Call to Worship
One: We’ve come this far by faith,
All: Leaning on the Lord.
One: Do not let your hearts get weary.
All: You can lean on the Lord.
One: You don’t need to be afraid.
All: You can trust in the Lord.
One: Holy God, thank you for carrying us through the challenging and difficult times in our lives. As we come together to hear your word and praise your name, strengthen our hearts in faith, hope, and love, so that we can walk by faith and not by sight.
Prayer of Confession
God of grace,
you have called us by name, yet we do not respond.
We are busy.
We are tired.
We are afraid.
Shepherd us, Lord. Take away everything that separates us from you. Open our ears and our hearts to hear your voice, that we may follow you to still waters and green pastures, renewed in faith by your love.
Scripture Romans 4:13-25
13 For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15 For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.
16 For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become “the father of many nations,” according to what was said, “So numerous shall your descendants be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20 No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 Therefore his faith “was reckoned to him as righteousness.” 23 Now the words, “it was reckoned to him,” were written not for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.