Prelude Dr. Paul Satre, organ

“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” (Johann Walther)

“Blessed Assurance” (Charles Callahan)


Presentation of New Members


Invocation Pastor Larry McCarthy, Jr.


“For the Cause”


“Your Great Name”


Pastoral Prayer Dr. Bill Bertsche




Anthem “Embrace the Cross” Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra


Scripture Reading from Matthew 5:43–48  Meredith Erickson

“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. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”


“Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God”


Forgiving Like Jesus
Matthew 5:43–48
Dr. Ed Stetzer


Song of Response


Benediction Dr. Bill Bertsche


Postlude Dr. Paul Satre, organ


Forgiving Like Jesus
Matthew 5:43–48
Dr. Ed Stetzer


1. The law (v. 43 )


2. The true meaning (vs. 44-45)


3. The application (vs. 46-47)

We pray at the beginning of every staff, Elder, or Leadership Council meeting for the members of our church family who are going through difficult trials. Whether for grief, employment, health, spiritual, or familial concerns, we lift these up to the Lord. This week, we prayed for a young woman in our church diagnosed with a terrible disease. Sometimes the trials facing our people feel unbearable, yet somehow the grace of God is more than able to bring His sons and daughters through such painful and fearful times. Amidst the trials, we know that God is good. He is never tired and His resources are never exhausted.


As God’s people and members of this church family, we are called to “bear one another’s burdens.” Let us be faithful to pray for one another, serve one another, and love one another. We need each other more than we realize—that’s why our Father has joined us together in His family.


For His glory,


Bill Bertsche

Executive Pastor

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