– Scot McKnight
First Peter presents the Christian community as a colony in a strange land, an island of one culture in the midst of another. The new birth that gives Christians a new identity and a new citizenship in the kingdom of God makes us, in whatever culture we happen to live, visiting foreigners and resident aliens there.
– Karen Jobes
Peter’s thesis is this: the followers of Jesus Christ are strangers in their own homeland. To be born again into a living hope is to become a foreigner in the land of one’s birth. Without moving from one country to another, and without crossing any political or regional boundaries, Christians became resident aliens. The impact of the gospel is theological and sociological. Because of Christ, believers re-enter their home culture as immigrants, foreigners, who for all practical purposes are now strangers without status in their home culture. Christ’s followers become exiles without being deported, migrants without migrating, and foreigners without traveling to a foreign country. Believers are resident aliens by virtue of their newfound faith in Christ. First Peter is about the social impact of life in Christ and the inevitable clash with culture than ensues because of the “sheer contrariness” of the good news of Jesus Christ.
– Douglas Webster
God invites and calls us into His presence to worship Him. He enters into our busy lives to speak to us.
Oh how good to be together
In this weary world we trod
What a gift, what a treasure
Kindred in the house of God
On this day the Lord has fashioned
Come rejoice with all your might
Raise a banner of salvation
He has led us through the night
Oh the joy, oh the sweetness
To be gathered in the name of the Lord
Evermore, he will keep us
From the valley to the golden shore
When it looked like evil conquered
When we felt the darkest hour
In despair we sought the Father
And he has proved his mighty power
Tell the theme of his provision
How he met our every need
He has been our firm foundation
And he will ever, always be
Words: Kirk Sauers; Music: Paul Ranheim
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.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy
God, be merciful to me;
On Thy grace I rest my plea
Plenteous in compassion Thou,
Blot out my transgressions now;
Wash me, make me pure within;
Cleanse, O cleanse me from my sin.
My transgressions I confess;
Grief and guilt my soul oppress.
I have sinned against Thy grace,
And provoked Thee to Thy face.
I confess Thy judgment just;
Speechless, I Thy mercy trust.
I am evil, born in sin;
Thou desirest truth within.
Thou alone my Savior art,
Teach Thy wisdom to my heart;
Make me pure, Thy grace bestow,
Wash me whiter than the snow.
Broken, humbled to the dust
By Thy wrath and judgment just,
Let my contrite heart rejoice,
And in gladness hear Thy voice;
From my sins O hide Thy face,
Blot them out in boundless grace.
Gracious God, my heart renew,
Make my spirit right and true.
Cast me not away from Thee,
Let Thy Spirit dwell in me;
Thy salvation’s joy impart,
Steadfast make my willing heart.
Sinners then shall learn from me,
And return, O God, to Thee
Savior all my guilt remove,
And my tongue shall sing Thy love
Touch my silent lips, O Lord,
And my mouth shall praise accord.
Words: Scottish Psalter; Music: Christopher Miner
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.
The Old Testament Lesson Exodus 19:1-6
God speaks to us by His Word.
19:1 On the third new moon after the people of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. 2 They set out from Rephidim and came into the wilderness of Sinai, and they encamped in the wilderness. There Israel encamped before the mountain, 3 while Moses went up to God. The LORD called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: 4 ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; 6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
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The Prayers of the People
2:4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” 7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” 8 and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
“Strangers in a Strange Land“
Pastor Andy Wood
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.
How Firm a Foundation
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
You who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?
Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed;
I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.
When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of grief shall not thee overflow;
For I will be with thee thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.
The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no, never, no, never forsake.
Words: attributed to R. Keene; Music: traditional American melody
‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
Just to know “Thus saith the Lord!”
Refrain: Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!
O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
Just in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!
Yes ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.
I’m so glad I learned to trust Him,
Precious Jesus, Savior, friend;
And I know that He is with me,
Will be with me to the end.
Words: Louisa M. R. Stead; Music: William James Kirkpatrick
The Lord Commissions Us
God blesses us and sends us out to be a part of His mission to Fort Worth & the world.
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
Sunday School & Youth Group Today
We will have our meetings for Youth Group (HS and MS), Five Six (5th and 6th graders), and Sunday School (0-3 Nursery and classes for ages 4-4th grade) after worship until 630pm. Pizza provided!
Adult Sunday School Today
Today we will hear from Pastor Brian on Trinity’s Mission and Core Commitments. We will meet after worship until 630pm.
Parents’ Night Out – RYM Fundraiser
Hey, parents! Do you have plans on Valentine’s Day yet? Consider participating in our Parents’ Night Out RYM Fundraiser on Tuesday, February 14 from 530 – 8pm at Connell. Youth students, along with other adults and volunteers, will look after and entertain children ages 4-11 so you can get some quality time away! There will be a fixed cost per child (but discounts for multiple children) with dinner provided. More details to follow! Questions? Contact John (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Emily (email@example.com).
Winter Conference – Loving Our Neighborhood
Join us February 17 & 18 for our winter conference with Josh Reitano as we look at the topic of loving our neighborhood. Our first session will be 7pm on Friday, February 17 at Blue Mesa where we’ll enjoy dinner and drinks and hear from Josh. Cost is $25/person (cash bar). Our second and third sessions will be Saturday morning in the Sanctuary at Connell Baptist Church (4736 Bryce Ave). Nursery is available for the Saturday sessions. Please see the Church Center app for details and registration. Contact Brian (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Crates for Ukraine
We are excited to be able to partner again with Park Cities PCA and 200 other churches to fill crates for the Winter Edition of Crates for Ukraine. We will fill 4 crates and there are three ways to participate: shopping locally, ordering from our Amazon wishlist, or donating money towards the purchase of crate supplies. The Church Center app has details and links or you can contact Andy (email@example.com) with questions.
The Net’s MASE Breakfast
Men, you are invited to the upcoming MASE Breakfast on February 16. Please see the Church Center app for more details (Trinity News) or contact Brendan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Women’s Spring Bible Study
Women’s bible study is underway with two opportunities to study the book of James this spring. The morning study meets in the Connell Fellowship Hall Thursdays, 915 – 1055am. The evening study meets Wednesdays, at Becky Burt’s home, 7 – 830pm. Our homework is Courtney Doctor’s Steadfast ($15). If you would like to join us, contact Susan Tyner (email@example.com) for Becky’s address and any other questions about our spring study.
Men’s Spring Bible Study
Men, join us as we study the book of James this spring! Register in the Church Center app for one of our two options; morning or lunch. This study will have two meeting options available; 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). We will complete our study on March 22/23. Contact Andy (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions.
Young Adults Dinner
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 or Sunday. Today we will eat at Central Market. Details about dinners and other events are in the Church Center app or contact Rachel (email@example.com) or Jeff (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Krumms in Ethiopia
You can find details and giving info on the Krumms’ Mission in Ethiopia on the Church Center app under “Events”.
Join us at the church office (3750 S. University, 76109, Suite 101) on Friday mornings at 8am for prayer. Anyone is welcome!
-Parents’ Night Out RYM Fundraiser – February 14
-Youth Large Group – February 15
-Winter Conference – February 17-18
-Sunday School (Building Update), YG, Five Six – February 19
-Hire-A-Student RYM Fundraiser – February 25
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