[Hazel Motes] got up and walked off the porch as if she had reminded him of some urgent business. He walked as if his feet hurt him but he had to go on. Some time later she discovered why he limped. She was cleaning his room and happened to knock over his extra pair of shoes. She picked them up and looked into them as if she thought she might find something hidden there. The bottoms of them were lined with gravel and broken glass and pieces of small stone… She stood for some time, holding the shoes, and finally she put them back under the cot. In a few days she examined them again and they were lined with fresh rocks. Who’s he doing this for? she asked herself. What’s he getting out of doing it? Every now and then she would have an intimation of something hidden near her but out of her reach. 
“Mr. Motes,” she said that day, when he was in her kitchen eating his dinner, “what do you walk on rocks for?” 
“To pay,” he said in a harsh voice. 
“Pay for what?” 
“It don’t make any difference for what,” he said. “I’m paying.”
-Flannery O’Connor, from Wise Blood


March 13, 2016
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Main Line Campus

Leader: Bless the Lord who forgives all of our sins; His mercy endures forever. Amen. 


How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
To You, who who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

“Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.”

“When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.”

“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of grief shall not overflow
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify thee to thy deepest distress.”

“The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to break,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”

Words and Music by John Rippon, Margaret R. Tucker, 1787. 


Leader: The Lord be with you. 
People: And also with you.

Leader: Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,                                                                                for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.
People: Let all the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.
Leader: The earth has brought forth its increase; God, our God, has blessed us.
People: Let all the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.




O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean
In its fullness o—ver me!
Underneath me, all around me,
Is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward
To Thy glorious rest above!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth,
Changeth never, nevermore!
How He watches o’er His loved ones,
Died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth,
Watcheth o’er them from the throne!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Love of every love the best!
’Tis an ocean vast of blessing,
’Tis a haven sweet of rest!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
’Tis a heaven of heavens to me;
And it lifts me up to glory,
For it lifts me up to Thee!

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Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.

T’was grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.

My chains are gone, I’ve been set free.
My God, my Savior has ransomed me,
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, Amazing Grace.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call’d me here below,
Will be forever mine.
(You are forever mine)

Words and Music by:
Edwin Othello Excell, Louie Giglio, John Newton, John P. Rees, and Chris Tomlin.



Minister: Do you renounce sin and the power of evil in your life and in the world?

Candidate: I renounce them.

Minister: Who is your Lord and Savior?

Candidate: Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.

Minister: Will you be a faithful covenant member of Liberti Church, and through a life of worship, community, and mercy seek to advance God’s purposes here and throughout the world.

Candidate: I will, and I ask God to help me.

Minister: Do you promise to accept the spiritual guidance of the church and its leaders, to walk in a spirit of Christian love with this congregation, and to seek those things that make for unity, purity, and peace?

Candidate: I do.

Minister: Do you promise to love, encourage, and support these brothers and sisters by teaching them the gospel, by being an example of Christian faith and character, and by giving the strong support of God’s family in fellowship, prayer, and service?                                                              

People: We do.


Minister: Let us affirm our faith together in the words of the Apostles’ creed: Do you believe in God the Father?

People: We believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

Minister: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

People: We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated on the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there He will come to judge the living and the dead.

Minister: Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

People: We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic1 church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
(1that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places)


Minister: Almighty God, by the love of Jesus Christ you draw people to faith, and welcome them into the church family. May we show your joy by embracing new brothers and sisters, who with us believe and with us will work to serve you. Keep us close together in your Spirit, breaking bread in faith and l love, one with Jesus Christ our Lord and Master. Amen.




Luke 18:9-14, NRSV 
 9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. 11The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector. 12I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.” 13But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” 14I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.’

Minister: This is the word of the Lord. 
People: Thanks be to God! 


Sermon Series: What Lies Beneath: Recovering the Lost Language of Sin
Sermon Title: Self-Righteousness
Speaker: Jared Ayers




The Lord be with you. 
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts now!
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our saving God.
It is right and good, always and everywhere.
To give thanks, to the Lord.

Minister: With joy we praise you, gracious God, for you have created heaven and earth, made us in your image, and kept covenant with us— even when we fell into sin. We give you thanks for Jesus Christ, our Lord, by whose grace we may triumph over temptation, be more fervent in prayer, and be more generous in love. Therefore we join our voices with all the saints and angels and the whole creation to proclaim the glory of your name, saying:

Holy, holy, holy, God of power and might.
The whole earth is full of Your glory,
hosanna in the highest!
Holy, holy, holy, God of power and might.
The whole earth is full of Your glory, hosanna in the highest!

Minister: You are holy, O God of majesty, and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. He took upon himself the weight of our sin and carried the burden of our guilt. He shared our life in every way, and, though tempted, was sinless to the end. Baptized as your own,
he went willingly to his death and by your power was raised to new life. In his dying and rising, you gave birth to your church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.


Minister: Together we proclaim the mystery of the faith. 

Your death, O Christ, we proclaim. 
Your rising celebrate!
Your coming Lord we await, to make all things new. 

Minister: God of all power, send your Holy Spirit upon us, that in sharing the bread we may share in the body of Christ, that in sharing the cup we may share in his blood. Grant that, being joined together in Christ Jesus, we may become united in faith and in all things become mature in the one who is our head. 

Praise to the Father,
praise to the Son, 
praise to the Spirit, 
Our God the Three in One. 

Minister: Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us. 
People: Therefore, let us keep the feast. 

Minister: The gifts of God for the people of God. 


If you are not a Christian, or if you are not prepared to share in this meal, we encourage you to spend this time in prayer. We hope that this time is helpful to you as you consider your relationship with Jesus Christ and with his people, the church. If you are unable to receive Communion, we invite you to meditate on one of the following prayers:

PRAYER FOR THOSE SEARCHING FOR TRUTH: Lord Jesus, you claim to be the way, the truth, and the life. Grant that I might be undaunted by the cost of following you as I consider the reasons for doing so. If what you claim is true, please guide me, teach me, and open to me the reality of who you are. Give me an understanding of you that is coherent, convincing, and that leads to the life that you promise. Amen.

PRAYER OF BELIEF: Lord Jesus, I admit that I am weaker and more sinful than I ever before believed, but through you I am more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope. I thank you for paying my debt, bearing my punishment on the cross, and offering forgiveness and new life. Knowing that you have been raised from the dead, I turn from my sins and receive you as Savior and Lord. Amen.
PRAYER OF COMMITMENT: Lord Jesus, you have called us to follow you in baptism and in a life of committed discipleship in your church. Grant that I may take the necessary steps to be one with your people, and live in the fullness of your Spirit. Amen



"Man of Sorrows" what a name
 the Son of God, Who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim
Hallelujah what a Savior

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with his blood
Hallelujah what a Savior

Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He
Full atonement can it be
Hallelujah what a Savior

Lifted up was he to die,
"It is finished" was His cry
Now in heaven exalted high
Hallelujah what a Savior

When he comes our glorious
King All His ransomed home to bring
Then anew this song we'll sing
Hallelujah what a Savior

Words by Phillip Bliss, 1987. Music by Hillsong United, 2013. 


People: Father, as we thank you for the promise that you will make all things new, we thank you especialLord, you have put gladness in our hearts; you have satisfied our hunger with good things. In giving all, you have not withheld from us your own dear Son. How can we withhold anything from you, our Lord and our God? Renew us day by day with the gift of your Spirit, that we may give ourselves completely to your service and walk with joy in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Minister: Let us pray as our Lord Jesus has taught us:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done,on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.





Water You turned into wine
Opened the eyes of the blind
there's no one like you
None like you

Into the darkness You shine
Out of the ashes we rise
There’s No one like you
None like you

Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, awesome in power
Our God, Our God

Into the darkness you shine
Out of the ashes we rise
No one like you
None like you

And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?
And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?
Then what can stand against?

Words and Music by Chris Tomlin, 2013. 


Minister: God the Father, who loved the world
so much that he sent his only Son,
give you grace to prepare for eternal life.
God the Son, who comes to us as Redeemer and Judge,                                                                  reveal to you the path from darkness to light. God the Holy Spirit, by whose working
the virgin Mary conceived the Christ,
help you bear the fruits of holiness.
People: Amen. 


Minister: Let us go forth in the name of Christ. 
People: Thanks be to God! 

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The women's retreat is a fun and relaxing weekend away where we connect more intimately with God and each other - you don't want to miss it! We'll be heading to Ocean City, NJ again from April 8 - 10, where Ruth Ann Batstone will be speaking to us on the topic of Forgiveness. The deadline to register for the retreat is March 16! If you are unable to attend, please consider donating to our scholarship fund! To register and for more details, please visit! We hope to see you there!

Are you new to Liberti and interested in learning more about the church? Then we'd love for you to join us after church today for brunch! This will be a great chance to meet other people that are relatively new to the church, meet a few of our staff members, and learn more about Liberti! Brunch will be held immediately following service from 11AM-12PM in the lower level boardroom. We hope to see you there!

Easter Outreach is a partnership of churches working together to give out 3,500 dinners to families in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. We will need volunteers to pack boxes at the Aquinas Center on 3/22 from 5:30-8:00PM, and on Maundy Thursday(3/24), 6:30PM, at First Christian Assembly where we’ll also partake of Communion. For delivery, we will need drivers and helpers on Saturday, 3/26 at the Aquinas Center! To learn more about serving with Easter Outreach, please visit This week is a matching grant week, which means that every dollar donated will be matched, up to $5,000. To donate, please visit

2200 Arch Counseling Services presents The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves with Dr. Curt Thompson, psychiatrist, author, and founder of Being Known, LLC. Examine how the role of shame plays in keeping us from being fully engaged in relationships, community, and vocational calling. When: April 22 from 10AM - 5PM, and April 23 from 9AM - 4PM. General admission $175, graduate student $75, pay at the door $195. With a group of 10, the 11th person comes free! For information, email at or call 267.322.6797.

OFFICER NOMINATIONS                                                                                                                       Over the next month, members at Liberti have the opportunity to nominate others to serve as elders and deacons at Liberti, so if you’re a member, think and pray about who God’s calling to serve as an elder or deacon at our church! To learn more and make a nomination,visit Deadline for nominations is March 20!