The Log Church Bulletin
January 3, 2021
Happy New Year!
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
We certainly do hope that it is a Happy New Year. Looking back to 2020, probably there are not many people who would say that it was a “happy” year. We look to new things in 2021. Of course we all are looking to the pandemic to be over and restrictions on gatherings to end. But we know that this present crisis is only the crisis of the moment. Even when this one ends, it will not secure our continued happiness.
True happiness and lasting joy can only come from the One who is Lord of all things. A permanent fulfillment can only come from a relationship with God. It is for this purpose that we have gathered today—to renew, refresh, become nourished by God’s word and to grow in Him.
Dear Heavenly Father, here at the dawn of a new year, we ask you to grant to each one of us the grace to grow and thrive in 2021. We ask that our daily living can become more “normalized,” but even more importantly than this is that we grow in our relationship to You. Among all of ways in which we hope to improve this year, may this be the greatest. Amen.
Song of Worship #10 – Lord I Lift Your Name on High
Selected Reading – Matthew 6:25-27, 31-33
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air: They do not sow or reap or gather into barns—and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the people of the world strive after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.
Prayer of Confession
Our gracious Heavenly Father, there is more than one pandemic affecting the world today. Of course there is the pandemic of the coronavirus, but there is also a pandemic of worry. The entire world is worried. They are worried about the virus, they are worried about jobs, about food, and worried even about housing.
We do not deny that these are worrying topics, but we pray that you will help us to take our eyes off the sources of security in the world, and place our eyes on You. Help us to seek your kingdom and your righteousness. Amen
Words of Assurance
Before Jesus taught his disciples what we call “The Lord’s Prayer,” he assured them that our Father knows our needs even before we ask. This does not mean that we need not ask, but is just an assurance of God’s care for us. But it also means that in the prayer that he taught to us, it is mostly about seeing that God’s way and plan are accomplished on this earth.
The Lord’s Prayer
Song of Faith – #19 – Some Trust in Chariots
OT – Isaiah 12:2-3
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.
For the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and He also has become my salvation.
With joy you will draw water from the springs of salvation, and on that day you will say: “Give praise to the LORD; proclaim His name! Make His works known among the peoples. declare that His name is exalted. ”
NT – Philippians 4:19-20
And my God will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Responsorial Reading Selections from Psalm 77
In the day of trouble I sought the Lord;
Through the night my outstretched hands did not grow weary;
I will remember the works of the LORD;
Yes, I will remember Your wonders of old.
I will reflect on all You have done and ponder Your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy.
What god is so great as our God?
You are the God who works wonders;
You display Your strength among the peoples.
With power You redeemed Your people.
Song of Unity #10 in the old hymnal – O God, Our Help in Ages Past
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
Our Father, as we enter this new year of 2021, may we look for your presence with us in every and all circumstances. We also humbly ask for your continued guidance and protection. We ask for your provision and blessing.
Please help those who daily put their health and even their very lives in jeopardy by continuing their service to the community. We pray that the vaccine will be effective, but we also pray that we remember where our confidence truly belongs. We place our trust in you.
We pray for those who at this moment are suffering from the covid virus. We do not know your intentions in every case, but we always pray that you will heal and restore those suffering to health, should it be your will to do so.
We pray for our children in the orphanage of the Log Church of Kenya. We pray that you will protect them and protect all involved with this work. Satan has brought various attacks, and we pray that you will stand against him. Allow the children to live full and victorious lives.
We are grateful for every way in which you have shown your love for us, and we look forward to continuing our walk with you in 2021.
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