1 Thessalonians 4:1–12
 Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.  For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.  For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;  that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor,  not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;  that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you.  For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.  Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.  Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another,  for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more,  and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you,  so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. (ESV)
Call to Worship
Cast Your Burden on the LORD
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Maskil of David.
 Give ear to my prayer, O God,
and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!
 Attend to me, and answer me;
I am restless in my complaint and I moan,
 because of the noise of the enemy,
because of the oppression of the wicked.
For they drop trouble upon me,
and in anger they bear a grudge against me.
 My heart is in anguish within me;
the terrors of death have fallen upon me. (ESV)
 Cast your burden on the LORD,
and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
the righteous to be moved.
 But you, O God, will cast them down
into the pit of destruction;
men of blood and treachery
shall not live out half their days.
But I will trust in you. (ESV)
Prayer of Repentance
Holy God, you said that you are the Light of the World, yet we still refuse to let you into the darkest places of our lives. You said that you are the Good Shepherd, but we fail to follow where you lead. We are sheep that have gone astray. You said that you are the Bread of Life, but we seek out other things to satisfy us. You said that you are the Way, but we often make our own paths. You said that you are the Truth, but we find ways to deceive ourselves and others. You said you are Life. Forgive us and help us to embrace the mercy, forgiveness, and grace that you offer us so that we can have an abundant life in you. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.
Heavenly Father, We praise You for Your faithfulness, and all the work You are doing in the lives of those who were baptized today. We ask that You continue to grow all of our faith and love for Jesus. We are amazed by the way You have knit together this Coram Deo Family, and so thankful for each member. We pray that You continue to use us to magnify Your name throughout all of Kitsap County. In Jesus name we pray Amen
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