Readings for this week's worship relate to the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation, transformation, and renewal. These three keys of the Christian life remind us of our need for God and how blessed we are that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ left the Holy Spirit with us.
- Our Call to Worship is drawn from Psalm 124, which speaks to us of God's grace in delivering the Hebrew people from their enemies. The blessings of God are eternal and he is always present with his children.
- The Prophet Moses was delivered from the reeds by the compassion of Pharaoh's daughter in our Old Testament reading, from Exodus 1:8-2:10. Saved from death or a life of uncertainty, Moses (whose name means "drawn out of the waters"), went on to serve God and his people in mighty ways. His life was spared by this action of mercy by one who was viewed as an enemy. There are many lessons in this story.
- In the New Testament reading this week, Paul challenges us to seek continual spiritual growth as we use our gifts to bear good fruit in the body of Christ, the church. Found in Romans 12:1-8, this exhortation focuses on transformation by the renewal of the mind.
- Our gospel is taken from Matthew 16:13-20, which is a beautiful expression of Peter's realization that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God. This realization comes to us over and over again, and each time our grasp of the magnitude of God's grace deepens. We change, we grow as we discover more about God's unending love for us.