Sunday, August 9, 2020

THE LOG CHURCH BULLETIN - AUGUST 9


The Log Church
August 9, 2020
 
Opening Song
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
This is a call to worship. What does it mean to worship? To worship means simply taking the time to recognize and acknowledge God for who He is. It is He who is over us and over all creation. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is our own Lord and our own Authority.

 

We gather to worship today. We understand that despite all the voices today who claim to be able determine what will happen in this world, it is God who is sovereign over all. This we recognize, and it is because of this that we wish to be under the leadership of God. We bow our hearts before Him today.

Invocation Prayer
Sovereign Lord, there are many factors that seem to control events of the world, and even many factors that seem to control our own lives. We know that these things may have some temporary influence on what happens to us, but in the long view, they are relatively unimportant.

We understand and believe that all things are under your control and that you will bring all things to the conclusion and the purpose that you intend. What is ultimately important to us is the love that you have for us. It is your love that will give us confidence as we face a future that in this world is unknown to us.

Selected Reading – 1 John 4:7-14
Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

This is how God’s love was revealed among us: God sent His one and only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. And love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as the atoning sacrificed for our sins.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God remains in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we remain in Him, and He in us: He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world.

Prayer of Confession

Heavenly Father, so much is determined in the world by using only the standards and judgments of the world and without regard to your perspectives.

Today we are taking time and making the effort to learn of your perspective. In our hearts, we know that all present difficulties will pass, and only what you intend to endure will remain. Help us to see what you intend to teach us today. Amen

Words of Assurance

We all are on a path that leads us to growth of faith in God. We may not be walking exactly the same path, since God leads each of us in different ways. However, although the paths may differ in design, they all have exactly the same in direction and objective. Each of us who are led by Jesus Christ will come to know God. Jesus told us that “No one comes to the Father but by me.”

Understand this about your life today, and God will give you direction for each step. Do not stray from where Jesus is leading you. Listen for His leading in every moment of your lives.

The Lord’s Prayer

Song of Faith – #9 – I Love You Lord

 
Scripture Reading  OT – Psalm 86:11-13

Teach me Your way, O LORD, that I may walk in Your truth. Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name. I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify Your name forever. For great is Your loving devotion to me.

 

NT – 1 John 4:15-21

If anyone confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have come to know and believe the love that God has for us. God is love; whoever abides in love abides in God, and God in him. In this way, love has been perfected among us, so that we may have confidence on the day of judgment; for in this world we are just like Him.

There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. The one who fears has not been perfected in love. We love because He first loved us.

If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And we have this commandment from Him: Whoever loves God must love his brother as well.

Responsorial Reading :  Selections from Zephaniah 3

I will restore pure lips to the peoples, that all may call upon the name of the LORD and serve Him shoulder to shoulder.

On that day you will not be put to shame for any of the deeds by which you have transgressed against Me.

For then I will remove from among you those who rejoice in their pride.

But I will leave within you a meek and humble people, and they will trust in the name of the LORD.

The LORD your God is among you; He is mighty to save.

He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you with His love

He will rejoice over you with singing.

 
Message           If You Love Me

Song of Unity  #8 – I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever

Offering   
A basket has been placed on the table at the entrance of the church. Thank you for placing your offering in the basket as you leave. God bless you!

Prayer of Intercession

Dear Lord, as your little congregation meeting in this small building made of logs, we come to you as our only hope. Although we understand that you may use many methods to answer our prayers, our faith lies not in the methods, but only in you.

We place ourselves and the difficulties we experience into your hands.

As your body of believers, we also support one another. Your word tells us that when one member suffers, we all suffer. When one member rejoices, we all rejoice.

We pray for those among us who are suffering at this moment. While we may or may not be aware of what others are going through, you know. We ask you to give comfort where needed and give healing.

 
Please be with those of this world who walk in darkness and who are without understanding of your grace. Were it not for your grace, we all would be without hope. We bring nothing of our own lives of merit, but we do thank you for accepting and loving us for who we are and as we are. We pray for our friends and family members who need to see this as well.

We pray also for the people of our community who have no hope and are without Christ in this hostile world. Lead them to the truth, and help them to see that life itself is futile without You.

We pray for the children and workers of the Log Church orphanage in Kenya. Please provide for them and sustain them. We also pray for the church there, and ask that you provide the means for them to pay for the sheets of tin for the roof of their building.

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

 

 

 

 

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