Opening SongSurely 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
In many and various ways, we all are constantly at work trying to improve our lives. Be it in our health, in our finances, in our emotional makeup, or in many other ways, we try to better our condition.But there is someone else that is even more interested in our improvement than we are. It is He who created us in the first place.
And it is our Creator whom we have come to worship this morning. For this short hour, we have dedicated ourselves to listening for His voice as He speaks to our hearts about what He is doing in our lives, and how He is working.
Our Father and Creator, we thank you for life. We thank you for our life. We thank you that you did not simply give us life and then just leave us to struggle on alone, but that you continually are working in our lives and are involved with us. We look to you today and praise you. Amen
Song of Worship
Selected Reading – Hebrews 13:14-16
For here we do not have a permanent city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips that confess His name.
And do not neglect to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Prayer of Confession
Our Father, we do thank you for life, but it sometimes seems like this life takes everything out of us. We fight battles in this life. Sometimes they are outward battles, and sometimes battles within.
Please forgive us for thinking that these are our own struggles alone. Help us to place our trust in You—the One who is our maker, defender and protector. Amen
Words of Assurance
It is always good to know that God knew us and has been involved with us even from the beginning of time. He has put great thought and great effort into making each one of us, and making us in our own unique way.
There are no errors in what He is doing. There are no missteps. If you learn to cooperate with Him in His works, you will learn and grow from each event that life brings to you.
The Lord’s Prayer
Song of Faith
Scripture Reading OT – Psalm 33:13-15; 94:8-15
The LORD looks down from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From His dwelling place He gazes on all who inhabit the earth. He shapes the hearts of each; He considers all their works.
Take notice, O senseless among the people! O fools, when will you be wise?
He who affixed the ear, can He not hear? He who formed the eye, can He not see?
He who admonishes the nations, does He not discipline? He who teaches man, does He lack knowledge?
The LORD knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile.
Blessed is the man You discipline, O LORD, and teach from Your law, to grant him relief from days of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked.
For the LORD will not forsake His people; He will never abandon His heritage.
Surely judgment will again be righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it.
NT – 1 Thessalonians 5:17-24
Rejoice at all times. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not extinguish the Spirit.
Do not treat prophecies with contempt, but test all things.
Hold fast to what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your entire spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.
Responsorial Reading (from Psalm 139)
I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Marvelous are Your works, and I know this very well.
You formed my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all my days were written in Your book and ordained for me before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God, how vast is their sum!
If I were to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand; and when I awake, I am still with You.
Message The Artist and the Work of His Hands
Song of Unity
Offering A basket has been placed on the table at the entrance of the church to receive your offerings. Thank you for placing your gifts there, and may God bless you!
Prayer of Intercession
Dear God, we praise you for the gifts that we receive from you every day. We thank you for our generally healthy environment here in the Northwoods—our clean air and clean water. Thank you for the access that we have to healthy and affordable food.
Nevertheless, we know that all in our own area are not blessed with all of the same blessings. Please provide shelter for those needing cover, and please send food for those who are hungry. Please send your Comforter, your Holy Spirit to minister to those who have lost a loved one. Please also send your people to bring aid.
We pray also for those of our world that are suffering with their living situations. We pray specifically for the orphans of the Log Church of Kenya. We continue to pray for food and for clean water for these children. Thank you for the healthy and safe place to sleep at night where they have to stay this year. Please provide for them to attend school.
We pray for our nation in these critical days. As a nation, it seems that we have problems on every side. Despite all the blessings that you have given us throughout our history, it is to our shame that we as a nation have forgotten you. We have turned our backs on the One who has blessed us.
Please guide us as the people of this church to know how to respond to the toxic social atmosphere in which we live. We pray that our nation would repent of the path that we have set ourselves on, and return to you.
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
Benediction and prayer