Welcome to Worship October 11, 2020
In our sermon series, we are exploring the Beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. What Jesus taught often runs counter to the voices around us, to the story that the world tells us is true. But every lesson is abundant with wisdom and practical instruction; “Be-Attitudes” that Jesus wants to use to shape us, to Flip the Script on our lives and show us what true happiness looks like. We worship together united by the Spirit of God present with you this day. 
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"Blessed Are the Pure in Heart"
Rev. Gavin Spell
Jesus challenges those listening to the sermon in this weeks verse by saying, "blessed are the pure in heart." When we hear the words “pure in heart” we often think of children. “Oh to have faith like a child.” Maybe this is what we need more of. There’s a tendency to sequester children off on the sidelines when it comes to daily life of the church because they are deemed immature or not ready for the life of faith in the same way adults are. In scripture we get a different picture. Jesus praises the faith of children. When some were trying to keep the children away from him, Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Maybe as adults should learn a thing or two from our children.
Family Question

This week we talked about the fifth beatitude, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” This kind of purity is about being people of integrity. Jesus reminded us that when our actions align with our thoughts and feelings, we can see God around us and in our world. But it is difficult to see God around us if we do
not quiet ourselves and listen to our hearts.
Responding Through Prayer
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Amen – Psalm 139:23-24
Responding Through Reflection
  • When is the last time you looked to God with faith like a child?
  • What in your heart do you need to purge or cleanse this week to draw you closer to Christ?
Responding Through Giving
Trusting in God with all we have, we give to support the work of God's church because we believe in our mission to share God's love with our community and world in the name of Jesus. Give online or by mail. Giving allows us to keep being the church, even in the absence of our physical presence. Mail to: 411 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401. How To Give Online
Respond Through Connecting
Do you have questions about being in a relationship with God? We would love to talk with you and help you begin or deepen your faith journey.
The Beatitudes from The Sermon on the Mount - Matthew 5:1-12

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said:
  • Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • Blessed are those who mourn,  for they will be comforted.
  • Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
  • Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,  for they will be filled.
  • Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
  • Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
  • Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
  • Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets.