June 13, 2021
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
It is almost as if we are trained by society to work only as long as we must in order to have time to ourselves. From the earliest grades in school, we endure the class schedule only so that we can make it to the weekend. Then, all throughout our working lives, we continue that perspective of living for the weekend. Finally in our retirement years, our society tells us that these are the years in which all time is ours.
But there is no precedence to this thinking in the Bible. All of the prophets, all of the apostles, in fact, all of God’s workers remained active in their ministries until the end of their days, or at least as long as they were physically able to do so.
Paul said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Dear God, we come to you today as your servants. We are not masters of our own time, but all things are in your hands. It is not the servant who decides when his or her task is finished, but it is the master.
Show us today what it is that you would have us do. Amen.
Song of Worship #13 – More Precious than Silver
Selected Reading – Hebrews 12:1-3
Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set out for us.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Prayer of Confession
Our dear Father and Master, we are thankful for choosing us to be your servants. We confess that we often are poor servants indeed, pursuing our own desires rather than yours.
Please open our eyes to see your work and put us to the task of serving you.
Words of Assurance
God begins with small things. Jesus said that he who is faithful in small things will also be faithful in much. As our faithfulness grows, God leads us to other tasks.
The Lord’s Prayer
Song of Faith – #33 – All Hail the Power
OT – Micah 6:6-8
With what shall I come before the LORD when I bow before the God on high?
Should I come to Him with burnt offerings, with year-old calves?
Would the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil?
Shall I present my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has shown you, O man, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
That you should act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.
NT – Colossians 1:10-12
So walk in a manner worthy of the Lord that you may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have full endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.
Responsorial Reading: Psalm 37:1-7,18
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.
The LORD knows the days of the blameless,
And their inheritance will last forever.
Message – My Last Days in Kisii
Song of Unity #449 – To God be the Glory
Offering A basket has been provided on the table at the entrance of the church to receive your offerings. Thank you and God bless each of you!
Prayer of Intercession
Dear Father, we thank you for your presence with us this morning. We thank you for what you are seeking to do in each of our lives. We also thank you for each person who you either place in our path during the week, or who you put on our mind.
We pray for those of our Log Church who are going through some type of special trial this morning. Of some of these we may know, others we do not, but we ask you to minister to each need. Give healing where it is needed, encouragement where it is needed, and even in these days, food and clothing.
We again pray for our country. We pray that we can turn to you and move ahead, not only in regards to our present difficulties, but also in regards to the virtues upon which our nation was founded. Our spiritual needs remain. We ask for your intervention.
We pray for the children of the Log Church Orphanage of Kenya. We are thankful for how you have saved each of these children from a hopeless life and have given them a safe and loving place to live. Some you have even rescued from the doors of death.
We are thankful for the monies that you have provided through your people for the construction of the rainwater collection system and the new garden. Please give us guidance as we begin to see how to build lives for these children so that they can have futures of productive service 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
Closing Song #17 – Shine Jesus Shine
Benediction and prayer