Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr



“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2)

The Greek word translated transform in this passage is metamorphousthe. This is where our English word metamorphosis comes from. It literally means to change form. When we become a Christian, we are expected to become something different. We are not to stay the same. God now lives in us. Through his presence and the influence of Scripture and Christian practices, we are shaped into a new being.

As we go through life, it is helpful to stop from time to time and compare our life to what it once was. We need to look at our life before we were a Christian and now that we are a Christian. We need to examine our progression over the years. We should be growing in Christ. If we are the same person we were five, ten, fifteen years ago, then something is wrong.

One of the primary goals of the Christian life is to be transformed into the image of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18). If this is not happening, then we need to make some changes. We need to begin by praying to God and developing a healthy prayer life. We need to make sure we are meditating on God’s word. We need to digest it and make it a part of us. We need to be engaged in Christian practices (disciplines). We need to be actively in involved in helping the poor. We need to focus on our spiritual health through fasting. By devoting ourselves to Christian practices and trusting in God to work in our lives, we can become something new.




Scripture Reading – Psalm 1

God Himself Is With Us

Introductory Talk & Prayer – Beginning the New Year focusing upon God
Count Your Blessings

Scripture Reading – Psalm 2

Prayer: Pray for Community & Leaders – that God might use the church to influence them How Great Thou Art

Scripture Reading – Psalm 3 followed by…

Reading from Ps 3 section in Handout Notes & 1 minute of silent contemplation and personal prayer then…

Listen to Recording – A Shield About Me (Zoe Group)

Scripture Reading – Psalm 19

Communion Reflection – focused on vv12-14
Communion Distribution

Thank You Lord (during collection)

Scripture Reading – Psalm 20

Prayer: God Hears Our Prayers – including a prayer for the needs pinned on our prayer board Great Is Thy Faithfulness

I Need Thee Every Hour

Scripture Reading – Psalm 145

All Creatures of Our God and King

Shepherds Blessing and Prayer

Prayer Service Supplement

Submitted by Peter Horne



[Derived from Various Forms]

Almighty God,

We pray for God’s people throughout the world; for our elders and deacons; for this gathering; and for all ministers and people. Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you.

We pray for peace; for goodwill among nations; and for the well-being of all people. Guide all those who govern into justice and peace.

We pray for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, the unemployed, those in prison, and all who remember and care for them. Deliver them from distress and have compassion toward their need.

We pray for all who seek you, or a deeper knowledge of you. May they find and be found by you.

We pray for the departed who died in hope of the resurrection [especially                    ]. We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy. May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.

We pray for                              .

We offer thanksgiving for                              .

We praise you, O Our God, for those in every generation in whom Christ has been honored. May we have grace to glorify Christ in our own day.

Defend us, deliver us, and in thy compassion protect us, O Lord, by thy grace.

In the communion of all the saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life, to Christ our Lord, in whose name we pray to you in your Spirit.


Submitted by Benjamin Williams



[After entering the baptistry]

Responsive Reading I:

Reader: Put to death what is earthly in you.

Congregation: Put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, foul talk, and untruthfulness.

Reader: The world walks in these, but you must now put them all away.

Confession & Baptism

[Following the baptism, remain in the baptistry and ask the newly baptized to join the congregation for the following reading.]

Responsive Reading II:

Reader: Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead.

Congregation: And Christ will give you light.

Reader: Put on then, as God’s chosen people,

Congregation: compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience.

Reader: As the Lord forgives you, you must also forgive others.

Congregation: Above all, put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your heart.

Prayer for the Newly Baptized and the Church’s Commitment to Them

Submitted by Matt Porter



“What we have fully explored and comprehended, wearies us by familiarity, and loses its attractive charm. But mystery awakens curiosity; engages attention; excites inquiry; gives activity to thought and zest to enjoyment. How just, then, that the most important things should be the most mysterious! How proper that we should be thus led to dwell upon these with fixed attention! How fitting, also, that we should be most deeply interested in the things which Christianity presents! Nature attracts us by the wonders of a life and a death which are temporal, but religion enchains the soul by the deeper mysteries of a life and a death which are eternal.”

“It is untrue then, that a mystery that is truly divine, can obstruct our progress or hinder our vision. On the contrary, it tends to give us truer and nobler views of Deity, because it brings us nearer to Him, and yet veils, in a favoring obscurity, that dazzling glory which would otherwise blind our feeble vision. Thus it is not the light of day that gives to us the most glorious and sublime view of the material universe. We then see the earth beneath us, and the blue expanse above us, with its single sun, on which, from its very brightness, we dare not gaze, and whose very light conceals from us the rest of the material system. It is when the light is withdrawn, and darkness casts her sable mantle over the things of earth, that our view, instead of being contracted, is enlarged, and fixed upon the heavens. It is then that worlds upon worlds arise before us, and millions of suns appear in place of one, and distant and still more distant orbs lead us farther and farther through the regions of illimitable space, to the unresolved nebulae of utmost vision; to the sublime mysteries of nature; to the overwhelming grandeur and magnificence of the divine creation; to the infinite power and glory of the Creator.”

Robert Richardson, Communings in the Sanctuary



Father God, thank you for the light you have given me and have enabled me to walk in thus far. Praise be to you, my God, Dispeller and Defeater of darkness, my light and my salvation!

Forgive me of every grain of darkness in me. I beg you to continue to be patient with me for I know that I remain so very blind to so very much more of what you would have me to see, what you would have me turn from, and what you would have me embrace. I will die in this condition, on this ceaseless journey of enlightenment, in and toward, your light. How I need your constant guidance and direction! I know this, and so, into your hands I commit my spirit.

Keep me humble, Father, about what I think I know. Never stop working on me. In your Son’s name I pray, chisel me into something useful and good for your name. Make me a good reflector of your light. Grow me!

And I ask such not for myself alone, but also for all of my brothers and sisters everywhere, in every church family. Especially for those who are very young and are so very dependent on how those who are older model the meaning and practice of a walk of faith with you. Shield their hearts and minds from being shaped wrong, lest they grow hardened or cold, misled and misleading. Grow in them great discernment and persistence, so that they pick the good and toss the chaff away.

And I pray especially for those who are up in years and are growing more limited in their options in life and company. Mature in them a mind ever opening wider to your work and ways of mercy and love. Protect their spirits lest they give way to disappointment and fear, give up and quit their journey with you, or fall prey to the manipulative ways of our enemy, the evil one.

Please hear my prayer in the name of your Son, my Savior.


Submitted by David Smith



Almighty Father in heaven, we thank You for making all things new!

We praise You now as our Creator, and we will praise You forever as our Re-Creator in Jesus Christ.

Thank You for washing us, cleansing us, and purifying us, for hiding Your face from our sins and blotting out our iniquities through the washing of regeneration that we have received in Jesus’ blood and by the renewing of the Holy Spirit.

Father, we thank You that the old things have passed away; that we no longer live in sin, in guilt, in shame, under condemnation, alienated and distant from You, but that we have been brought near through the sacrifice of Your Son and we stand before You clean and pure; counted as righteous and holy through Your Son.

Father, just as You created us in our nature after Your own image, give us the strength, courage, and commitment to be more and more conformed to the image of Christ in our lives.  Help us to walk daily in His steps, to speak His words, to show His grace, compassion, and love, and to be His hands and feet in this world.

Father, may we truly come to know Jesus; may we see Him face to face.  Lord, touch us, hold us, use us, and mold us.  Let us truly live in You.

Father, may we allow Jesus to draw us ever nearer, and hold us in His loving arms.  May He wrap us in His gentle presence, and, when the end comes, Father, we ask that He bring us home to You.

We ask these blessings of You and give You our eternal thanks through the name of Jesus Your Son and our Savior, Amen!

Submitted by Tim Pyles



Our God, Our Father in heaven,

We come before the throne of your grace, seeking your face, humbled by your presence.

You are a God of steadfast love, your mercies are new every morning, and your faithfulness is toward every generation.

What can we render to you for your benefits toward us in this past year? Your mercies are abundantly poured out on us daily. You have lavished us with grace. The cup of our salvation runs over.

You have exalted us above the heavens in your son Jesus Christ. You have redeemed us for your glory and our good. You have filled our hearts with joy and gladness. You have made us kings. You have crowned us with righteousness. You are truly the God of hope—the fountain of all hope.

And as we begin this New Year, we relish that hope. Our hearts are daily refreshed by the hope of Jesus. In a world of despair, you make us sing; in a world of decay, you revive us.

This year, help us Lord, to keep our eyes on that bright and morning star, the glory of your face, the commander and the Lord of Host, our Savior and High Priest, Jesus Christ. Allow that hope to infuse us with purpose and goodwill toward our community and world. Allow your love to fill us with zeal for your cause. Make your word flourish so fully in our hearts that the fruit of holiness is daily witnessed in our actions. May all of this be for the coming of your kingdom and the fulfillment of your will.

Fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by your power, so that you are glorified in us, and we are glorified in you. For from you, and to you, and through you belong all things.


Submitted by Jacob Rutledge


The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

There’s something special about being together week after week.

We are a gathered people


We are a rescued people


We are story people


We are gospel people


We are family!

We share one another’s hurts, carry one another’s burdens, celebrate one another’s victories and accomplishments.

While we are all different, in this moment around this table, the Lords table, we are one!

There’s no rich or not so rich…

There’s no educated or uneducated…

No, we come together as sinners all in need of the grace and mercy of God. We come together as saints clinging to the story of the cross and the empty tomb.

We come together, together to celebrate the life that was given so that we might have life.

Submitted by Jason Retherford



We serve a God who creates; a God who re-creates, a God who renews, who restores, who refreshes, who revives, who resuscitates; A God Who Makes Things New

He is a God whose steadfast love never ceases, whose mercies never fail; rather, they are made new every morning, with the dawning of every single new day.

God says, “Behold, I make all things new.”

As we enter into a new year, we want to focus our hearts and minds, through Scripture and song, on the God who makes new and on the new life He has given us in Jesus Christ.

Through Jeremiah, God promised to make a new covenant with His people.

Through Isaiah He declared, “Behold, I am doing a new thing.”

To make this a reality, God sent His Son

Jesus came with a new teaching; teaching with authority. Even His enemies said, “This is new; this is unprecedented; no one ever spoke like this man.”

The new wine of the Gospel could not be contained in the old wineskins of the Law; new wineskins would be needed; the wineskins of grace and truth.

Jesus spoke a new commandment.

Jesus spoke of the new birth.

His apostles would describe this new birth as the creation of a new self that is clothed with Christ and led by God’s Spirit; the old self dies and is buried; the new self is raised to walk in newness of life – just like a newborn baby

The old things have passed away, behold new things have come!

We share in the blessings of God’s new covenant, with a better priest, a better sacrifice, and better promises.

In Christ we have a new mindset, a new agenda, a new set of values

We have the hope and promise of a new heaven and a new earth, the new Jerusalem, where we will receive a new name and sing a new song. The former things will be no more.

The One who sits on the throne says, “Behold, I am making all things new.”

As another new year begins, let us continue committing ourselves to:
Walk with God more devotedly
Love Him more dearly
Trust Him more deeply
Receive His grace more freely
Praise Him more adoringly
Talk with Him more intimately
Feed on His Word more regularly
Obey Him more consistently
Follow Jesus more closely
Listen to Him more carefully
Accept His promises more trustingly
Share our faith in Him more courageously
Sense the Spirit’s presence and power more keenly
As a result, may we:
Treat one another more kindly
Speak to one another more graciously
Listen to one another more attentively
Respond to one another more compassionately
Serve one another more humbly
Bear with one another more patiently
Forgive one another more readily
Defend one another more valiantly
Give to one another more willingly
Trust one another more implicitly
Lord, let it begin with me!

Submitted by Tim Pyles