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Sunday June 7, 2020

Worship on the Lawn!
“More Than Talking the Talk”
Welcome
 

O Worship The King

O worship the King all glorious above

O gratefully sing His wonderful love

Our Shield and Defender

the Ancient of Days

Pavilioned in splendor

and girded with praise

 

O tell of His might O sing of His grace

Whose robe is the light and canopy space

His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form

And dark is His path

on the wings of the storm

 

Chorus

You alone are the matchless King

To You alone be all majesty

Your glories and wonders

What tongue can recite

You breathe in the air

You shine in the light

 

O measureless might ineffable love

While angels delight to worship above

Thy mercies how tender

how firm to the end

Our Maker Defender Redeemer and Friend

CCLI Song # 4255664

Chris Tomlin | Johann Michael Haydn | Robert Grant

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Hymn Of The Ages

All history shall bow before Your throne

Time and space on bended knee shall come

Though kingdoms pass away

Your majesty remains

How great You are

How great must be Your song

 

The Alpha and Omega without end

The Everlasting makes this wretch His friend

The angels stand in awe

This beggar heart responds

How great You are

How great must be Your song

 

Chorus

You’re the hymn of the ages

The hope of all the world

You carried our redemption on Your shoulders

You’re the anthem of salvation

Jesus Lord of Lords

Your legacy will echo through the ages

 

Oh for a countless choir in my lungs

To sing Your praises with a thousand tongues

The purpose in my days

Is ever to proclaim

How great You are

How great must be Your song

 

Bridge

We raise the never-ending song 

The greatest song we’ve ever known

The song of angels

The hymn of ages

Holy is the Lord

We praise the never-ending One

The greatest joy we’ve ever known

All hail King Jesus

Forever glorious

Holy is the Lord

CCLI Song # 7101177

Chris Llewellyn | Gareth Gilkeson

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Invocation

 

Statement of Faith “The Apostle’s Creed”

 

James 2:14-26

What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions?

            Can that kind of faith save anyone?

Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing.

            What good does that do?

So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

 

Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.”

But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds?

            I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”

 

You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?

 

Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions

when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete.  And so it happened just as the Scriptures say:

            “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”

            He was even called the friend of God.

So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.

 

 Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road.

 

Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.

 

Sermon “More Than Talking The Talk”

 

Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Shine Jesus Shine

Lord the light of Your love is shining

In the midst of the darkness shining

Jesus Light of the world shine upon us

Set us free by the truth You now bring us

Shine on me shine on me

 

Shine Jesus shine

Fill this land

With the Father’s glory

Blaze Spirit blaze

Set our hearts on fire

Flow river flow

Flood the nations

With grace and mercy

Send forth Your word Lord

And let there be light

 

Lord I come to Your awesome presence

From the shadows into Your radiance

By the blood I may enter Your brightness

Search me try me consume all my darkness

Shine on me shine on me

 

As we gaze on Your kingly brightness

So our faces display Your likeness

Ever changing from glory to glory

Mirrored here may our lives tell Your story

Shine on me shine on me

CCLI Song # 30426

Graham Kendrick

© 1987 Make Way Music (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)

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Sunday May 31, 2020

Rome Presbyterian Church  Pentecost Sunday (In the Parking Lot!)

Welcome!

 

Shout To The North

Chorus

Shout to the north and the south

Sing to the east and the west

Jesus is Savior to all

Lord of heaven and earth

 

Men of faith rise up and sing

Of the great and glorious King

You are strong when you feel weak

In your brokenness complete

 

Rise up women of the truth

Stand and sing to broken hearts

Who can know the healing pow’r

Of our awesome King of love

 

Rise up church with broken wings

Fill this place with songs again

Of our God who reigns on high

By His grace again we’ll fly

 

Bridge

We’ve been through fire

We’ve been through rain

We’ve been refined

By the pow’r of His name

We’ve fallen deeper

In love with You

You’ve burned

The truth on our lips

CCLI Song # 1562261

Martin Smith

© 1995 Curious? Music UK (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

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Call to Worship

Leader:  Jesus said, “And you will receive power, 

Response:  When the Holy Spirit Comes on you. 

Leader:  And you will be my witnesses. In Jerusalem, and all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 

Response:  Holy Spirit, on this Pentecost Sunday, we claim your power. 

Submitted by Austin D. Hill

 

Your Name Is Power

You’re the only answer to the darkness

You’re the only right among the wrong

You’re the only hope among the chaos

You are the voice that calls me on

Louder than ev’ry lie

My sword in ev’ry fight

The truth will chase away the night

 

Chorus

Your name is power over darkness

Freedom for the captives

Mercy for the broken and the hopeless

Your name is faithful in the battle

Glory in the struggle

Mighty it won’t let us down or fail us

(Your name is power)

(Your name is power)

 

I know it is written hope is certain

I know that the Word will never fail

I know that in ev’ry situation

You speak the power to prevail

Louder than ev’ry lie

My sword in ev’ry fight

The truth will chase away the night

 

Bridge

When You speak You scatter darkness

Light arrives and heaven opens

Holy Spirit let us hear it

When You speak the church awakens

We believe the change is coming

Holy Spirit let us see it

 

Tag

Your name is power over darkness

Your name is power in the chaos

Your name is power

Chris Llewellyn | Gareth Gilkeson. CCLI License # 2015925

 

The Story of Pentecost

Acts 2:1-13 The Voice (VOICE)

 

The Comforter Has Come

O spread the tidings ’round

Wherever man is found

Wherever human hearts

And human woes abound

Let every Christian tongue

Proclaim the joyful sound

The Comforter has come

 

Chorus

The Comforter has come

The Comforter has come

The Holy Ghost from heav’n

The Father’s promise giv’n

O spread the tidings ’round

Wherever man is found

The Comforter has come

 

Lo the great King of kings

With healing in His wings

To every captive soul

A full deliv’rance brings

And through the vacant cells

The song of triumph rings

The Comforter has come

 

O boundless love divine

How shall this tongue of mine

To wond’ring mortals tell

The matchless grace divine

That I a child of hell

Should in His image shine

The Comforter has come

CCLI Song # 2795391

Francis Bottome

Public Domain

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Acts 2:14-41

 

Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit living Breath of God

Breathe new life into my willing soul

Let the presence of the risen Lord

Come renew my heart and make me whole

Cause Your word to come alive in me

Give me faith for what I cannot see

Give me passion for Your purity

Holy Spirit breathe new life in me

 

Holy Spirit come abide within

May Your joy be seen in all I do

Love enough to cover ev’ry sin

In each thought and deed and attitude

Kindness to the greatest and the least

Gentleness that sows the path of peace

Turn my strivings into works of grace

Breath of God show Christ in all I do

 

Holy Spirit from creation’s birth

Giving life to all that God has made

Show Your power once again on earth

Cause Your church to hunger for Your ways

Let the fragrance of our pray’rs arise

Lead us on the road of sacrifice

That in unity the face of Christ

May be clear for all the world to see

CCLI Song # 4779872

Keith Getty | Stuart Townend

© 2006 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

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Acts 2:42-47

 

 

The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;

who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, dead, and buried;
he descended into hell;
the third day he rose again from the dead;

he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins;

the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.

Amen.

 

 

Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Build Your Kingdom Here

Come set Your rule and reign

In our hearts again

Increase in us we pray

Unveil why we’re made

Come set our hearts ablaze with hope

Like wildfire in our very souls

Holy Spirit come invade us now

We are Your church

We need Your pow’r in us

 

We seek Your kingdom first

We hunger and we thirst

Refuse to waste our lives

For You’re our joy and prize

To see the captives’ hearts released

The hurt the sick the poor at peace

We lay down our lives for heaven’s cause

We are Your church

We pray revive this earth

 

Chorus

Build Your kingdom here

Let the darkness fear

Show Your mighty hand

Heal our streets and land

Set Your church on fire

Win this nation back

Change the atmosphere

Build Your kingdom here we pray

 

Unleash Your kingdom’s pow’r

Reaching the near and far

No force of hell can stop

Your beauty changing hearts

You made us for much more than this

Awake the kingdom seed in us

Fill us with the strength and love of Christ

We are Your church

We are the hope on earth

CCLI Song # 6186078

Chris Llewellyn | Gareth Gilkeson

© 2011 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

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Sunday May 24, 2020

 

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I Sing The Mighty Power Of God

I sing the mighty pow’r of God

That made the mountains rise

That spread the flowing seas abroad

And built the lofty skies

I sing the wisdom that ordained

The sun to rule the day

The moon shines full at His command

And all the stars obey

 

I sing the goodness of the Lord

That filled the earth with food

He formed the creatures with His word

And then pronounced them good

Lord how Thy wonders are displayed

Where’er I turn my eye

If I survey the ground I tread

Or gaze upon the sky

 

There’s not a plant or flow’r below

But makes Thy glories known

And clouds arise and tempests blow

By order from Thy throne

While all that borrows life from Thee

Is ever in Thy care

And everywhere that man can be

Thou God art present there

CCLI Song # 4046512

Isaac Watts | John E. Coates

© Words: Public Domain

Music: 2002 Curb Word Music (Admin. by WC Music Corp.)

For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

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Hymn Of The Ages

All history shall bow before Your throne

Time and space on bended knee shall come

Though kingdoms pass away

Your majesty remains

How great You are

How great must be Your song

 

The Alpha and Omega without end

The Everlasting makes this wretch His friend

The angels stand in awe

This beggar heart responds

How great You are

How great must be Your song

 

Chorus

You’re the hymn of the ages

The hope of all the world

You carried our redemption on Your shoulders

You’re the anthem of salvation

Jesus Lord of Lords

Your legacy will echo through the ages

 

Oh for a countless choir in my lungs

To sing Your praises with a thousand tongues

The purpose in my days

Is ever to proclaim

How great You are

How great must be Your song

 

Bridge

We raise the never-ending song

The greatest song we’ve ever known

The song of angels

The hymn of ages

Holy is the Lord

We praise the never-ending One

The greatest joy we’ve ever known

All hail King Jesus

Forever glorious

Holy is the Lord

 

CCLI Song # 7101177

Chris Llewellyn | Gareth Gilkeson

© Capitol CMG Paragon (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

Rend Family Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

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Invocation

 

Scripture        James 2:1-13

My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?

 

For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes

and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes.

If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor”—well, doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives?

 

Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him? But you dishonor the poor! Isn’t it the rich who oppress you and drag you into court? Aren’t they the ones who slander Jesus Christ, whose noble name you bear?

 

Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law. For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws. For the same God who said, “You must not commit adultery,” also said, “You must not murder.” So if you murder someone but do not commit adultery, you have still broken the law.

 

12 So whatever you say or whatever you do, remember that you will be judged by the law that sets you free. There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.

 

Sermon
 

Intro:  I believe I’ve mentioned before that I learned how to judge others really well from a religious perspective, once I started attending “the right” church in high school.  I learned that there was only one right way to articulate your faith and when my Mom couldn’t use those words, I wrote her off as in need of saving.  It wasn’t until I was in my first call that I was able to see her as a follower of Jesus. Different from me, yes. But a fellow believer in Jesus. I’m grateful I was able to come to my senses before she died and that we had years to live in that truth together.

 

Judging.  Probably all guilty at some point in time.  If it’s not a faith, it might be politics or it might be vegans vs carnivores, or it might be those who vaccinate vs those who don’t. Homeschool vs public ed – although that might shift after this season where every household has had the chance to homeschool!  Judging comes naturally to us.

 

Here are what some notable folks have said about judging:

Sam Allberry – pastor/writer

If God did not send his Son to condemn the world, its a fair bet he doesnt need you to.

 

Mother Teresa

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

 

Brennan Manning – author/speaker

As long as we continue to live as if we are what others think about us, we will remain filled with judgments, opinions, evaluations, and condemnations. We will remain addicted to the need to put people in their place.

 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer – pastor/martyr

Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.

 

Let’s continue this discussion by looking closely at what James wrote to the early church in chapter 2 of his letter.  Back to James 2:1 which we previously read.

 

My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ

if you favor some people over others?

I bet that for some hearing this from James put up their dukes and said, “Them’s fightin’ words!”  “What does showing favoritism have to do with faith in Jesus?”

 

Let’s read on:

For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes

and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes.

If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor”—

well, doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives?

 

Hmm . . . what evil motives might that be? What are some evil motives that can make us treat people differently?  How about, “That person has money and opinions so I need to treat them extra special so I can get what I want.” Or, “That person has nothing and can do nothing for me so I really don’t need to pay them any attention.” 

What is the motive in this scenario?  SELF!

 

Our self-preservation/interest, can be a really evil motive.

 

But James goes on to flesh out this meaning:

Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. (I think we need to listen to this too.  Are you ready?)

Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him? But you dishonor the poor!

Isn’t it the rich who oppress you and drag you into court? Aren’t they the ones who slander Jesus Christ, whose noble name you bear?

Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law.

For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws. For the same God who said, “You must not commit adultery,”

also said, “You must not murder.” So if you murder someone but do not commit adultery, you have still broken the law.

 

Oh, yikes.  Busted.  Every sin is equal to every other sin when you put it on the scale of God’s judgement.  We can’t say, well I may have lied to my employer, but I never killed a man! Guilty.  Deserving of the same punishment as murder. 

 

And what is God’s decree about punishment for murder?   If we look at the Book of the Law, the first 5 books of the OT, written by Moses. Say them with me – it’s a good brain exercise. You go first, and if you get them all right let me know. Especially any kids watching!  Go! . . . Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deutoronomy.   In these books alone the law is clear that murdering another human comes with the punishment of being put to death.  Trafficking slaves has the same consequence as well as some other things you may be surprised at.  I think they could all be summarized like this: if something is holy to God and you mess with it, you deserve to die.  Sound harsh?  But don’t you have the right and responsibility to exercise over your property and children how they will be treated and used?  If God created all that is, he is the only one in place to make those rules and set those consequences, and he has.

 

Now remember who James is writing to – religious and devout Christians who grew up believing that God had created all that is.  They were the products of the OT Law being upheld for centuries.  They understood the gravity of sin, the animal sacrifices that had been made even for their sin so that didn’t have to pay the price of death themselves.  They understand the gravity of what sin costs maybe better than we do. 

 

In Romans 6:20-23, the Apostle Paul takes a different approach to say a similar thing.  The idea that no matter what the sin is, you’re guilty and guilt requires a judgement.  He is talking to Christians who perhaps worshiped other gods or had no religious affiliation at all before they were introduced to Jesus.  He says this:

When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

So there are two ways to live out life.  First as a slave to sin.  We can do what we want without too much guilt because we don’t care what anyone thinks. Let alone God.  We don’t have to acknowledge Him.  The Second is as those who have experienced the freedom that a relationship with Christ and forgiveness brings.  There is a transformation involved there and a different consequence to be discovered at the end.  One leads to death and separation from God. The other leads to forgiveness and the free gift of God which is eternal life through Christ.  This also leads to holiness – which is something made possible when we come to faith in Jesus Christ.  It is the result of seeing all of our sin as something appalling to God and being transformed so that our desire to please Him increases as our self-centeredness dies.

 

While we walk the earth, our transformation will not be complete.  We will struggle to do the right thing.  We will fail. We will take back control of our lives and make decisions that benefit only ourselves.  We are sinners, every last stinking one of us.  We are all in need of God’s grace and mercy.  And once we have experienced the forgiveness and mercy of God, we should be willing and quick to exercise it with others.  James concludes his thought in vss 12-13.

 

12 So whatever you say or whatever you do, remember that you will be judged by the law that sets you free. There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.

 

I don’t always enjoy self-examination when I’m pretty sure I’m going to see something ugly.  But I think God is inviting us to do just that.  Think about where your prejudices lie.  Who do you tend to be against? Who are you too easily offended by? What in you needs to be humbled?  Where does your “self” need to be brought into submission to Christ?

 

I’m going to let you sit with those questions in a time of silence and listening and confessing, then I will conclude in prayer.

 

Prayer of Examen

Think about where your prejudices lie. 

Who do you tend to be against?

Who are you too easily offended by?

What in you needs to be humbled? 

Where does your “self” be brought into submission to Christ?

 

Create In Me A Clean Heart

by Keith Green

 Create in me a clean heart, O God

And renew a right spirit within me

And renew a right spirit within me

 

Cast me not away from Thy presence, O Lord

And take not Thy Holy Spirit from me

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation

And renew a right spirit within me

 

Thanksgiving

Confession

Requests

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Announcements

  • Next week – Parking Lot Pentecost
  • Saturday, 5/30 @ 2:00 NEB Senior Parade. Come find a spot on the lawn (6 ft away from anyone else!) and cheer on Jordan Shumway and Kameron Gardener.
  • Changes are coming. Keep an eye out for a letter

 

Our God Has Made Us One

Our God has made us one

In Him our hearts unite

When we His children share His love

Our joy is His delight

 

Our God has made us one

His glory is displayed

For as we build each other up

Our love becomes praise

 

Our God has made us one

In sorrow and in joy

We share the cross of Christ our Lord

In Him we now rejoice

 

Our God has made us one

One church to bear His name

One body and one Bride of Christ

And with Him we shall reign

 

CCLI Song # 3007301

Niles Borop

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Sunday May 17, 2020

“Do It Already!”

Rome Presbyterian Church Worship

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Welcome

 

We gather to worship God!!

 

I Sing The Mighty Power Of God

 

I sing the mighty pow’r of God

That made the mountains rise

That spread the flowing seas abroad

And built the lofty skies

I sing the wisdom that ordained

The sun to rule the day

The moon shines full at His command

And all the stars obey

 

I sing the goodness of the Lord

That filled the earth with food

He formed the creatures with His word

And then pronounced them good

Lord how Thy wonders are displayed

Where’er I turn my eye

If I survey the ground I tread

Or gaze upon the sky

 

There’s not a plant or flow’r below

But makes Thy glories known

And clouds arise and tempests blow

By order from Thy throne

While all that borrows life from Thee

Is ever in Thy care

And everywhere that man can be

Thou God art present there

 

CCLI Song # 4046512

Isaac Watts | John E. Coates

© Words: Public Domain

Music: 2002 Curb Word Music (Admin. by WC Music Corp.)

For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

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Call to Worship

Leader:           As we are called into worship today, it is sobering to remember
                        that when God appeared on earth in the person of Jesus, most of the                                              world did not recognize him and therefore did not worship him.
                        Today we ask for the faith that will open our eyes to see Jesus for who he                                      is, that we might worship him in truth.

            People of God, behold and see your God!

Response:   We open our eyes to see his glory.
                        We open our ears to hear his wisdom.
                        We open our hands to offer him gifts.
                        We open our mouths to sing his praise.
                        We open our hearts to offer him our love.
                        He is Lord!

 

 

I Choose To Worship

 

I choose to worship I choose to bow

Though there’s pain in the offering

I lay it down

Here in the conflict

when doubt surrounds

Though my soul is unravelling

I choose You now

 

Chorus

I will praise You through the fire

Through the storm

and through the flood

There is nothing

that could ever steal my song

In the valley You are worthy

You are good when life is not

You will always

and forever be my song

 

I build my altar right here and now

In the midst of the darkest night

It won’t burn out

For You are perfect no matter what

In the joy or the suffering

I sing it loud

 

Bridge

When the enemy says I’m done

I lift my praises

When my world comes crashing down

I lift my praises high

Till the darkness turns to dawn

I lift my praises

I choose to worship

I choose You now

 

CCLI Song # 7145862

Chris Llewellyn | Gareth Gilkeson

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Rend Family Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

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Invocation

 

 

James 1:19-27

19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen,

slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.

21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.

 

22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.

25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

 

26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. 27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

 

Sermon  “Do It Already!”

Did you know that the Bible is not meant just to be heard or read, but is meant to be lived out and practiced?  It is not just an old book with some clever sayings and bits of history, but is actually the living Word of our living God?  Always and forever, the spoken Words of God have been purposefully spoken/written in order to be purposefully responded to. 

 

Finish this quote: The road to hell is paved with ______________ _______________.

Reflecting on your week, was there something you intended to do, but didn’t?  Maybe it was a letter to write, a phone call to make, a bill to pay, a kindness to a neighbor . . .

If we were in a different setting, like a small group or Bible Study, I would love to take apart this passage of Scripture – there is at least a week’s worth of things to look at! But because this is a sermon, live-streamed, I’m going to go for the big picture and offer a suggestion for living it out. 

 

That’s really what the big idea of this is. Maybe you even have the subtitle in your Bible: the summary is, “Don’t just hear the word of God, do it.”  Not quite like the Nike ad to “Just Do It”, we are supposed to listen first.  In fact, we are supposed to be quick to listen! Then slow to speak

 

 

James is speaking to the “traditonalists”. To those who have practiced religion their whole lives.  But now, instead of anticipating the coming of the Messiah, they have realized that the Messiah is Jesus who has filled all of the prophecies and has accomplished all that was promised on their behalf. 

 

The church is scattered. They can’t gather like they used to.  They are separate from their place of worship, (the Temple) and from all the pomp and celebration that would surround their times of feasting and celebration.  James is encouraging them not to get stuck in what isn’t and to live their faith in the new “now”. Hmm. That might be the situation we are finding ourselves in just now.

 

So here it is, James’ instructions for the Christians to live their faith outside their comfort zone in a land that does not automatically support or affirm their desire to live as Christ followers.  I’m telling ya, this seems like it hits close to home here!  His words here are very instructional and practical.  Let’s look:

 

19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters:

            You must all be

                        quick to listen,

                        slow to speak, and

                        slow to get angry.

 

Well . . .  it doesn’t get any more practical than that! In this season when we are having a lot of words poured out on us, it is wise to listen quickly. Plus, things can change on a dime! But James tells the Christians that they are to listen quick but then do two things.

 

The first is to be slow to speak.  That makes sense.  I may be guilty of spouting off words I think I know are true based on what I just quickly heard.  And from time to time, I may get it wrong. Slow to speak, because sometimes my words are not needed in a particular situation. Maybe I have nothing new to bring.  Maybe its just more important for me to listen and shut my mouth.

 

The second thing Christians are to be slow at is getting angry.  Why is James needing to say that?  Let’s read on

 

 

20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.

            21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives,

                        and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts,

                                    for it has the power to save your souls.

 

Aha! We are not to be quick to get any because it doesn’t work in alignment with what God wants to cultivate in followers of Jesus!  And from what James tells us, anger is wrapped up in the junk and evil we invite into our lives that can distract us from hearing, receiving and acting on the Word of God.

 

Have you felt the battle in your own life? You have heard what the right thing to do is. You have intended to do the right thing, but then something makes you mad and you tend to do just the opposite.  You lose your temper. You lose your hope in good. You let go of what you know to be true and your react and it’s ugly and it’s out there for all to see.  Um, I totally can’t relate to that! Seriously. When we hang on to our rights, our will, our understanding and don’t listen to God’s truth, we will spout off things that are hurtful and mean and flat out wrong.

 

But now James kicks it up. 

                        22 But don’t just listen to God’s word.

                                    You must do what it says.

                                    Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.

                                                23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey,

                                                            it is like glancing at your face in a mirror.

                                                                        24 You see yourself, walk away,

                                                                        and forget what you look like.

                         25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free,

                                    and if you do what it says

                                    and don’t forget what you heard,

                                                then God will bless you for doing it.

 

Can I get an “Amen!”  This is sooooo it! We can’t just hear and say, “that’s nice” or “that’s a good idea” or “that’s a helpful reminder” or “I hope my husband heard that”! This is speaking to all of us who hear the Word of God – we MUST do what it says! Why? Because if we just hear and our hearts are like Teflon and we don’t let it impact what we say or do, we may start to think that because we put ourselves in a position to hear the Word of God we are good with God and able to live our lives just as we please because we let the words of Scripture bounce off of our audial orifices. But to think that way is foolish!!

 

Are you aware that there are life-giving words in Scripture?  It’s not a rule book of dos and don’ts! It is the place where we discover that God loves us and sent His Son to prove that love.  It is the place where we discover what it means to live out social justice and what it means to truly love our neighbor.  It explains to us what it takes to follow Jesus and the great reward in doing so.  This word is life-changing! But only if we “hear” it and live it!

 

One last warning in this Scripture.  It is for those who consider themselves to be religious – practitioners of faith. Might be addressed to me, or to you:

 

26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue,

            you are fooling yourself,

            and your religion is worthless.

27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means

            caring for orphans and widows in their distress and

            refusing to let the world corrupt you.

 

Religion is so often portrayed on TV and the movies as so empty.  You get a shot of the family in church, saying their prayers, crossing themselves, and then going out and shooting people or stealing or doing whatever!  As Keith Green said (and perhaps he was quoting it from somewhere else) Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian anymore than going to McDonald’s makes you a hamburger. 

 

What makes us Christian is accepting Christ as Lord and Savior and then doing as He asks us to do. Making him the Master of our lives.  Living in obedience.  Will we be perfect? Naw. Will we be changed? Absolutely. If we commit to listen and to do what we hear, we will become followers of Christ and doers of God’s Word.

 

How about you? Where are you at with your listening? Where are you at with your doing? It’s a new week. A chance to begin again! What have you heard this morning that makes you think you want to do something different? Put it in the comment. Let’s see how we can encourage one another to grow in our faith!

 

Statement of Faith             “The Apostle’s Creed”

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

      Maker of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

      who was conceived by the Holy Spirit

      and born of the virgin Mary.

      He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

      was crucified, died, and was buried;

      he descended to hell.

      The third day he rose again from the dead.

      He ascended to heaven

      and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.

      From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

      the holy catholic* church,

      the communion of saints,

      the forgiveness of sins,

      the resurrection of the body,

      and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

Trust And Obey

 

When we walk with the Lord

In the light of His Word

What a glory He sheds on our way

While we do His good will

He abides with us still

And with all who will trust and obey

 

Chorus

Trust and obey

For there’s no other way

To be happy in Jesus

But to trust and obey

 

Not a shadow can rise

Not a cloud in the skies

But His smile quickly drives it away

Not a doubt nor a fear

Not a sigh nor a tear

Can abide while we trust and obey

 

Then in fellowship sweet

We will sit at His feet

Or we’ll walk by His side in the way

What He says we will do

Where He sends we will go

Never fear only trust and obey

 

CCLI Song # 7056336

Daniel Brink Towner | John Henry Sammis | Russell Mauldin

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Intercessory Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Announcements

 

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Benediction Response

Trust and obey

For there’s no other way

To be happy in Jesus

But to trust and obey

 


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Sunday May 10, 2020

“Four Snapshots of Life in Christ”
Happy Mother’s Day!

Psalm 145:1-7

I will exalt you, my God and King,

    and praise your name forever and ever. 

I will praise you every day;

    yes, I will praise you forever.

Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!

    No one can measure his greatness.

Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts;

    let them proclaim your power 

I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor

    and your wonderful miracles.

Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue;

    I will proclaim your greatness.

Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness;

    they will sing with joy about your righteousness.

 

“Your Name”

 

Verse 1

As morning dawns and evening fades

You inspire songs of praise

That rise from earth to touch Your heart

And glorify Your Name

 

Chorus

Your Name is a strong and mighty tower

Your Name is a shelter like no other

Your Name let the nations sing it louder

‘Cause nothing has the power to save

But Your Name

 

Verse 2

Jesus in Your Name we pray

Come and fill our hearts today

Lord give us strength to live for You

And glorify Your Name

 

CCLI Song # 4611679

Glenn Packiam | Paul Baloche

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Psalm 145:8-13a

The Lord is merciful and compassionate,

    slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love 

The Lord is good to everyone.

    He showers compassion on all his creation. 

All of your works will thank you, Lord,

    and your faithful followers will praise you. 

They will speak of the glory of your kingdom;

    they will give examples of your power.

They will tell about your mighty deeds

    and about the majesty and glory of your reign. 

For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.

    You rule throughout all generations.

 

“Oh Lord, You’re Beautiful”

 

Verse 1

Oh Lord You’re beautiful

Your face is all I seek

And when Your eyes are on this child

Your grace abounds to me (repeat)

 

Bridge

I want to take Your Word

And shine it all around

First help me just to live it Lord

And when I’m doing well

Help me to never seek a crown

For my reward is giving glory to You

 

Verse 2

Oh Lord please light the fire

That once burned bright and clear

Replace the lamp of my first love

That burns with holy fear

CCLI Song # 14514

Keith Green

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Psalm 145:13b-16

The Lord always keeps his promises;

    he is gracious in all he does.

The Lord helps the fallen

    and lifts those bent beneath their loads.

The eyes of all look to you in hope;

    you give them their food as they need it.

When you open your hand,

    you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.

 

“Great Are You Lord”

Verse

You give life You are love

You bring light to the darkness

You give hope You restore ev’ry heart that is broken

And great are You Lord

 

Chorus

It’s Your breath in our lungs

So we pour out our praise

We pour out our praise

It’s Your breath in our lungs

So we pour out our praise to You only

 

Bridge

And all the earth will shout Your praise

Our hearts will cry these bones will sing

Great are You Lord

(REPEAT)

 

CCLI Song # 6460220

David Leonard | Jason Ingram | Leslie Jordan

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Psalm 145:17-21

The Lord is righteous in everything he does;

    he is filled with kindness.

The Lord is close to all who call on him,

    yes, to all who call on him in truth. 

He grants the desires of those who fear him;

    he hears their cries for help and rescues them. 

The Lord protects all those who love him,

    but he destroys the wicked. 

I will praise the Lord,

    and may everyone on earth bless his holy name

    forever and ever.

 

“All Creatures of Our God And King”

Verse 1

All creatures of our God and King

Lift up your voice and with us sing

Alleluia alleluia

Thou burning sun with golden beam

Thou silver moon with softer gleam

O praise Him O praise Him

Alleluia alleluia alleluia

 

Verse 2

Thou rushing wind that art so strong

Ye clouds that sail in heaven along

O praise Him alleluia

Thou rising morn in praise rejoice

Ye lights of evening find a voice

O praise Him O praise Him

Alleluia alleluia alleluia

 

Verse 4

And all ye men of tender heart

Forgiving others take your part

O sing ye alleluia

Ye who long pain and sorrow bear

Praise God and on Him cast your care

 

Verse 5

Let all things their Creator bless

And worship Him in humbleness

O praise Him alleluia

Praise praise the Father praise the Son

And praise the Spirit Three in One

O praise Him O praise Him

Alleluia alleluia alleluia

 

Verse 9

Praise God from whom all blessings flow

Praise Him all creatures here below

O praise Him alleluia

Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts

Praise Father Son and Holy Ghost

O praise Him O praise Him

Alleluia alleluia alleluia

CCLI Song # 1503

St. Francis of Assisi | William Henry Draper

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Invocation

Scripture Reading  –  James 1:9-18

“’Tis A Gift To Be Simple”

Tis a gift to be simple, ’tis a gift to be free

‘Tis a gift to come down where I ought to be

And when I am in the place just right

I will be in the valley of love and delight

When true simplicity is gained

To bow and to bend I will not be ashamed

To turn, to turn will be my delight

‘Til by turning, turning, I come ’round right.

 

Sermon “Four Snapshots of Life in Christ”

James 1:9-18

 

Scripture Reading  –  James 1:9-18

Believers who are poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them.

And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them.

They will fade away like a little flower in the field.

            The hot sun rises and the grass withers; the little flower droops and falls,

            and its beauty fades away.

In the same way, the rich will fade away with all of their achievements.

 

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.”

            God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else.

            Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.

            These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow,

            it gives birth to death.

 

So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens.He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word.

And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.

 

Intro: It’s Mother’s Day and we think of those dear women who gave us birth and/or reared us.  Those who nurtured us and disciplined us and gave us gifts and met our needs.  And if we were blessed with a faithful one it is easy to give thanks.  And we can remember that faithfulness and what a blessing it is to belong to a Mother who poured her love into us.

 

I am aware that not every Mom out there has been able to do what a mother should. Some suffer from disease or mental illness or addictions and that makes it hard for them to care for their children as God intended.  I am truly sorry and I pray that God meets those needs in other ways. But I want to use as an example this morning, those Moms who were able to parent with love and grace and a whole heart for their children. I want to think about Moms who did their best for their children in the best of times and in the worst of times. I want us to think about what it means to belong to Mom’s like this because I think they give us a glimpse of what it means for us to belong to a Father like God.  Here’s why . . .

 

You know you belong to your Mother no matter what.  Whether you grew up with plenty or in want, your Mom claimed you and affirmed who you are.  She pumped you up when you were deflated and she put a hole in your ego when you needed to come back down to earth.  Amen?

 

You know you belong to your mother when you mess up and she loves you anyway.  Even when you blame her for your problems, she love you. She is quick to set you straight on that opinion and remind you know that you have personal responsibility to make right and wrong decisions that have particular outcomes for your life.  Have you ever heard from her lips, “You made your bed, now lie in it!” No? It means deal with the consequences you create for yourself because of the decisions you make.

 

You know you belong to your Mother when she blesses you with good gifts.  When she comes up with just the right thing at just the right time.  And when she consistently loves you and claims you as her own.

 

I want to use this idea of a good Mom to illustrate three snapshots of what it looks like to belong to a Good God.  We find these three snapshots in our reading from James.

 

One: Rich or Poor We Belong To God (9-11)

Whether we are rich or poor God claims us and has a purpose for us. James is making the point that no matter which heritage we have, God levels the playing field.  In Christ, the poor are honored to be invited to feast at the table of the Lord.  In Christ, riches are a tool to be used but they don’t buy you the best seat at the table.  Jesus spoke of this in parables as a warning for the rich not to seek the best seats at the table or they may be asked to move so a poor person could be seated in their place.

 

We come to Jesus as we are, rich or poor, talented and gifted in our unique ways and God uses what we bring as a tool to proclaim Him.  God is truly the best equal opportunity employer.  He takes what we have and uses it to be heard. He lifts up the poor and brings down the rich and we all have a seat at his table as equals.  Rich or poor, we belong to God.

 

Two: Trial and Temptation Come and We Belong To God (12-15)

How familiar are you with “The Blame Game”?  Have you played it a time or two? Are you old enough to remember the Flip Wilson skit on Laugh In.  Where he voices the character of Geraldine who buys her third dress of the week and when confronted by her Rev husband claims, “The Devil made me buy this dress” and tells a great story.  Look it up on YouTube and give yourself a giggle. 

 

Well that’s one way to pass on blame to another, but some try to blame God for tempting them.

We might say, “God made me this way with a love of spending or a love of chocolate or a desire for . . .”  The truth is that God gave us a desire for himself. Made in his image, made with a God shaped longing in our heart that only He can fill.  But we don’t pay attention to that and we pursue other things.  Our desire for even good things can take us far from God.  Wanting anything more than we want God will lead us away from him.  God would never tempt us away from himself.  The Devil would! 

 

When we are tempted to do anything we know is displeasing to our Father who loves us and made us, we need to own it.  We need to admit it without fear of thinking God will turn us away because we are tempted. That’s the moment in which he offers us rescue and release from the temptation.  And even if we choose to do the things we ought not to do, He stands ready to forgive us, to redeem us, to make things right between us.

 

James is giving us a really great anatomy of temptation and sin.  Let me re-read verse 18:

            Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.

            These desires give birth to sinful actions.

            And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.

 

Friends, temptation comes.  Our minds are powerful things and our thoughts can lead us into some really dark places.  We get our mind set on something like the idea of ice cream and can’t rest until we’ve had it.  God is inviting us to set our minds on Him. What if every negative desire was replaced with the desire to seek God first? How would our lives be transformed? It will take training. It will be life transforming and it will be rewarding.  This is exactly what the God we belong to invites us to pursue because he claims us as His own and we belong to Him.

 

Three: Life Is a Gift because We Belong To God (16-18)

God does not tempt us to go astray.  Instead he gives us good and perfect gifts. When we sing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” we recount the good and perfect gifts God gives: seasons, each day, all nature, pardon for our sin, enduring peace, God’s presence to encourage and guide, strength for the current day and hope for the next and blessing upon blessing.  All of these are a testament to God’s faithful love for us.  He loves us because He made us and we belong to Him. James tells us that God’s faithfulness includes that He will not change.

 

Just like your mother chose to give birth to you, so God chose to “birth us”.  Our “birth” into the family of God comes through the hearing and receiving of God’s true Word, who is Jesus. It is Jesus who is the best gift God gives and makes it possible for us to be born into belonging to God.  Will you receive this gift? Will you claim your gift of belonging to God?

 

The mission of RPC is this.  We exist to honor God by bringing an ever increasing number of people into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. Another way we might say this is: We exist to seek those who have not yet met Jesus and connect them with the God who loves them, with a family of faith who will nurture them, and with a community to practice that faith through service.  If that is where you want to be, I invite you to write the word “in” in the comments.

 

Intercessory Prayer

Thank You – For wanting each of us to belong to You.

Mothers, flowers, a warming trend!

 

Sorry – Racism that still exists, the family of Ahmaud Arbery who experienced that hate first hand this week.  God cleanse us from the evil that makes some think they are better than others and have a right to kill them or even judge them.  Forgive us, Lord for arrogance, pridefulness and fear that would lead us to build walls of hate where we should construct bridges of caring.

Lord, we acknowledge that we can also build a wall between ourselves and You.  Would you help us to deconstruct any barrier that stands between us.  Would you heal all of our relationships but especially, let us first do the work of restoring our own relationship with You.

 

Please – Meet the needs of those in our community who need food, who need help. Make us each aware of what you want us to do. Open our eyes to see the needs and show us how we can help meet them.

For those who have unresolved hurts from their mothers, that you would heal and reconcile

For those healing from sickness and surgery (Geri)

For those still living in fear

For those who are in position to make decisions about reopening and how to operate on this side of COVID-19

For the leadership of RPC

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Announcements

 

Closing Hymn           “Now Thank We All Our God”

 

Now thank we all our God

With hearts and hands and voices

Who wondrous things has done

In whom His world rejoices

Who from our mother’s arms

Has blessed us on our way

With countless gifts of love

And still is ours today

 

O may this bounteous God

Through all our life be near us

With ever joyful hearts

And blessed peace to cheer us

And keep us in His grace

And guide us when perplexed

And free us from all ills

In this world and the next

 

All praise and thanks to God

The Father now be given

The Son and Him who reigns

With them in highest heaven

The one eternal God

Whom earth and heaven adore

For thus it was is now

And shall be evermore

CCLI Song # 86638

Catherine Winkworth | Johann Crüger | Martin Rinkart

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Benediction


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Sunday May 3, 2020

“Who Are You When Trouble Comes?”
 
ZOOM! (starts at 10:30 immediately after service.)

James 1:2-8

Opening Worship
 

How Great Thou Art

O Lord my God

When I in awesome wonder

Consider all the worlds

Thy hands have made

I see the stars

I hear the rolling thunder

Thy pow’r thru’out

The universe displayed

 

Then sings my soul

My Savior God to Thee

How great Thou art

How great Thou art

Then sings my soul

My Savior God to Thee

How great Thou art

How great Thou art

 

When through the woods

And forest glades I wander

And hear the birds

Sing sweetly in the trees

When I look down

From lofty mountain grandeur

And hear the brook

And feel the gentle breeze

 

And when I think

That God His Son not sparing

Sent Him to die

I scarce can take it in

That on the cross

My burden gladly bearing

He bled and died

To take away my sin

 

When Christ shall come

With shout of acclamation

And take me home

What joy shall fill my heart

Then I shall bow

In humble adoration

And there proclaim

My God how great Thou art

 

CCLI Song # 14181

Stuart Wesley Keene Hine

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 – Prayer –

How Great Is Our God

 

How great is our God

Sing with me

How great is our God

And all will see how great

How great is our God

 

The splendor of the King

Clothed in majesty

Let all the earth rejoice

All the earth rejoice

He wraps Himself in light

And darkness tries to hide

And trembles at His voice

And trembles at His voice

 

And age to age He stands

And time is in His hands

Beginning and the End

Beginning and the End

The Godhead three in one

Father Spirit Son

The Lion and the Lamb

The Lion and the Lamb

 

Bridge

Name above all names

Worthy of all praise

My heart will sing

How great is our God

 

CCLI Song # 4348399

Chris Tomlin | Ed Cash | Jesse Reeves

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Holy, Holy, Holy

 

Holy holy holy

Lord God Almighty

Early in the morning

Our song shall rise to Thee

Holy holy holy

Merciful and mighty

God in three persons

Blessed Trinity

 

Holy holy holy

All the saints adore Thee

Casting down their golden crowns

Around the glassy sea

Cherubim and seraphim

Falling down before Thee

Which wert and art

And evermore shalt be

 

Holy holy holy

Though the darkness hide Thee

Though the eye of sinful man

Thy glory may not see

Only Thou art holy

There is none beside Thee

Perfect in power

In love and purity

 

Holy holy holy

Lord God Almighty

All Thy works shall praise Thy name

In earth and sky and sea

Holy holy holy

Merciful and mighty

God in three persons

Blessed Trinity

 

CCLI Song # 1156

John Bacchus Dykes | Reginald Heber

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Reading of Scripture

James 1:2-8

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.

 

I Choose To Worship

 

I choose to worship I choose to bow

Though there’s pain in the offering

I lay it down

Here in the conflict when doubt surrounds

Though my soul is unravelling

I choose You now

 

Chorus

I will praise You through the fire

Through the storm and through the flood

There is nothing that could ever steal my song

In the valley You are worthy

You are good when life is not

You will always and forever be my song

 

I build my altar right here and now

In the midst of the darkest night

It won’t burn out

For You are perfect no matter what

In the joy or the suffering

I sing it loud

 

 

Bridge

When the enemy says I’m done

I lift my praises

When my world comes crashing down

I lift my praises high

Till the darkness turns to dawn

I lift my praises

I choose to worship

I choose You now

 

CCLI Song # 7145862

Chris Llewellyn | Gareth Gilkeson

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Sermon

James 1:2-8

 

Last week we established James, the brother of Jesus, as the author of this letter.  We established that he was writing to the church as it was scattered away from Jerusalem. 

We pick it up in verse 2 as he begins to address his audience.

 

James 1:2-8

Dear brothers and sisters,

            when troubles of any kind come your way,

                        consider it an opportunity for great joy.

 

                                    For you know that when your faith is tested,

                                                your endurance has a chance to grow.

                                                            So let it grow,

                                    for when your endurance is fully developed,

                                                you will be perfect and complete,

                                                            needing nothing.

            If you need wisdom,

                        ask our generous God,

                                    and he will give it to you.

                                    He will not rebuke you for asking.

                        But when you ask him,

                                    be sure that your faith is in God alone.

                                    Do not waver,

                                                for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled

                                                as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.                                                     Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.                                                                Their loyalty is divided between God and the world,

                                                            and they are unstable in everything they do.

 

Sermon

We Can Be Sure of Trouble Coming

  • Trouble guaranteed
  • Consider it an opportunity . . . for joy???

 

 

The Tension Trouble Brings Can Grow Our Faith

  • Trouble test’s faith: do I live within the parameters that have been set for me and remain obedient, trusting that God will sort this out OR do I take matters into my own hands, cheat a little, make my own things happen, work outside the boundaries?
  • The test is in the enduring and the growth comes from the bearing the weight, not escaping

 

 

We are different people on the other side of the trouble we endure

– Enduring the trial we encounter makes us a different person on the other side.  Even as we contemplate reopening in our county, take note of what shifts have happened in your own life.  The things you better appreciate, the time you wish to spend differently, the resurrected faith you have in the God who has taken care of you and met your needs during this time.

We may need some wisdom to navigate the new way we are

  • Maybe we arrive on the other side of a situation and are happy to be out of the mess, and realize that we are in a different place, but aren’t quite sure how we are to behave/think/live in this new way of being.
  • We may look at what everyone else is doing and get our cues from them BUT James is telling the people (and it would behoove us to eavesdrop) to ask God for wisdom. Why? Because you can’t go wrong with wisdom from God.  God is generous and wants you to benefit from His wisdom. He’s not going to make fun of you or think less of you for asking.  God wants you to have what he is eager to give.
  • Ah, but there is a catch. We need to approach God whole-heartedly.  In order to get what He wants to give, we need to go straight to him, with open arms ready to receive and our eyes, ears hearts and minds ready to pay attention.  Undistracted by other voices who would tell us there is another way to go.
  • What might some of those other voices be? In an article from the Christian Science Monitor from 2010:
  • Almost 1 in 4 American adults say they sometimes attend religious services of a faith different from their own.
  • Twenty-four percent of the public say they believe in reincarnation, and 23 percent believe in yoga as a spiritual practice.
  • Twenty-five percent of the overall public (and 23 percent of Christians) believe in astrology.
  • Fifteen percent of the public acknowledges having consulted a psychic or a fortuneteller.

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2010/0125/Why-some-Americans-mix-Christianity-Eastern-religions

 

These are examples of double mindedness.  And James warns agains this here:

Do not waver,

            for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is                                    blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive                                        anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world,

            and they are unstable in everything they do.

 

We might have a tendency to play all the odds.  We may be afraid to put all our eggs in one basket. But James is saying here, “You get what you pay for.” To receive the wisdom from God we seek, it has to be the only wisdom we seek or it’s diluted and we’re deluded!

 

Concl. Remember that James is primarily addressing those who have been in the faith for a lifetime. So let me say this to you followers of Christ.  These words are meant for you. If you are following Jesus, you can’t be faithful and follow any other way.  Seek one thing. Seek God. Seek God’s wisdom in this season of uncertainty and newness.  And be gentle with those who come across your path who haven’t found Jesus yet, but are looking.  Your job is not to grab their heads and make them look into the eyes of God. Your task is to love them and listen and converse and ask questions that make a way for them to see Jesus.

 

And for you lovely and delightful ones who are here today and aren’t sure what you believe? This is a taste of what following Jesus looks like.  Know that probably not one of us who claims to be a Christian is doing it perfectly. Growing in faith, becoming a mature Christian, following Jesus is a challenge, even on our best days, so hear the words of Scripture, these are the guide for how we are to live. It’s what we’re striving for even if we miss it.  You are invited to come along.  If you’d like more information on what that would be like just type the word, “yes” in the comments and I’ll get with you later in the week.

 

 

Statement of Faith                “In Christ Alone”

 

In Christ alone my hope is found

He is my light my strength my song

This Cornerstone this solid Ground

Firm through the fiercest drought and storm

What heights of love what depths of peace

When fears are stilled when strivings cease

My Comforter my All in All

Here in the love of Christ I stand

 

In Christ alone who took on flesh

Fullness of God in helpless babe

This gift of love and righteousness

Scorned by the ones He came to save

Till on that cross as Jesus died

The wrath of God was satisfied

For every sin on Him was laid

Here in the death of Christ I live

 

There in the ground His body lay

Light of the world by darkness slain

Then bursting forth in glorious Day

Up from the grave He rose again

And as He stands in victory

Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me

For I am His and He is mine

Bought with the precious blood of Christ

 

No guilt in life no fear in death

This is the power of Christ in me

From life’s first cry to final breath

Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell no scheme of man

Can ever pluck me from His hand

Till He returns or calls me home

Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

 

CCLI Song # 3350395

Keith Getty | Stuart Townend

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Prayers of the People

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Announcements

 

Benediction

How great is our God

Sing with me

How great is our God

And all will see how great

How great is our God


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“Knowing Where We’re At” April 26

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Welcome:  Say hello!

Zoom Room starts at 10:30 after worship! 

Opening Hymn – “Joyful Joyful”

 

Joyful joyful we adore Thee

God of Glory Lord of Love

Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee

Opening to the sun above

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness

Drive the dark of doubt away

Giver of immortal gladness

Fill us with the light of day

 

All Thy works with joy surround Thee

Earth and heaven reflect Thy rays

Stars and angels sing around Thee

Center of unbroken praise

Field and forest vale and mountain

Flowery meadow flashing sea

Chanting bird and flowing fountain

Call us to rejoice in Thee

 

Mortals join the happy chorus

Which the morning stars began

Father Love is reigning o’er us

Brother love binds man to man

Ever singing march we onward

Victors in the midst of strife

Joyful music leads us sunward

In the triumph song of life

Henry Van Dyke | Ludwig van Beethoven CCLI License # 2015925

 

Call To Worship:

Leader: As darkness gives way to light and winter sleep to fresh beginnings,

Response:  We come today to be reminded of God’s love for us. 

Leader: Like the green shoots of renewed life, stirring beneath the soil,

Response: We welcome an awakening of God’s word in our lives.

Leader: In this time of reflection and repentance,

Response: We affirm our identity, we claim our security, as children of God.

 

I Am His And He Is Mine

 

Loved with everlasting love

Led by grace that love to know

Spirit breathing from above

Thou hast taught me it is so

O this full and perfect peace

O this transport all divine

In a love which cannot cease

I am His and He is mine

In a love which cannot cease

I am His and He is mine

 

Heav’n above is softer blue

Earth around is sweeter green

Something lives in ev’ry hue

Christless eyes have never seen

Birds with gladder songs o’erflow

Flow’rs with deeper beauties shine

Since I know as now I know

I am His and He is mine

Since I know as now I know

I am His and He is mine

 

His forever only His

Who the Lord and me shall part

Ah with what a rest of bliss

Christ can fill the longing heart

Heav’n and earth may fade and flee

Firstborn light in gloom decline

But while God and I shall be

I am His and He is mine

But while God and I shall be

I am His and He is mine

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Statement of Faith                            “The Apostle’s Creed”

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, dead, and buried;
he descended into hell;
the third day he rose again from the dead;

he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins;

the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.

Amen.

 

You Say

 

I keep fighting voices in my mind

That say I’m not enough

Ev’ry single lie that tells me

I will never measure up

 

Am I more than just the sum of

Ev’ry high and ev’ry low

Remind me once again just who I am

Because I need to know oo oh

 

You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing

You say I am strong when I think I am weak

You say I am held when I am falling short

And when I don’t belong oh You say I am Yours

And I believe oh I believe

What You say of me I believe

 

The only thing that matters now

Is ev’rything You think of me

In You I find my worth

In You I find my identity

 

Bridge

Taking all I have and now I’m laying it at Your feet

You’ll have ev’ry failure God

You’ll have ev’ry victory

 

Ending

Oh I believe yes I believe

What You say of me I believe

 

CCLI Song # 7071357

Jason Ingram | Lauren Daigle | Paul Mabury

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Sermon: “Knowing Where We’re At”

James 1:1, John 7:1-5, Acts 1:14

 

Confession Psalm 139: 24-25

 

Assurance

 

Response: “My Lord, You Have Examined Me”

 

Prayers for The People

  • The persecuted Christians in Iran, Iraq, Egypt, China and the other 36 nations in which Christians are being persecuted today.
  • Health professionals on the front lines of care
  • Those in authority in government who are responsible for making hard decisions. Arm them with truth and sound judgement. Give them relief from the stress they are under.
  • For those who struggle with depression and anxiety
  • For those who struggle with addiction and may not be able to get to the meetings they need in order to stay sober.
  • For pastors and church leaders who are still trying to figure out what it means to live as the church of Jesus Christ while scattered. Blessings on those Christians around the world who have already been functioning like this for years, and from whom we can learn much.
  • Teachers and students and administrators as they strive to figure this out and give everyone all that they need.
  • We pray for healing. Those who are struggling with physical ailments and can’t get to a doctor at this time – bring them comfort and healing.  Those who have the virus, Lord let them all recover. Heal your world, Lord.
  • The Lord’s Prayer

 

“He Will Hold Me Fast”

 

When I fear my faith will fail

Christ will hold me fast

When the tempter would prevail

He will hold me fast

I could never keep my hold

Through life’s fearful path

For my love is often cold

He must hold me fast

 

Chorus

He will hold me fast

He will hold me fast

For my Savior loves me so

He will hold me fast

 

Those He saves are His delight

Christ will hold me fast

Precious in His holy sight

He will hold me fast

He’ll not let my soul be lost

His Promises shall last

Bought by Him at such a cost

He will hold me fast

 

For my life He bled and died

Christ will hold me fast

Justice has been satisfied

He will hold me fast

Raised with Him to endless life

He will hold me fast

Till our faith is turned to sight

When He comes at last

 

CCLI Song # 7016161

Ada Ruth Habershon | Matthew Merker

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Announcements: 

  • Online giving is now available!! Go to our website and click on the button and follow the instructions! A letter will be going out soon to give you the details, but it is up and running!

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–   Join us now in the ZOOM ROOM! The access info is on the FB page.

  • Thank you for joining us today! If we can be of any service to you, please send a message or call the church!

 

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Amen


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“Comfort and Joy” Sunday April 19, 2020

April 19, 2020

“Comfort and Joy”

2 Corinthians 1:1-11

 Introit:  “Be Ye Glad”

 

Call To Worship:

Leader: The Lord is our shepherd.

People: All our needs will be met. God provides a place and time for deep rest and

            restoration. God leads us beside still waters; restores our souls and leads us in

            right paths. We do not need to be afraid; for God is with us; now and forever.

Leader: Such faith calls for some singing!

 

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Verse 1

Great is Thy faithfulness

O God my Father

There is no shadow

Of turning with Thee

Thou changest not

Thy compassions they fail not

As Thou hast been

Thou forever wilt be

 

Chorus

Great is Thy faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness

Morning by morning

New mercies I see

All I have needed

Thy hand hath provided

Great is Thy faithfulness

Lord unto me

 

Verse 2

Summer and winter

And springtime and harvest

Sun moon and stars

In their courses above

Join with all nature

In manifold witness

To Thy great faithfulness

Mercy and love

 

Verse 3

Pardon for sin

And a peace that endureth

Thy own dear presence

To cheer and to guide

Strength for today

And bright hope for tomorrow

Blessings all mine

With ten thousand beside

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Psalm 23”

Verse 1

The Lord’s my Shepherd I’ll not want

He makes me lie in pastures green

He leads me by the still still waters

His goodness restores my soul

 

Chorus

And I will trust in You alone

And I will trust in You alone

For Your endless mercy follows me

Your goodness will lead me home

 

Verse 2

He guides my ways in righteousness

And He anoints my head with oil

And my cup it overflows with joy

I feast on His pure delights

 

Verse 3

And though I walk the darkest path

I will not fear the evil one

For You are with me

And Your rod and staff

Are the comfort I need to know

 

CCLI Song # 1585970 Stuart Townend © 1996 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Getty Music Hymns and Songs (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)

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Invocation

Statement of Faith                            “The Apostle’s Creed”

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, dead, and buried;
he descended into hell;
the third day he rose again from the dead;

he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins;

the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.

Amen.

 

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”

Verse 1

God rest ye merry gentlemen

Let nothing you dismay

Remember Christ our Saviour

Was born on Christmas Day

To save us all from Satan’s pow’r

When we were gone astray

 

Chorus

O tidings of comfort and joy

Comfort and joy

O tidings of comfort and joy

 

Verse 2

In Bethlehem in Jewry

This blessed Babe was born

And laid within a manger

Upon this blessed morn

The which His mother Mary

Did nothing take in scorn

 

Verse 3

From God our heavenly Father

A blessed angel came

And unto certain shepherds

Brought tidings of the same

How that in Bethlehem was born

The Son of God by name

 

Verse 4

Fear not then said the angel

Let nothing you affright

This day is born a Saviour

Of a pure virgin bright

To free all those who trust in Him

From Satan’s pow’r and might

 

Verse 7

Now to the Lord sing praises

All you within this place

And with true love and brotherhood

Each other now embrace

This holy tide of Christmas

All others doth deface

 

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Sermon: “Tidings of Comfort and Joy”

1 Corinthians 1:1-11

This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus,

            and from our brother Timothy.

I am writing to God’s church in Corinth and to all of his holy people throughout Greece.

 

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

 

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.  He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.

When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles,

 it is for your comfort and salvation!  For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you.

Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer.  We are confident that as you share in our sufferings,

you will also share in the comfort God gives us.  We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters,

about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia.  We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it.

In fact, we expected to dieBut as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God,

who raises the dead.  And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again.  We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.  And you are helping us by praying for us.  Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.

 

Prayers for The People

The Lord’s Prayer

 

“He Will Hold Me Fast”

 

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