Church Services



May 17, 2020


Worship for 6th Sunday of Easter

Call to Worship

Leader: Let us gather together and give thanks for God's mercy and love!

People: For while we were all yet sinners Jesus died for our sins.

Leader: And in the resurrection we have been given victory over death.

People: And God gave us the Holy Spirit so we would never again be alone.

Leader: Indeed, let us raise our voices in song and praise to the living God!

All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!


Opening Prayer:O God, in all we do You have promised to be with us through the presence of the Helper. You have walked with us, healed us and restored us for Your name's sake. We thank You, Lord. In Christ we pray. Amen.


Opening Hymn: "Standing On The Promises"



"Standing on the Promises" played by Kayley Thomas

Standing on the promises of Christ my King,

Through eternal ages let His praises ring,

Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,

Standing on the promises of God.


Refrain:

Standing, standing,

Standing on the promises of God my Savior;

Standing, standing,

I'm standing on the promises of God.


Standing on the promises that cannot fail,

When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,

By the living Word of God I shall prevail,

Standing on the promises of God.


Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,

Bound to Him eternally by love's strong cord,

Overcoming daily with the Spirit's sword,

Standing on the promises of God.


Standing on the promises I cannot fall,

List'ning every moment to the Spirit's call,

Resting in my Savior as my all in all,

Standing on the promises of God.



Special Music by Kayley Thomas - When We All Get To Heaven


"When We All Get To Heaven" played by Kayley Thomas


Prayer Time


Joys

- Some returning to jobs

- Our Graduates from High School, College, and Grad School

- Marilyn writes, "Mary is now in Violet Springs in Pickerington. I can hear in her voice how pleased she is." Marilyn is also thankful for all of Hopewell prayers and the prayer shawls.

- Teays Valley Students will have a Baccalaureate on Thursday, May 21 at 7pm. Kim will provide the link to the steaming of the service. Thanks Kim.


Concerns

- Unspoken concern

- Amy's bother-in-law, Pete and his family. Pete's brother and mother have both been in and out of the hospital. Pete was sick during this time period too.

- How and when to come back to worship.

- Those who were served by the food pantry

- Those who are working in Hospitals, doctor's offices, in the prisons, the first responders, maintenance people, and all of those who are going into work.

- Those who have lost jobs and those wondering how they will survive

- Those who are ill, those who have lost loved ones

- Those who are alone and those who cannot find any alone time

- Those in nursing facilities, their families, and the staff of those facilities

- Those of us looking for answers and those of us who believe they have all the answers

- For our leaders and our world

- Our students and teachers trying to finish the school year


Prayer

We thank You today for Your faithfulness and Your mercy and grace. You're always there when we need You. You've never turned us away and You've never failed us. You've never failed to fulfill Your promises to us and to Your world. In our troubles and trials and when the road seemed long, You've been right there with us and You've helped us through, and we give You thanks and praise today. Thank You, Lord, for all You've done for us, but most of all we thank You for Who and What You are.

We pray for the needs of your people today. We've all come with individual and very personal needs. You know the struggles and burdens we are facing and You invite us to bring everything to You in prayer. So, we each reach out to You and we know that You're already reaching out to us. We pray for many different kinds of physical needs, financial needs, there are those with emotional needs. Some need healing of relationships. Whatever they are, Lord, we bring them to You, because You have assured us to, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."

We pray for our community and those that are all around us. We pray for our government officials and those in leadership. We pray for our world that it may know, "the peace that passes understanding."

Lord, we thank you that you have taught us to pray by saying...


Lord's Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.


Hymn: "I Need Thee Every Hour"



"I Need Thee Every Hour" played by Kayley Thomas

1 I need thee every hour,

most gracious Lord;

no tender voice like thine

can peace afford.


Refrain:

I need thee, O I need thee;

every hour I need thee!

O bless me now, my Savior,

I come to thee.


2 I need thee every hour,

stay thou nearby;

temptations lose their power

when thou art nigh. [Refrain]


3 I need thee every hour,

in joy or pain;

come quickly, and abide,

or life is vain. [Refrain]


4 I need thee every hour;

teach me thy will,

and thy rich promises

in me fulfill. [Refrain]



Scripture Readings for today: Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20, 1Peter 3: 13-22

John 14:15-31

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

15 "If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever- 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them."

22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, "But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?"

23 Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

25 "All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

28 "You heard me say, 'I am going away and I am coming back to you.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.

"Come now; let us leave.


Sermon: "Whispering to the Heart"

Jesus promises not to leave his followers as orphans (14:18). Because of his resurrection, the disciples too will be raised one day. The spiritual reality is that Jesus is in the Father, the disciples are in Jesus, and Jesus is in them. To make sure they experience this reality, Jesus promises the Holy Spirit ("another Helper" of the same kind as Jesus), who will be with them and in them forever. The Spirit will indwell only followers of Jesus, and as the Spirit of truth, he will remind them of what Jesus taught. If they love Jesus, they will obey his commands.


Jesus leaves his disciples with peace, an unwavering assurance that God is in control and that they are rightly related to the Father through the Son. The world cannot offer such peace. As a result, the disciples have no reason to despair or to let fear rule their lives. Jesus says again he is returning to the Father. His leaving is part of God's plan and does not signal a victory for Satan in any way. For this reason, the disciples' faith should actually grow stronger because of Jesus's departure. The Baker Bible Handbook by J. Daniel Hays and J. Scott Duvall, Baker Books, 2011


Have you ever played the children's game, "Telephone?" To refresh your memory, the "It" person makes up a statement and then whispers the statement in the first players' ear, the first player whispers what they heard to the second player, and it continues on down the line until the last player hears the whisper and they share out loud what they heard. What the last player heard and shares is rarely the statement, "It" started with.


Jesus is telling his disciples, He is leaving them but He will not leave them orphaned but He will send them the Holy Spirit. Jesus tells his followers that the role of the Holy Spirit is, in effect, to whisper the truth of the gospel in the ears and hearts of the faithful. When Jesus was present, He was the one who taught in them the right words, coached them through the proper verses, and trained them with the joyful commandments. But now that Jesus approaches His death, now that he draws near to his time of departure, now that the disciples will be on their own without him, that task is to be handed over to the Holy Spirit: "If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth...


The primary task, then, of the Holy Spirit is reminding the faithful of the truth, jogging the memories of the followers of Jesus about all of his commandments so that they can keep them in love, whispering the never-ending words of faithful obedience in their ears and hearts. It may surprise us to think of the Holy Spirit in this way, as a quiet, whispering teacher of the commandments of Jesus. Often the Spirit is advertised in flashier terms: The Spirit gives ecstasy; the Spirit evokes speaking in unknown tongues; the Spirit prompts dramatic and miraculous healings. Indeed, the Holy Spirit of God does perform such deeds, but these are all come from the one, primary activity of the Spirit -- reminding the children of God about everything that Jesus taught and commanded, whispering the gospel stories into the ears and hearts of the forgetful faithful.


The whispering of the Holy Spirit is not like the game "Telephone!" It is the "still small voice of God" calming His children. When parents are trying to assure their babies, they often whisper or go shhhhhhhhhh in the babies ear, and that many times seems to settle them down and feel secure once more. God does the same for us, reminding us we are His children loved so by Him, He sent us His "only son" in order to have forgiveness of our sins and eternal life because of His resurrection. God continues to whisper to us in order for us to remember we are not alone! We are Not Orphaned!


I have talked to people who have lost to death all of their family and they remain sole survivor. They have often described themselves as orphans. Jesus wanted His disciples and all of followers to know; when we say, "yes" to Christ we are in a relationship with a living, active, God! The God who empowers His children to follow the 2 greatest commandments; "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' Matthew 22:37-39


Jesus tells the disciples and reminds us, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid..., 'I am going away and I am coming back to you.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.


"Come now; let us leave." Shhhhhhhhh, listen, I love you, you are mine!



Closing Hymn: "Be Not Dismayed"



"God Will Take Care of You" played by Kayley Thomas

Be not dismayed whate'er betide,

God will take care of you;

Beneath His wings of love abide,

God will take care of you.


Refrain:

God will take care of you,

Through every day, o'er all the way;

He will take care of you,

God will take care of you.


Through days of toil when heart doth fail,

God will take care of you;

When dangers fierce your path assail,

God will take care of you.


All you may need He will provide,

God will take care of you;

Nothing you ask will be denied,

God will take care of you.


No matter what may be the test,

God will take care of you;

Lean, weary one, upon His breast,

God will take care of you.



Benediction: Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. 2 Th. 2:16-17


Choral Benediction: Go now in peace, go now in peace; may the love of God surround you everywhere, everywhere you may go.



"Go Now in Peace" played by Kayley Thomas