5/23 Worship Service

*Entire service available on video HERE

Call To Worship

(Scripture to set a tone for worshipping the Lord):

Trust in the Lord and do what is good;
dwell in the land and live securely.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.

-Psalm 37:3-4

Worship In Song

O Praise The Name (Anastasis)

Thy Mercy, My God

My One Comfort (It Is Finished)

The Reading Of God’s Word

James 4:1-12 (Vickie Mausler)

What is the source of wars and fights among you? Don’t they come from your passions that wage war within you? You desire and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and wage war. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and don’t receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.
You adulterous people! Don’t you know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? So whoever wants to be the friend of the world becomes the enemy of God. Or do you think it’s without reason that the Scripture says: The spirit he made to dwell in us envies intensely?
But he gives greater grace. Therefore he says:
God resists the proud
but gives grace to the humble.
Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
11 Don’t criticize one another, brothers and sisters. Anyone who defames or judges a fellow believer defames and judges the law. If you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.  12 There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

The Proclamation Of God’s Word

Do You Desire To Desire? (Sean Nolan)

Response: The Lord’s Supper

(All baptized Christians who are trusting in Jesus for salvation are welcome to join us for communion. Please hold onto your bread and juice until instructed to partake of this ordinance together. Afterwards, please dispose of the waste in the garbage in the hallway.)

Response: Congregational Prayer

Father in Heaven,
We are your handiwork but confess we have rebelled against you.

We believe, help our unbelief.

Yet, you would not leave us separated from you, but sent Jesus to redeem us.

We believe, help our unbelief.

Still, our desires are so often unlike your own. Would you create in us new hearts, O Lord. And renew right spirits within us?

We believe, help our unbelief.

We know that should you desire, you could raise up children from the very stones on the ground. We desire to be your children and for our thoughts, motives and actions to line up with yours.

We believe, help our unbelief.

For we are restless Lord, until our hearts rest in you. Help us to enter your rest.

We believe, help our unbelief.

Songs Of Response

O Come To The Altar

Skeleton Bones

Volunteers Needed:

We currently have FIVE volunteers for our children’s ministry. We have around 15 children making up our existing families. We’re praying for another SEVEN volunteers to help us implement a top-notch children’s program. Even if you’re not comfortable teaching, would you be willing to help out 1x a month? Email: sean@engagealbany.org if so!

Member’s Meeting: TODAY!

Upstairs on the first floor, immediately after the service.

Worship Through Giving:

Those who call Engage home are encouraged to worship through giving. In order to ensure minimal contact, those giving by cash or check are encouraged to drop in the collection box near the info table. To read more about what we believe about giving or to submit an offering online click HERE.
(also available on Venmo: @EngageAlbany)


(Closing words from Scripture)

So you also have sorrow now. But I will see you again. Your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy from you. “In that day you will not ask me anything. Truly I tell you, anything you ask the Father in my name, he will give you. Until now you have asked for nothing in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.
-John 16:22-24

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