August 9 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
We praise you God, for you are deserving of our praise. Every day is a day to worship the Lord, and today we set aside time to do just that. We pray that you would free us from distractions as we dedicate this time to you. As we worship in song and scripture, in giving and receiving, in prayer and petition, we pray your blessing upon us. Grow us and shape us we pray.
Call to Worship*
“Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Praise the Lord, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the Lord, my soul” (Psalm 103:1–5, 22)
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).
“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name” (Psalm 103:1).
How Great is Our God
“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works (Psalm 145:3–5).
I Surrender All
“I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship” (Romans 12:1).
Hallelujah! What a Savior
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
Lord, we long for the day talked about in that song, when our glorious King will come again. We are thankful that we can have secure and assured hope in the promise of Jesus’ return. As we look at the sin in our world, we ache with all of creation for the day when all will be made right. Come, Lord Jesus, come.
Father, we have hope in what is to come, but we also have hope in what has already been done, in the work of your Son Jesus on the cross. We thank you that he gave himself in love for the sins of humanity, dying on our behalf, and rising victoriously from the grave. We thank you for truth of the gospel, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but has everlasting life. We pray today that this sacrifice and gift of grace will motivate us to share that love and that good news with all those around us, and to live in obedience to your Word.
God, we repent now of the times when we still let sin take hold. Those times where, intentionally or not, we do not live in obedience, and we place something else before you. We repent of our idolatry, our fear, our selfishness, our dishonesty, our greed, our envy, and all of the other sins that we have engaged in. We know you despise sin, and yet because of Jesus, we believe you are faithful and just to forgive us of our unrighteousness. Would the incredible reality of that mercy be clear to us today, we pray.
We thank you for who you are, what you’ve done, and what you will do. We love you and we trust 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
In Christ Alone
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:1–2).
“To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen (Jude 24–25).
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.