August 23 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, we once again thank you for the mercies of a new day. We thank you for the innumerable ways you bless us in ways seen and unseen. We pray today for growth: growth in relationship with you through your Son Jesus and the power of your Holy Spirit, growth in understanding of your perfect Word, and growth in our Christian maturity as we pursue holiness as you have called us to do. We pray that we would be reminded today of truth and grace and of your goodness to us. We praise you, God.
Call to Worship*
“I love you, Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (Psalm 18:1–2).
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).
Great is Thy Faithfulness
“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).
Behold Our God
“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness” (1 Chronicles 16:29).
The Sands of Time are Sinking (Immanuel’s Land)
“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light” (Psalm 36:5, 9).
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” (Hebrews 6:19a).
Father in heaven, thank you for the hope we sang about in that last song: the living hope of Jesus Christ. This is not wishful thinking or a desire of our hearts, but it is hope that is guaranteed: eternal life spent with you through faith in the life, death, and resurrection of your Son. What a marvelous gift of grace and mercy that we don’t deserve, and yet you’ve given it because of your great love for us. We pray that your love would fill us, encourage us, motivate us, and refresh us. Would we understand just how valuable we are, not because of anything we have done, but because we are made in your image and have been redeemed by the blood of the lamb.
Lord, today we pray for peace. Peace in our hearts that wrestle with stress, anxiousness, and fear. Peace in our cities, our country, our world that is so divided and wracked with sin. Father, the only true hope for humanity is your gospel, and so we pray that we would be good messengers of it. Would you fill us with a desire to do what you have commanded us, to share the good news of Christ with any around us. We pray for our friends, neighbours, coworkers, and family that your Holy Spirit would work in their hearts and they would come to salvation. It’s so easy to look for hope and peace and fulfillment in anything else in this world, but what we need is Jesus.
God, we pray now for this time of preaching. We thank you for Josiah and the words you have laid on his heart this week. We pray that as we hear from your Word you will use it as the sword it is, to cut away at the sin that confines us. Would you open our ears to the message you would have us hear, that we would be challenged and motivated by it. Would we leave this time ready to apply your living and active Word to our lives, and live out the truth.
God, you are good. We love you.
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
Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20).
“Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love” (2 John 3).
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.