I Call You Friends

I Call You Friends

John 15:12-17

Call to Worship: Adaptation from Psalm 68 and 147

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving.
Make music upon the harp.
How good it is to celebrate God’s presence
and sing praise throughout each day!
How good it is to sing praise and give honor to our God!

Our God rebuilds the people of earth.
The wandering ones are gathered together,
the brokenhearted are healed, the hungry are fed,
the prisoners are freed, the blind are given sight,
the lonely are befriended.
How good it is to sing praise and give honor to our God!

Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:1-4 (MSG)

1-4 If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care—then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

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