August 30 Service
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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 praise you for who you are. You are holy, almighty God, perfect, good, merciful, and righteous. We sing to you and we pray to you and we give to you and we study your Word because you are deserving of our worship. We thank you today for your love which you lavish upon us graciously, and we thank you that we are able to take time to praise you openly. Praise the Lord.
Call to Worship*
“Praise the Lord.
Praise the name of the Lord;
praise him, you servants of the Lord,
you who minister in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God.
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.
Your name, Lord, endures forever,
your renown, Lord, through all generations.
For the Lord will vindicate his people
and have compassion on his servants” (Psalm 135:1–3, 13–14).
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).
“I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together” (Psalm 34:1–3).
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:17b–19).
God You Reign
“He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit” (Psalm 147:4–5).
Good Good Father
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are” (1 John 3:1).
God, as that song reminds us, you are a good Father. We know from your Word that in all things, you work for the good of those who love you, who have been called according to your purpose. What an important reminder as we face into a world marred by sin and brokenness and that which is not good. But you, God, are sovereign over all, and your promises remain true. Nothing in the world is a mystery to you, and nothing can separate us from your love.
Father, in the times when we struggle to remember your love, we pray that our thoughts would turn to the cross, where your Son Jesus died. You loved us so much that you sent your own Son to live and die so that any who believe in Him will not parish, but have eternal life. We remember too that Jesus did not stay in the grave, but he rose victorious over sin and death and ascended to your side until the day when he will come again. We pray, come, Lord Jesus, come!
Lord, we pray now for those in our church family who are suffering. We know of many with illness and injury, surgery and recovery, treatment and pain. And for all those who are seen, we know there are many who are struggling unseen. But again, Father, you see all. We pray that you would bring the peace that surpasses understanding. We pray for healing. We pray that comfort would be received, and that we as your people would comfort others with the comfort we ourselves have received from you.
Once again, we thank you for who you are and what you’ve done.
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
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved” (Romans 10:9–10).
“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen” (2 Peter 3:18).
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.