May 24 Service
A special note from our leadership team: If you haven’t been hearing from our church leadership on a regular basis, please send an email to Pastor Andrew with your updated contact info.
For Kids & Parents!
O-ZONE KIDS (Grades 1 to 5): Join our live Virtual O-Zone on Zoom weekly at 10:30am on Sundays! Check the church eService email for login details.
PRIMARY SUNDAY SCHOOL (pre-Kindergarten to Senior Kindergarten): Download a bible story and activity sheets for your children here, and watch the video below for Sunday School with Miss Jacquie!
Prayer of Dedication
Father on this Lord’s Day we once again come before you with a spirit of praise and thanksgiving in our hearts. We praise you because you are good. You are holy. You are a loving and gracious God. We thank you that we, sinful human beings, can stand before you and worship you. We pray now that this would be a time of worship, as we pray, sing, give, read your word and listen to it taught. Would you use this time to mold us, shape us, and grow us as we submit to you.
Call to Worship*
“Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge” (Psalm 62:5–8).
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).
“May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you. May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth. May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you” (Psalm 67:3–5).
“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).
“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, 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).
Father, as the words of that song remind us, it is in Christ alone that our hope is found. Without the sacrifice of Jesus we are lost; dead in our sins and transgressions. But because of that incredible gift of grace, we can be forgiven and spend eternity with you by believing in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. It is a miraculous blessing that we don’t deserve, but it can serve as a constant reminder of just how much you love us. Thank you.
Lord, we are encouraged by the positive changes we see in our community today, reports of good news and gradual lightening of restrictions. These are exciting things and we praise you for them. But we continue to pray against that which would seek to steal our hope and joy: the fear and deception of the enemy. Satan would love nothing more for our fear and discouragement to cripple us, and to set us up on course for disunity. So we pray against that now asking that, instead, the hope of the Lord would unify us as we move towards normalcy.
God, we continue to pray for those in our church who are struggling with pain, grief, loss, discomfort, or anything else exacerbated by the virus. Would you be the source of all comfort and peace for them. We pray that this time we set aside each week would be one of respite and restoration, and that through the power of your Spirit we would be able to walk into the coming days and weeks of uncertainty with confidence.
We pray all 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
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23–24).
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
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 also be taking communion during this time, so be ready with whatever you have that is closest to the bread and grape juice.
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.
*Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® unless otherwise noted.