april 26 sunday service

Do we love and praise God simply because He is God, or only because He showers blessing on us?

prelude

Let this prelude, with the faces of our congregation, remind us of the body of believers at Westminster and prepare our hearts to join virtually together in worship!


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call to worship

Take turns reading the Call to Worship, joining your voices for the bold portion.


In God's kingdom, weakness becomes strength.


Emptiness becomes abundance.


Fear is replaced with confidence.


The foolish learn wisdom.


The wise learn the foolishness of the cross.


The great are humbled, and the humble are lifted up.


In God's steadfast love, all things are made whole, complete, and new.


We worship the God of wisdom, strength, and glory; let us sing before the Lord glad songs of thanksgiving!

Hymn - How Firm A Foundation


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confession of sin

Take turns reading the Confession, joining your voices for the bold portion.


Heavenly Father, you made us and know us, but our hearts are still mysteries to us.


We say that we love you, but then we disobey your command to love our neighbor by speaking evil against them and judging them in our hearts. Forgive us.


We say that we want to follow Jesus, but then we complain and grumble when we suffer like He did. Forgive us.


We say that you are our refuge and strength, but then we worry when our bank account drops and our investments go down. Forgive us.


We say that we need the church to persevere to the end, but then we fail to invest our time in the people of the church and we try to persevere on our own. Forgive us.


We say that we need your forgiveness because we have sinned, but then we withhold forgiveness from those who sin against us. Forgive us.


Heavenly Father, you made us and know that we are but dust. Breathe your Holy Spirit into our cold hearts and revive us again. Amen.


Please take a few moments to silently confess your sins to God.

assurance of pardon

One person should read the beginning; join your voices for the bold portion.


Hear the good news! Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us. (Romans 8:34) Friends, believe the good news of the gospel.


In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!



gospel partner glimpse

We reached out to the gospel partners that our church supports financially to ask them to give us a glimpse of what life looks like for them during this pandemic. This week we hear from Ian Hammond, RUF International Northwestern University.

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prayers for our church and world

Click the audio file below to participate in the prayers of the people. Conclude your prayer with 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,

And forgive our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

Lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power and glory forever.

Amen.


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tithes and offerings

Thank you for your ongoing generosity to the church! With all the upheaval in our world, let us continue to invest our money, time and talents in the kingdom of God.


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You can, however, continue to write and mail checks to the church address.


Hymn - My Wealth Is In The Cross


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sermon


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sermon discussion questions

1. What surprises you the most in this scripture passage?


2. How does this passage change the way that you think about God and/or Satan?


3. In what ways do you feel as though you are suffering right now? Is it hard to accept that God is in control of your circumstances when they include suffering? Why?


4. What are the ways that this passage can help you trust God in your suffering?


5. What questions do you have for Pastor O'Donnell?

My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness


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words of sending

The Lord bless you and keep you;

The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;

The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.


song of sending (Postlude)

Sing or say these words together.


That soul, though all hell

Should endeavor to shake, 

He'll never, no never, 

No never forsake.

reminders from pastor o'donnell

Kids! I loved seeing your sermon notes and coloring pages from last week's sermon. Please have your parents send them again this week! My email address is dodonnell@wpchurch.com.


As one small way that we can feel more connected, please post a picture of your household gathered for Home Worship on our Church Facebook page. You can use the hashtag #wpcathome. If you don't have a Facebook account (like me), email me a picture and Emily can share it with the group. 


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