Sunday September 26

ORDER OF WORSHIP

OUR APPROACH TO GOD 

Prelude  
Call to Worship, Prayer of Adoration & Confession (The Lord’s Prayer)
Organ:                 Praise the Lord with the sound of trumpet   

WE HEAR THE WORD OF GOD

O.T. Lesson  Exodus 4:10-17 NIV

10 Moses said to the LORD, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” 11 The LORD said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” 13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” 14 Then the LORD’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. 15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. 16 He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. 17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”

Responsive Psalm 104 NIV

1 Praise the LORD, my soul. LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty.

2 The LORD wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent

3 and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind.

4 He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants.

5 He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.

6 You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.

7 But at your rebuke the waters fled, at the sound of your thunder they took to flight;

8 they flowed over the mountains, they went down into the valleys, to the place you assigned for them.

9 You set a boundary they cannot cross; never again will they cover the earth.

10 He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains.

11 They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.

12 The birds of the sky nest by the waters; they sing among the branches.

13 He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.

14 He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate— bringing forth food from the earth:

15 wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine, and bread that sustains their hearts.

16 The trees of the LORD are well watered, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.

17 There the birds make their nests; the stork has its home in the junipers.

18 The high mountains belong to the wild goats; the crags are a refuge for the hyrax.

19 He made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down.

20 You bring darkness, it becomes night, and all the beasts of the forest prowl.

21 The lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God.

22 The sun rises, and they steal away; they return and lie down in their dens.

23 Then people go out to their work, to their labor until evening.

24 How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

25 There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small.

26 There the ships go to and fro, and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.

27 All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time.

28 When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.

29 When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust.

30 When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.

31 May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works—

32 he who looks at the earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke.

33 I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

34 May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the LORD.

35 But may sinners vanish from the earth and the wicked be no more. Praise the LORD, my soul. Praise the LORD.

N. T. Epistle Lesson 1 Corinthian 12:22-31 NIV

22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

Organ: Help us to help each other, Lord
Sermon:     Sharing what we have 

OUR RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Solo: How clear is our vocation, Lord
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession

WE GO OUT IN SERVICE TO GOD

Benediction
Postlude              Your hand, O God has guided

Saturday September 25

Jude vs 20-21 NLT

20 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, 21 and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.

Meditation

Build each other up – hmmm. That sounds like a positive way to live life – but when we look at the world and the things going on around us, it does not seem like we do it very much. Seems we are more about knocking the other guy down so we can have more attention, more power.

Let us live as Jesus did caring and loving others.

Prayer

Lord, let us live each day so to build up others and in so doing grow in faith and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Friday September 24

Matthew 6:7-15 (NIV)

“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! Pray like this:

Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. 10 May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today the food we need, 12 and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. 13 And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.

14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Meditation

.A fisherman who was out of fellowship with the Lord was at sea with his godless companions when a storm came up and threatened to sink their ship. His friends begged him to pray; but he demurred, saying, “It’s been a long time since I’ve done that or even entered a church.”

At their insistence, however, he finally cried out, “O Lord, I haven’t asked anything of You in 15 years, and if You help us now and bring us safely to land, I promise I won’t bother You again for another 15!”

Although this story at first evokes a smile, it is sobering to realize that prayer is often an escape mechanism rather than a way of life. This may be true even of believers who call on God only when they’ve reached the end of their rope and there seems to be no other way to solve their problems.

Corrie ten Boom – Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire? (Bobby Scobey)

Prayer

Lord, we thank you for the gift of prayer. Lead us always to be moved by sincerity and clarity to speak what is on our hearts and when we can’t find the words to know, that you know, what it is we are trying to say. Amen.

Thursday September 23

Romans 5:3-4 (The Message) 

There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

Meditation

Jason Jones told the following story: “

During the Thirty Years’ War in the 17th century, German pastor Paul Gerhardt and his family were forced to flee from their home. One night as they stayed in a small village inn, homeless and afraid, his wife broke down and cried openly in despair. To comfort her, Gerhardt reminded her of Scripture promises about God’s provision and keeping. Then, going out to the garden to be alone, he too broke down and wept. He felt he had come to his darkest hour.

Soon afterward, Gerhardt felt the burden lifted and sensed anew the Lord’s presence. Taking his pen, he wrote a hymn that has brought comfort to many. “Give to the winds thy fears; hope, and be undismayed; God hears thy sighs and counts thy tears; God shall lift up thy head. Through waves and clouds and storms He gently clears the way. Wait thou His time, so shall the night soon end in joyous day.”

Prayer

Lord, when we feel that all around us is leading us to be overcome, let us turn to you with patience to find strength and the power to remain faithful and joyful. Amen.

Wednesday September 22

Romans 15:7 (New Living Translation) 

Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.

Meditation

The singer Bono wrote a song “Where the streets have no name.” The inspiration for the song came from Bono’s Northern Ireland upbringing. He said you could tell a person’s religion and income based on what street they lived on. Therefore he was looking forward to a place where the streets would have no names. In other words, where people would be seen as equals. Where people would be on an equal footing in life. (Erik Estep, Sermon Central)

I have often felt the secret to life is found in this text. If we live accepting one another for who we are in Christ, we will give God glory.

Prayer

Help us to help each other, Lord, each other’s cross to share;
let each our friendly aid afford and feel each other’s care.

Up into thee, our living Head, let us in all things grow,
and by thy sacrifice be led the fruits of love to show.

Drawn by the magnet of thy love let all our hearts agree,
and ever to each other move, and ever nearer thee.

This is the bond of perfectness, thy spotless charity,
Oh let us still, we pray, possess the mind that was in thee. Amen.

Tuesday September 21

Psalm 19 NIV

14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
    be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Meditation

This prayer, by the psalmist, is used by a lot of ministers before they begin preaching each Sunday, with some slight change of words. These are words, that we as individuals should have on our hearts and be praying all day long. May the words that come out of our mouths and the thoughts that come into our hearts, and lead us to be who we are, be pleasing to the one who created us.

Prayer

Lord, may what we say, and consider, and think about doing, and then actually do, be the things that are pleasing to you who is our strength and the one who has brought redemption for us all through Jesus. Amen.

Monday September 20

Joel 2:23 (New Living Translation) 

Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem! Rejoice in the Lord your God! For the rain he sends demonstrates his faithfulness. Once more the autumn rains will come, as well as the rains of spring.

Meditation

Do we appreciate rain? I am sure those that have dealt with hurricane type flooding have not enjoyed it.

The text is not talking about those kinds of storm – it is speaking of the rains of the autumn and spring which lead to harvesting and growth to seeds and gardens. God does provide for his creation to bring growth and as the text says gives evidence to his faithfulness. Let us be faithful in caring for all we share life with today and always.

Prayer

Lord lead us day by day to care for all that you have given to us. Amen.

Sunday September 19

ORDER OF WORSHIP

OUR APPROACH TO GOD

Prelude
Call to Worship, Prayer of Adoration & Confession (The Lord’s Prayer)
Organ When morning guilds the skies

WE HEAR THE WORD OF GOD

O.T. Lesson Isaiah 64:1-9

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! 2As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! 3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. 4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. 5You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways. But when we continued to sin against them, you were angry. How then can we be saved? 6All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. 7 No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and have given us over to our sins. 8Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. 9Do not be angry beyond measure, LORD; do not remember our sins forever. Oh, look on us, we pray, for we are all your people.

Responsive Psalm 22:1-5, 25-31

1My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?
2My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.
3Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises.
4 In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.
5To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you I will fulfill my vows.
26The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the LORD will praise him— may your hearts live forever!
27All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him,
28 for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations.
29All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him— those who
cannot keep themselves alive.

30Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord.
31They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!

New Testament Gospel Matthew 27:45-54

45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).47When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.” 48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.” 50And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. 51At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people. 54When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

Solo: How long has it been? Ben Furey
Sermon: “Why don’t you rip open the heavens and come down?” Rev. Dr. Glen Davis


OUR RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Organ We come to ask your forgiveness, O Lord
Prayer of Thanksgiving & Intercession

WE GO OUT IN SERVICE

Organ Simply trusting every day
Benediction



Saturday September 18

Psalm 27:4-5 (The Message)

I’m asking God for one thing, only one thing: To live with him in his house my whole life long. I’ll contemplate his beauty; I’ll study at his feet. That’s the only quiet, secure place in a noisy world, The perfect getaway, far from the buzz of traffic.

Meditation

What Is Heaven? bb Terry Barnhill

What is heaven,

and why such hope upon it?

Heaven is already here

By faith in Christ who brought His kingdom near.

“Carpe diem,” said ancient Horace,

“quam minimum credula postero.”

“Seize the day trusting not in tomorrow.”

Our hope is in the promises of God,

His Kingdom comes within our faith.

‘Tis not postponed by hours or days

’til we pass through the yawning gates.

It begins in our present walk with Him

Who set us free from mortal sin.

Oh grave where is thy terror,

and death where is thy sting,

When living in God’s radiant love,

We find the heart to sing!

Prayer

Lord, let us not wait for heaven to appear. Let us live in your abiding and eternal love today. Amen.

Friday September 17

Ephesians 5:1 (The Message) 

Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.

Meditation

When we listen to someone we sometimes come away with not really understanding what that person is saying. I have had people come to me after I preached and they with interpreting what has been said. Words can be interpreted in different ways. I have had someone this week totally misunderstand something I said because of where that person was coming from in hearing the words.

Actions speak louder than words we say and that is never more evident then in what God does for us. His actions are marked by love. When we see someone caring for someone our hearts are moved. Let us be extravagant with our love.

Prayer

Lord, may our actions speak louder than our words. Amen.