May 31 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, we thank you for each day that you have given us. We thank you for the breath in our lungs, that which we use to praise your great name! We thank you for the gift of your Spirit who fills us with love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. And we thank you for the grace of Jesus Christ, in whose mighty name we pray.
Call to Worship*
“I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;
with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
through all generations.
I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
Praise be to the Lord forever!
Amen and Amen” (Psalm 89:1–2, 52).
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 praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving” (Psalm 69:30).
“Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise. God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne” (Psalm 47:6–8).
“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom” (Psalm 145:3).
“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things” (Philippians 3:7–8a).
Father, we come before you with hearts that are heavy for the brokenness of our world. When you made your creation, you said that it was good, yet when we look around we can see the effects of sin and our fallen humanity. It hurts and angers us to see the ways that sin has twisted that which you have created, and we long for the day when we will be free from the imperfections of this world. We long for the day when Christ will come victoriously, judging with perfect judgement and ushering in His perfect kingdom.
Come, Lord Jesus, come.
God, we recognize that our world looks to many different things for that which only you can provide. The pursuit of self, and power, and recognition, and pleasure, and excess all run rampant. Yet we know, God, that you are the only one who has offered true salvation. It is only through belief in the life, death, and resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ that we can be freed from the punishment of sin and ensured eternity with you. We confess now the ways that we have engaged in idolatry by putting anything else, even ourselves, before you. Would you continue to teach us how to humble ourselves and submit everything in our lives to you.
Lord, in a time of such darkness, we need your light. Would your love shine through us so that all might see the greatness of who you are and what you’ve done. Would you give us opportunities to share your gospel with those around us, and give us confidence to do so with boldness.
We praise 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).
Trouble watching the video? Listen to the sermon as a podcast.
Song of Response
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones” (1 Thessalonians 3:12–13).
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.