The Log Church Bulletin
November 15, 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
Most of us know that it is sometimes difficult to wait for God’s timing. We may be trusting God to bring about some change or to make things happen, but progress is too slow for our liking. Perhaps we see nothing at all.
We think in terms of months and years, but God thinks in terms of eternity. Sometimes what seems like a long wait for us is hardly any time at all when we put it in an eternal perspective.
Sovereign Lord, as we come to you today, we come as people who are often less accustomed to waiting than we should be. Your word tells us that for you, one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years is but a day. In other words, time has no relevancy for you when it comes to fulfilling your will.
Today we worship you, understanding that you are over all time and eternity. Amen.
Song of Worship #15 – Open the Eyes of My Heart
Announcements and birthdays
Selected Reading – 2 Peter 3:8-9
Beloved, do not let this one thing escape your notice: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise as some understand slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.
Prayer of Confession
Heavenly Father, please forgive us for our impatience in these days when patience is more important than ever. We are all waiting for the coronavirus issues to end.
Some of us who are experiencing other medical issues are also waiting for a medical test or results of a test, and some may be undergoing treatments. Give us patience, our Lord, and help us to know that our trust in you is secure. Amen
Words of Assurance
As we read in the Scripture Reading, our God is not slow about keeping his promises to us. It may seem slow to us, but God instead has purpose in what seems to us like delay. He is seeking to teach us something—giving us some lessons to increase our faith. In your time of waiting, concentrate on what God may be saying to you.
The Lord’s Prayer
Song of Faith – #11 – Lord, You Have My Heart
OT – Isaiah 40:21-24
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?
Have you not understood since the foundation of the earth?
He brings the princes to nothing and makes the rulers of the earth meaningless.
No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner have their stems taken root in the ground, than He blows on them and they wither,
and a whirlwind sweeps them away like stubble.
To whom will you liken Me, or who is My equal?” asks the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high: who created all these?
He leads forth the starry host by number; He calls each one by name.
Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
NT – 2 Timothy 2:1-4
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and encourage with every form of patient instruction.
For the time will come when men will not tolerate sound doctrine, but with itching ears they will gather around themselves teachers to suit their own desires. So they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
Responsorial Reading: from Isaiah 40
A voice of one calling: “Prepare the way for the LORD in the wilderness;
Make a straight highway for our God in the desert.
Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill made low;
The uneven ground will become smooth, and the rugged land a plain.
And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all humanity together will see it.
All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flowers of the field.
The grass withers and the flowers fall when the breath of the LORD blows on them;
Indeed, the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall,
But the word of our God stands forever.”
Message The 4000 Year Delay
Song of Unity #257 in the old hymnal – ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
Prayer of Intercession
Dear Father, we thank you for this day and this moment. We are thankful for all things that you allow to come into our lives, and we are thankful that we can support one another with our prayers.
During these weeks when the pandemic virus is prevalent in our part of the state, we ask for your protection, especially for those who are the most at risk of having severe complications.
We pray for those whose work or business has been affected by the slowdown of the economy. Please provide for those who are suffering economic hardships and those who are afraid of the future. May they look to you for their security, and if you give it to anyone of us to lend a hand, please find among us willing hearts.
We pray for those who have silent requests. Many carry concerns and worries that they do not share freely. Please minister to these afflicted ones.
We pray also 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.
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 #27– Always Forever
Benediction and prayer