Sunday, February 14, 2021

THE LOG CHURCH BULLETIN - FEBRUARY 14

The Log Church Bulletin

February 14, 2021

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

On this Sunday we will worship as we share in the communion service. The reasons that we share in communion is one of those that is difficult to understand. Actually, the truth be told, I would venture to guess that there is not one person on the earth who understands completely.

It is a subject that we will study from the Scriptures today, and one that we share together in faith and in obedience to the words of Jesus when he told us, Do this in remembrance of Me.”

 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.

Invocation Prayer

Sovereign Lord of all creation, the times in which we are living are perilous and in many ways unprecedented times. 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 concentrate 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

Announcements

Selected Reading – 1 Corinthians 10:12-17

The one who thinks he is standing firm should be careful not to fall. No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide an escape, so that you can stand up under it.

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak to reasonable people; judge for yourselves what I say. Is not the cup of blessing that we bless a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one loaf.

Prayer of Confession

Heavenly Father, today we confess our dependence upon You. Forgive us when we think that it is in the world where we can find true and lasting solutions to our lives. We know that truth is found only in You. As we share in the communion service today, help us to also draw our strength from living from our Brothers and Sisters who are likewise worshiping you as Savior and Lord. Amen

Words of Assurance

The following is a quote by Martin Luther. A friend sent it to me this week:

This life, therefore, is not righteousness but growth in righteousness.

Not health, but healing.

Not being, but becoming.

Not rest, but exercise.

We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it.

This is not the end, but it is the road.

All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.

The Lord’s Prayer

Song of Faith – #19 – Some Trust in Chariots

Scripture Reading

OT – selections from Exodus 12:8-14

They are to eat the meat that night, roasted over the fire, along with unleavened bread and bitter herbs…This is how you are to eat it:

You must be fully dressed for travel, with your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. You are to eat in haste; it is the LORD’s Passover.

On that night I will pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn male, both man and beast, and I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD.

The blood on the houses where you are staying will distinguish them; when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No plague will fall on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

And this day will be a memorial for you, and you are to celebrate it as a feast to the LORD, as a permanent statute for the generations to come.

NT – Matthew 26:26-27

While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.”

Responsorial Reading:  Psalm34:1-8

I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.

My soul boasts in the LORD; let the oppressed hear and rejoice.

Magnify the LORD with me; let us exalt His name together.

I sought the LORD, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.

Those who look to Him are radiant with joy; their faces shall never be ashamed.

This poor man called out, and the LORD heard him; He saved him from all his troubles.

The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and he delivers them.

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

Message           The Fulfillment Principle in the Lord’s Supper

Song of Unity  #126 in the old hymnal – Rock of Ages

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 Father, we thank you for this day and this moment. We thank you for our fellow Christians around the world, and those of our own Log Church, whether they be present with us here this morning or at home.

We pray for these, and we pray that you will protect us in our health. We pray also for those who are caring for the sick, or who in other ways are greatly exposed to the covid virus.

We pray also for those with other personal concerns. These may be health concerns, financial concerns, family, or many other aspects of our daily lives. Please minister to each one, and may each one of us turn to You for the help that they seek.

We pray for our country. We are thankful that you have given us this nation and have blessed us richly, but we are now in times of difficulty. Your word is disregarded, and there is little respect for your teachings. Many deny you. And now you have given us testings on several fronts to attempt to awaken us as to our need to return to you. Please send your Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts, and we ask that revival will come to us.

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. Guide them as they begin to set up the irrigation system for the new garden to grow food.

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

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