July 26, 2020
Opening Song #12 – Majesty
Call to Worship
The path to follow Jesus is not an easy path. There are many very difficult portions of the trail, and sometimes we must walk without being able to see beyond our next step. What is more, the enemy often casts obstacles or barriers in our way. Nevertheless, if we are faithful, we continue to follow.
Dear Father in heaven, this morning there may be some here who are in a portion of their lives where they have few worries or concerns, but others of us may be on a particular difficult portion of our walk with Christ. We may not even know what our next step should be. Nevertheless, we look to Jesus. We have faith to know that the goal of following Jesus is worth any present difficulties. Amen.
Selected Reading – Psalm 20:1-7
May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May He send you help from the sanctuary and sustain you from Zion.
May He remember all your gifts and look favorably on your burnt offerings.
May He give you the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy at your victory and raise a banner in the name of our God.
May the LORD grant all your petitions.
Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed;
He answers him from His holy heaven with the saving power of His right hand.
Some trust in chariots and others in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
Prayer of Confession
Sovereign God, we confess that we sometimes become discouraged and even overwhelmed by circumstances. There are times when the world throws so many problems at us that it is difficult to remain positive. Please help us to realize that our true life is not even in this world, and that in the end, you will make all things right. You will also reveal to us the reasons you have given us the burdens that we bear and reward us for remaining faithful through each one. Amen
Words of Assurance
As astounding as it may seem, we are actually told to rejoice when we pass through trials and sufferings because they mean that God is producing in us something valuable in eternity.
The Apostle Peter writes, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial that has come upon you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed at the revelation of His glory.” (see Luke 6:22-23; 1 Peter 3:14-17; 4:12-16)
The Lord’s Prayer
Song of Faith #19 – Some Trust in Chariots
Scripture Reading: OT – Psalm 42:1-10
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul longs after You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, the living God. When shall I come and appear in God’s presence?
My tears have been my food both day and night, while men ask me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
These things come to mind as I pour out my soul: how I walked with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God with shouts of joy and praise.
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why the unease within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him for the salvation of His presence.
NT – Mark 8:34-38
Then Jesus called the crowd to Him along with His disciples, and He told them, “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and for the gospel will save it.
What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in His Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
Responsorial Reading (from Psalm 24)
The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,
For he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.
He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.
Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle!
Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory!
Message Getting the Small Things Right
Song of Unity #7 – Heart of Worship
Offering There is a basket provided on the table at the entrance of the church where you may place your offerings. Thanks and God bless you!
Prayer of Intercession
God of Love, we are thankful that we can bring our requests to you this morning. We pray with thankful hearts, because we know that you have only the best intentions for us and are working to bring us to complete fullness of life.
Thank you also for hearing our prayers concerning those who have been abandoned or forgotten by society. We know that you have not forgotten them. Help us to also not forget them. Help us to know how to reach out to give ourselves in service to those who need a hand of support.
We pray for those of our community who are facing needs or crises of one sort or another. We pray also for our church and orphanage in Kenya, where they continue to face more hardships and restrictions, food shortages and hunger. The needs there are simply beyond our ability to meet them. We implore you to intervene.
We pray for those present with us today whose problems are of such a personal nature that they do not feel comfortable telling others of these needs. Although we do not know of these needs specifically, you know them. Please minister to these individuals. Heal them, comfort them, supply their physical needs, and encourage them.
Thank you for your gracious answer to all of our prayers.
Thank you Father, for listening to the voices of all of your servants. Amen
Closing Song #24 – You are My All in All
Benediction and prayer