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2023-05-14

Angels and Trumpets (Part 3)

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • May 17 @ 7pm – Choir Practice
    • May 20 @ 8am – Men’s Bible Study
    • Jun 4 – Plano Methodist Church Special Offering
    • Jun 9 – Kane County Cougars “All Faiths Night”
    • Jun 23/24 – Garage Sale
    • Jul 10 – 13 @ 9am – Vacation Bible School
    • July 16 after worship – Church Picnic
  • Welcoming the Light of Christ
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – [Psalm 93 ESV]
    • 1 The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
    • 2 Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.
    • 3 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring.
    • 4 Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty!
    • 5 Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 526 – What a Friend We Have in Jesus
    • UMH 328 – Surely the Presence of the Lord
    • Blessed Be Your Name – © 2002 Thankyou Music
  • Offering
  • Choral Prayer Hymn
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Baptism
  • Sermon – “Angels and Trumpets (Part 3)” – [Revelation 9:13-21 ESV]
    • 13 Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar before God,
    • 14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”
    • 15 So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour, the day, the month, and the year, were released to kill a third of mankind.
    • 16 The number of mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand; I heard their number.
    • 17 And this is how I saw the horses in my vision and those who rode them: they wore breastplates the color of fire and of sapphire and of sulfur, and the heads of the horses were like lions’ heads, and fire and smoke and sulfur came out of their mouths.
    • 18 By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed, by the fire and smoke and sulfur coming out of their mouths.
    • 19 For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails, for their tails are like serpents with heads, and by means of them they wound.
    • 20 The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk,
    • 21 nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 334 – Sweet, Sweet Spirit
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2023-05-07

Angels and Trumpets (Part 2)

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • May 10 @ 7pm – Choir Practice
    • May 20 @ 8am – Men’s Bible Study
    • Jun 4 – Plano Methodist Church Special Offering
    • Jun 9 – Kane County Cougars “All Faiths Night”
    • Jun 23/24 – Garage Sale
    • Jul 10 – 13 @ 9am – Vacation Bible School
    • July 16 after worship – Church Picnic
  • Welcoming the Light of Christ
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – [Psalm 104:1-5 ESV]
    • 1 Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
    • 2 covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent.
    • 3 He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind;
    • 4 he makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire.
    • 5 He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 154 – All Hail the Power of Jesus Name
    • UMH 626 – Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
    • TFWS 2034 – Blessed Be the Name of the Lord
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • TFWS 2160 – Into My Heart
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “Angels and Trumpets (Part 2)” – [Revelation 9:1-12 ESV]
    • 1 And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit.
    • 2 He opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft.
    • 3 Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth, and they were given power like the power of scorpions of the earth.
    • 4 They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any green plant or any tree, but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
    • 5 They were allowed to torment them for five months, but not to kill them, and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings someone.
    • 6 And in those days people will seek death and will not find it. They will long to die, but death will flee from them.
    • 7 In appearance the locusts were like horses prepared for battle: on their heads were what looked like crowns of gold; their faces were like human faces,
    • 8 their hair like women’s hair, and their teeth like lions’ teeth;
    • 9 they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the noise of their wings was like the noise of many chariots with horses rushing into battle.
    • 10 They have tails and stings like scorpions, and their power to hurt people for five months is in their tails.
    • 11 They have as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit. His name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek he is called Apollyon.
    • 12 The first woe has passed; behold, two woes are still to come.
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 571 – Go, Make of All Disciples
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2023-04-30

Angels and Trumpets (Part 1)

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • May 3 @ 7pm – Choir Practice
    • May 6 @ 8am – Men’s Bible Study
    • May 6 – Life Line Screening
    • Jun 9 – Kane County Cougars “All Faiths Night” @ Northwestern Medicine Field in Geneva $8/person $10/parking
    • Jun 23/24 – Garage Sale
    • Jul 10 – 13 @ 9am – Vacation Bible School
    • July 16 after worship – Church Picnic
  • Prelude (Choral Introit)
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – [1 Chronicles 16:24-27 ESV]
    • 24 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
    • 25 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and he is to be feared above all gods.
    • 26 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens.
    • 27 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 140 – Great Is Thy Faithfulness
    • UMH 404 – Every Time I Feel the Spirit
    • Cornerstone – © 2011 Hillsong MP Songs
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • TFWS 2203 – In His Time
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “Angels and Trumpets (Part 1)” – [Revelation 8:6-13 ESV]
    • 6 Now the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.
    • 7 The first angel blew his trumpet, and there followed hail and fire, mixed with blood, and these were thrown upon the earth. And a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.
    • 8 The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood.
    • 9 A third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
    • 10 The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water.
    • 11 The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the water, because it had been made bitter.
    • 12 The fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of their light might be darkened, and a third of the day might be kept from shining, and likewise a third of the night.
    • 13 Then I looked, and I heard an eagle crying with a loud voice as it flew directly overhead, “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, at the blasts of the other trumpets that the three angels are about to blow!”
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 133 – Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2023-04-23

Seal 7

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Apr 26 @ 7pm – Choir Practice
    • May 6 @ 8am – Men’s Bible Study
    • May 6 – Life Line Screening
    • Jul 10 – 13 @ 9am – Vacation Bible School
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – [Psalm 96:1-6 ESV]
    • 1 Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!
    • 2 Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.
    • 3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
    • 4 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.
    • 5 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens.
    • 6 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 378 – Amazing Grace
    • In Christ Alone – © 2001 Thankyou Music
    • TFWS 2074 – Shout to the Lord
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • TFWS 2167 – More Like You
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “Seal 7” – [Revelation 8:1-5 ESV]
    • 1 When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
    • 2 Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.
    • 3 And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne,
    • 4 and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.
    • 5 Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • TFWS 2002 – I Will Call upon the Lord
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2023-04-16

We Will Stand Before The Throne

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Apr 16 @ 1pm – Bowl For Fun @ Plano Hometown Lanes $10 per person
    • Apr 19 @ 7pm – Choir Practice
    • May 6 @ 8am – Men’s Bible Study
    • May 6 – Life Line Screening
    • Jul 10 – 13 @ 9am – Vacation Bible School
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – UMH 321 – Sundays of Easter
    • Almighty God, you give us the joy of celebrating our Lord’s resurrection.
    • Give us also the joys of life in your service, and bring us at last to the full joy of life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    • Amen.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 371 – I Stand Amazed in the Presence
    • UMH 298 – When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
    • UMH 308 – Thine Be the Glory
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 389 – Freely, Freely
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “We Will Stand Before The Throne” – [Revelation 7 ESV]
    • 1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree.
    • 2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea,
    • 3 saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”
    • 4 And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:
    • 5 12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed, 12,000 from the tribe of Reuben, 12,000 from the tribe of Gad,
    • 6 12,000 from the tribe of Asher, 12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali, 12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh,
    • 7 12,000 from the tribe of Simeon, 12,000 from the tribe of Levi, 12,000 from the tribe of Issachar,
    • 8 12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun, 12,000 from the tribe of Joseph, 12,000 from the tribe of Benjamin were sealed.
    • 9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,
    • 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
    • 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,
    • 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
    • 13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?”
    • 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
    • 15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
    • 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat.
    • 17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 399 – Take My Life, and Let It Be
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2023-04-09

It’s Not a Lie!

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Apr 12 @ 7pm – Choir Practice
    • Apr 15 @ 8am – Men’s Bible Study
    • May 6 – Life Line Screening
    • Jul 10 – 13 @ 9am – Vacation Bible School
  • Prelude (Choral Introit @ sunrise service)
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – UMH – 320 – Easter Vigil or Day
    • Almighty God, through Jesus Christ you overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life.
    • Grant that we, who celebrate the day of our Lord’s resurrection, may, by the renewing of your Spirit arise from the death of sin to the life of righteousness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    • Amen.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 302 – Christ the Lord Is Risen Today v 1-4
    • UMH 304 – Easter People, Raise Your Voices
    • UMH 322 – Up from the Grave He Arose
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • At The Cross (Love Ran Red) – © Countless Wonder Publishing
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “It’s Not a Lie!”
    • [Acts 13:26-35, 46-48 ESV]
    • 26 “Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation.
    • 27 For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him.
    • 28 And though they found in him no guilt worthy of death, they asked Pilate to have him executed.
    • 29 And when they had carried out all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb.
    • 30 But God raised him from the dead,
    • 31 and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people.
    • 32 And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers,
    • 33 this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm, “‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you.’
    • 34 And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way, “‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.’
    • 35 Therefore he says also in another psalm, “‘You will not let your Holy One see corruption.’
    • 46 And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.
    • 47 For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.'”
    • 48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.
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    • [1 Corinthians 15:1-7, 12-22 ESV]
    • 1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand,
    • 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you–unless you believed in vain.
    • 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,
    • 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,
    • 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
    • 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.
    • 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
    • 12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
    • 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.
    • 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.
    • 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.
    • 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised.
    • 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.
    • 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
    • 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
    • 20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
    • 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
    • 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
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    • [Romans 5:6-10 ESV]
    • 6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
    • 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die–
    • 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
    • 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
    • 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 310 – He Lives
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2023-03-19

Who Is Worthy?

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Mar 22 @ 7pm – Choir Practice
    • Apr 1 @ 8am – Men’s Bible Study
    • May 6 – Life Line Screening
    • Jul 10 – 13 @ 9am – Vacation Bible School
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – Isaiah 6:1-7 ESV
    • 1 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.
    • 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
    • 3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”
    • 4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.
    • 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
    • 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar.
    • 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 462 – ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
    • UMH 530 – Are Ye Able
    • TFWS 2022 – Great is The Lord
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 474 – Precious Lord, Take My Hand
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “Who Is Worthy?” – [Revelation 5 ESV]
    • 1 Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals.
    • 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”
    • 3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it,
    • 4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it.
    • 5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
    • 6 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
    • 7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne.
    • 8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
    • 9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,
    • 10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”
    • 11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,
    • 12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”
    • 13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
    • 14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • TFWS 2113 – Lamb of God
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2023-03-12

Describing the Indescribable

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Mar 12 – Easter Lilies Deadline
    • Mar 12 – Time Change (Spring forward)
    • Mar 15 @ 7pm – Choir Practice
    • Mar 18 @ 8am – Men’s Bible Study
    • Mar 18 @ 8am – UWF Day of Spiritual Renewal
    • Mar 18 @ 6:30pm – Family Game Night
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – Isaiah 45:18 ESV
    • 18 For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to be inhabited!): “I am the LORD, and there is no other.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 98 – To God Be the Glory
    • Here I Am To Worship – © 2000 Thankyou Music
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • TFWS 2215 – Cares Chorus (x2)
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “Describing the Indescribable” – [Revelation 4 ESV]
    • 1 After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”
    • 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne.
    • 3 And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald.
    • 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads.
    • 5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God,
    • 6 and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal. And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind:
    • 7 the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight.
    • 8 And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
    • 9 And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever,
    • 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
    • 11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
  • Communion Hymn
    • TFWS 2268 – As We Gather at Your Table v 1,2
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • TFWS 2002 – I Will Call upon the Lord
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2023-03-05

Which Church Are We? (Part 6)

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Mar 8 @ 7pm – Choir Practice
    • Mar 12 – Easter Lilies Deadline
    • Mar 12 – Time Change (Spring forward)
    • Mar 18 @ 8am – Men’s Bible Study
    • Mar 18 @ 6:30pm – Family Game Night
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – UMH 574 – For Renewal of the Church
    • Renew your church, Lord, your people in this land.
    • Save us from cheap words and self-deception in your service.
    • In the power of your Spirit transform us, and shape us by your cross.
    • Amen.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 295 – In the Cross of Christ I Glory
    • How Many Kings – © 2006 Centricity Music Publishing, Germain And Martel Publishing
    • At The Cross (Love Ran Red) – © Countless Wonder Publishing
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 507 – Through It All (x2)
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “Which Church Are We?” (Part 6) – [Revelation 3:14-22 ESV]
    • 14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.
    • 15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!
    • 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
    • 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.
    • 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.
    • 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.
    • 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
    • 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.
    • 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'”
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 673 – God Be with You till We Meet Again v 1,2
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2023-02-26

Which Church Are We? (Part 5)

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Mar 1 – Heifer Project Deadline
    • Mar 1 @ 7pm – Choir Practice
    • Mar 4 @ 8am – Men’s Bible Study
    • Mar 12 – Easter Lilies Deadline
    • Mar 12 – Time Change (Spring forward)
    • Mar 18 @ 6:30pm – Family Game Night
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – UMH 602 – Concerning the Scriptures
    • Blessed Lord, you have caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning.
    • Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.
    • Amen.
  • Worship Hymns
    • TFWS 2022 – Great is The Lord
    • Draw Me Close – © 1994 Mercy / Vineyard Publishing
    • UMH 349 – Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 393 – Spirit of the Living God (x2)
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “Which Church Are We?” (Part 5) – [Revelation 3:7-13 ESV]
    • 7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.
    • 8 “‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
    • 9 Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie–behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you.
    • 10 Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.
    • 11 I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.
    • 12 The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.
    • 13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
  • Communion Hymn
    • UMH 618 – Let Us Break Bread Together v 1,2
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 70 – Glory Be to the Father
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2023-02-19

In the Beginning Was the Word

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Feb 22 @ 5:30pm – Soup and Bread Supper
    • Feb 22 @ 7pm – Ash Wednesday Service
    • Mar 1 – Heifer Project Deadline
    • Mar 1 @ 7pm – Choir Practice
    • Mar 4 @ 8am – Men’s Bible Study
    • Mar 12 – Easter Lilies Deadline
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – Isaiah 9 & 11 [selection]
    • There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
    • And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
    • The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.
    • For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
    • And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
    • but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
    • Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins. In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples–of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.
    • Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 64 – Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty
    • Shout to the Lord – © 1993 Wondrous Worship
    • UMH 454 – Open My Eyes That I May See
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 128 – He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Reading – John 1:2-18
    • 2 He was in the beginning with God.
    • 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
    • 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
    • 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
    • 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
    • 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.
    • 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
    • 9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
    • 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.
    • 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.
    • 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
    • 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
    • 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
    • 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”)
    • 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
    • 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
    • 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
  • Sermon – “In the Beginning Was the Word”
  • Closing Hymn
    • TFWS 2281 – May You Run and Not Be Weary
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2023-02-12

And God Said …

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Feb 15 @ 7pm – Choir Practice
    • Feb 18 @ 8am – Men’s Bible Study
    • Feb 22 @ 5:30pm – Soup and Bread Supper
    • Feb 22 @ 7pm – Ash Wednesday Service
    • Mar 1 – Heifer Project Deadline
    • Mar 12 – Easter Lilies Deadline
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – Psalm 147 ESV [selection]
    • 5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.
    • 4 He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.
    • 7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre!
    • 8 He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills.
    • 9 He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry.
    • 10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, 11 but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.
    • 15 He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly.
    • 16 He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes.
    • 17 He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs; who can stand before his cold?
    • 18 He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow and the waters flow. 19 He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and rules to Israel.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 451 – Be Thou My Vision
    • Word of God Speak – © 2002 Songs from The Indigo Room
    • UMH 601 – Thy Word Is a Lamp
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 420 – Breathe on Me, Breath of God
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Reading – Genesis 1 ESV [selection]
    • In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
    • The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.
    • And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
    • And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
    • And God saw that the light was good.
    • And God separated the light from the darkness.
    • God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.
    • And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
    • And God said …
    • And it was so …
    • the second day. And God said …
    • And it was so …
    • And God saw that it was good …
    • And God said …
    • And it was so …
    • And God saw that it was good …
    • the third day. And God said …
    • And it was so …
    • And God saw that it was good …
    • the fourth day. And God said …
    • So God created …
    • And God saw that it was good …
    • And God blessed them …
    • the fifth day. And God said …
    • And it was so …
    • And God saw that it was good …
    • Then God said …
    • So God created …
    • And God blessed them. And God said to them …
    • And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.
    • And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
    • Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
    • And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.
    • So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
  • Sermon – “And God Said …”
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 77 – How Great Thou Art
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2023-02-05

Which Church Are We? (Part 4)

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Feb 7 @ 7pm – Feed My Starving Children
    • Feb 8 @ 7pm – Choir Practice
    • Feb 18 @ 8am – Men’s Bible Study
    • Feb 22 @ 5:30pm – Soup and Bread Supper
    • Feb 22 @ 7pm – Ash Wednesday Service
    • Mar 1 – Heifer Project Deadline
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – UMH 721 Christ the King
    • Almighty and everlasting God, it is your will to restore all things to Christ, whom you have anointed priest for ever and ruler of creation.
    • Grant that all the people of the earth, now divided by the power of sin, may be united under the glorious and gentle rule of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
    • Amen.
  • Worship Hymns
    • Wonderful Merciful Savior – © 1989 Curb Dayspring Music
    • UMH 154 – All Hail the Power of Jesus Name
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 347 – Spirit Song
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “Which Church Are We?” (Part 4) – [Revelation 3:1-6 ESV]
    • 1 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.
    • 2 Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.
    • 3 Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.
    • 4 Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy.
    • 5 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.
    • 6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 370 -Victory in Jesus
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2023-01-29

Which Church Are We? (Part 3)

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Feb 4 @ 8am – Men’s Bible Study
    • Feb 7 @ 7pm – Feed My Starving Children
    • Feb 22 @ 5:30pm – Soup and Bread Supper
    • Feb 22 @ 7pm – Ash Wednesday Service
    • Mar 1 – Heifer Project Deadline
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – UMH 677 – Listen, Lord (A Prayer)
    • O Lord, we come this morning knee-bowed and body-bent before thy throne of grace.
    • O Lord – this morning – bow our hearts beneath our knees, and our knees in some lonesome valley.
    • We come this morning like empty pitchers to a full fountain, with no merits of our own.
    • O Lord, open up a window of heaven, and lean out far over the battlements of glory, and listen this morning.
    • Amen.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 507 – Through It All
    • Blessed Be Your Name – © 2002 Thankyou Music
    • UMH 362 – Nothing but the Blood
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 496 – Sweet Hour of Prayer
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “Which Church Are We?” (Part 3) – [Revelation 2:18-29 ESV]
    • 18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: ‘The words of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze.
    • 19 “‘I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first.
    • 20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols.
    • 21 I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality.
    • 22 Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works,
    • 23 and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works.
    • 24 But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call the deep things of Satan, to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden.
    • 25 Only hold fast what you have until I come.
    • 26 The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations,
    • 27 and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father.
    • 28 And I will give him the morning star.
    • 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 469 – Jesus is All the World to Me v 1-2
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2023-01-22

Which Church Are We? (Part 2)

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Feb 4 @ 8am – Men’s Bible Study
    • Feb 7 @ 7pm – Feed My Starving Children
    • Mar 1 – Heifer Project Deadline
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – UMH 323 – The Ascension
    • Everliving God, your eternal Christ once dwelt on earth, confined by time and space.
    • Give us faith to discern in every time and place the presence among us of him who is head
      over all things and fills all, even Jesus Christ our ascended Lord.
    • Amen.
  • Worship Hymns
    • In Christ Alone – © 2001 Thankyou Music
    • UMH 534 – Be Still, My Soul
    • UMH 522 – Leave It There
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 369 – Blessed Assurance
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “Which Church Are We? (Part 2)” – [Revelation 2:8-17 ESV]
    • 8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life.
    • 9 “‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
    • 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
    • 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’
    • 12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword.
    • 13 “‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.
    • 14 But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality.
    • 15 So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.
    • 16 Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth.
    • 17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 540 – I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2023-01-15

Which Church Are We? (Part 1)

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Jan 21 @ 8am – Men’s Bible Study
    • Feb 7 @ 7pm – Feed My Starving Children
    • Mar 1 – Heifer Project Deadline
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – Romans 12:9-13 ESV
    • 9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
    • 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
    • 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
    • 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
    • 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 133 – Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
    • TFWS 2223 – They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 368 – My Hope Is Built
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “Which Church Are We? (Part 1)” – [Revelation 2:1-7 ESV]
    • 1 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.
    • 2 “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false.
    • 3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary.
    • 4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.
    • 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.
    • 6 Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
    • 7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’
  • Communion Hymn
    • TFWS 2266 – Here Is Bread, Here Is Wine
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 601 – Thy Word Is a Lamp
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2023-01-08

The King of Glory

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Jan 21 @ 8am – Men’s Bible Study
    • Feb 7 @ 7pm – Feed My Starving Children
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – Romans 12:1-2 ESV
    • 1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
    • 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 98 – To God Be the Glory
    • TFWS 2087 – We Will Glorify the King of Kings
    • UMH 123 – El Shaddai
    • What A Beautiful Name – © 2016 Hillsong Music Publishing Australia
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 140 – Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “The King of Glory” – [Revelation 1:9-20 ESV]
    • 9 I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
    • 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet
    • 11 saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”
    • 12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands,
    • 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest.
    • 14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire,
    • 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters.
    • 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.
    • 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last,
    • 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.
    • 19 Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this.
    • 20 As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • TFWS 2129 – I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2023-01-01

The Time Is Near

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Jan 7 @ 8am – Men’s Bible Study
    • Feb 7 @ 7pm – Feed My Starving Children
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV
    • 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
    • 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
  • Worship Hymns
    • King of Kings – © 2019 Hillsong Music Publishing Australia
    • UMH 77 – How Great Thou Art
    • 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) – © 2011 Atlas Mountain Music
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 377 – It is Well with My Soul
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • New Members
  • Sermon – “The Time Is Near” – [Revelation 1:1-8 ESV]
    • 1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,
    • 2 who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.
    • 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.
    • 4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne,
    • 5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood
    • 6 and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
    • 7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.
    • 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • TFWS 2203 – In His Time
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-12-25

Who Is In the Manger?

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • No Sunday school on 1/1
  • Opening Prayer
  • Offering
  • Prelude
  • Advent Reading & Candle Lighting
  • Hymn – UMH 237 – Sing We Now of Christmas
  • Reading – [Genesis 3:8-15, 17-19 ESV]
    • 8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
    • 9 But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
    • 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”
    • 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”
    • 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”
    • 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
    • 14 The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.
    • 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
    • 17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
    • 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.
    • 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
  • Hymn – UMH 196 – Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
  • Reading – [Genesis 22:15-18 ESV]
    • 15 And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven
    • 16 and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son,
    • 17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies,
    • 18 and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”
  • Hymn – UMH 211 – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel – v1,2,4,7
  • Reading – [Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 ESV]
    • 2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.
    • 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
    • 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
  • Hymn – UMH 229 – Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
  • Reading – [Micah 5:2-5 ESV]
    • 2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
    • 3 Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel.
    • 4 And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth.
    • 5 And he shall be their peace. When the Assyrian comes into our land and treads in our palaces, then we will raise against him seven shepherds and eight princes of men;
  • Hymn – UMH 230 – O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Reading – [Luke 1:26-35, 38 ESV]
    • 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
    • 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.
    • 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”
    • 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.
    • 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
    • 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
    • 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,
    • 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
    • 34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
    • 35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy–the Son of God.
    • 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
  • Hymn – UMH 215 – To a Maid Engaged to Joseph
  • Reading – [Luke 2:1-7 ESV]
    • 1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.
    • 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
    • 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town.
    • 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,
    • 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
    • 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.
    • 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
  • Hymn – UMH 219 – What Child Is This
  • Reading – [Luke 2:8-16 ESV]
    • 8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
    • 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.
    • 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
    • 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
    • 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
    • 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
    • 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
    • 15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”
    • 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.
  • Hymn – UMH 72 – Gloria, Gloria
  • Reading – [Matthew 2:1-11 ESV]
    • 1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem,
    • 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
    • 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him;
    • 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
    • 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
    • 6 “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.'”
    • 7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared.
    • 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.”
    • 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.
    • 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
    • 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
  • Hymn – UMH 254 – We Three Kings
  • Reading – [John 1:1-14 ESV]
    • 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    • 2 He was in the beginning with God.
    • 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
    • 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
    • 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
    • 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
    • 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.
    • 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
    • 9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
    • 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.
    • 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.
    • 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
    • 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
    • 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
  • Hymn – UMH 234 – O Come, All Ye Faithful
  • Sermon – “Who Is In the Manger?”
  • Communion
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-12-24

God Can Be Trusted

5pm Service

  • Prelude
  • Call To Worship – BW 261 (modified)
    • Christ came to bring us salvation and has promised to come again. Let us pray that we may always be ready to welcome him.
    • Come, Lord Jesus.
    • That the keeping of Advent may open our hearts to God’s love, that the light of Christ may penetrate the darkness of sin and prepare us for the coming of Christ.
    • Loving God, we joyfully await the coming of our Savior, who enlightens out heart and dispels the darkness of sin.
  • Hymn – UMH 240 – Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
  • Opening Prayer
  • Advent Reading & Candle Lighting
  • Reading – [Genesis 3:12-15 ESV]
    • 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”
    • 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
    • 14 The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.
    • 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
  • Hymn – UMH 242 – Love Came Down at Christmas
  • Reading – [Isaiah 11:1-5, 10 ESV]
    • 1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
    • 2 And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
    • 3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
    • 4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
    • 5 Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
    • 10 In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples–of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.
  • Hymn – UMH 211 – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  • Reading – [Jeremiah 23:5-7 ESV]
    • 5 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
    • 6 In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’
    • 7 “Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when they shall no longer say, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’
  • Hymn – UMH 220 – Angels from the Realms of Glory
  • Reading – [Luke 2:8-20 ESV]
    • 8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
    • 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.
    • 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
    • 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
    • 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
    • 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
    • 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
    • 15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”
    • 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.
    • 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.
    • 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.
    • 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.
    • 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
  • Hymn – UMH 234 – O Come, All Ye Faithful
  • Reading – [Galatians 4:4-7 ESV]
    • 4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,
    • 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
    • 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
    • 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
  • Hymn – UMH 246 – Joy to the World
  • Children’s Time
  • Sermon – “God Can Be Trusted”
  • Communion
  • Benediction
  • Hymn – UMH – 239 – Silent Night, Holy Night

11pm Service

  • Prelude
  • Call To Worship – UMH 199 – Canticle of Mary (Magnificat)
    • The glory of the Lord shall be revealed; all flesh shall see it together.
    • My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
    • My spirit rejoices in God my Savior, who has looked with favor on me, a lowly servant.
    • From this day all generations shall call me blessed:
    • The Almighty has done great things for me and holy is the name of the Lord, whose mercy is on those who fear God from generation
      to generation.
    • The arm of the Lord is strong, and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
    • God has cast down the mighty from their thrones and lifted up the lowly.
    • God has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich empty away.
    • God has come to the aid of Israel, the chosen servant, remembering the promise of mercy, the promise made to our forebears, to
      Abraham and his children forever.
    • The glory of the Lord shall be revealed; all flesh shall see it together.
    • Come, Lord Jesus.
    • That the keeping of Advent may open our hearts to God’s love, that the light of Christ may penetrate the darkness of sin and prepare us for the coming of Christ.
    • Loving God, we joyfully await the coming of our Savior, who enlightens out heart and dispels the darkness of sin.
  • Hymn – UMH 211 – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  • Opening Prayer
  • Advent Reading & Candle Lighting
  • Special Music
  • Reading – [Genesis 3:12-15 ESV]
    • 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”
    • 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
    • 14 The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.
    • 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
  • Hymn – UMH 196 – Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
  • Reading – [Jeremiah 23:1-6 ESV]
    • 1 “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the LORD.
    • 2 Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who care for my people: “You have scattered my flock and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for your evil deeds, declares the LORD.
    • 3 Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply.
    • 4 I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, declares the LORD.
    • 5 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
    • 6 In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’
  • Hymn – UMH 219 – What Child Is This
  • Reading – [Isaiah 9:6-7 ESV]
    • 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
    • 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
  • Hymn – UMH 230 – O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Reading – [Luke 1:26-38 ESV]
    • 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
    • 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.
    • 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”
    • 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.
    • 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
    • 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
    • 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,
    • 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
    • 34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
    • 35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy–the Son of God.
    • 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.
    • 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.”
    • 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
  • Hymn – UMH 218 – It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  • Reading – [Matthew 1:18-25 ESV]
    • 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.
    • 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.
    • 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
    • 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
    • 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
    • 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
    • 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife,
    • 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
  • Hymn – UMH 217 – Away in a Manger
  • Reading – [Luke 1:46-56 ESV]
    • 46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,
    • 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
    • 48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
    • 49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
    • 50 And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
    • 51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
    • 52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate;
    • 53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.
    • 54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,
    • 55 as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
    • 56 And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.
  • Hymn – UMH 240 – Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
  • Reading – [Luke 2:1-20 ESV]
    • 1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.
    • 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
    • 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town.
    • 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,
    • 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
    • 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.
    • 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
    • 8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
    • 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.
    • 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
    • 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
    • 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
    • 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
    • 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
    • 15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”
    • 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.
    • 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.
    • 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.
    • 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.
    • 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
  • Hymn – UMH 220 – Angels from the Realms of Glory
  • Reading – [Revelation 5:5 ESV]
    • 5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
  • Hymn – UMH 234 – O Come, All Ye Faithful
  • Sermon – “God Can Be Trusted”
  • Communion
  • Benediction
  • Hymn – UMH – 239 – Silent Night, Holy Night

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2022-12-18

Promise Fulfilled

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Sat Dec 24 | 5pm Child-friendly Christmas Eve
    • Sat Dec 24 | 11pm Christmas Eve
    • No Sunday school on 12/25 and 1/1
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Advent Reading & Candle Lighting – BW 262 (Isaiah 9:6-7)
  • Call To Worship – BW 245
    • Praise be to God!
    • Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who has visited and redeemed the people.
    • Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
    • Blessed be the name of the Lord.
  • Reading – [Micah 5:1-4 ESV]
    • 1 Now muster your troops, O daughter of troops; siege is laid against us; with a rod they strike the judge of Israel on the cheek.
    • 2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
    • 3 Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel.
    • 4 And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 215 – To a Maid Engaged to Joseph
    • UMH 245 – The First Noel
    • WS 3047 – God Almighty, We Are Waiting
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 206 – I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Reading – [Luke 2:8-14 ESV]
    • 8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
    • 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.
    • 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
    • 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
    • 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
    • 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
    • 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
  • Sermon – “Promise Fulfilled” – [Luke 2:8-21 ESV]
    • 8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
    • 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.
    • 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
    • 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
    • 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
    • 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
    • 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
    • 15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”
    • 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.
    • 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.
    • 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.
    • 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.
    • 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
    • 21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 251 – Go, Tell It on the Mountain
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-12-11

Promise of Restoration

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Sun Dec 11 Children’s Christmas Program
    • Sat Dec 24 | 5pm Child-friendly Christmas Eve
    • Sat Dec 24 | 11pm Christmas Eve
    • No Sunday school on 12/25 and 1/1
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Advent Reading & Candle Lighting – BW 262 (Isaiah 35:10)
  • Call To Worship – BW 250
    • Merciful God, you sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation.
    • Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
    • Amen.
  • Reading – [Isaiah 9:1-7 ESV]
    • 1 But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
    • 2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.
    • 3 You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
    • 4 For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.
    • 5 For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire.
    • 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
    • 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 213 – Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
    • UMH 216 – Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
    • WS 3067 – Welcome To Our World
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 472 – Near to the Heart of God
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Special Music
  • Reading – [Luke 1:26-38 ESV]
    • 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
    • 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.
    • 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”
    • 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.
    • 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
    • 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
    • 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,
    • 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
    • 34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
    • 35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy–the Son of God.
    • 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.
    • 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.”
    • 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
  • Sermon – “Promise of Restoration” – [Isaiah 11:1-5 ESV]
    • 1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
    • 2 And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
    • 3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
    • 4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
    • 5 Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 95 – Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow (Doxology)
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-12-04

Looking to the Promised Savior

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Sat Dec 10 | 8:30am Cookie Walk
    • Sun Dec 11 Children’s Christmas Program
    • Sat Dec 24 | 5pm Child-friendly Christmas Eve
    • Sat Dec 24 | 11pm Christmas Eve
    • No Sunday school on 12/25 and 1/1
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Advent Reading & Candle Lighting – BW 262 (Mark 1:4)
  • Call To Worship – BW 249
    • Eternal God, in your providence you made all ages a preparation for the kingdom of your Son.
    • Make ready our hearts for the brightness of your glory and the fullness of your blessing in Jesus Christ our Lord.
    • Amen.
  • Reading – [Psalm 2 ESV]
    • 1 Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?
    • 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,
    • 3 “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.”
    • 4 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.
    • 5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying,
    • 6 “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.”
    • 7 I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.
    • 8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.
    • 9 You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
    • 10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.
    • 11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
    • 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 220 – Angels from the Realms of Glory
    • How Many Kings – © 2006 Centricity Music Publishing, Germain And Martel Publishing
    • UMH 211 – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 420 – Breathe on Me, Breath of God
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “Looking to the Promised Savior” – [Jeremiah 23:1-6 ESV]
    • 1 “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the LORD.
    • 2 Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who care for my people: “You have scattered my flock and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for your evil deeds, declares the LORD.
    • 3 Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply.
    • 4 I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, declares the LORD.
    • 5 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
    • 6 In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 202 – People, Look East
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-11-27

Where It All Began

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Thur Dec 1 Poinsettia Deadline
    • Sat Dec 10 | 8:30am Cookie Walk
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Advent Reading & Candle Lighting – BW 262 (Isaiah 60:2-3)
  • Call To Worship – BW 271 & 272
    • Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of a great joy for all the people;
    • To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.
    • In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    • And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen His glory.
  • Reading – [Genesis 3:1-7 ESV]
    • 1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”
    • 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden,
    • 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'”
    • 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.
    • 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
    • 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
    • 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 61 – Come, Thou Almighty King
    • UMH 184 – Of the Father’s Love Begotten
    • UMH 196 – Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 204 – Emmanuel, Emmanuel (x2)
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “Where It All Began” – [Genesis 3:14-19 ESV]
    • 14 The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.
    • 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
    • 16 To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.”
    • 17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
    • 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.
    • 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 206 – I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-11-20

Are We Thankful?

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Sat Nov 26 | 9am Hanging of the Greens
    • Thur Dec 1 Poinsettia Deadline
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – UMH 821 – Psalm 100
    • 1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands!
    • 2 Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into God’s presence with singing!
    • 3 Know that the Lord, who made us, is God.
    • We are the Lord’s; we are the people of God, the sheep of God’s pasture.
    • 4 Enter God’s gates with thanksgiving, and God’s courts with praise!
    • Give thanks and bless God’s name!
    • 5 For the Lord is good;
    • God’s steadfast love endures forever; God’s faithfulness to all generations.
  • Readings
    • [1 Chronicles 29:12-13 ESV]
    • 12 Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.
    • 13 And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.
    •  
    • [Psalm 69:30 ESV]
    • 30 I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
    •  
    • [Psalm 30:1-4 ESV]
    • 1 A Psalm of David. A song at the dedication of the temple. I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
    • 2 O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.
    • 3 O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
    • 4 Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.
    •  
    • [Psalm 147:7 ESV]
    • 7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre!
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 131 – We Gather Together
    • UMH 694 – Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
    • 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) – © 2011 Atlas Mountain Music
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • TFWS 2036 – Give Thanks
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “Are We Thankful?”
    • [2 Corinthians 9:10-12, 15 ESV]
    • 10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.
    • 11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
    • 12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.
    • 15 Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
    •  
    • [Colossians 3:12-17 ESV]
    • 12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
    • 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
    • 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
    • 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
    • 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
    • 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
    •  
    • [1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV]
    • 16 Rejoice always,
    • 17 pray without ceasing,
    • 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 557 – Blest Be the Tie That Binds
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-11-13

The Do Not’s

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Sun Nov 13 | Operation Christmas Child – shoebox deadline
    • Sat Nov 19 | 8am Men’s Bible Study
    • Sat Nov 19 | 8am Christmas Sale
    • Thur Dec 1 Poinsettia Deadline
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – UMH 403 – For True Life
    • Govern all by thy wisdom, O Lord, so that my soul may always be serving thee as thou dost will, and not as I may choose.
    • Do not punish me, I beseech thee, by granting that which I wish or ask, if it offends thy love, which would always live in me.
    • Let me die to myself, that I may serve thee; let me live to thee, who in thyself art the true life.
    • Amen.
  • Reading – [Psalm 125 ESV]
    • 1 A Song of Ascents. Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
    • 2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.
    • 3 For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous stretch out their hands to do wrong.
    • 4 Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts!
    • 5 But those who turn aside to their crooked ways the LORD will lead away with evildoers! Peace be upon Israel!
  • Worship Hymns
    • TFWS 2087 – We Will Glorify the King of Kings
    • TFWS 2176 – Make Me a Servant
    • TFWS 2223 – They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • TFWS 2215 – Cares Chorus (2x)
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – "The Do Not’s" – [Proverbs 3:25-35 ESV]
    • 25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes,
    • 26 for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.
    • 27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.
    • 28 Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it" — when you have it with you.
    • 29 Do not plan evil against your neighbor, who dwells trustingly beside you.
    • 30 Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm.
    • 31 Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways,
    • 32 for the devious person is an abomination to the LORD, but the upright are in his confidence.
    • 33 The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
    • 34 Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor.
    • 35 The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace.
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 70 – Glory Be to the Father
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-11-06

The High Value of God’s Wisdom

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Mon Nov 7 | 6:30pm Small Group Study
    • Sun Nov 13 | Operation Christmas Child – shoebox deadline
    • Sat Nov 19 | 8am Men’s Bible Study
    • Sat Nov 19 | 8am Christmas Sale
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – UMH 69 – For True Singing
    • Glorious God, source of joy and righteousness, enable us as redeemed and forgiven children evermore to rejoice in singing your praises.
    • Grant that what we sing with our lips we may believe in our hearts, and what we believe in our hearts we may practice in our lives; so that being doers of the Word and not hearers only, we may receive everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    • Amen.
  • Reading – [1 Corinthians 1:25-31 ESV]
    • 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
    • 26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
    • 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
    • 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,
    • 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
    • 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
    • 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 351 – Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
    • UMH 337 – Only Trust Him
    • Draw Me Close – © 1994 Mercy / Vineyard Publishing
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 472 – Near to the Heart of God
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “The High Value of God’s Wisdom” – [Proverbs 3:13-24 ESV]
    • 13 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,
    • 14 for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold.
    • 15 She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
    • 16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.
    • 17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
    • 18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.
    • 19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens;
    • 20 by his knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew.
    • 21 My son, do not lose sight of these– keep sound wisdom and discretion,
    • 22 and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck.
    • 23 Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble.
    • 24 If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 671 – Lord, Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-10-30

Honor The LORD, Embrace Discipline?

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Sun Oct 30 | 1pm Trunk or Treat
    • Mon Oct 31 | 6:30pm Small Group Study – Please join us for an in-depth discussion of Marjorie J. Thompson’s “Soul Feast: Newly Revised Edition”.
      Will meet every Monday, at the same time, through November 7th
    • Sat Nov 5 | 8am Men’s Bible Study
    • Sun Nov 6 | Daylight Savings Time Change
    • Sun Nov 13 | Operation Christmas Child – shoebox deadline
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – UMH 125 – Canticle of Covenant Faithfulness
    • Seek the Lord who now is present, call upon the Lord, who is near,
    • let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts;
    • let them return, that the Lord may have mercy on them; that our God may abundantly pardon.
    • For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
    • For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and return not but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
    • So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I intend, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
  • Reading – [Ephesians 3:8-12 ESV]
    • 8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,
    • 9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things,
    • 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
    • 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,
    • 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 707 – Hymn of Promise
    • Here I Am To Worship – © 2000 Thankyou Music
    • Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing – © 2006 Clumsy Fly Music
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 496 – Sweet Hour of Prayer
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “Honor The LORD, Embrace Discipline?” – [Proverbs 3:9-12 ESV]
    • 9 Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
    • 10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
    • 11 My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof,
    • 12 for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 673 – God Be with You till We Meet Again
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-10-23

Who Can We Trust?

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Mon Oct 24 | 6:30pm Small Group Study – Please join us for an in-depth discussion of Marjorie J. Thompson’s “Soul Feast: Newly Revised Edition”.
      Will meet every Monday, at the same time, through November 7th
    • Wed Oct 26 | 6:30pm Time of Prayer and Discernment
      Will meet every Wednesday, at the same time, in October
    • Sun Oct 30 | 1pm Trunk or Treat
    • Sat Nov 5 | 8am Men’s Bible Study
    • Sun Nov 13 | Operation Christmas Child – shoebox deadline
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – UMH 859 – Psalm 147
    • 1 Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; a song of praise is fitting.
    • 2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem; and gathers the outcasts of Israel.
    • 3 The Lord heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.
    • 4 The Lord determines the number of the stars, and gives to all of them their names.
    • 5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power, whose understanding is beyond measure.
    • 6 The Lord lifts up the downtrodden, but casts the wicked to the ground.
    • 7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
    • make melody upon the lyre to our God
    • 8 who covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, makes grass grow upon the hills.
    • 9 The Lord gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry.
    • 10 The Lord takes no delight in the might of a horse nor pleasure in the strength of a runner,
    • 11 but the Lord takes pleasure in the faithful, in those who hope in the Lord’s steadfast love.
    • 12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!
    • 13 The Lord strengthens the bars of your gates, blesses your children in your midst,
    • 14 makes peace in your borders, fills you with the finest wheat.
    • 15 The Lord sends forth commands to the earth; the word runs swiftly.
    • 16 The Lord gives snow like wool, scatters hoarfrost like ashes,
    • 17 casts forth ice like morsels; who can withstand its cold?
    • 18 The Lord sends forth the word and melts them; makes the wind blow, and the waters flow.
    • 19 The Lord declares the word to Jacob, the statutes and ordinances to Israel.
    • 20 The Lord has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know God’s ordinances.
    • Praise the Lord!
  • Reading
    • [James 1:5-6 ESV]
    • 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
    • 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
    • [James 3:13-18 ESV]
    • 13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.
    • 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.
    • 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
    • 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.
    • 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.
    • 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 85 – We Believe in One True God
    • UMH 64 – Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty
    • Jesus – © 2016 Capitol CMG Paragon
  • Offering
  • Intercessory Prayer
    • TFWS 2201 – Prayers of the People
  • Sermon – “Who Can We Trust?” – [Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV]
    • 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
    • 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 63 – Blessed Be the Name (2x)
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-10-16

Holy Communion

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Mon Oct 17 | 6:30pm Small Group Study – Please join us for an in-depth discussion of Marjorie J. Thompson’s “Soul Feast: Newly Revised Edition”.
      Will meet every Monday, at the same time, through November 7th
    • Wed Oct 19 | 6:30pm Time of Prayer and Discernment
      Will meet every Wednesday, at the same time, in October
    • Sat Oct 22 | 8am Men’s Bible Study
    • Sun Oct 30 | 1pm Trunk or Treat
    • Sun Nov 13 | Operation Christmas Child – shoebox deadline
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – UMH 721 – Christ the King
    • Almighty and everlasting God, it is your will to restore all things to Christ, whom you have anointed priest forever and ruler of creation.
    • Grant that all the people of the earth, now divided by the power of sin, may be united under the glorious and gentle rule of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
    • Amen.
  • Reading – [Mark 14:22-26 ESV]
    • 22 And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.”
    • 23 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it.
    • 24 And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.
    • 25 Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
    • 26 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 362 – Nothing But the Blood
    • UMH 292 – What Wondrous Love Is This
    • Above All – © 1999 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music
  • Offering
  • Intercessory Prayer
    • TFWS 2201 – Prayers of the People
  • Reading – [Matthew 26:26-30 ESV]
    • 26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”
    • 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you,
    • 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
    • 29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
    • 30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
  • Sermon – “Holy Communion”
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • Our God – © 2010 Atlas Mountain Songs
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-10-09

Baptism

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Mon Oct 10 | 6:30pm Small Group Study – Please join us for an in-depth discussion of Marjorie J. Thompson’s “Soul Feast: Newly Revised Edition”.
      Please RSVP through the link found in the bulletin or reach out to the church office.
      Will meet every Monday, at the same time, through November 7th
      The first chapter of this book will be discussed at the very first meeting. Please plan on purchasing your own copy of this book, which can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Thrift Books, etc.
    • Tue Oct 11 | 7pm Charge Conference
    • Wed Oct 11 | 6:30pm Time of Prayer and Discernment
      Will meet every Wednesday, at the same time, in October
    • Sat Oct 22 | 8am Men’s Bible Study
      Followed by the regularly scheduled 1st and 3rd Saturdays
    • Sun Oct 30 | 1pm Trunk or Treat
    • Sun Nov 13 | Operation Christmas Child – shoebox deadline
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer – UMH 602 – Concerning the Scriptures
    • Blessed Lord, you have caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning.
    • Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.
    • Amen.
  • Call To Worship – UMH 881 – The Apostles’ Creed – Traditional Version
    • I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth;
    • And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord:
    • who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried;
    • the third day he rose from the dead;
    • he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
    • from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
    • I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
    • Amen.
  • Reading – [Romans 6:1-5 ESV]
    • 1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?
    • 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
    • 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
    • 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
    • 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 252 – When Jesus Came to Jordan
    • TFWS 2247 – Wonder of Wonders
    • Wonderful Merciful Savior – © 1989 Curb Dayspring Music
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • TFWS 2224 – Make Us One (2x)
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Reading – [Matthew 3:13-16 ESV]
    • 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.
    • 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
    • 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented.
    • 16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him;
  • Sermon – “Baptism”
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 327 – Crown Him with Many Crowns
  • Benediction
  • Operation Christmas Child – Promo Video
  • Postlude

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2022-10-02

Harvest Time

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Sun Oct 2 | 9am Sunday School
      Welcome Back Gathering!
    • Sat Oct 8 | 8am Men’s Bible Study
      other sessions will be Oct 22nd, followed by the regularly scheduled 1st and 3rd Saturdays
    • Sat Oct 8 | 9:30am Operation Christmas Child
      Please join us for a morning of fellowship and shoebox assembly for Operation Christmas Child. This event will take place on the stage area just off of the sanctuary.
    • Sun Oct 9 | 9am Sunday School
    • Mon Oct 10 | 6:30pm Small Group Study – Please join us for an in-depth discussion of Marjorie J. Thompson’s “Soul Feast: Newly Revised Edition”.
      Please RSVP through the link found in the bulletin or reach out to the church office.
      Will meet every Monday, at the same time, through November 7th
      The first chapter of this book will be discussed at the very first meeting. Please plan on purchasing your own copy of this book, which can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Thrift Books, etc.
    • Tue Oct 11 | 7pm Charge Conference
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – UMH 857 – Psalm 145:8-21
    • 8 The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
    • 9 The Lord is good to all, his compassion is over all his creation.
    • 10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
    • and your faithful ones shall bless you!
    • 11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,
    • and tell of your power,
    • 12 to make known to all people your mighty deeds,
    • and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
    • 13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    • and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
    • 14 The Lord upholds all who are falling,
    • and raises up all who are bowed down.
    • 15 The eyes of all look to you,
    • and you give them their food in due season.
    • 16 You open your hand,
    • you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
    • 17 All the Lord’s ways are just,
    • all the Lord’s doings are kind.
    • 18 The Lord is near to all who call,
    • to all who call upon the Lord in truth.
    • 19 The Lord fulfills the desire of all the faithful,
    • and hears their cry and saves them.
    • 20 All who love the Lord, the Lord preserves.
    • All the wicked the Lord destroys.
    • 21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord;
    • let all flesh bless God’s holy name for ever and ever.
  • Reading – [Matthew 9:35-38 ESV]
    • 35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.
    • 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
    • 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;
    • 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 694 – Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
    • UMH 77 – How Great Thou Art
    • 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) – © 2011 Atlas Mountain Music
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymns
    • UMH 98 – To God Be the Glory
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Reading – [John 4:31-42 ESV]
    • 31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”
    • 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”
    • 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?”
    • 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.
    • 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.
    • 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.
    • 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’
    • 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
    • 39 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.”
    • 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days.
    • 41 And many more believed because of his word.
    • 42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”
  • Sermon – “Harvest Time”
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 370 -Victory in Jesus
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-09-25

Who Do You Listen To?

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Sun Oct 2 | 9am Sunday School
      Welcome Back Gathering!
    • Sat Oct 8 | 8am Men’s Bible Study
      other sessions will be Oct 22nd, followed by the regularly scheduled 1st and 3rd Saturdays
    • Sun Oct 9 | 9am Sunday School
    • Mon Oct 10 | 6:30pm Small Group Study – Please join us for an in-depth discussion of Marjorie J. Thompson’s “Soul Feast: Newly Revised Edition”.
      Please RSVP through the link found in the bulletin or reach out to the church office.
      Will meet every Monday, at the same time, through November 7th
      The first chapter of this book will be discussed at the very first meeting. Please plan on purchasing your own copy of this book, which can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Thrift Books, etc.
    • Tue Oct 11 | 7pm Charge Conference
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – UMH 848 – Psalm 130
    • 1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! Lord, hear my voice!
    • 2 Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
    • 3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
    • 4 But there is forgiveness with you, that you may be worshiped.
    • 5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, in the Lord’s word I hope.
    • 6 my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.
    • 7 O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, with the Lord is plenteous redemption.
    • 8 And the Lord will redeem Israel from all iniquities.
  • Reading – [Romans 12:2-8 ESV]
    • 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
    • 3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
    • 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function,
    • 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
    • 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;
    • 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;
    • 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 57 – O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (verses 1 to 6)
    • UMH 158 – Come, Christians, Join to Sing
    • WS 3008 – Open the Eyes of My Heart
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymns
    • UMH 95 – Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow
    • UMH 534 – Be Still, My Soul
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Reading – [Matthew 13:16-19 ESV]
    • 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.
    • 17 For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
    • 18 “Hear then the parable of the sower:
    • 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.
  • Sermon – “Who Do You Listen To?”
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 347 – Spirit Song
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-09-18

Fingerprint of God

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Sat Oct 8 | 8am Men’s Bible Study
      other sessions will be Oct 22nd, followed by the regularly scheduled 1st and 3rd Saturdays
    • Mon Oct 10 | 6:30pm Small Group Study – Please join us for an in-depth discussion of Marjorie J. Thompson’s “Soul Feast: Newly Revised Edition”.
      Please RSVP through the link found in the bulletin or reach out to the church office.
      Will meet every Monday, at the same time, through November 7th
      The first chapter of this book will be discussed at the very first meeting. Please plan on purchasing your own copy of this book, which can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Thrift Books, etc.
    • Tue Oct 11 | 7pm Charge Conference
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – St. Patrick’s Prayer
    • I arise today,
    • through God’s strength to pilot me,
    • Christ with me,
    • Christ before me,
    • Christ behind me,
    • God’s might to uphold me,
    • God’s wisdom to guide me,
    • Christ in me,
    • Christ beneath me,
    • Christ above me,
    • God’s eye to look before me,
    • God’s ear to hear me,
    • Christ on my right,
    • Christ on my left,
    • Christ when I lie down,
    • Christ when I sit down,
    • Christ when I arise,
    • God’s word to speak for me,
    • God’s hand to guard me,
    • Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
    • Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
    • Christ in every eye that sees me,
    • Christ in every ear that hears me.
    • I arise today
    • Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
    • Through belief in the Threeness,
    • Through confession of the Oneness of the Creator of creation.
    • Amen.
  • Reading – [John 1:1-5, 9-14 ESV]
    • 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    • 2 He was in the beginning with God.
    • 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
    • 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
    • 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
    • 9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
    • 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.
    • 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.
    • 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
    • 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
    • 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 103 – Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
    • TFWS 2004 – Praise the Source of Faith and Learning
    • UMH 144 – This Is My Father’s World
    • In Christ Alone – © 2001 Thankyou Music
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 140 – Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Reading – [Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18, 23-24 ESV]
    • 1 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
    • 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
    • 3 You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.
    • 4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.
    • 5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
    • 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.
    • 13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
    • 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
    • 15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
    • 16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
    • 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.
    • 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!
    • 24 And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
  • Sermon – “Fingerprint of God”
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • TFWS 2008 – Let All Things Now Living
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-09-11

The Name! – 3 John

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Sat Sept 17 | 8am Men’s Bible Study
      other sessions will be Oct 8th and 22nd, followed by the regularly scheduled 1st and 3rd Saturdays
    • Mon Oct 10 | 6:30pm Small Group Study – Please join us for an in-depth discussion of Marjorie J. Thompson’s “Soul Feast: Newly Revised Edition”.
      Please RSVP through the link found in the bulletin or reach out to the church office.
      Will meet every Monday, at the same time, through November 7th
      The first chapter of this book will be discussed at the very first meeting. Please plan on purchasing your own copy of this book, which can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Thrift Books, etc.
    • Tue Oct 11 | 7pm Charge Conference
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – Hebrews 10:19-25 (Responsive Reading)
    • 19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus,
    • 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,
    • 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
    • 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
    • 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
    • 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
    • 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
  • Reading – [Romans 12:1-5 ESV]
    • 1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
    • 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
    • 3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
    • 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function,
    • 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 168 – At the Name of Jesus
    • UMH 77 – How Great Thou Art
    • Blessed Be Your Name – © 2002 Thankyou Music
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 474 – Precious Lord, Take My Hand
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “The Name!” – [3 John ESV]
    • 1 The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
    • 2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.
    • 3 For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth.
    • 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
    • 5 Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are,
    • 6 who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God.
    • 7 For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles.
    • 8 Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.
    • 9 I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority.
    • 10 So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.
    • 11 Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.
    • 12 Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also add our testimony, and you know that our testimony is true.
    • 13 I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink.
    • 14 I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.
    • 15 Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends, each by name.
  • Closing Hymn
    • Jesus Messiah – © 2008 sixsteps Music
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-09-04

Truth, Love, and Deceivers – 2 John 1

  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Sat Sept 17 | 8am Men’s Bible Study
      other sessions will be Oct 8th and 22nd, followed by the regularly scheduled 1st and 3rd Saturdays
    • Mon Oct 10 | 6:30pm Small Group Study – Please join us for an in-depth discussion of Marjorie J. Thompson’s “Soul Feast: Newly Revised Edition”.
      Please RSVP through the link found in the bulletin or reach out to the church office.
      will meet every Monday, at the same time, through November 7th
      The first chapter of this book will be discussed at the very first meeting. Please plan on purchasing your own copy of this book, which can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Thrift Books, etc.
  • Prelude
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV
    • 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
    • 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
  • Reading – [1 Peter 1:13-19 ESV]
    • 13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
    • 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance,
    • 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,
    • 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
    • 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile,
    • 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold,
    • 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 64 – Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty
    • UMH 128 – He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought
    • UMH 170 – O How I Love Jesus
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • TFWS 2108 – O How He Loves You and Me
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “Truth, Love, and Deceivers” – [2 John 1 ESV]
    • 1 The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth,
    • 2 because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever:
    • 3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.
    • 4 I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father.
    • 5 And now I ask you, dear lady–not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning–that we love one another.
    • 6 And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.
    • 7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.
    • 8 Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward.
    • 9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.
    • 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting,
    • 11 for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.
    • 12 Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.
    • 13 The children of your elect sister greet you.
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • TFWS 2008 – Let All Things Now Living
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-07-17

Engage Spiritual Disciplines
Daniel 9:1-5, Acts 13:2-3, Matthew 6:16-18, Joshua 1:7-9, Luke 6:12, Nehemiah 1:4-7

  • Prelude
  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Sun July 17 | 11:30am (after service) Church Picnic (Parking Lot and Dining Hall)
    • Fri July 29 | 7pm Feed My Starving Children – All the slots are full
    • Sat Aug 6 | 8am-12pm Work Day – Demolition Women’s restroom downstairs
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – Psalm 33:1-5 ESV
    • 1 Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright.
    • 2 Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
    • 3 Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
    • 4 For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.
    • 5 He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.
  • Reading – [Psalm 1 ESV]
    • 1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
    • 2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
    • 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
    • 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
    • 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
    • 6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
  • Worship Hymns
    • TFWS 2040 – Awesome God (2x)
    • UMH 530 – Are Ye Able
    • How Great Is Our God – © 2004 sixsteps Music
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • TFWS 2055 – You Are My Hiding Place
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “Engage Spiritual Disciplines”
    • [Daniel 9:1-5 ESV]
    • 1 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, by descent a Mede, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans–
    • 2 in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years that, according to the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.
    • 3 Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.
    • 4 I prayed to the LORD my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments,
    • 5 we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules.
    •  
    • [Acts 13:2-3 ESV]
    • 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
    • 3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
    •  
    • [Matthew 6:16-18 ESV]
    • 16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
    • 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
    • 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
    •  
    • [Joshua 1:7-9 ESV]
    • 7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.
    • 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
    • 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
    •  
    • [Luke 6:12 ESV]
    • 12 In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.
    •  
    • [Nehemiah 1:4-7 ESV]
    • 4 As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
    • 5 And I said, “O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments,
    • 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even I and my father’s house have sinned.
    • 7 We have acted very corruptly against you and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, and the rules that you commanded your servant Moses.
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 664 – Sent forth by God’s Blessing
  • Benediction
  • Postlude


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2022-07-10

Engage The Community for Christ – Matthew 22:34-40, Mark 9:35

  • Prelude
  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Sun July 17 | 11:30am (after service) Church Picnic (Parking Lot and Dining Hall)
    • Fri July 29 | 7pm Feed My Starving Children – please contact Gerri Henze
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – Psalm 141:1-5 ESV
    • A Psalm of David.
    • 1 O LORD, I call upon you; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to you!
    • 2 Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!
    • 3 Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!
    • 4 Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies!
    • 5 Let a righteous man strike me – it is a kindness; let him rebuke me – it is oil for my head; let my head not refuse it. Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.
  • Reading – [James 1:19-25 ESV]
    • 19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
    • 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
    • 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
    • 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
    • 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.
    • 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
    • 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
  • Worship Hymns
    • TFWS 2222 – The Servant Song
    • UMH 593 – Here I Am, Lord
    • Wonderful Merciful Savior – © 1989 Curb Dayspring Music
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 454 – Open My Eyes That I May See
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Special Music
  • Introduction of New Members
  • Sermon – “Engage The Community for Christ”
    • [Matthew 22:34-40 ESV]
    • 34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.
    • 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.
    • 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”
    • 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
    • 38 This is the great and first commandment.
    • 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
    • 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
    •  
    • [Mark 9:35 ESV]
    • 35 And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”
  • Closing Hymn
    • TFWS 2184 – Sent Out in Jesus’ Name
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-07-03

Engage Your Family – Matthew 5:13-16, Ephesians 2:1-5, 11-15

  • Prelude
  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Sun July 17 | 11:30am (after service) Church Picnic (Parking Lot and Dining Hall)
    • Fri July 29 | 7pm Feed My Starving Children – please contact Gerri Henze
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – Psalm 8
    • 1 O LORD, our LORD, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
    • 2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.
    • 3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
    • 4 What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?
    • 5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
    • 6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet,
    • 7 All the sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
    • 8 The birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
    • 9 O LORD, our LORD, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
  • Reading – [John 15:18-21 ESV]
    • 18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.
    • 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
    • 20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
    • 21 But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.
  • Reading – [Romans 12:1-2 ESV]
    • 1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
    • 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 696 – America the Beautiful
    • UNH 697 – America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee)
    • Cornerstone – © 2011 Hillsong MP Songs
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 526 – What a Friend We Have in Jesus
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “Engage Your Family”
    • [Matthew 5:13-16 ESV]
    • 13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
    • 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
    • 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.
    • 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
    •  
    • [Ephesians 2:1-5, 11-15 ESV]
    • 1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins
    • 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience–
    • 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
    • 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,
    • 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ–by grace you have been saved–
    • 11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands–
    • 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
    • 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
    • 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility
    • 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,
  • Closing Hymn
    • God Of Our Fathers – public domain
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-06-26

Engage Culture – Acts 4:1-10, 18-31

  • Prelude
  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Sun July 17 | 11:30am (after service) Church Picnic (Parking Lot and Dining Hall)
    • Fri July 29 | 7pm Feed My Starving Children – please contact Gerri Henze
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – 2 Chronicles 20:16-17 ESV
    • 16 Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz. You will find them at the end of the valley, east of the wilderness of Jeruel.
    • 17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the LORD will be with you.”
  • Reading – [Acts 3:17-22 ESV]
    • 17 “And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers.
    • 18 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled.
    • 19 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,
    • 20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus,
    • 21 whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.
    • 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 529 – How Firm a Foundation
    • TFWS 2203 – In His Time
    • TFWS 2149 – Living for Jesus
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • TFWS 2167 – More Like You
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “Engage Culture” – [Acts 4:1-10, 18-31 ESV]
    • 1 And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them,
    • 2 greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
    • 3 And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.
    • 4 But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.
    • 5 On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem,
    • 6 with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family.
    • 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?”
    • 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders,
    • 9 if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed,
    • 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead–by him this man is standing before you well.
    • 18 So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
    • 19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge,
    • 20 for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”
    • 21 And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened.
    • 22 For the man on whom this sign of healing was performed was more than forty years old.
    • 23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them.
    • 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them,
    • 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, “‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain?
    • 26 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed’–
    • 27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,
    • 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.
    • 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness,
    • 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
    • 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
  • Closing Hymn
    • TFWS 2281 – May You Run and Not Be Weary
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-06-19

Engage Prayer – Ephesians 6:10-18 & 1 Timothy 2:1-8

  • Prelude
  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Sun July 17 | 11:30am (after service) Church Picnic (Parking Lot and Dining Hall)
    • Fri July 29 | 7pm Feed My Starving Children – please contact Gerri Henze
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – UMH 771 – Psalm 36:5-10
    • 5 Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
    • 6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep; O Lord, humans and animals you save!
    • 7 O God, how precious is your steadfast love! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
    • 8 They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
    • 9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.
    • 10 O continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your salvation to the upright of heart!
  • Reading – [John 17:1-12 ESV]
    • 1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,
    • 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.
    • 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
    • 4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.
    • 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
    • 6 “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.
    • 7 Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you.
    • 8 For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.
    • 9 I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.
    • 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them.
    • 11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.
    • 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
  • Worship Hymns
    • TFWS 2023 – How Majestic Is Your Name
    • TFWS 2016 – Glorify Thy Name
    • Above All – © 1999 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 393 – Spirit of the Living God
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “Engage Prayer”
    • [Ephesians 6:10-18 ESV]
      • 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
      • 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
      • 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
      • 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
      • 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
      • 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
      • 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;
      • 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
      • 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
    • [1 Timothy 2:1-8 ESV]
      • 1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,
      • 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
      • 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,
      • 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
      • 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
      • 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.
      • 7 For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
      • 8 I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • TFWS 2223 – They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love – v1,2,4
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-06-12

Engage The Bible – Deuteronomy 8:1-3 & 1 Peter 1:23-25

  • Prelude
  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Sun July 17 | 11:30am Church Picnic (Parking Lot and Dining Hall)
    • Fri July 29 | 7pm Feed My Starving Children – please contact Gerri Henze
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – UMH 762 – Psalm 30
    • 1 I will extol you, O Lord, for you have lifted me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me.
    • 2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you healed me.
    • 3 O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol,
    • restored me to life from among those gone down to the pit.
    • 4 Sing praises to the Lord, O his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name.
    • 5 Surely the Lord’s anger is but for a moment; the Lord’s favor is for a lifetime.
    • Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
    • 6 As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.”
    • 7 By your favor, O Lord, you had established me as a strong mountain;
    • you hid your face, I was dismayed.
    • 8 To you, O Lord, I cried, and to the Lord I made supplication:
    • 9 “What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the pit?
    • Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness?
    • 10 Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me! O Lord, be my helper!”
    • 11 You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
    • 12 that my soul may praise you and not be silent.
    • O Lord, my God, I will give thanks to you forever.
  • Reading – [Matthew 24:3-14 ESV]
    • 3 As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
    • 4 And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray.
    • 5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray.
    • 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.
    • 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
    • 8 All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.
    • 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.
    • 10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another.
    • 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.
    • 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.
    • 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
    • 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
  • Worship Hymns
    • Living Hope – © 2011 Atlas Mountain Music
    • WS 3105 – In Christ Alone
    • Lord, I Need You – © 2011 sixsteps Music
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 601 – Thy Word Is a Lamp
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Confirmation
  • Sermon – “Engage The Bible”
    • [Deuteronomy 8:1-3 ESV]
      • 1 “The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the LORD swore to give to your fathers.
      • 2 And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.
      • 3 And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
    • [1 Peter 1:23-25 ESV]
      • 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;
      • 24 for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls,
      • 25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 467 – Trust and Obey
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-06-05

LORD, Do You Even Care? – Yet I Will Rejoice In The LORD!

  • Prelude
  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Mon June 6 | 9am – 12pm Garage Sale setup
    • Wed June 8 | 5 – 8pm Garage Sale setup
    • Fri June 10 | 8am – 5pm Garage Sale
    • Sat June 11 | 8am – 12pm Garage Sale
    • Fri July 29 | 7pm Feed My Starving Children – please contact Gerri Henze
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – UMH 881 – The Apostles’ Creed – Traditional Version
    • I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth;
    • And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
    • I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
  • Reading – [Psalm 4:1-8 ESV]
    • 1 To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!
    • 2 O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame? How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah
    • 3 But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him.
    • 4 Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah
    • 5 Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the LORD.
    • 6 There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!”
    • 7 You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.
    • 8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
  • Worship Hymns
    • How Great Is Our God – © 2004 sixsteps Music
    • Our God – © 2010 Atlas Mountain Songs
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • TFWS 2055 – You Are My Hiding Place
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Confirmation
  • Sermon – “Yet I Will Rejoice In The LORD!” – [Habakkuk 3:17-19 ESV]
    • 17 Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,
    • 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
    • 19 GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places. To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 673 – God Be with You till We Meet Again
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-05-29

LORD, Do You Even Care? – YAHWEH’s Glory in Hopelessness

  • Prelude
  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Mon June 6 | 9am – 12pm Garage Sale setup
    • Wed June 8 | 5 – 8pm Garage Sale setup
    • Fri June 10 | 8am – 5pm Garage Sale
    • Sat June 11 | 8am – 12pm Garage Sale
    • Fri July 29 | 7pm Feed My Starving Children – please contact Gerri Henze
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – UMH 889 – Affirmation From 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1:15; 3:16
    • There is one God and there is one mediator, Christ Jesus, who came as a ransom for all, to whom we testify.
    • The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance:
    • That Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, and was manifested in the flesh, vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed in throughout the world, taken up in glory.
    • Great indeed is the mystery of the gospel. Amen.
  • Reading – [Habakkuk 3:9-16 ESV]
    • 9 You stripped the sheath from your bow, calling for many arrows. Selah You split the earth with rivers.
    • 10 The mountains saw you and writhed; the raging waters swept on; the deep gave forth its voice; it lifted its hands on high. 11
    • The sun and moon stood still in their place at the light of your arrows as they sped, at the flash of your glittering spear.
    • 12 You marched through the earth in fury; you threshed the nations in anger.
    • 13 You went out for the salvation of your people, for the salvation of your anointed. You crushed the head of the house of the wicked, laying him bare from thigh to neck. Selah
    • 14 You pierced with his own arrows the heads of his warriors, who came like a whirlwind to scatter me, rejoicing as if to devour the poor in secret.
    • 15 You trampled the sea with your horses, the surging of mighty waters.
    • 16 I hear, and my body trembles; my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters into my bones; my legs tremble beneath me. Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 717 – The Battle Hymn of the Republic
    • UMH 507 – Through It All
    • Above All – © 1999 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 473 – Lead Me, Lord
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “YAHWEH’s Glory in Hopelessness” – [Habakkuk 3:1-16 ESV]
    • 1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth.
    • 2 O LORD, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O LORD, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy.
    • 3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah His splendor covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.
    • 4 His brightness was like the light; rays flashed from his hand; and there he veiled his power.
    • 5 Before him went pestilence, and plague followed at his heels.
    • 6 He stood and measured the earth; he looked and shook the nations; then the eternal mountains were scattered; the everlasting hills sank low. His were the everlasting ways.
    • 7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction; the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.
    • 8 Was your wrath against the rivers, O LORD? Was your anger against the rivers, or your indignation against the sea, when you rode on your horses, on your chariot of salvation?
    • 9 You stripped the sheath from your bow, calling for many arrows. Selah You split the earth with rivers.
    • 10 The mountains saw you and writhed; the raging waters swept on; the deep gave forth its voice; it lifted its hands on high.
    • 11 The sun and moon stood still in their place at the light of your arrows as they sped, at the flash of your glittering spear.
    • 12 You marched through the earth in fury; you threshed the nations in anger.
    • 13 You went out for the salvation of your people, for the salvation of your anointed. You crushed the head of the house of the wicked, laying him bare from thigh to neck. Selah
    • 14 You pierced with his own arrows the heads of his warriors, who came like a whirlwind to scatter me, rejoicing as if to devour the poor in secret.
    • 15 You trampled the sea with your horses, the surging of mighty waters.
    • 16 I hear, and my body trembles; my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters into my bones; my legs tremble beneath me. Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us.
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 371 – I Stand Amazed in the Presence
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-05-22

LORD, Do You Even Care? – The Woes

  • Prelude
  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Mon June 6 | 9am – 12pm Garage Sale setup
    • Wed June 8 | 5 – 8pm Garage Sale setup
    • Fri June 10 | 8am – 5pm Garage Sale
    • Sat June 11 | 8am – 12pm Garage Sale
    • Fri July 29 | 7pm Feed My Starving Children – please contact Gerri Henze
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – UMH 887 – Affirmation From Romans 8:35, 37-39
    • Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
    • Shall tribulation or distress, or persecution or famine, or nakedness or peril or sword?
    • No!
    • In all things we are more than conquerors through the One who loved us.
    • We are sure that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,
    • will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    • Thanks be to God! Amen.
  • Reading – [Habakkuk 2:12-20 ESV]
    • 12 “Woe to him who builds a town with blood and founds a city on iniquity!
    • 13 Behold, is it not from the LORD of hosts that peoples labor merely for fire, and nations weary themselves for nothing?
    • 14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
    • 15 “Woe to him who makes his neighbors drink– you pour out your wrath and make them drunk, in order to gaze at their nakedness!
    • 16 You will have your fill of shame instead of glory. Drink, yourself, and show your uncircumcision! The cup in the LORD’s right hand will come around to you, and utter shame will come upon your glory!
    • 17 The violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, as will the destruction of the beasts that terrified them, for the blood of man and violence to the earth, to cities and all who dwell in them.
    • 18 “What profit is an idol when its maker has shaped it, a metal image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation when he makes speechless idols!
    • 19 Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake; to a silent stone, Arise! Can this teach? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in it.
    • 20 But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.”
  • Worship Hymns
    • TFWS 2270 – He Has Made Me Glad
    • UMH 507 – Through It All
    • Blessed Be Your Name – © 2002 Thankyou Music
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 496 – Sweet Hour of Prayer
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “The Woes” – [Habakkuk 2:6-20 ESV]
    • 6 Shall not all these take up their taunt against him, with scoffing and riddles for him, and say, “Woe to him who heaps up what is not his own– for how long?– and loads himself with pledges!”
    • 7 Will not your debtors suddenly arise, and those awake who will make you tremble? Then you will be spoil for them.
    • 8 Because you have plundered many nations, all the remnant of the peoples shall plunder you, for the blood of man and violence to the earth, to cities and all who dwell in them.
    • 9 “Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house, to set his nest on high, to be safe from the reach of harm!
    • 10 You have devised shame for your house by cutting off many peoples; you have forfeited your life.
    • 11 For the stone will cry out from the wall, and the beam from the woodwork respond.
    • 12 “Woe to him who builds a town with blood and founds a city on iniquity!
    • 13 Behold, is it not from the LORD of hosts that peoples labor merely for fire, and nations weary themselves for nothing?
    • 14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
    • 15 “Woe to him who makes his neighbors drink– you pour out your wrath and make them drunk, in order to gaze at their nakedness!
    • 16 You will have your fill of shame instead of glory. Drink, yourself, and show your uncircumcision! The cup in the LORD’s right hand will come around to you, and utter shame will come upon your glory!
    • 17 The violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, as will the destruction of the beasts that terrified them, for the blood of man and violence to the earth, to cities and all who dwell in them.
    • 18 “What profit is an idol when its maker has shaped it, a metal image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation when he makes speechless idols!
    • 19 Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake; to a silent stone, Arise! Can this teach? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in it.
    • 20 But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.”
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 557 – Blest Be the Tie That Binds
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-05-15

LORD, Do You Even Care? – The Righteous Shall Live By Faith

  • Prelude
  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Sun May 15 | 9am Last day of Sunday School
    • Tue May 17 | 9:30 – 11:30am Blood Screening Event Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee
      • Walk-in only and no appointments to be made.
    • Mon June 6 | 9am – 12pm Garage Sale setup
    • Wed June 8 | 5 – 8pm Garage Sale setup
    • Fri June 10 | 8am – 5pm Garage Sale
    • Sat June 11 | 8am – 12pm Garage Sale
    • Fri July 29 | 7pm Feed My Starving Children – please contact Gerri Henze
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – [Psalm 1 ESV]
    • 1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
    • 2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
    • 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
    • 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
    • 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
    • 6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
  • Reading – [Isaiah 6:1-9 ESV]
    • 1 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.
    • 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
    • 3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”
    • 4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.
    • 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
    • 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar.
    • 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
    • 8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
    • 9 And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 348 – Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling
    • UMH 352 – It’s Me, It’s Me, O Lord
    • 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) – © 2011 Atlas Mountain Songs
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 354 – I Surrender All
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “The Righteous Shall Live By Faith” – [Habakkuk 2:1-5 ESV]
    • 1 I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.
    • 2 And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.
    • 3 For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end–it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.
    • 4 “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.
    • 5 “Moreover, wine is a traitor, an arrogant man who is never at rest. His greed is as wide as Sheol; like death he has never enough. He gathers for himself all nations and collects as his own all peoples.”
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 369 – Blessed Assurance
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-05-08

LORD, Do You Even Care? – LORD, I Just Don’t Understand

  • Prelude
  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Sun May 15 | 9am Last day of Sunday School
    • Tue May 17 | 9:30 – 11:30am Blood Screening Event Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee
      • Walk-in only and no appointments to be made.
    • Fri June 10 | 8am – 5pm Garage Sale
    • Sat June 11 | 8am – 12pm Garage Sale
    • Fri July 29 | 7pm Feed My Starving Children – please contact Gerri Henze
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – [Psalm 86:1-7 ESV]
    • 1 A Prayer of David. Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
    • 2 Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you – you are my God.
    • 3 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day.
    • 4 Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
    • 5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
    • 6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace.
    • 7 In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.
  • Reading – [Psalm 42:5-11 ESV]
    • 5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation
    • 6 and my God. My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
    • 7 Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me.
    • 8 By day the LORD commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
    • 9 I say to God, my rock: “Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
    • 10 As with a deadly wound in my bones, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?”
    • 11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 368 – My Hope Is Built
    • UMH 367 – He Touched Me
    • Jesus Messiah – © 2008 sixsteps Music
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 349 – Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “LORD, I Just Don’t Understand” – [Habakkuk 1:12-17 ESV]
    • 12 Are you not from everlasting, O LORD my God, my Holy One? We shall not die. O LORD, you have ordained them as a judgment, and you, O Rock, have established them for reproof.
    • 13 You who are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong, why do you idly look at traitors and remain silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he?
    • 14 You make mankind like the fish of the sea, like crawling things that have no ruler.
    • 15 He brings all of them up with a hook; he drags them out with his net; he gathers them in his dragnet; so he rejoices and is glad.
    • 16 Therefore he sacrifices to his net and makes offerings to his dragnet; for by them he lives in luxury, and his food is rich.
    • 17 Is he then to keep on emptying his net and mercilessly killing nations forever?
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 445 – Happy the Home When God Is There
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-05-01

LORD, Do You Even Care? – Not The Answer I Was Hoping For

  • Prelude
  • Welcome | Announcements
    • Wed May 4 Life Line Screening – Ways to Register:
    • Sun May 15 | 9am Last day of Sunday School
    • Tue May 17 | 9:30 – 11:30am Blood Screening Event Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee
      • Walk-in only and no appointments to be made.
    • Fri July 29 | 7pm Feed My Starving Children – please contact Gerri Henze
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – [Psalm 71:1-6 ESV]
    • 1 In you, O LORD, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame!
    • 2 In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me!
    • 3 Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.
    • 4 Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.
    • 5 For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth.
    • 6 Upon you I have leaned from before my birth; you are he who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.
  • Reading – [Psalm 80:1-7 ESV]
    • 1 To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Testimony. Of Asaph, a Psalm. Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.
    • 2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up your might and come to save us!
    • 3 Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!
    • 4 O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
    • 5 You have fed them with the bread of tears and given them tears to drink in full measure.
    • 6 You make us an object of contention for our neighbors, and our enemies laugh among themselves.
    • 7 Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved!
  • Worship Hymns
      • UMH 176 – Majesty, Worship His Majesty (2x)
      • UMH 172 – My Jesus, I Love Thee
      • Living Hope – © 2017 Phil Wickham Music

  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • TFWS 2215 – Cares Chorus
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “Not The Answer I Was Hoping For” – [Habakkuk 1:5-11 ESV]
    • 5 “Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.
    • 6 For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, who march through the breadth of the earth, to seize dwellings not their own.
    • 7 They are dreaded and fearsome; their justice and dignity go forth from themselves.
    • 8 Their horses are swifter than leopards, more fierce than the evening wolves; their horsemen press proudly on. Their horsemen come from afar; they fly like an eagle swift to devour.
    • 9 They all come for violence, all their faces forward. They gather captives like sand.
    • 10 At kings they scoff, and at rulers they laugh. They laugh at every fortress, for they pile up earth and take it.
    • 11 Then they sweep by like the wind and go on, guilty men, whose own might is their god!”
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 715 – Rejoice, the Lord is King
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-04-24

LORD, Do You Even Care? – Why LORD? When LORD?

  • Prelude
  • Welcome | Announcements
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – Psalm 16:1-6 ESV
    • 1 A Miktam of David. Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
    • 2 I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”
    • 3 As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.
    • 4 The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips.
    • 5 The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
    • 6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
  • Reading – [Psalm 13 ESV]
    • 1 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?
    • 2 How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
    • 3 Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
    • 4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
    • 5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
    • 6 I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 318 – Christ Is Alive
    • UMH 314 – In the Garden
    • UMH 73 – O Worship the King (v 1,2,4,5)
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 177 – He Is Lord
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “Why LORD? When LORD?” – [Habakkuk 1:1-4 ESV]
    • 1 The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw.
    • 2 O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save?
    • 3 Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.
    • 4 So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.
  • Closing Hymn
    • TFWS 2075 – King of Kings
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-04-17

“I Am” Statements of Jesus – I Am The Resurrection

  • Prelude
  • Welcome | Announcements
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – UMH 888 – Affirmation from 1 Cor 15:1-6 & Col 1:15-20
    • This is the good news which we have received, in which we stand, and by which we are saved:
    • Christ died for our sins, was buried, was raised on the third day, and appeared first to the women, then to Peter and the Twelve. and then to many faithful witnesses.
    • We believe Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed One of God, the firstborn of all creation, the firstborn from the dead, in whom all things hold together, in whom the fullness of God was pleased to dwell by the power of the Spirit.
    • Christ is the head of the body, the church, and by the blood of the cross reconciles all things to God. Amen.
  • Reading – [Luke 24:1-15 ESV]
    • 1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.
    • 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
    • 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
    • 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.
    • 5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?
    • 6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,
    • 7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”
    • 8 And they remembered his words,
    • 9 and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.
    • 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles,
    • 11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.
    • 12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.
    • 13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem,
    • 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened.
    • 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 302 – Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
    • UMH 304 – Easter People, Raise Your Voices
    • UMH 310 – He Lives
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 364 – Because He Lives
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Reading – [1 Corinthians 15:1-8 ESV]
    • 1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand,
    • 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you–unless you believed in vain.
    • 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,
    • 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,
    • 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
    • 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.
    • 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
    • 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
  • Sermon – “I Am The Resurrection” – John 11:17-27
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 322 – Up from the Grave He Arose
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-04-10

“I Am” Statements of Jesus – I Am The Bread of Life

  • Prelude
  • Welcome | Announcements
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – UMH 880 – The Nicene Creed
    • We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
    • We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
    • We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in the one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
  • Reading – [Matthew 21:1-10 ESV]
    • 1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,
    • 2 saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me.
    • 3 If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.”
    • 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
    • 5 “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'”
    • 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them.
    • 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them.
    • 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
    • 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”
    • 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?”
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 278 – Hosanna, Loud Hosanna
    • UMH 280 – All Glory, Laud, and Honor
    • UMH 599 – Break Thou the Bread of Life
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • UMH 389 – Freely, Freely
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Reading – [John 6:41-51 ESV]
    • 41 So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”
    • 42 They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”
    • 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves.
    • 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.
    • 45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me–
    • 46 not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father.
    • 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.
    • 48 I am the bread of life.
    • 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
    • 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.
    • 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
  • Sermon – “I Am The Bread of Life” – John 6:30-59
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • UMH 394 – Something Beautiful
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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2022-04-03

“I Am” Statements of Jesus – I Am The Alpha and The Omega

  • Prelude
  • Welcome | Announcements
  • Opening Prayer
  • Call To Worship – UMH 850 – Psalm 133
    • 1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is when we live together in unity!
    • 2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down upon the beard, upon the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes!
    • 3 It is like the dew of Hermon which falls on the mountains of Zion!
    • For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life for evermore.
  • Reading – [Isaiah 48:12-13, 17-18 ESV]
    • 12 “Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel, whom I called! I am he; I am the first, and I am the last.
    • 13 My hand laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I call to them, they stand forth together.
    • 17 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.
    • 18 Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;
  • Worship Hymns
    • UMH 467 – Trust and Obey
    • UMH 295 – In the Cross of Christ I Glory
    • In Christ Alone – © 2001 Thankyou Music
  • Offering
  • Prayer Hymn
    • Lord, I Need You – © 2011 sixsteps Music
  • Intercessory Prayer
  • Sermon – “I Am The Alpha and The Omega” – [Revelation 1:8 ESV]
    • 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
  • Communion
  • Closing Hymn
    • TFWS 2129 – I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
  • Benediction
  • Postlude

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