WORSHIPING TOGETHER – Sunday June 14, 2020
As we celebrate our Anniversary today, we pray that you were encouraged by the Vimeo Worship and Pastor Dale’s message from Acts 20:22-24 (NIV), Undivided Purpose the next in the new series Undivided. We want to thank all of those who participated in creating this week’s special service. We are so grateful for your contributions.
As you continue to worship together in your online and household groups, we offer the following as a guide:
Opening Prayer: (Read by a Single Voice)
Lord God Almighty, today we are declaring your faithfulness and goodness with loud amens. Thank you for blessing us as your children and as your church. We are grateful for the cloud of witnesses who came before us and who have paved the way with perseverance and purpose. To you we give our glory. Today we make our own declarations of faith and thanks. We pray for those who are seeking you. Help us to see them and give us the courage and the words to point them to you. We pray for those who are preparing to approach your throne, may your peace be with them and may they shine with your love. We pray for those whose struggles are great. You know each situation. We pray for your grace and mercy. We invite you into our worship today. Holy Spirit Come. Lord Jesus Come. Father Almighty Come. Amen.
Reading Scripture: (Take Turns Reading)
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
(Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV)
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
(1 Peter 2:9-10 NIV)
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
(Matthew 28:18-20 NIV)
- How do you keep focused on your purpose?
- How do you live out your purpose?
Close in prayer for one another and then with these words: (Read by a Single Voice)
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV).