july 5 sunday service

Put thy trust in him and, no matter what befalls you here, he will make all right hereafter.

(Simeon in Uncle Tom's Cabin)


For resources to help your children engage in the worship service (including coloring sheets and the WPC Kids Sermon Notes), click here.

prelude

As some of us anticipate gathering in person again soon, 

let us be reminded of the New Testament call to 'not give up meeting together' and give thanks for the body of believers at Westminster!

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call to worship

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


God is our refuge and strength.

A very present help in trouble.


Therefore we will not fear.

Though the earth gives way.


Though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea.

Though the waters roar and threaten to overtake us,


Though the lightning strikes and the skies thunder.

Though nations rage and kingdoms falter.


In God we place our trust.

On God we call in prayer.


The LORD of hosts is with us.

The God of all creation and the King of all kings is our refuge.

song - rejoice the lord is king


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confession of sin

Have one person lead the Confession of Sin by reading the words below; join your voices for the bold. Then take a moment to silently confess your sins to God.


Almighty Father, your word reminds us that you judge in wrath those who spill another man's blood. That is not who you created us to be and you cannot tolerate such violence. But we also remember how our own hearts have been filled with angry and violent thoughts this past week. Father, in your mercy, forgive us.


Your word reveals your bright splendor and veiled power--even the mountains that you made tremble before you. And yet we, your church, mock you by trusting in the things that our hands have made and running to worry when they fail to support us. Instead of a trembling trust in You and your control of all things, we look to the future with confidence in our own abilities or despair at our failures. Father in your mercy, forgive us.

the good news of forgiveness

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Friends, believe the good news of the gospel!

In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!


song - behold our god


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gospel partner glimpse

We reached out to the local and global gospel partners that our church supports to ask them to provide a glimpse of what ministry looks like for them during the pandemic. This week we hear from one our local gospel partners: 

Wayside Center Elgin. 


Listen as Phil Wood shares an update on their ministry to the homeless in Elgin. 

For more information about their ministry, visit their Facebook page.


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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.


To donate online (the easiest and safest method right now), click the Tithe button below. It will open a form in a new browser.

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


prayer for the church and world

Click the audio file to join your hearts in prayer as Pastor O'Donnell leads us in praying for Wayside Center Elgin, our church and our world.



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sermon discussion questions

How does your view of God differ from Habakkuk's? Does his view make you uncomfortable? 


In what ways does (or could) the promise of God's judgment and wrath encourage you today?


What enables you to sing and rejoice even in the midst of adversity?


What things this week have you struggled to trust God with? Spend some time in prayer asking God to help you trust Him with those things.

song - how firm a foundation


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words of sending

Because of who we know God to be, may we be patient when things go against us, thankful when things go well, and confident as we look to the future that nothing will separate us from the faithful love of our God and Father.

song of sending (postlude)

Over 10 years ago, Pastor O'Donnell wrote the lyrics to this song after working his way through Habakkuk 3. This recording was made by a friend and her sister, and in God's providence, Pastor O'Donnell will be staying with that family during his Study Week these next few days. Let this song be your prayer this week.

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announcements

If you are new to our church, or have been coming for 30 years, we are so glad you are worshiping with us from home today! 


Let us know you are 'here' by completing the Connect form below! If you have any questions, comments about the sermon or prayer requests, you can share them on the form and we'll get back to you shortly.


We have several small groups that are meeting this summer--let us know if you are interested in joining any of them on the Connect form and we'll follow up with more information.


Tonight we have a Communion service in our church building at 5pm. Please sign up here if you plan to attend, and plan to wear a mask and maintain social distance while in the building. If the sign-up is full, text Emily at 224-402-3477 if you plan to attend.


Next week, July 12, Robin Cho will be preaching to us from the Gospel of Mark. Come with ready hearts and minds to taste again the goodness of our Savior.


On July 19, we will begin meeting for in-person services. More details will be provided soon. Our hope is that the service will be live-streamed for those who need to remain at home for worship. 

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