April 19 Service
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Prayer of Dedication
Father in heaven, we worship you today for you are good. For six weeks we have been unable to gather, growing in anticipation of the time when we can be together once more. We thank you for the ways you are teaching us in this season, the importance of trusting you, the importance of gathered church community and corporate worship, and the importance of loving others well. We pray that you will continue to use this time to mold us, shape us, and mature us as followers of your Son Jesus. We love you and we praise you.
Call to Worship*
“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:1–4, 14).
Worship in Song
Let’s take time now to listen to these songs of praise, noticing together the powerful, Scripture-soaked truths therein (click the Play button to listen).
“But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children” (Psalm 103:17).
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him’” (Lamentations 3:22–24).
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9–11).
“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom” (Psalm 145:3).
Lord God, you are worthy of our praise, our adoration, our worship, our trust, our everything. You are Holy and perfect and it can be easy for us to forget just what wretched sinners we are in comparison to you. We deserve death and punishment for our sins, and yet you have made a way for us to have life and forgiveness. We confess our sins to you now, trusting that our slate is wiped clean by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, who lived the perfect life we could not live and died on our behalf. We thank you for the truth of your Word that you so loved the world that you sent your Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but will have eternal life.
Father, as we continue to shift and adapt to this new normal, we pray for your peace. Peace in the face of fear, confusion, discomfort, discontent, frustration, and any other way our feelings are trying to take charge. We lay all of this at your feet and claim the truth that you are God even over our feelings, our emotions, our negative thoughts, our concerns, and our circumstances. You are not at all surprised by what is happening in our world, and we pray that we would grow in trust of your perfect plan and sovereignty.
God, we pray especially now for those in our church community who are lonely and struggling. We pray that we would, as the church body, find ways to support and love and connect with each other. We pray for a growth in unity despite physical distance. We pray that we would come out the other side of this pandemic closer to each other and closer to you than ever before. Again we admit that we don’t always understand why you allow what you allow, but we know and trust that you are working in us through it all. You will use even the devastation of this season to grow us, mature us, and prune us, and draw us closer to yourself. We pray that we would be open to your leading, and filled with desire to pursue holiness.
We pray all of these things in the name of your Son Jesus and through the power of your Holy Spirit.
Worship in Giving
Even in these trying times, we are reminded of the commands in the New Testament to give generously, sacrificially, and with joy. Giving is still available online or via e-transfer (see eService email for details).
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:6–8).
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Song of Response
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).
“The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen” (1 Corinthians 16:23–24).
Weekly Prayer Meeting: As a church, we know how powerful it can be when God’s people come together in prayer. To that end, we are starting a time of weekly prayer electronically. Check the church email sent out for access details, or email Andrew.
COVID-19: For congregational updates on future meeting times, cancellations, and information regarding the coronavirus, please check our church website regularly.
WORD Processing Podcast: With the help of a number of tech-savvy and servant-hearted individuals, we have created a podcast with new episodes to be released each Wednesday morning. This resource can be accessed and subscribed to via Anchor, Apple, and Spotify It’s also linked on our church website and wherever else podcasts are found.
Groceries: If you are stuck in isolation and in need of assistance with things like getting groceries, picking up medications, or other errands, please contact Josiah or Andrew, or email the church office.
Spring Women’s Bible Study: We are very sad to have to cancel our Spring Study which was to begin April 21st. Though sad, we have deep sense of peace and joy knowing that God’s timing is perfect. Hopefully we will be back studying in the Fall. In the meantime, we would love to hear from you with your praise and concerns.
2020 Annual Mission Trip: The planned mission trip to Camp Joli-B planned for May has been cancelled. All of the funds raised and donated towards this trip will still be given to the camp. Please continue to pray for the Jolin family as they continue to lead and navigate in this difficult time. If you have any further questions, please contact Bob Agnew.
*Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® unless otherwise noted.