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Words for Worship – 6/13/21

This summer you’re invited to submit questions to Pastor Peter for his sermon topics. You might have a question about Scripture or spirituality. You might wonder the Bible says about a current even or hot topic. The question you asked for this week is “how do I know what God wants for me?” It’s a question about discernment. All the words that we’ll be using for worship are below. Or, you can download a copy to print here.

PRELUDE                           Come, Christians Join to Sing                   

CALL TO WORSHIP – from Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
   He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
   he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
   for his name’s sake.


Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
   I fear no evil;
for you are with me;

   your rod and your staff—
   they comfort me.


You prepare a table before me
   in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
   my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
   all the days of my life,

and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
   my whole life long.

*HYMN #492     Come, Now Is the Time to Worship  #526            

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Most High and holy God, we have a longing to be led by you. We look back with gratitude on the ways that you have guided us. But, we confess that it’s not always easy to know your will. We can get lost in the details or be confused by the specifics. And, we confess to the times we knew your will very clearly and just didn’t like the answer. So, we turn again to you because our deepest longing is for your goodness and mercy. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

HYMN #622        God, Be Merciful To Me

please remain seated

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – from Romans 12:1-2

Brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

ANTHEM            Hallelujah                        

SCRIPTURE                        Romans 12:3-21             

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ No, ‘if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

SERMON                            How Do I Know What God Wants For me?          

*HYMN #622                    Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above                  

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION & 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.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin 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.

OFFERTORY                      Thank You         

*BENEDICTION

*SENDING SONG #939   May the Love of the Lord

Why Do the Wicked Prosper? – Part 2 (worship video) – 6/6/21

Words for Worship – 6/6/21

This Sunday we continue to answer the question “Why do the wicked prosper?” In the first sermon, Pastor Peter offered an answer to how the wicked prosper. In this sermon, we’ll wonder about why God allows the wicked to prosper. We’ll also celebrate communion! You can find all the words that we’ll be using for worship below. Or, you can download a copy to print here.

PRELUDE                                                                                                   Forever                                                                                                                                 

CALL TO WORSHIP – from Psalm 18

I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
   my God, my rock in whom I take refuge,
   my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
   so I shall be saved from my enemies.


The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock,
   and exalted be the God of my salvation,
the God who gave me vengeance
   and subdued peoples under me;
who delivered me from my enemies;
   indeed, you exalted me above my adversaries;
   you delivered me from the violent.


For this I will extol you, O Lord, among the nations,
   and sing praises to your name.
Great triumphs he gives to his king,
   and shows steadfast love to his anointed,
   to David and his descendants for ever.

*HYMN #492                               Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing  #521                                                                                                                                 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Most High and holy God, in you we find our strength. In you we find a place to stand. In you we find protection. And, in you we find deliverance. But, you bless us with your presence, not for our own purposes, but for yours. Like Jonah, part of us prefers revenge over reconciliation. Part of us prefers condemnation over mercy. We confess the ways that we fall short and seek the blessing of your Holy Spirit so that we can triumph and show steadfast love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

HYMN #838                                                                    Now Behold the Lamb

please remain seated

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – from 2 Peter 3

But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. 

The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. 

But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.

ANTHEM                                                                                            Peace Train                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jesus Loves M

SCRIPTURE                                                                                   Ezekiel 33:8-20

If I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked ones, you shall surely die’, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but their blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from their ways, and they do not turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but you will have saved your life.

Now you, mortal, say to the house of Israel, Thus you have said: ‘Our transgressions and our sins weigh upon us, and we waste away because of them; how then can we live?’ Say to them, As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from their ways and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel? And you, mortal, say to your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not save them when they transgress; and as for the wickedness of the wicked, it shall not make them stumble when they turn from their wickedness; and the righteous shall not be able to live by their righteousness when they sin. 

Though I say to the righteous that they shall surely live, yet if they trust in their righteousness and commit iniquity, none of their righteous deeds shall be remembered; but in the iniquity that they have committed they shall die. Again, though I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die’, yet if they turn from their sin and do what is lawful and right— if the wicked restore the pledge, give back what they have taken by robbery, and walk in the statutes of life, committing no iniquity—they shall surely live, they shall not die. None of the sins that they have committed shall be remembered against them; they have done what is lawful and right, they shall surely live.

Yet your people say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just’, when it is their own way that is not just. When the righteous turn from their righteousness, and commit iniquity, they shall die for it. And when the wicked turn from their wickedness, and do what is lawful and right, they shall live by it. Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ O house of Israel, I will judge all of you according to your ways!

SERMON                Why do the wicked prosper? (Part 2)                               

*HYMN #578                                                                                            Forever                                                                                                                                 

CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

The Lord be with you.

AND ALSO WITH YOU.

Lift up your hearts.

WE LIFT THEM TO THE LORD.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

IT IS RIGHT TO GIVE OUR THANKS AND PRAISE.

O Holy God… we lift our hearts in joyful praise:

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY LORD, GOD OF POWER AND MIGHT, HEAVEN AND EARTH ARE FULL OF YOUR GLORY. HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST. BLESSED IS THE ONE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION & 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.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin 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.

OFFERTORY                                                                                       Lean On Me                                                                

*BENEDICTION

*SENDING SONG #939                                             May the Love of the Lord

Why Do the Wicked Prosper? – Part 1 (worship video) – 5/30/21

Words for Worship – 5/30/21

We begin the summer sermon series called “You Asked For It!” Pastor Peter responds to the questions you have about Scripture or spirituality or society. If you’re wondering what the Bible has to say about a current event or hot topic, feel free to submit your question. This week we wrestle with “why do the wicked prosper?” All the words that we’ll be using for worship are below. Or, you can download a copy to print here.

PRELUDE                                                                                Our Eternal Father                                                                                                                                 

GREETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP – from Psalm 37

Do not fret because of the wicked;
   do not be envious of wrongdoers,
for they will soon fade like the grass,
   and wither like the green herb.
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
   so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.
Take delight in the Lord,
   and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
   trust in him, and he will act.
He will make your vindication shine like the light,
   and the justice of your cause like the noonday.
Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;
   do not fret over those who prosper in their way,
   over those who carry out evil devices.
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath.
   Do not fret—it leads only to evil.

For the wicked shall be cut off,
   but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.
Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more;
   though you look diligently for their place, they will not be there.
But the meek shall inherit the land,
   and delight in abundant prosperity.

The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
   he is their refuge in the time of trouble.

The Lord helps them and rescues them;
   he rescues them from the wicked, and saves them,
   because they take refuge in him.

*HYMN #492                                                           Come, Thou Almighty King                                                                                                                                 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Most High and holy God, when we see bad people get away with bad things we recognize the desire to respond with anger and wrath, to return insult for insult. There is a part of us the bears a grudge and wants to get revenge. But, we trust your Word that warns us this path only leads to evil. So, bless us with your Holy Spirit so that we might refrain from anger and forsake wrath. Help us to leave behind deceit and death so that we might take hold of truth and life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

HYMN #620                                                                                      Good To Me                                                                                                                                 

please remain seated

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – John 14:1-7

‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ 

Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’

ANTHEM                                                                                             We Believe                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jesus Loves M

SCRIPTURE                                                                                       John 8:31-51

Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’ They answered him, ‘We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, “You will be made free”?’

Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there for ever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you look for an opportunity to kill me, because there is no place in you for my word. I declare what I have seen in the Father’s presence; as for you, you should do what you have heard from the Father.’

They answered him, ‘Abraham is our father.’ Jesus said to them, ‘If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing what Abraham did, but now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. You are indeed doing what your father does.’ They said to him, ‘We are not illegitimate children; we have one father, God himself.’ Jesus said to them, ‘If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now I am here. I did not come on my own, but he sent me. Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot accept my word. You are from your father the devil, and you choose to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? Whoever is from God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear them is that you are not from God.’

The Jews answered him, ‘Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?’ Jesus answered, ‘I do not have a demon; but I honour my Father, and you dishonour me. Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is one who seeks it and he is the judge. Very truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.’

SERMON                     “Why do the wicked prosper?”                                    

*HYMN #574                                                                   How Great Is Our God                                                                                                                                 

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION & 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.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin 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.

OFFERTORY                                                     Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory                                                                

*BENEDICTION

*SENDING SONG #516   Bless the Lord, O My Soul

There Is More To Come (worship video) – 5/23/21

Words for Worship – 5/23/21

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. We’ll celebrate the outpouring of God’s Spirit, the guidance we receive and the harvest we are promised, not of corn or carambola, mango or wheat, but of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, generosity, and self-control. All the words that we’ll be using for worship are blow. Or, you can download a copy to print here.

PRELUDE                                                Christians, We Have Met to Worship

GREETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP – from Psalm 51

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
   and put a new and right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
   and do not take your holy spirit from me
.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
   and sustain in me a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
   and sinners will return to you.

Deliver me from bloodshed, O God,
   O God of my salvation,
   and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.
O Lord, open my lips,
   and my mouth will declare your praise.

For you have no delight in sacrifice;
   if I were to give a burnt-offering, you would not be pleased.
The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
   a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

*HYMN #749                                                                 Spirit of the Living God

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Most High and holy God, have mercy on me according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgement. Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me. You desire truth in the inward being; fill me

with your Spirit teach me wisdom in my secret heart. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

ANTHEM                                                                                             Spirit Move

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – from Galatians 5 and Romans 8

By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

*HYMN  #755                                                                                Speak, O Lord                                                                                                        Jesus Loves M

SCRIPTURE                                                                                          Acts 2:1-11

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’

SERMON                                                

*HYMN #611                                                                              Mighty To Save

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION & 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.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin 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.

OFFERTORY                                                    Father, Let Your Kingdom Come

*BENEDICTION

*SENDING SONG #516                                            Bless the Lord, O My Soul

When Peace Finds a Home (worship video) – 5/16/21

Words for Worship – 5/16/21

We gather for the seventh and final Sunday of the season of Easter. We’ll celebrate the promised unity that Jesus’s resurrection supplies. All the words that we’ll be using for worship are below. Or, you can download a copy to print here.

PRELUDE                                                       David Crowther

GREETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 133

How very good and pleasant it is
   when kindred live together in unity!

It is like the precious oil on the head,
   running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
   running down over the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
   which falls on the mountains of Zion.

For there the Lord ordained his blessing,
   life for evermore.

*HYMN #343     Blessed Be Your Name

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Most High and holy God, unity promises to be an oil that soothes the cracks in our relationships. Unity offers us the possibility of refreshing us where our hearts have become dry. But, humanity seems steeped in hostility, defined by lines in the sand, and satisfied behind walls of division. We confess to our own part in it. Bless us with humility so that we let go of “my way” for the sake of “our way.” Bless us with courage to reach out, to welcome in, and to build up a new humanity where there is peace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

ANTHEM            Oceans

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 

For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 

He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, so that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. 

So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 

for through him all of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.

ANTHEM            My Lighthouse  Jesus Loves Me

SCRIPTURE                        Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29

You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly exhibited as crucified! The only thing I want to learn from you is this: Did you receive the Spirit by doing the works of the law or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? Having started with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh? Did you experience so much for nothing?—if it really was for nothing. Well then, does God supply you with the Spirit and work miracles among you by your doing the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?

Just as Abraham ‘believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness’, so, you see, those who believe are the descendants of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, declared the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, ‘All the Gentiles shall be blessed in you.’ For this reason, those who believe are blessed with Abraham who believed.

Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.

SERMON            

*HYMN #743                    In Christ There Is No East Or West

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION & 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.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin 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.

OFFERTORY                      David Crowther

*BENEDICTION

*SENDING SONG #516   Bless the Lord, O My Soul

Tell Your Story (worship video) – 5/9/21