come meet me in the clefts of the rock, you’ll find me waiting in our secret place.
Acts 18:1-4, 18, 24-28
After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them, and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade. And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks.
After this, Paul stayed many days longer and then took leave of the brothers and set sail for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila.
Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures.He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John.He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed,for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.