August 16, 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.
By this stage of the world-wide pandemic, we should be growing accustomed to uncertainty. Will the event that we were planning to attend still take place, or will it be canceled? Will there be school, or will there not? Will classes be in class, online, or some sort of blend? Even here at church, every week we decide whether our service will be inside or outside.
But the truth of the matter is that things of this world have always been uncertain. Our latest experience with the coronavirus has only served to emphasize the uncertainty that had already existed.
It is because we recognize the frailty of the things of the world that we have come to church this morning to worship the One in whom there is no uncertainty.
We have come to worship, acknowledge and confess the Lordship of our Holy God, the creator of all that there is.
Dear Father in heaven, we are thankful that you are eternal. As it is written in your word, you are the Father of the heavenly lights, with whom there is no change or shifting shadow (James 1:7).
With you, there is no uncertainty; there is no evolving situation depending upon what might sometimes seem like capricious decisions of others, for you alone are sovereign. Today we bring our worship to you. Amen.
Song of Worship # 10 – Lord I Lift Your Name on High
For this is what the Lord GOD says: ‘Behold, I Myself will search for My flock and seek them out. As a shepherd looks for his scattered sheep when he is among the flock, so I will look for My flock.
I will rescue them from all the places to which they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. I will bring them out from the peoples, gather them from the countries, and bring them into their own land.
I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines, and in all the settlements of the land. I will feed them in good pasture, and the lofty mountains of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in a good grazing land; they will feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I will tend My flock and make them lie down, declares the Lord GOD. I will seek the lost, bring back the strays, bind up the broken, and strengthen the weak
Our Father and Good Shepherd, we thank you for your longsuffering patience with us. We are prone to wander and we are likely to become lost in the morass of the world and its values. Were it not for your great love and concern for us, we surely would become hopelessly lost. Thank you for seeking us out. Thank you for rescuing us. Thank you for bringing us into your secure presence. Amen
God is patient with those who sincerely are trying to learn to live by his power and in his grace. God is not a fool however, and unless you are truly sincere, you will not see his leading in your life. Make a beginning right now, even at this moment. You will begin to learn of God’s sufficiency and grace.
The Lord’s Prayer
Scripture Reading: OT – Isaiah 62:10-12
Go out, go out through the gates; prepare the way for the people! Build it up, build up the highway; clear away the stones; raise a banner for the nations!
Behold, the LORD has proclaimed to the ends of the earth,
“Say to Daughter Zion: See, your Savior comes! Look, His reward is with Him, and His recompense goes before Him.”
And they will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of The LORD; and you will be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.
NT – John 4:23-24
But a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such as these to worship Him. God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
May my cry come before You, O LORD; give me understanding according to Your word.
May my plea come before You; rescue me according to Your promise.
My lips pour forth praise, for You teach me Your statutes.
My tongue sings of Your word, for all Your commandments are righteous.
May Your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen Your precepts.
I long for Your salvation, O LORD, and Your law is my delight.
Let me live to praise You; may Your judgments sustain me.
I have strayed like a lost sheep; seek Your servant, for I have not forgotten Your commandments.
Message Eating With Sinners
Offering A basket has been placed on the table to receive your offerings. Thank you for placing your gifts in the basket. God bless you!
Our Lord, first of all we want to praise you for your desire to hear our prayers. We come to seek an audience before the Great King of kings and the Sovereign Lord of lords, and yet we need not tremble before such power, because we come to you based not upon our own goodness, but upon your grace.
Thank you Lord for the grace that you give to hear our prayers.
As we go through the days and the years of this life, troubles sometimes seem to come at every hand. Before many of these troubles, we are powerless. But you are a God of unlimited power, so we ask you to intervene to help us and deliver us.
We bring the prayer requests of our fellow Christians, who in some places of the world are in deep persecution. We also bring those requests that we have already heard, as well as others that have not been spoken this morning. Some brothers and sisters here today have problems that are perhaps too personal to share. Others just do not easily speak out prayer requests. We pray also for these. Give to them your aid.
We ask that you be with the people and orphans of the Log Church of Kenya. Please sustain them by your miraculous hand. Lead them into a closer walk with you, and help them to share the news of your love to all in the area.
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 #28 – Highly Exalted
Benediction and prayer