Below you will find everything you need to participate in today’s worship service.

 

Song 1

Jesus in the Morning

Jesus, Jesus, 
Jesus in the morning,
Jesus in the noontime;
Jesus, Jesus, 
Jesus when the sun goes down!

Praise Him, Praise Him, 
Praise Him in the morning,
Praise Him in the noontime;
Praise Him, Praise Him, 
Praise Him when the sun goes down!

Love Him, Love Him, 
Love Him in the morning,
Love Him in the noontime;
Love Him, Love Him, 
Love Him when the sun goes down!

Serve Him, Serve Him, 
Serve Him in the morning,
Serve Him in the noontime;
Serve Him, Serve Him, 
Serve Him when the sun goes down!

Jesus, Jesus, 
Jesus in the morning,
Jesus in the noontime;
Jesus, Jesus, 
Jesus when the sun goes down!

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Song 2

Praise the Mighty Name

Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.
 
My troubled soul, why so weighed down 
you were not made to bear this heavy load.
Cast all your burdens upon the Lord, 
Jesus cares, he cares for you.
 
Jesus cares, he cares for you 
And all your worrying won’t help you make it through.
Cast all your burdens upon the Lord 
And trust again in the promise of his love.
 
Chorus:
I will praise the mighty Name of Jesus, 
Praise the Lord, the Lifter of my head;
Praise the Rock of my salvation 
All my days are in his faithful hands.
 
My anxious heart, Why so upset? 
When trials come how you so easily forget
To cast your burdens upon the Lord; 
Jesus cares, he cares for you.
 
Jesus cares, he cares for you 
And all your worrying won’t help you make it through.
Cast all your burdens upon the Lord 
And trust again in the promise of his love.
Sermon Notes

Holy Spirit – Born of the Spirit

a2vc.org • May 3, 2021 • Rev. Donnell T. Wyche, Senior Pastor • donnell.wyche@annarborvineyard.org

Jesus wants us to get caught up in the goodness of God that produces joy and invites and welcomes the renovation of our heart by the Spirit of God. Maybe this is why Jesus says, 

5Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. 6Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:5–8)

This renovation of our heart by the Spirit will expose to us the ways that we have traded in the good and beautiful life by believing and trusting the lies and false promises of the Empire, instead of the goodness of God.

Jesus calls us, his followers, to live counter-culturally in the world. Love your neighbor as yourself, and love your enemies too. When you are wronged or hurt, don’t seek revenge, instead work to forgive, as you have been forgiven. Trust in God, seek humility, and be faithful.

Are you experiencing joy?”

Our experience of joy can be a helpful indication of whether we are living “abundant lives” or lives that are just full (with stuff.)

To Come Alive, Fully Alive

Jesus says something in Matthew 13:44 that’s striking,

44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. (Matthew 13:44)

I love that the emotion that Jesus describes is “joy” when talking about what someone has when they discover the goodness of God. 

Many of us are just eking out these quiet lives of desperation, trapped in false narratives about ourselves and God. If we are experiencing more fruits of the Empire than of the Spirit, we find ourselves needing to be born again.

Many of us have been taught that being born again is just about saying a prayer of surrender, “Jesus, I give my life to you.” We do that once, and we think it’s done. But following Jesus is about surrendering daily. We have to die daily (Luke 9:23–24).

We think Jesus wants a sacrifice from us when what he really wants is our obedience. Are we doing the things that Jesus commands us to do (love our enemies, serve the poor, trust God) so that we can learn to trust ourselves to the God he called Father. As we allow the Holy Spirit to renovate our heart by offering ourselves to God, the Spirit will help us see ourselves and will expose the lies of the Empire.

The culture of the Empire wants us to be unsatisfied. The Empire knows that we are desiring beings, so one of the ways that the Empire exploits this is by filling us with anxiety. Paul says,

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

We have to born of the Spirit because only the Spirit will expose to us how we have accepted the Empire’s worldview over and against God’s view of us and our lives. This takes a renovation of our heart. 

What is needed: a Jesus Narrative

In order to agree to a renovation, a painful and often messy experience, full of upheaval,   we have to trust the builder. We must allow God to work God’s transformation in us. This starts with a completely revised picture of God. 

Jesus starts his ministry by challenging our thinking from the onset. You want to follow me, you want to experience life, real life, then give up your way of living. Jesus says, I’m going to show you the way, but you have to do something first, you have to surrender your thinking. It’s like…

44“a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. (Matthew 13:44)

Prayer, Offering, and Communion

Prayer

If you would like prayer, you can fill out our online prayer card, and the pastoral staff will pray for you. You can also contact our prayer team at prayerteam@annarborvineyard.org, and you can share a prayer for our “Prayers of the People” time by texting the number provided during our worship service.

Offering

It’s now time for our offering. If you haven’t already noticed the pretty boxes at the table take a look now. Those are our offering boxes for your financial contributions and prayer cards. Your financial partnership is vital to help continue not only the ministry of the church, but it also helps provide food and take care of needs for those facing housing insecurities. Giving to the Vineyard helps us to partner with places like Hope Clinic which provides free medical and dental care to people in our community. You can partner with us through giving online at annarborvineyard.org, via venmo “a2vineyard”, or by texting the word “give” to the number 734-887-1569.

The Doxology, sung together:

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.

Communion

We will now prepare for communion. If you are watching from home, now is a good time to get something to eat and drink. For those of us present today, you are welcome to bring your own communion elements from home or use the communion we have provided. You will find a mini chalice with the juice and the gluten free bread on the bottom of the chalice. In just a moment, we will take it all together. First, let’s pause and open our hearts to the giver of all good gifts. 

The Lord’s Prayer, spoken together:

Our Father in heaven, holy is your name.
Your Kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
And lead us not from temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For yours are the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and ever.
Amen

Song 3

Spirit of the Living God

Spirit of the Living God, Spirit of the Living God
We only want to hear Your voice, we’re hanging on every word
Spirit of the Living God, Spirit of the Living God
We wanna know You more and more, we’re hanging on every word
 
Chorus:
‘Cause when You speak, when You move
When You do what only You can do
It changes us, it changes what we see and what we seek
When You come in the room, when You do what only You can do
It changes us, it changes what we see and what we seek
 
Spirit of the Living God, Spirit of the Living God
We’re leaning into all You are, everything else can wait
Spirit of the Living God, Spirit of the Living God
Come now and breathe upon our hearts, come now and have Your way
 
When You move, You move all our fears
When You move, You move us to tears
When You fall, we fall on our knees
When You fall, we fall at Your feet

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