We can never fully understand the pain of other persons; we can only be with them in it. This verse is most effectively applied when we realize our own limitations of perception.
– Marva Dawn
As much as these psalms of lamentation may be of help in times of personal sorrow, we should not forget that as they now stand, they are the prayers of the community. We should continue to pray them even when we are not individually in any particular trouble, because we pray these psalms for the whole of God’s people…So long as there is suffering in the world, the church must lament before God; the church must cry out in pain.
– Hughes Oliphant Old
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.”
To repay evil for evil is to be overcome by it; to repay good for evil is to overcome evil with good. This is the way of the cross.
The Lord Calls Us
God invites and calls us into His presence to worship Him. He enters into our busy lives to speak to us.
Words: Joseph Hart; Music: Matthew Smith
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
The Lord Cleanses Us
God cleanses and restores us through Jesus’ death and resurrection. We fight the temptation to hide our sin and instead acknowledge it openly to God, but we do so in light of the grace that is ours in Jesus.
We pray that You would hear our cries for mercy. We confess that we have failed to love You and our neighbors. Be gracious and forgive our many sins for the sake of Your steadfast love. Enter into the pain and sorrow of those in our midst who are hurting. Bring comfort to those who are grieving. Stir up hope in those who are in despair. We pray this all through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Your Son on our behalf. Amen.
How long? Will You turn Your face away?
How long? Do You hear us when we pray?
On and on, still we walk this pilgrim way – How long?
How long ’til Your children find their rest?
How long ’til You draw them to Your breast?
We go on holding to Your promises – How long?
’Til You wipe away the tears from ev’ry eye
‘Til we see our home descending from the sky
Do we wait in vain? Jesus, give us hope again!
How long ’til Your word will still the storm?
How long ’til You bare Your mighty arm?
How we groan ’til You snatch us from the thorns – How long?
How long? Sweet the dawn that ends the race.
How long? Weak our hearts but strong our legs.
Looking on – great that cloud of witnesses! How long?
Words: Samuel John Stone; Music: Brian Moss
Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death?
A. That I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation. Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.
The Lord Converses with Us
God speaks to us by His Word, and we respond with prayer, gratitude, and offerings.
10:1 Why, O LORD, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? 2 In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;
let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised. 3 For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD. 4 In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.” 5 His ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of his sight; as for all his foes, he puffs at them. 6 He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.” 7 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity. 8 He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless; 9 he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket; he lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.
10 The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might. 11 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it.” 12 Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted. 13 Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”? 14 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless. 15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none. 16 The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land. 17 O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear 18 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
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12:9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
“A Loving Community”
Pastor Brian Davis
The Lord Communes With Us
God invites us to feast with Him at His Table.
Pastor: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Pastor: Lift up your hearts!
People: We lift them up to the Lord.
Pastor: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right to give him thanks and praise.
Pastor: Let us proclaim the mystery of the faith:
People: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. Hallelujah!
Pastor: Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed for us. Hallelujah!
People: Therefore, let us keep the feast.
Pastor: The gifts of God for the people of God.
In Feast or Fallow
When the fields are dry, and the winter is long
Blessed are the meek, the hungry, the poor
When my soul is downcast, and my voice has no song
For mercy, for comfort, I wait on the Lord
In the harvest feast or the fallow ground,
My certain hope is in Jesus found
My lot, my cup, my portion sure
Whatever comes, we shall endure
Whatever comes, we shall endure
On a cross of wood, His blood was outpoured
He rose from the ground, like a bird to the sky
Bringing peace to our violence, and crushing death’s door
Our Maker incarnate, our God Who provides.
When the earth beneath me crumbles and quakes
Not a sparrow falls, nor a hair from my head
Without His hand to guide me, my shield and my strength
In joy or in sorrow, in life or in death
Words & Music: Sandra McCracken
Our mouths they were filled,
filled with laughter;
Our tongues they were loosed,
loosed with joy.
Restore us, O Lord! Restore us, O Lord!
Although we are weeping,
Lord, help us keep sowing
The seeds of Your Kingdom
for the day You will reap them!
Your sheaves we will carry;
Lord, please do not tarry!
All those who sow weeping
will go out with songs of joy!
The nations will say,
“He has done great things!”
The nations will sing songs of joy.
Restore us, O Lord! Restore us, O Lord!
Words & Music: Bifrost Arts
The Lord Commissions Us
God blesses us and sends us out to be a part of His mission to Fort Worth & the world.
Hail to the Lord’s anointed, great David’s greater Son!
Hail in the time appointed, His reign on earth begun!
He comes to break oppression, to set the captive free,
To take away transgression, and rule in equity.
He comes with comfort speedy to those who suffer wrong,
To help the poor and needy, and bid the weak be strong.
To give them songs for sighing, their darkness turn to light,
Whose souls, condemned and dying, are precious in His sight.
He shall come down like showers upon the fruitful earth,
Love, joy, and hope, like flowers, spring in His path to birth.
The tide of time shall never His covenant remove.
His Name shall stand forever, That Name to us is Love.
Words: James Montgomery; Music: Sandra McCracken
The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
— Numbers 6:24-26 ESV
Pastor: Let us go forth to serve Fort Worth and the world as those who love our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
People: Thanks be to God!
* CCLI #5043663 – all songs used by permission
Join us at the church office (3750 S. University, 76109, Suite 101) on Friday mornings at 8am for prayer. Anyone is welcome!
Women’s Fall Forum
Women, join us as we welcome local therapist Rachel Vendsel to talk about “Gospel Hope for Anxiety.” A salad supper will be served in the Connell Fellowship Hall at 630pm on October 13. Register in the Church Center app. Cost is $15 but scholarships available; contact Susan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Men’s Oktoberfest Tailgate
Guys, join us for the 2022 Trinity Men’s Oktoberfest—tailgate style! We’ll be smoking up some BBQ with football on the tube at Tom Bates’s tailgate spot (2800 Colonial Parkway) at 6pm on October 20. We’ll also have plenty of ice-cold Bavarian brews and snacks to go around! $15 covers dinner and drinks. Register in the Church Center app.
Academy 4 – Mentors Needed
Academy 4 partners churches with low-income schools to mentor 4th graders. Volunteers are matched with a 4th grader to mentor once a month for 90 minutes. Daggett Elementary is full so Trinity volunteers will now serve Clark Elementary and we need a few more mentors! Please register here: https://academy4.org/mentor or
contact Theresa (email@example.com) for more info.
Youth Group – Roctober!
Roctober is our presbytery’s annual fall retreat for all youth (7th-12th grade). It will be October 21-22 at Camp Copass in Denton, TX. Cost is $80/student, and sign-up is now live! Please be aware the deadline to sign-up and receive a t-shirt is October 7 and the absolute hard deadline is 11:59 pm on October 14. Questions? Reach out to John (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Emily (email@example.com).
Young Adult Dinners
Trinity Young Adults is a group for post-undergrad, in grad school, career, single, or young marrieds. Come join us after church on the 1st and 3rd Sundays after worship. Today we will eat at Central Market. Details about dinners and other ongoing events can be found in our group in the Church Center app or contact Rachel (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jeff (email@example.com).
Fall Adult Sunday School
October 16 – Stories of Grace: Kelly Opgenorth, Lessons from Her Counseling Practice
October 30 – Panel on Grief & Loss
November 13 – Stories of Grace: CJ Evans on Vocation
November 27 – Stories of Grace: The Grabers on Ministry in Germany
December 11 – TBD
Women’s Fall Bible Study
Women have two opportunities to study the book of Joshua together this fall. The morning study is in the Connell Fellowship Hall on Thursdays, 915-1055am. The evening study meets Wednesdays at Becky Burt’s home, 7-830pm. You can register in the Church Center app or contact Susan (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Men’s Fall Bible Study
This study will last 10 weeks and we will have two meeting options available. You can come to the Wednesday morning study (630 – 730am) located at Connell or the Thursday lunch study (12 – 1pm) located at Walt Jones’s office (Chase Bank Building, 420 Throckmorton Street, Suite 1150 (11th Floor) 76102). Questions? Contact Pastor Andy (email@example.com).
Krumms in Ethiopia
You can find details and giving info on the Krumms’ Mission in Ethiopia on the Church Center app under “Events”.
Meet Us in the Near Southside
As we begin the transition to our new neighborhood, we want to introduce you to some of our new neighbors. We will try to highlight several businesses each month as well as any special events, and we encourage you to visit them. You can find more info in the Church Center app!
Save the Dates
-Welcome Team Training & Young Adult Dinner – Today
-Youth Large Group – October 12
-Women’s Forum – October 13
-Men’s Oktoberfest Tailgate – October 20
-Youth Roctober – October 21-22
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