August 2, 2020
Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place,
I can feel His mighty power and his grace.
I can hear the brush of angel’s wings, I see glory on each face.
Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.
Call to Worship
We all know that we are living in unprecedented times. We are experiencing things that we have never before experienced and we are having to make decisions that we never before had to consider. It is especially important in these days that we keep our relationship with God vitally alive.
It is for this reason that we have come this morning. We come because we seek the life of God in our own lives. We come to listen to the Holy Spirit and to learn. We come to worship the One who holds the events of the days in His hands.
Our Father in heaven, as we come before you today as your people, we give to you our undivided worship. We recognize that you alone are sovereign, and that there is no other. Your ways and reasons for many present circumstances are in large part unknown to us, yet we proceed with confidence that in the end, your purposes will be fulfilled, and we as your children will come to an understanding of your ways. Amen
Song of Worship #17 – Shine Jesus, Shine
Selected Reading Romans 16:25-27
Now to Him who is able to strengthen you by my gospel and by the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery concealed for ages past but now revealed and made known through the writings of the prophets by the command of the eternal God, in order to lead all nations to the obedience that comes from faith—to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ!
Prayer of Confession
Merciful God, although our prayer is that you would give us the wisdom and the strength to grow in our walk with you, we confess that we fail many times. Because of our unrighteousness makes us unworthy to stand before you, we instead we fall before you and ask for your grace. Please grant us your grace in our lives. Amen.
Words of Assurance
In every case, with confession comes forgiveness (1 John 1:9). God is walking down the path of life with each one of us, he grants us his grace and he also continues to seek to teach us to live in his righteousness.
The Lord’s Prayer
Song of Faith #29 – Grace Like Rain
Scripture Reading: OT – Daniel 2:27-30 (His words to King Nebuchadnezzar)
Daniel answered the king, “No wise man, enchanter, medium, or magician can explain to the king the mystery of which he inquires. But there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries… And to me this mystery has been revealed, not because I have more wisdom than any man alive, but in order that the interpretation might be made known to the king, and that you may understand the thoughts of your mind.
Deuteronomy 29:29 (Words of Moses) The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, so that we may follow all the words of this law.
NT – Colossians 1:25-29 (Words of Paul the Apostle)
I became its servant by the commission God gave me to fully proclaim to you the word of God, the mystery that was hidden for ages and generations but is now revealed to His saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I also labor, striving with all His energy working powerfully within me.
Responsorial Reading : From Psalm 145
The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in loving devotion.
The LORD is good to all; his compassion rests on all He has made.
All You have made will give You thanks, O LORD, and Your saints will bless You.
The LORD is faithful in all His words and kind in all His actions.
The LORD upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in season.
You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The LORD is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds.
The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call out to Him in truth.
The LORD preserves all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.
My mouth will declare the praise of the LORD; let every creature bless His holy name forever and ever.
Message Decisions in the Last Days
Song of Unity #22 – We Fall Down
Communion – If you are visiting with us today as a believer in Jesus Christ as the Savior of your life and your soul, and you understand the importance of Jesus sacrificing his life so that you may live eternally, please feel free to join us in this most intimate of customs given to us by Jesus. You are of the family of God, and all in the family are welcome to share this meal with us.
Offering Please notice that a basket has been provided at the entrance of the church to receive your offering. Thanks and God bless you!
Also, on the first Sunday of each month, we also have an offering for what we call “Lori’s Fund” or “Change for Change.” This second one is where we give our loose pocket change to give to those who are going through extraordinary times of need. In this manner, the church is usually able to give $50 or $100 a month to an individual or family going through an especially difficult time. The tin container is for you to put this change.
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 to 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 our nation, our government leaders, and all of those in authority over us. Help each one to understand that the positions that you gave to them are not positions of privilege, but positions of servanthood. We ask for your leading on the way to move ahead in these days of the covid virus. We pray for deliverance, but we also pray that the people of this nation would realize our need for you.
We pray for those 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.
Along with these unknown needs are many of those in our church and children in Kenya. We pray for the health and spiritual needs of the people there. We pray for the locust situation and covid restrictions in that country which continues to drive up food availability and prices. Please send your wind to drive this crop-eating plague out.
Thank you for your gracious answer to all of our prayers.
Thank you Father, for listening to the voices of all of your servants.
Closing Song #35 – Doxology