Today is a good day to worship! We're glad that you are worshiping with us. The theme of this service is looking forward. We know that things will not go back to the way that they were. Our challenge is in what we do from this point going forward. Let that thought work its way into your prayers as we worship today.
You can follow along in this bulletin for the service. If you are on a computer, phone, or other mobile device, then you can click on each of the videos as they come up. If you have a smart tv or streaming device connected to your tv, go to our YouTube channel and then go to playlists. Every Sunday We’ll have a new playlist set up with prayers, songs, and a message. As you come to each of those in the service you can play that video. With a playlist, as soon as one finishes, the next video starts so that all you have to do is hit pause until you’re ready to play again.
My prayer is that even in this format, we can worship together, and still see God at work.
The video that comes next is a welcome, has a few announcements, and an opening prayer.
Wednesday: 7pm Baccalaureate at Bethany Baptist Church
Sunday: Graduation Worship 9am at Ripley Park (no 10:30am service). Please bring a lawn chair
If you would like to leave a gift or card for our graduates, you can bring them to the church. We have places for them in the back of the Sanctuary. Our graduates for this year are:
Our service times will be a little different over the next couple of weeks, so watch for more info on them
7/19: Online, 9am at Ripley Park
7/26: Online, 9am & 10:30am in the Sanctuary
Will you join in singing our first song this morning
Joys & Concerns
For our time of prayer today, I'm asking that you pray for our church and what we can do as we look to the future. To be prepared and ready for what lies ahead of us, we need to start praying and looking at what we have available to us. take some time to listen for Gods voice as he helps us to be his church in a new time.
We will continue to share our joys and concerns, as well as our prayer requests. Simply follow the link below and fill out the form. If you need to add more, you can fill the form out again. These will be shared with the congregation via email on Monday morning.
Share a joy, concern, and/or prayer request
Start the next video, and enter into a time of prayer.
When directed, take a few moments of silent prayer. Please lift up our community as we continue in our cancellations, shut downs, and the challenges they bring. There will be a pastoral prayer, then you are invited to join in the Lord's Prayer which is below.
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.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen
What is a prophet? Take a look at the video today to help us remember what a prophet is and why they're important. Help your kids to know that we all are kind of like prophets today. We listen for God to talk to us, to help us know what to do.
As we look to new ways that we an be active in our community, part of that is in how we can give. This fall is going to be very different from other times. How can we give to help our schools and community in this time?
Thank you for your continued offerings to the church, and to the many other places around us that you’ve been giving of your time and your money. Remember that you can mail in your offerings, or you can give online. Your gifts and commitment to your faith help us reach out and tell Jesus’ story in so many different ways. Will you pray with me,
Let us pray,
God of the universe, we come to worship this morning, longing to set our minds on the Holy Spirit, to live with Christ within us. We have not always made room for Christ in the clutter of our lives. We have indulged our wants so often that too often the voice of the Spirit is downed out. As we dedicate these gifts this morning, may it help us to live more in tune with the Spirit and to use our resources in a way that reflects that Christ is Lord of all our lives. In his holy name, we pray. Amen.
Scripture Reading: Haggai 2:1-5
1On the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the LORD’s word came through Haggai the prophet: 2Say to Judah’s governor Zerubbabel, Shealtiel’s son, and to the chief priest Joshua, Jehozadak’s son, and to the rest of the people:
3Who among you is left who saw this house in its former glory?
How does it look to you now?
Doesn’t it appear as nothing to you?
4So now, be strong, Zerubbabel, says the LORD.
Be strong, High Priest Joshua, Jehozadak’s son,
and be strong, all you people of the land, says the LORD.
Work, for I am with you, says the LORD of heavenly forces.
5As with our agreement when you came out of Egypt,
my spirit stands in your midst.
Liturgist: This is the word of God, for the people of God
Congregations’ Response: Thanks be to God!
Will you join in singing our next song
The sermon today is in two parts, the first part above, followed by this video on Haggai, and then the second part follows.
These are the four questions that are asked in the message. How do you answer them?
When you're ready, join in the final song
Read this prayer from the end of Jude
To the one who is able to protect you from falling,
and to present you blameless and rejoicing before his glorious presence,
to the only God our savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord,
belong glory, majesty, power, and authority,
before all time, now and forever. Amen.