August 16 Service
A special note from our leadership team: Sign-up is now available for our weekly in-person gatherings. Be sure to check our updates page weekly to access the sign-up.
For Kids & Parents!
O-ZONE KIDS (Grades 1 to 5): Join our live Virtual O-Zone on Zoom weekly at 8:30am on Sundays! Parents, check your email for login details.
PRIMARY SUNDAY SCHOOL (pre-Kindergarten to Senior Kindergarten): Our Sunday School videos are on break for the summer, but you can download activity sheets for your children here each week!
Prayer of Dedication
Father God, what a privilege it is to worship you. You are holy, perfect, infinitely good, and yet you welcome us in spite of our sin. We thank you for your grace and mercy that allows us to enter into your presence, to speak with you in prayer, and to learn truth from your perfect Word. We pray once again that you would use this time that we have set aside for your glorious purposes as we submit to you. Grow us and shape us we pray. pray your blessing upon us. Grow us and shape us we pray.
Call to Worship*
“Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord, my soul.
I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God” (Psalm 146:1–5)
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).
How Can I Keep From Singing
“I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live” (Psalm 146:2).
Jesus, Only Jesus
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6).
Your Great Name
“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).
O Praise the Name
“Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forevermore” (Psalm 113:2).
Father in heaven, we thank you for the truths in the words of those songs. We thank you that one day, at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess his glorious Lordship. The day is coming when all will be made right, and when we see the sin in our world we long for that day to come. We thank you, God, that because of your Word we can know with certainty that Jesus will come again. We thank you for that marvelous hope.
Yet the hope of what is to come is made even more prevalent by what has already been accomplished, by the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, your Son. We thank you that he lived the life we never could, and paid for our sins with his sacrifice, so that we can be redeemed and spent eternity with you through faith in him. It is a gift of grace and mercy that we do not deserve, and the greatest demonstration of love this world has ever seen. Thank you.
Lord, as we turn now to your Word, we pray a blessing on your servant Lew as he teaches us. We pray that your truth would be communicated clearly through him, and that we would leave this time challenged and encouraged, ready to apply these truths to our lives. We thank you for what we have already been learning from the book of Ruth, and we pray that learning would continue today.
God, as we continue to face unknowns in our lives, we pray for your peace. That is, your promised peace that surpasses all understanding. Would we step into the coming days and weeks with confidence in you and your sovereignty, trusting in your perfect will. Fill us with grace and truth as we live out your Word, spread your gospel, and share your love.
We pray all of these things in the mighty name of Jesus and through the power of the 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
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us” (Ephesians 1:7–8a).
“Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love” (Ephesians 6:23–24).
Youth Summer Study: Our Youth Summer Study will be running on Zoom on Thursday nights from 6:30-7:30pm. Check for an email from Pastor Andrew with the access details if someone in your home is in grades 6–12, or send him an email if you never received it.
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. Moving forward, we will no longer be taking communion during this time.
COVID-19: For congregational updates on future meeting times, cancellations, and information regarding the coronavirus, please check our church website regularly.
WORD Processing Podcast: Tune into our weekly 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.
*Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® unless otherwise noted.