I’m traveling on business and had to leave early this morning, which meant I would miss worshiping with my local church family at Faith Baptist in Cheboygan.  I’m always sad when I’m away on Sunday because of the people I don’t see and speak with, find out how they’re doing, or what is going on in their lives in the coming week.  It is great to sing together, study together, pray together as a church family.

Since I was flying two time zones away, though, it also meant I would arrive in time to attend a church locally and spend time worshiping the God I love with a different church family.  I knew of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church (I know, I’m Baptist, so what am I doing in a Presbyterian Church?) in Englewood, Colorado, because of interactions with Zac Hicks on twitter (@zachicks), so I decided I would check out their worship times and see if I could make it.  My flight landed at 9:45, their service started at 11:00 and they were +/- 35 minutes away, so I thought I could do it.  I picked up my rental car, set the GPS to the church’s address and took off. I only missed one turn, and still made it  just as the service was starting.

I was handed a copy of the bulletin/order of service/whatever it’s called, and realized I only really knew one song they would be singing, and that was the doxology they sang after the offering. I had heard another on a CD, so was familiar with it, but that was it. The rest were all new.  There were song sheets available at the door, but I didn’t realize that until after we started, and I didn’t want to walk back out to get one, so I struggled a bit to find the  melody, but I was able to sing along softly and, more importantly, focus on the text as I was singing.

The worship notes were great, explaining what we would be doing, and the reason for what we were doing. They contained the best part of the service, a corporate reading for “Confession of Sin”, which I have copied below.  I didn’t see a copyright, so if I’m infringing I hope I can be forgiven.

Blessed Jesus, You offered us all Your blessings when You announced:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit”
…but we have been rich in pride.
“Blessed are those who mourn”
…but we have not known much sorrow for our sin.
“Blessed are the meek”
…but we are a stiff-necked people.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness”
…but we are filled to the full with other things.
“Blessed are the merciful”
…but we are harsh and impatient.
“Blessed are the pure in heart”
…but we have impure hearts.
“Blessed are the peacemakers”
…but we have not sought reconciliation.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness”
…but our lives do not challenge the world.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me”
…but we have hardly made it known we are Yours.

Your law is holy and Your benedictions are perfect,
but they are both too great for us.
You alone are blessed.
You were rich and became poor in spirit.
You were spotless and learned the sorrow of sin.
You were equal with God and still meek in the world.
You had all dignity and honor and still You hungered for righteousness.
You were deserving of all honor, but gave us all mercy.
You, Jesus, alone are pure in heart and You made peace for us with God.
You alone are blessed.

Forgive us, Lord.

It was a great hour.  Thank you, Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, for allowing me to worship the God of all creation and the God of our salvation with you.  I should be back home at Faith next Sunday, and if any of you from Englewood happen to be in Cheboygan, I invite you to worship God with us!


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