Online Worship — Ascension Sunday, May 24, 2020

Join us online at 9:30 every Sunday. A printable version of this program is available online.

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship

It is not enough, since you are my servant, to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the survivors of Israel.  Hence, I will also appoint you as light to the nations so that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.
Isaiah 49:6 ceb

♫   Because of Your Love (lyrics)

♫   10,000 Reasons (lyrics)

♫   Chain Breaker (lyrics)

Reconciliation with God

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.  Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 4:14–16 niv

… In Christ you are forgiven.

R Thanks be to God!

♫   Refiner’s Fire (lyrics)

Sharing the Peace

The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

R And also with you.

Time with Young Disciples

The Offering

Everyone should give whatever they have decided in their heart. They shouldn’t give with hesitation or because of pressure. God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7 ceb

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven: Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Scripture Acts 1:6–14 ceb

6  As a result, those who had gathered together asked Jesus, “Lord, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel now?”

7  Jesus replied, “It isn’t for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has set by his own authority.  8  Rather, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

9  After Jesus said these things, as they were watching, he was lifted up and a cloud took him out of their sight.  10  While he was going away and as they were staring toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood next to them.  11  They said, “Galileans, why are you standing here, looking toward heaven?  This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way that you saw him go into heaven.”

12  Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem—a sabbath day’s journey away.  13  When they entered the city, they went to the upstairs room where they were staying. Peter, John, James, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James, Alphaeus’ son; Simon the zealot; and Judas, James’ son—14  all were united in their devotion to prayer, along with some women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

… This is the Word of the Lord.

R Thanks be to God.

Message

“The Next Challenge”

Hymns

♫   The Church’s One Foundation (blue #442; lyrics + music)

♫   Close to Thee (lyrics + music)

Blessing & Sending

Music in this bulletin is used by permission, CCLI # 615,085, unless specified otherwise. Other materials are reprinted by permission from the Book of Common Worship (© 1993 Westminster John Knox Press), the United Methodist Book of Worship (© 1992 The United Methodist Publishing House), and/or The Worship Sourcebook (© 2004, CRC Publications). Except where noted, Scripture quotations are used by permission from the Common English Bible (CEB) © 2011 Common English Bible.

Online Worship – May 17, 2020

Join us online at 9:30 every Sunday. A printable version of this program is available online.

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship

I am the LORD; that is my name; I don’t hand out my glory to others or my praise to idols.  The things announced in the past—look—they’ve already happened, but I’m declaring new things.  Before they even appear, I tell you about them.
Isaiah 42:6,9 ceb

♫   Everlasting God (lyrics)

♫   Your Hands (lyrics)

♫   Take Heart (lyrics)

Reconciliation with God

The Lord is righteous in all his ways,
faithful in all his deeds.
The Lord is close to everyone who calls out to him,
to all who call out to him sincerely.
Psalm 145:17–18 ceb

… In Christ you are forgiven.

R Thanks be to God!


♫   Who You Say I Am (lyrics)

Sharing the Peace

… The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

R And also with you.

Time with Young Disciples

The Offering

Tell people who are rich at this time not to become egotistical and not to place their hope on their finances, which are uncertain. Instead, they need to hope in God, who richly provides everything for our enjoyment.  Tell them to do good, to be rich in the good things they do, to be generous, and to share with others.
1 Timothy 6:17–18 ceb

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven:

Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil;

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Scripture Acts 17:22–31 ceb

22  Paul stood up in the middle of the council on Mars Hill and said, “People of Athens, I see that you are very religious in every way.  23  As I was walking through town and carefully observing your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription:  ‘To an unknown God.’  What you worship as unknown, I now proclaim to you.  24  God, who made the world and everything in it, is Lord of heaven and earth.  He doesn’t live in temples made with human hands.  25  Nor is God served by human hands, as though he needed something, since he is the one who gives life, breath, and everything else.  26  From one person God created every human nation to live on the whole earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands.  27  God made the nations so they would seek him, perhaps even reach out to him and find him.  In fact, God isn’t far away from any of us.  28  In God we live, move, and exist.  As some of your own poets said, ‘We are his offspring.’

29  “Therefore, as God’s offspring, we have no need to imagine that the divine being is like a gold, silver, or stone image made by human skill and thought.  30  God overlooks ignorance of these things in times past, but now directs everyone everywhere to change their hearts and lives.  31  This is because God has set a day when he intends to judge the world justly by a man he has appointed.  God has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

… This is the Word of the Lord.

R Thanks be to God.

Message

“What You Worship”

Hymns

♫   For the Beauty of the Earth (lyrics + music)

♫   Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Me (lyrics + music)

Blessing & Sending

Music in this bulletin is used by permission, CCLI # 615,085, unless specified otherwise. Other materials are reprinted by permission from the Book of Common Worship (© 1993 Westminster John Knox Press), the United Methodist Book of Worship (© 1992 The United Methodist Publishing House), and/or The Worship Sourcebook (© 2004, CRC Publications). Except where noted, Scripture quotations are used by permission from the Common English Bible (CEB) © 2011 Common English Bible.

Online Worship – May 10, 2020

Join us online at 9:30 every Sunday. A printable version of this program is available online.

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship

Can a woman forget her nursing child,
fail to pity the child of her womb?
Even these may forget, but I won’t forget you.
Look, on my palms I’ve inscribed you
Isaiah 49:15–16 ceb

♫   The Family Prayer Song (lyrics)

♫   Revelation Song (lyrics)

♫   Without Running Away (lyrics)

Reconciliation with God

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who were sent to you! How often I have wanted to gather your people just as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings.”
Luke 13:34 ceb

… In Christ you are forgiven.

R Thanks be to God!


♫   I Will Call Upon the Lord (lyrics)

Sharing the Peace

The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

R And also with you.

Time with Young Disciples

The Offering

We have also received an inheritance in Christ.  We were destined by the plan of God, who accomplishes everything according to his design.
Ephesians 1:11 ceb

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven:

Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Scripture Acts 7:54–8:1 CEB

54  Once the council members heard these words, they were enraged and began to grind their teeth at Stephen.  55  But Stephen, enabled by the Holy Spirit, stared into heaven and saw God’s majesty and Jesus standing at God’s right side.  56  He exclaimed, “Look! I can see heaven on display and the Human One standing at God’s right side!”  57  At this, they shrieked and covered their ears.  Together, they charged at him, 58  threw him out of the city, and began to stone him.  The witnesses placed their coats in the care of a young man named Saul.  59  As they battered him with stones, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, accept my life!”  60  Falling to his knees, he shouted, “Lord, don’t hold this sin against them!” Then he died.  8:1  Saul was in full agreement with Stephen’s murder.

… This is the Word of the Lord.

R Thanks be to God.

Message

“Heaven On Display”

Song

♫   How Firm a Foundation (blue #361) (lyrics + music)

♫   How Great Thou Art (blue #467) (lyrics)

Blessing & Sending

Music in this bulletin is used by permission, CCLI # 615,085, unless specified otherwise. Other materials are reprinted by permission from the Book of Common Worship (© 1993 Westminster John Knox Press), the United Methodist Book of Worship (© 1992 The United Methodist Publishing House), and/or The Worship Sourcebook (© 2004, CRC Publications). Except where noted, Scripture quotations are used by permission from the Common English Bible (CEB) © 2011 Common English Bible.

Online Worship – May 3, 2020

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Welcome and Announcements

♫   My Lighthouse (lyrics)

Call to Worship

Let’s also think about how to motivate each other to show love and to do good works. Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24–25 ceb

♫   Jesus, Name Above All Names (lyrics)

Reconciliation with God

There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear expects punishment.  The person who is afraid has not been made perfect in love.  We love because God first loved us. 1 John 4:18-19 ceb

… In Christ you are forgiven.

R Thanks be to God!


♫   Pushing Back the Dark (lyrics)

Sharing the Peace

The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

R And also with you.

Time with Young Disciples

The Offering

Let’s grow in every way into Christ, who is the head.  The whole body grows from him, as it is joined and held together by all the supporting ligaments.  The body makes itself grow in that it builds itself up with love as each one does their part. Ephesians 4:15-16 ceb

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven:

Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Scripture Acts 2:1, 41–47 ceb

1  When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.

… 

41  Those who accepted Peter’s message were baptized.  God brought about three thousand people into the community on that day.

42  The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers.  43  A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles.  44  All the believers were united and shared everything.  45  They would sell pieces of property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to everyone who needed them.  46  Every day, they met together in the temple and ate in their homes.  They shared food with gladness and simplicity.  47  They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone.  The Lord added daily to the community those who were being saved.

… This is the Word of the Lord.

R Thanks be to God.

Message

“Some Assembly Required” (Part 3)

Blessing & Sending

Hymns

♫   The Church’s One Foundation (lyrics + music)

♫   Great is Thy Faithfulness (lyrics + music)

Music in this bulletin is used by permission, CCLI # 615,085, unless specified otherwise. Other materials are reprinted by permission from the Book of Common Worship (© 1993 Westminster John Knox Press), the United Methodist Book of Worship (© 1992 The United Methodist Publishing House), and/or The Worship Sourcebook (© 2004, CRC Publications). Except where noted, Scripture quotations are used by permission from the Common English Bible (CEB) © 2011 Common English Bible.

Online Worship – April 26, 2020

A printable version of this program is available online.

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship

“I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.”
Micah 6:6 ceb

♫   Come, Now is the Time to Worship (lyrics)

♫   You Are My All-in-All (lyrics)

Reconciliation with God

“Healthy people don’t need a doctor, but sick people do.
Go and learn what this means: I want mercy and not sacrifice.
I didn’t come to call righteous people, but sinners.”
Matt 9:11-13 ceb

… In Christ you are forgiven.

R Thanks be to God!

Time with Young Disciples

The Offering

Give to the Lord the glory due his name!
Bring gifts! Enter his courtyards!
Bow down to the Lord in his holy splendor!
Psalm 96:8-9 ceb

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven: Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Scripture 1 Peter 2:4–10 (CEB)

5  You yourselves are being built like living stones into a spiritual temple.  You are being made into a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  6  Thus it is written in scripture, Look! I am laying a cornerstone in Zion, chosen, valuable.  The person who believes in him will never be shamed. 7  So God honors you who believe.  For those who refuse to believe, though, the stone the builders tossed aside has become the capstone.  8  This is a stone that makes people stumble and a rock that makes them fall.  Because they refuse to believe in the word, they stumble.  Indeed, this is the end to which they were appointed.  9  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people who are God’s own possession.  You have become this people so that you may speak of the wonderful acts of the one who called you out of darkness into his amazing light.  10  Once you weren’t a people, but now you are God’s people.  Once you hadn’t received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 

… This is the Word of the Lord.

R Thanks be to God.

Message

“Sacrifices” — Some Assembly Required, Part 2

Sending Song

♫   Shine, Jesus, Shine (lyrics)

Blessing & Sending


Music in this program is used by permission, CCLI # 615,085, unless specified otherwise. Other materials are reprinted by permission from the Book of Common Worship (© 1993 Westminster John Knox Press), the United Methodist Book of Worship (© 1992 The United Methodist Publishing House), and/or The Worship Sourcebook (© 2004, CRC Publications). Except where noted, Scripture quotations are used by permission from the Common English Bible (CEB) © 2011 Common English Bible.