The Whole Story: Exile & Return – Ezra
Throughout The Whole Story, we see God’s promises at work in the lives of His people. This week we will observe the life of Ezra, a servant of the Lord during the time of the Israelite’s return from exile. The Israelites had fallen away from the Lord once again, so God called Ezra to help turn their devotion back to Him. Despite their unfaithfulness, God remained unwavering in His love and covenant with His people, and He still does to this day.
As we gather this weekend to worship, we will remember God’s promises and declare that our God is ever faithful and never changing through the song “The Lord Our God” by Passion. He is our promise maker and promise keeper. Even in the waiting, we know that God is good and is working all things out for His glory. Connections campus will be singing “You Give Me Joy” by Jonathan Stockstill.
“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” Deuteronomy 7:9
We will continue our time of worship through song by singing about the love and goodness of our Father through the song “Good Good Father” by Zealand Worship. We have a Father who delights in having relationships with His children, and His love for us is unfailing. We await in preparation for the day of Christ’s return when all things will be made right and new once and for all. We proclaim our desire for His return through the song “Even So Come” by Passion.
The theme throughout all of scripture is God’s constant love and devotion to His people. Once again, He is forever faithful and is worthy of all praise. He desires our praise, so we will bring our adoration to the Lord through the song “Ever Be” by Bethel. He is a father to the orphan and his kindness makes us whole. His praise should always be on our lips.
“I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.” Psalm 34:1
In response to the message, we will ask God to fill us with faith to follow His ways and commands through the song “Give Me Faith” by Elevation Worship. We are broken because of sin, but by surrendering our lives to Christ, He turns our brokenness to beauty. He forgives us, makes us righteous through His blood, and shapes us to be more like Him. We have assurance of eternal life because of Christ’s sacrifice. Let’s give Him the devotion of our hearts as we seek to know Him more this weekend.
“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts
are like filthy rags…Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you
are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:6a & 8
- The Lord Our God – YouTube | Amazon | iTunes | Spotify
- Good Good Father – YouTube | Amazon | iTunes | Spotify
- Even So Come - YouTube | Amazon | iTunes | Spotify
- Ever Be – YouTube | Amazon | iTunes | Spotify
- Give Me Faith – YouTube | Amazon | iTunes| Spotify
- You Give Me Joy (Connections Campus) – YouTube | Amazon | iTunes| Spotify