October 4 Service
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For Kids & Parents!
O-ZONE KIDS (Grades 1 to 5): Our O-Zone program is now meeting again in-person at Oakridge on Sunday mornings. Check for an email from Miss Ruth for more details.
PRIMARY SUNDAY SCHOOL (pre-Kindergarten to Senior Kindergarten): Download activity sheets for your children here each week!
Prayer of Dedication
God, today we pray as you taught your disciples to pray. “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:9b–13).
Call to Worship*
“I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
before the “gods” I will sing your praise.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
and will praise your name
for your unfailing love and your faithfulness,
for you have so exalted your solemn decree
that it surpasses your fame.
When I called, you answered me;
you greatly emboldened me.
May all the kings of the earth praise you, Lord,
when they hear what you have decreed.
May they sing of the ways of the Lord,
for the glory of the Lord is great” (Psalm 138:1–5).
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
“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).
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Hebrews 6:19a).
Man of Sorrows
“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).
At the Cross (Love Ran Red)
“And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:8)
Father God, the words of that last song remind us of that crucial day, when your Son Jesus died on a cross to cover the cost of our sin. What an act of pure love, that he sacrificed himself on our behalf. But Father, we also remember that Christ did not stay in the grave, but rose victorious over sin and death, and in-so-doing, provided for us the means of salvation and eternal life through belief in him. We praise you and thank you for your grace and mercy in providing us a way to be forgiven of our wrongdoings and spend eternity with you.
Lord, we continue to pray for those in our congregation who are suffering. Many are in physical pain, fighting illness, disease, treatments, surgeries, and unidentified ailments. Many too are in emotional pain, struggling with loneliness, isolation, depression, anxiety, grief, and fear. We pray your comfort and peace, and relief for all the pain being experienced. As dark as this season can seem, we ask that Oakridge would be characterized in this time by the fruit of your Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We pray for a peace beyond understanding, and that your light would shine through us.
We pray these things in the name of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
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
Crown Him With Many Crowns
“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).
“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen” (Hebrews 13:20–21).
Adult Sunday School: Starting September 20th—there will be a Sunday School class running from 9:30–10:25am (immediately prior to our corporate worship service) in one of the back rooms of the chapel. The same procedures will be followed as for services. We will be studying the book of Acts. Please contact Josiah for more details or with questions.
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.