The Log Church Bulletin
November 1, 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
In this first Sunday of the month, we observe the Lord’s Supper, or if you prefer, the Communion Service. It is also the week of our highly anticipated national elections in which we will pick our president for the next four years.
Since we have witnessed much division in our country over this election, it is fitting that we as a church begin this important week with Communion. Our sharing in the figurative blood and body of Christ demonstrates that as a group of believers in Jesus, we are one under His Lordship.
On the day that Jesus was arrested and just before He was betrayed, He prayed that His followers would be one—that they would be one in their confession, one in their purpose, and one in their devotion to God. In our meeting together today in the name of Christ, it is our confession that we meet as one to worship the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Sovereign Lord of all creation, the times in which we are living are perilous and they are unprecedented. In these days as much as ever, we are experiencing our need to turn our eyes to you and seek your direction for our living.
Today as we sing our songs, read and listen to your words, pray and concentrated on you, we ask that the Holy Spirit would speak to each of our hearts and that we would learn to give of ourselves for service to you. Amen.
Song of Worship #14 – My Life is in You
Selected Reading – Colossians 3:1-8; 12-15
Since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, the components of your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming on the sons of disobedience. When you lived among them, you also used to walk in these ways. But now you must put aside all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with hearts of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with one another and forgive any complaint you may have against someone else. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which is the bond of perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, for to this you were called as members of one body. And be thankful.
Prayer of Confession
Heavenly Father, in listening to and reading the verses above, we confess that there are none of us who can say that we have lived completely according to what is written. We may complain about the divisive rhetoric, the harsh words, and the unethical behavior of the political candidates, but there are none of us who can claim that we possess completely virtuous lifestyles.
Please forgive us for our sinful behavior, and lead us into an obedient lifestyle. Amen
Words of Assurance
Spiritual growth is a continuing process, and it is not necessarily always in one direction. We have times in our lives when we seem quite successful in our obedience to God and our walk with Him, and other times when it seems that our lives consist of one failure after another.
The important thing is that you not allow the times of failure to become a pattern in your life. Confess your sin to the Lord, then rise to your feet to follow Him.
The Lord’s Prayer
Song of Faith – #19 – Some Trust in Chariots
OT – Deuteronomy 5:33; 31:8
You must walk in all the ways that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.
Be strong and courageous, for the LORD Himself goes before you; He will be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.
NT – John 6:22-27
The next day, the crowd that had remained on the other side of the sea realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not boarded it with His disciples, but they had gone away alone. However, some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor His disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum to look for Him. When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they asked Him, “Rabbi, when did You get here?”
Jesus replied, “Truly, truly, I tell you, it is not because you saw these signs that you are looking for Me, but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that perishes, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on Him God the Father has placed His seal of approval.”
Responsorial Reading : Psalm 37:1-9
Do not fret over those who do evil; do not envy those who do wrong. For they wither quickly like grass and wilt like tender plants.
Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness like the dawn, your justice like the noonday sun.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him. Do not fret when men prosper in their ways when they carry out wicked schemes.
Refrain from anger and abandon wrath; do not fret—it can only bring harm.
For the evildoers will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.
Message Eat His Flesh, Drink His Blood
Song of Unity #166 in the old hymnal – Cleanse Me
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!
Prayer of Intercession
Dear Lord, as we begin a week in which we all will be overwhelmed by the politics of our nation, help us to remember that above and beyond all earthly governments, we first are the subjects of your kingdom. No matter what our vote in this earthly election, we wish to proclaim you again as our Eternal King.
But we do also pray for our nation. We are thankful to you for the blessings that you have rained upon us for almost 250 years. Whoever ends up sitting in the Oval Office of our land and whoever ends up controlling the congressional chambers, we are asking for your leadership. Men and women in power are often less than truthful and reliable. We pray that you will override any evil action and will revive the people of our land to remember our need for you.
We pray also for those hurting among us. Please help them in their time of need. Heal their bodies, provide those things that they lack, give them inner peace despite outward turmoil.
We pray for our children in the orphanage of the Log Church of Kenya. Bless them with food, and please provide clothing and the means to attend school.
We pray also for our own Log Church of Tripoli. We are a group of believers who are seeking you in our lives and who need and enjoy the fellowship of one another. In these days of the covid crisis, we especially pray for your guidance in how we can safely meet together. We also pray that you would protect each one.
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 #35 – Doxology
Benediction and prayer