Scripture : 1 Corinthians 7:25-40
Sermon: “A Single Devotion”
Preacher: Rev. Tom Hawkes
Worship Leader: Jeremy D. Goodwyne
Corporate Confession : From 1 Kings 8, Luke 14 & Revelation 2
Leader: O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart.
People: We confess that we are a people of divided loyalties. We exalt even the good gifts you have given to be equal to you or above you. Restore to us the love we had for Jesus at first.
Leader: If anyone comes to you and does not hate his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters and even his own life compared to his love for you, he cannot be your disciple.
People: But these and much else have we loved more than you, so we fall upon your mercy and grace. Forgive us, and transform us by your love, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Confession of Faith : Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 1
Leader: What is your only comfort, in life and in death?
People: That I belong – body and soul, in life and in death – not to myself but to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ, who at the cost of his own blood has fully paid for all my sins and has completely freed me from the dominion of the devil; that he protects me so well that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that everything must fit his purpose for my salvation. Therefore, by his Holy Spirit, he also assures me of eternal life, and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.