September 20 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): Download activity sheets for your children here each week!
Prayer of Dedication
Father God, now is a time that we come before you with thanksgiving and praise, worshipping you for who you are and what you’ve done. It is for your glory that we worship in song, in prayer, in giving, and in listening to the preaching of your Word. Use this time as you will, to grow, shape, encourage, correct, rebuke, and challenge. We submit to you, holy God.
Call to Worship*
“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care” (Psalm 95:1–7).
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).
Hosanna (Praise is Rising)
“The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!’” (John 12:12–13).
Son of God
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Lord I Need You
“You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay” (Psalm 40:17b).
“He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (Romans 4:25).
Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. What an incredible gift of grace that imperfect beings such as us can commune with a holy and perfect God. You have showed us that grace in the sending of your Son Jesus, who lived the perfect life we could never live and died a sinner’s death upon a cross, bearing the weight of the sins of humanity. But Christ did not stay in the grave, and he rose victorious, defeating death and giving us the opportunity for redemption and salvation through belief in him. It is a mercy that none of us deserve, and yet you gave it anyways as a gift of perfect love. We pray today that we would acknowledge that immense love poured out for us.
Lord, we recognize there is a lot of unrest and discomfort in our society right now. From drastically differing opinions, fear and uncertainty, frustrations and disconnection; the result can easily be disunity and depression. We pray against that now, and pray that we would be reminded of the ways we are united in Christ as your church, rather than focusing on what divides us. We confess of the ways we have sinned, whether by giving in to fear, or pride, or self-sufficiency, or arrogance, or doubt. We ask for your forgiveness, bought with Christ’s blood, and that you would shape us into people who trust you fully, characterized by love in both grace and truth.
God, be with us as we face into the unknowns of the coming days, weeks, months, and years. Give us your strength, your peace, and your comfort. We pray all of this in the name of Jesus Christ 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
How Great Thou Art
“No one is like you, Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power” (Jeremiah 10:6).
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:15–17).
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.