Today is the first Sunday of our series on Hebrews. The Preacher of Hebrews reminds us that when we are struggling, we can double down on our faith to get us through.
As the music starts before the service, take some time to center yourself in God's presence and direct your thoughts to him.
Meet & Greet
This is a time to say hi to the folks around you, and to share in God's peace and grace as we gather as a community of faith
First Hymn: I Will Follow
This week we start our Sunday morning Bible Study on Hebrews, our Monday morning coffee at Cafe Marceline, and our Wednesday night Bible Study on Hebrews! Come out and join us at any of those times.
Joys & Concerns
This is a time to share the good things, joys, and celebrations in that have taken place in the last week, as well as the hard things and concerns that we face.
Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, Lord's Prayer
Take some time to lift your prayers up to God, especially the joys and concerns that have been stated, or that have been left unstated. After some time for silent prayer, Pastor John will lead in a few words of prayer, and then we'll join together in 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass 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.
This is a time led by a church member with a message specially for our kids. Afterwards, the children are invited to go with the Sunday School teachers downstairs for their own special part of the service. They'll come back up at the end of the service.
As the children come forward, please join in singing the first verse of Jesus Loves Me
1. Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong;
they are weak, but he is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me! (sing 3x’s)
The Bible tells me so.
The ushers will come forward and receive the offering plates. The liturgist will say a prayer as we begin a time to give to God. This isn't just about the money that we put in the plates, but it is about how we give to God out of our love for him.
After the offertory has finished, please stand as you are able, and join in giving thanks to God for these offerings. Please join in singing the doxology.
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Prayer & Scripture: Hebrews 1:1-9
1In the past, God spoke through the prophets to our ancestors in many times and many ways. 2In these final days, though, he spoke to us through a Son. God made his Son the heir of everything and created the world through him. 3The Son is the light of God’s glory and the imprint of God’s being. He maintains everything with his powerful message. After he carried out the cleansing of people from their sins, he sat down at the right side of the highest majesty. 4And the Son became so much greater than the other messengers, such as angels, that he received a more important title than theirs.
5After all, when did God ever say to any of the angels:
“You are my Son.”
“Today I have become your Father?”
“I will be his Father,”
“and he will be my Son?”
6But then, when he brought his firstborn into the world, he said,
“All of God’s angels must worship him.”
7He talks about the angels:
“He’s the one who uses the spirits for his messengers”
“and who uses flames of fire as ministers.”
8But he says to his Son,
“God, your throne is forever”
“and your kingdom’s scepter is a rod of justice.”
9“You loved righteousness and hated lawless behavior.”
“That is why God, your God,”
“has anointed you more than your companions with the oil of joy.”
Leader: This is the Word of God, for the people of God
People: Thanks be to God!
Second Hymn: #671 I Come with Joy
Message: God's Ultimate Messenger
Final Hymn: #393 Spirit of the Living God
Go and let God's mission become integrated into every part of your life. Know that God doesn't just forgive sin, but gives us wholeness and purpose in our lives so that we can live the best life possible.