june 14 sunday service

When we sing the psalms, we get a taste of what it means to have our emotions ordered to the kind of true humanity that characterizes Christ's life.

David Taylor

prelude

Listen as some of the WPC Kids and Youth share a bit about the Psalms as we prepare to hear God's Word to us from Psalm 23. For additional resources to help children engage in the worship service (including WPC Kids Sermon Notes), click here

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call to worship

Take turns reading, joining your voices for the bold.


We come to worship the LORD.


"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end."


We come with our needs and wants.


"I am the Bread of Life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger and whoever believes in me shall never thirst."


We come with our sadness and pain.


"I am the Resurrection and the Life; whoever believes in me shall never die."


We come with our anxiety and fear.


"I am the Light of the World; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life."


We come seeking the wholeness and rest that can only be found in the LORD.


"I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own and my own know me."

song - come behold the wondrous mystery


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confession of sin

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


Good Shepherd, as your children living in a world where evil still dwells, we confess our fears to you. Some of us fear that the things we want most we will never have.

Lord have mercy.


Some of us fear that our hard work will produce no fruit (in our homes, our church and our workplaces). Lord have mercy.


Some of us fear that our hearts will never heal from wrongs done to us. Lord have mercy.


Some of us fear that we will never get off the wrong path that we are on--old sin habits are hard to break. Lord have mercy.


Some of us fear the deep darkness that we are presently walking through and we question if you are there. Lord have mercy.


Some of us fear your discipline; your rod and staff are not a comfort to us. Lord have mercy.


Some of us fear that we will never dwell in the house of the LORD because our sin or apathy is too great. Lord have mercy.


Take a moment to silently confess your sins.

the good news of forgiveness

Jesus, the Good Shepherd, says to us, "I am the door of the sheep. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. I lay down my life for the sheep." 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 provide a glimpse of what life looks like for them during this pandemic. This week we hear from Bruce and Barbara Wannemacher who serve with MTW. Barbara's email is barbara.wannemacher@gmail.com if you want to send a personal note of encouragement.

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prayer for the church and world

Join Pastor O'Donnell as he leads us in praying for the Wannemacher's.


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.


song - jesus strong and kind


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sermon - psalm 23

what do you want?


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sermon discussion questions

Which of the three surprises was most surprising to you?


Feel the psalm! Poetry should be felt not just understood. When in the sermon did you get emotional? What emotion did you feel? Why?

song - the lord's my shepherd (psalm 23)

Our new pastoral intern Erik Bertsche leads us in singing our closing song on Psalm 23.

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words of sending

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

song of sending (postlude)

Sing or say the following:


And I will trust in You alone.

And I will trust in You alone.

For your endless mercy follows me,

Your goodness will lead me home.

announcements


If you're new to our church, welcome! We would love to get to know you and encourage you to complete the form below so that we can follow up with you!


If you're interested in joining or forming a small group (of 10 or less) over the summer, contact Emily O'Donnell at eodonnell@wpchurch.com.


A reminder that tonight is our Congregational Meeting at 7 pm via Zoom. If you did not receive a link to the meeting by email or in the Connect, please contact Emily O'Donnell at 224-402-3477 or at the email address listed above. 


If you are interested in helping provide housing for the new pastoral intern, Erik Bertsche, please contact Pastor O'Donnell at dodonnell@wpchurch.com.


Remember to complete the short Reopening Survey today which can be found here.

 



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