Happy 4th of July! I hope that you are having a great holiday weekend! You will notice something different about this service a little later on. We even have special music in this service. Thanks to Jack and John for putting it together!
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.
Monday: Food Pantry in the Fellowship Hall from 3pm-5pm
Tuesday: Centering Prayer at 4pm on our church Facebook Page
Sunday: Online Worship, 9am & 10:30am Worship
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
7/12: Online, 9am & 10:30 am in the Sanctuary
7/19: Online, 9am in the parking lot (its Graduation Sunday)
7/26: Online, 9am & 10:30 am in the Sanctuary
Will you join in singing our first song this morning
Joys & Concerns
Today, keep our nation in your prayers. As a nation we have many great things to celebrate, but we also have many concerns. As you pray, ask God how you can be at work to do your part in celebrating the good things, and helping to fix the bad.
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
Sometimes we need a reminder that God is bigger than us, and that's a good thing. Take a look at a few kids who are helping us to remember that.
Big thanks to Jack and John for providing us with some special music today!!
We are officially half way done with 2020! After the first half of this year we know that we have a lot of work to do for the second half. As we go through it, ask God for guidance in how we can give to support each other, support the church, our community our nation and our world.
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 wisdom and all good gifts: We bring our tithes and offerings to your altar, remembering that, like Abraham, you have blessed us to be a blessing to others. Remind us this morning that the gift of freedom that comes to Christ is also a gift not to be kept but to be shared. Even as the world asserts that freedom is a ticket to “go our own way,” you made us free to be part of Christ’s body in the world, connected and interdependent. May the way we live and the way we give reflect that kind of freedom. In Christ’s blessed name, we pray. Amen.
Scripture Reading: Daniel 12:1-41"At that time, Michael the great leader who guards your people will take his stand. It will be a difficult time—nothing like it has ever happened since nations first appeared. But at that time every one of your people who is found written in the scroll will be rescued. 2Many of those who sleep in the dusty land will wake up—some to eternal life, others to shame and eternal disgrace.
3Those skilled in wisdom will shine like the sky. Those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever and always. 4But you, Daniel, must keep these words secret! Seal the scroll until the end time! Many will stray far, but knowledge will increase."
Liturgist: This is the word of God, for the people of God
Congregations’ Response: Thanks be to God!
After our next song, we have a "special" guest preacher today. He may look a little familiar.
Will you join in singing our next song
Take a moment to reflect on the challenges we face. As you do that, ask God to help you see the hope that is there. We can find hope even in the hardest of times.
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.