Lifted Above the Hills

Series: Cut From The Mountain: God and Government in Daniel

Lifted Above the Hills

June 06, 2021 | Mike Stancak

Passage: Daniel

Christians living under human government live under a temporary authority.  Kingdoms rise and fall, but as they rise they appear to wield unlimited power.  But the Christian is able to see with the eyes of faith to remember what is not obvious: that all power is limited except God's.  As we navigate faithfulness under provisional powers, we look to the one who will preserve a witness to his kingdom.  

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TCC Order of Worship, 06.6.21

WELCOME 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Isaiah 2:2-5

CONFESSION (Book of Common Prayer 2019)

Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

maker and judge of us all:

We acknowledge and lament our many sins and offenses,

which we have committed by thought, word, and deed

against your divine majesty,

provoking most justly your righteous anger against us.

We are deeply sorry for these our transgressions;

the burden of them is more than we can bear.

Have mercy upon us,

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father;

for your Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,

forgive us all that is past;

and grant that we may evermore serve and please you in

newness of life,

to the honor and glory of your Name;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

CONFESSION OF FAITH (Apostle’s Creed)

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

      creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

      who was conceived by the Holy Spirit

      and born of the virgin Mary.

      He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

      was crucified, died, and was buried;

      he descended to hell.

      The third day he rose again from the dead.

      He ascended to heaven

      and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.

      From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

      the holy catholic* church,

      the communion of saints,

      the forgiveness of sins,

      the resurrection of the body,

      and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

God Is For Us

CityAlight

 

Verse 1

We won't fear the battle, we won't fear the night

We will walk the valley with You by our side 

You will go before us, You will lead the way

We have found a refuge, only You can save

 

Chorus

Sing with joy now: our God is for us

The Father's love is a strong and mighty fortress 

Raise your voice now, no love is greater

Who can stand against us if our God is for us

 

Verse 2

Even when I stumble, even when I fall

Even when I turn back, still Your love is sure

You will not abandon, You will not forsake

You will cheer me onward with never-ending grace

 

Bridge

Neither height nor depth can separate us 

Hell and death will not defeat us

He who gave His son to free us

Holds me in His love

Neither height nor depth can separate us 

Hell and death will not defeat us

He who gave His son to free us

Holds me in His love

I Will Follow

By Jon Guerra

 

Verse 1

When the sea is calm and all is right

When I feel Your favor flood my life

Even in the good, I'll follow You

Even in the good, I'll follow You

When the boat is tossed upon the waves

When I wonder if You'll keep me safe

Even in the storms, I'll follow You

Even in the storms, I'll follow You

 

Chorus

I believe everything that You say You are

I believe and I have seen Your un - changing heart

In the good things and in the hardest part

I believe and I will follow You

I believe and I will follow You

 

Verse 2

When I see the wicked prosper - ing

When I feel I have no voice to sing

Even in the want, I'll follow You

Even in the want, I'll follow You

 

Verse 3

When I find my - self so far from home

And You lead me somewhere that I don't wanna go

Even in my death, I'll follow You

Even in my death, I'll follow You

When I come to end this race I've run

And I receive the prize that Christ has won

I will be with You in Para - dise

I will be with You in Para - dise

 

SERMON

 

Only A Holy God

By CityAlight

 

Verse 1

Who else commands all the hosts of heaven

Who else could make every king bow down

Who else can whisper and darkness trembles

Only a Holy God

 

VERSE 2

What other beauty de - mands such praises

What other splendor out - shines the sun

What other majesty rules with justice

Only a Holy God

 

CHORUS

Come and be - hold Him

The One and the Only

Cry out, sing holy

For - ever a Holy God

Come and worship the Holy God

 

VERSE 3

What other glory consumes like fire

What other power can raise the dead

What other name remains unde - feated

Only a Holy God

 

VERSE 4

Who else could rescue me from my failing

Who else would offer His only Son

Who else in - vites me to call Him Father

Only a Holy God

Only our Holy God

 

COMMUNION

Psalm 46 (Lord of Hosts)

By Shane & Shane

 

Verse 1

Oh, come behold the works of God, the nations at His feet

He breaks the bow and bends the spear and tells the wars to cease

Oh, mighty One of Israel, You are on our side

We walk by faith in God who burns the chariots with fire

 

Chorus

Lord of Hosts, You're with us with us in the fire

With us as a shelter, with us in the storm

You will lead us through the fiercest battle

Oh, where else would we go but with the Lord of Hosts

 

Verse 2

Oh, God of Jacob, fierce and great 

You lift Your voice to speak

The earth, it bows and all the mountains move into the sea

Oh Lord, You know the hearts of men 

and still you let them live

Oh God, who makes the mountains melt

Come wrestle us and win

Oh God, who makes the mountains melt

Come wrestle us and win

 

Bridge (x2)

Though oceans roar, You are the Lord of all

The One who calms the wind 

and waves and makes my heart be still 

Though the earth gives way, 

the mountains move into the sea

The nations rage, I know my God is in control

 

Great Is Our God

By Young Oceans

Verse 1

Come let us praise Him

Let us kneel at the throne of our God

Through His Son our sal - vation was bought

With mercy and grace.

Come let us bow down

In His hands are the depths of the earth

With one voice we pro - claim His great worth

Lord our God

CHORUS

And we will seek Him our Rock of Sal - vation

Morning by morning with Thanksgiving we come

And we will bow down with creation we cry out

In daylight and darkness we sing to the Lord

Great is our God

Great is our God

Great is our God.

VERSE 2

Lord of all nations

We will stand at the end of our days

In your courts and de - clare your great ways

In Spirit and Truth

We long for your kingdom

Bring your thunder and gather the earth

All who tremble will tell of Your worth

Lord our God

BENEDICTION

Series Information

Christian political thought is a balancing act between competing allegiances.  On the one hand, the state is owed our allegiance as an authority anointed by God for a certain purpose.  On the other hand, our allegiance to the state is subservient to our allegiance to God.  We render to Caesar what is Caesar's, but never from what we owe to God.  

It is a difficult balance, even in the best of times, with nations limited by biblical principles.  But it's made even harder when the state arrays itself against God.  How does a Christian swear allegiance to God when he can't also swear allegiance to the state?  How does a Christian thrive in exile?
The book of Daniel is God's gift to his people in exile.  The tension between God and empire will be settled, and the empire of the Lord will prevail, and God's people will bear witness to its presence even now as his kingdom spreads like a stone cut from a mountain, which will become the great mountain, and fill the earth (Daniel 2:31-35).

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