Church Services



May 24, 2020


Worship for 7th Sunday of Easter

Call to Worship

Leader: Come, sing and give praise for God's mercy and grace in Christ!

People: But our lives have been marked by trials and hard times.

Leader: Give praise, for the Lord can turn even the hardest times into glory.

People: And what should we do as we face the problems cast before us?

Leader: Praise God, and know that in all things Christ will be victorious!

All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!


Opening Prayer:O God, in the life and teachings of Jesus You demonstrated for us how we must face even our worst times with unwavering faith. We praise You, Lord, and ask You to accept our faith. In Christ we pray. Amen.


Opening Hymn: "How Great Thou Art"



"How Great Thou Art" played by Kayley Thomas

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,

Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;

I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,

Thy power throughout the universe displayed.


Refrain: Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,

How great Thou art, How great Thou art.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,

How great Thou art, How great Thou art!


When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,

And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.

When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur

And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.


And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;

Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;

That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,

He bled and died to take away my sin.


When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,

And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.

Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,

And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"



Special Music by Kayley Thomas - He Leadeth Me


"He Leadeth Me" played by Kayley Thomas


Memorial Day Remembrance

8 Things You May Not Know About Memorial Day


Memorial Day Prayer:

Our holy and gracious God, help us to remember.

Help us to remember the sacrifices bravely made in which one has given life for another and for all.

Help us to remember those that stand in the gap where there is trouble and in which conflict threatens to undo your good creation.

Help us to remember that we look for the day when every sword will be replaced by a plow, that all may be fed and live in your peace.

Forgive us every sin that makes for division and for war, and bring us all into your kingdom on earth as in heaven.

This we pray in Jesus' name. Amen.


Hymn: "Be Still My Soul"



"Be Still My Soul" played by Kayley Thomas

1. Be still, my soul: The Lord is on thy side;

With patience bear thy cross of grief or pain.

Leave to thy God to order and provide;

In ev'ry change he faithful will remain.

Be still, my soul: Thy best, thy heav'nly Friend

Thru thorny ways leads to a joyful end.


2. Be still, my soul: Thy God doth undertake

To guide the future as he has the past.

Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;

All now mysterious shall be bright at last.

Be still, my soul: The waves and winds still know

His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.


3. Be still, my soul: The hour is hast'ning on

When we shall be forever with the Lord,

When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,

Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored.

Be still, my soul: When change and tears are past,

All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.


Prayer Time


Joys

- Some returning to jobs

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

- Teays Valley Students' Baccalaureate

- Megan writes, "Matilda Kate. Born March 29th at 1lb, 14 ounces. The most magical being. Matilda was born fourteen weeks before her due date, and James and I have temporarily relocated to Albuquerque to be with her in the NICU. We have experienced some immense highs and lows of new parenthood, but this tiny girl has already made us so, so proud." Megan has also said that they are so very thankful for all your prayers.


Concerns

- Unspoken concern

- Those affected with flooded basements, fields, homes, and barns.

- How to come back to worship.

- 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

- Those who have lost loved ones who were veterans


Prayer

Let us Pray: Dear God, we give You thanks that You are God! We thank You, for Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. We thank You for Your mercy and grace and the Holy Spirit which guides and directs us. We ask for healing for all those who need to be healed for whatever situation or pain they face. We remember those who morn this day, may they be comforted. We lift up those who need you the most and those who believe they don't need you at all. Thank You for this Memorial Day weekend and for those who have given their lives so we might be free.

We thank You for those who have graduated this season and ask You bless them on their journey. Help us all to remember, You are always with us and You will never leave us or forsake us. We pray this in Jesus name.

We thank You, You 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.



Readings of the Day: Acts1:6-14, Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35, John 17:1-11,

1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11

Suffering for Being a Christian

12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.


Sermon: "Habits of Spiritual Believers"


Believers shouldn't be surprised when the world rejects them. Instead, believers should rejoice that they can participate in the sufferings of Christ. Actually, it is a blessing to suffer insult and ridicule for the name of Christ, because it reminds us that God's Spirit does indeed rest upon us. There is no glory, however, in suffering for wrongdoing on our part but we should count it a great privilege to suffer as a Christian. Our decisions matter because of the coming judgment. If God begins by judging his own people, those without a relationship with God have no hope. Even in times of trials, believers should focus on trusting God and doing good.

The Baker Bible Handbook by J. Daniel Hays and J. Scott Duvall, Baker Books, 2011


The 1st habit is to Humble yourselves. Humble yourself in the realization that you can't do it alone or "go it" alone. Admit your weakness in wanting to go through life solo, and rely on God's strength as well as network with others. This might be difficult during the quarantine but reach out to others, call them, text them, pray for them and accept the same gifts back from others.


2nd is to cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. We don't have to be Atlas and carry the World on our shoulders. Matthew 11:28-30 says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Let Jesus carry your burdens, He cares for you.


The 3rd characteristic is to, "Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." We are to be in the world but not of this world. The world tries to seduce us to its ways, not God's ways. Life with as a Christian is not always easy but we are not alone. In Romans 8, Paul tells us, "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us."


The 4th characteristic is to, "standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings." Again, hear the words, "We are not alone!" When we believe, we are in the worst possible place, just look at others whose situation is much worse. I get down because we can't come and be together to worship, or the fact that one of the best ways to spread the virus is by singing. To me to worship is to sing songs of praise and hymns but, I shouldn't moan and groan. While we can't sing others in the world are being killed because they gather to give praise to God.


Paul again reminds us, "And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." Be restored in God's love and grace for He has given His only Son for YOU! "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." John 3:16-17

Amen.



Closing Hymn: "To God Be the Glory, Great Things He has Done"



"To God Be the Glory" played by Kayley Thomas

To God be the glory, great things He has done;

So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,

Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,

And opened the life gate that all may go in.


Refrain:

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

Let the earth hear His voice!

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

Let the people rejoice!

O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,

And give Him the glory, great things He has done.


O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,

To every believer the promise of God;

The vilest offender who truly believes,

That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.


Refrain


Great things He has taught us, great things He has done,

And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;

But purer, and higher, and greater will be

Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.


Refrain



Benediction:"Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Selections from Romans 8) Go in peace, to serve the Lord! Amen


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