Call to Worship: Psalm 121 (NIV)
Leader: We lift up our eyes to the mountains;
where does our help come from?
People: Our help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
Leader: He will not let your foot slip—
He who watches over you will not slumber;
People: Indeed, he who watches over you
will neither slumber nor sleep.
Leader: The Lord watches over us—
the Lord is our shade at our right hand;
People: The sun will not harm us by day,
nor the moon by night.
Leader: The Lord will keep you from all harm—
He will watch over your life;
People: The Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:6-11 (NIV)
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.