WORSHIPING TOGETHER – Sunday April 19, 2020

This Sunday, Pastor Dale will be sharing a message from Philippians 4:2-9 (NIV) titled, Proven Paths to Peace. We pray that you tune in to the Vimeo Video at 10am (the link will be posted on the church’s website homepage by no later than 9am on Sunday morning, as well as on the church’s Facebook page by no later than 9am on Sunday morning).

Following the Vimeo Video, we encourage you with the following liturgy (either in your households or in your Zoom Church meeting at 11am):

Opening Prayer: (Read by a Single Voice)

Sovereign Father, we come before you humbled by your love for us. We confess that we still have moments of anxiety, of fear, of worry. We were reminded today of your great faithfulness, and of your peace that transcends all understanding. We pray for this peace. We pray that we would be a people of joy and of hope and that in all things, and especially in these unknown times, we would rejoice in your goodness and in your sovereignty. We pray that we would be seen and known to be your children through our gentleness, our sense of calm in these unsettled times, and in the way we celebrate the hope that you offer. We pray all these things to your glory and in the matchless name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Reading Scripture:

Choose one person each to read one verse:
11 The LORD gives strength to his people;
the LORD blesses his people with peace.
Psalms 29:11 (NIV)

165 Great peace have those who love your law,
and nothing can make them stumble.
Psalms 119:165 (NIV)

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Colossians 3:15 (NIV)

18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
James 3:18 (NIV)

27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27 (NIV)

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 (NIV)

Choose one person to read Psalm 30:

1 I will exalt you, LORD,
for you lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
2 LORD my God, I called to you for help,
and you healed me.
3 You, LORD, brought me up from the realm of the dead;
you spared me from going down to the pit.
4 Sing the praises of the LORD, you his faithful people;
praise his holy name.
5 For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.
6 When I felt secure, I said,
“I will never be shaken.”
7 LORD, when you favored me,
you made my royal mountain stand firm;
but when you hid your face,
I was dismayed.
8 To you, LORD, I called;
to the Lord I cried for mercy:
9 “What is gained if I am silenced,
if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
10 Hear, LORD, and be merciful to me;
LORD, be my help. ”
11 You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
LORD my God, I will praise you forever.
Psalms 30 (NIV)

Checking In:

  • How are you finding peace in these challenging times?
  • What challenges are you facing, and do you think that there is something that you can change in order to ease the challenges?

Close in prayer for one another and then with these words (Read by a Single Voice):

20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.  Hebrews 13:20-21 (NIV)

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