Praise the Lord!
It is a joy to worship with you! We pray that as you worship with us online you would grow as a joyful, passionate disciple of Jesus. If you want to connect with a pastor, reach out to one of the pastors here.
Grab some coffee, your Bible, and anyone who might be in your home today. Sing loudly to the Lord with us!
Welcome and Call to Worship:
SPECIAL GREETING TIME –> Click on the following link to say hi to the pastors from 11:00-11:30 am this Sunday!
Parents: take some time to review New City Catechism question #3 with your kids! Grab your book and ask them.
Q: How many persons are there in God?
A: There are three persons in the one God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Call To Worship
1 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, over many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
Worship Through Song:
Come Thou Fount —> John Wyeth, Robert Robinson; #108389
Jesus Paid It All –> Alex Nifong, Elvina M. Hall, John Thomas Grape; #4689508
How Great is Our God –> Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves; #4348399
Worship Through Giving:
**If you prefer to write a physical check, please hold on to that check until we can get together again in person. Thanks for your generosity!**
Worship Through the Reading of God’s Word:
Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
1At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.” 3 He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him: 4 how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? 5 Or have you not read in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless? 6 I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. 7 And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”
Worship Through the Preaching of God’s Word:
Worship Through Prayer:
Pray this with us (from Ephesians 6:13-18a):
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.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We give you thanks for this new day, where your mercies are new and your love remembered once more. We confess that we have sinned against you – both in what we have done and left undone – but we come to you now knowing that you are quick to forgive, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.
We know that we face different struggles. This pandemic has affected us not just physically, but emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Have mercy, oh Lord: on those who face uncertainty in health and work; on those whose faith has been shaken; on those who are crippled by anxiety; by those who are stir crazy and irritable because of it. We confess that we are affected in these ways, and many others, and we look to you now as the hope fo our souls, the steady foundation on which we build.
We thank you that we are not only in this struggle, but that you are near and present with us, and that you equip us in so many ways. Remind us to put on the full armor of God this week. Help us to stand firm in your truth of the gospel, that you love sinners like us and have adopted us as sons and daughters into your household. Remind us that our righteousness is not in our works (or even in our ability to “bounce back” in this time of pandemic) but that we are justified by the blood of Christ alone. Make us quick with the gospel of peace, and give us strength to hold our faith, though darkness surrounds us and it feels like we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Keep us motivated by the love you have shown us in our salvation, and keep us focused on the sword you provide for us, your Word. Give us perseverance to pray in the Spirit, who groans inwardly for us when we know not what to say.
Granting us this armor is a gracious act, oh God. We do not deserve it, and we praise you for providing such a generous gift for your children.
In Christ’s name we ask these things. May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
We love you! It is always encouraging to be together on Sundays, and we pray that it is just as encouraging online.
We leave you with this quote from Dane C. Ortlund in his book Gentle and Lowly. As you read it, remember that Jesus is present with you! We hope you are encouraged by this truth today.
“For those united to him, the heart of Jesus is not a rental; it is your new permanent residence. You are not a tenant; you are a child. His heart is not a ticking time bomb; his heart is the green pastures and still waters of endless reassurances of his presence and comfort, whatever our present spiritual accomplishments. It is who he is.”
John 6:37b: “… whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”
We love you!