june 21 sunday service


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


See what kind of love the Father has given to us, 

that we should be called children of God; and so we are.

1 John 3:1



prelude

This Sunday we honor the fathers in our church, and the fathers outside our church. As you enjoy these photos, let it remind you to partner with the parents of our church to teach their children what it means to follow Jesus.

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call to worship

Take turns reading the Call to Worship.


Let us come and worship God our Father,


who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing that comes from heaven:


who knew us and chose us before the world was created;


who loves us so much that he calls us his own children; 


who has brought us from darkness into light and filled us with his glorious power;


who has prepared an inheritance for us that will never spoil or fade;


who encourages and strengthens us in every good deed or word;


who comforts us in our troubles so that we can comfort others.


This is our God, the ultimate source of all good things, and the One for whom we live.


Come, let us worship God, our Father, together!


Scriptural Call to Worship for Fathers’ Day. By Christine Longhurst; *Edits by Michelle Riley Jones


song - praise to the lord, the almighty


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confession of sin

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


Father, we confess today that, like Job's friends, we have failed to truly listen to those hurting around us. We have shut down conversations by believing we know what someone thinks and believes before we have done the loving task of listening well. Forgive us.


Like the fathers that Paul addresses in his letter to the Ephesians, we have exasperated others and provoked them to anger by not seeking to understand them. We've let our busy schedules, or exhaustion, or anger, or old prejudices, keep us from seeking to know and understand those we are called to love. Forgive us.


Father, we confess that conflicts with other people make us want to pull away from them, even brothers and sisters in the church. Our pride keeps us from wanting to admit errors, and our fear of being hurt drives us toward isolation. But that is not what you have called us to do. Forgive us.


Father, we confess that apart from you we can do nothing--we cannot acknowledge our sin apart from your grace; we cannot turn from our sin apart from your strength. Hear us now as we confess our sins to you.


Take a moment to silently confess your sins to God.

the good news of forgiveness

Not many of us were wise by the world's standards and few of us were powerful. But God chose what is foolish and weak so that he might shame the strong. He chose what is low and despised so that none of us would boast before God. Because God chose us, we are in Christ. 


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 Kurt and Jill.

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prayer for the church and world

Join Pastor O'Donnell as he leads us in prayer for Kurt & Jill, our church and our world.


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.


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.


song - in christ alone


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sermon


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sermon discussion questions

1. Job's words in chapter 6 and 7 are full of pain. How did you feel as we read them? 


2. What do Job's words of anguish have to teach you about suffering? About being misunderstood? About being unjustly accused?


3. Where do you find hope in Job's words here? How do they point you to Jesus?


4. Did God's Word, as it was preached, convict you of things that you need to do or change? What specific steps do you need to take this week to apply the truth of God's Word to your life?

song - on jordan's stormy banks


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words of sending

May we rest in the knowledge that our Father has compassion on his children. We are His sons and daughters; made from the dust of the earth, and adopted into His family. He has compassion on those who fear Him, who listen to his voice, and who do His will. We are His heirs, and fellow heirs with Christ. 

Rest in the knowledge that the everlasting love of God, our Father, 

goes with you wherever you go. Amen.

Benediction for Father’s Day. Based on Psalm 103 and Romans 8. By Michelle Riley Jones


song of sending (postlude)

Sing or say the following.


What a friend we have in Jesus.

All our sins and griefs to bear.

What a privilege to carry,

Everything to God in prayer.

O what peace we often forfeit,

O what needless pain we bear.

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer.


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.


The Reopening Team is forming a plan for how the church can begin to gather in-person for corporate worship. Look for details to be sent out this week. If you don't receive our weekly emailed Connect, please sign up using the form below.


We want to pray for you! If you have a specific prayer request, please email Pastor O'Donnell at dodonnell@wpchurch.com and share how we can be praying for you right now. 


Join us in serving the medical staff caring for COVID-19 patients, as well as the labor and deliver staff, at our local hospital! We are picking up lunches from Beef Villa and providing them to the Advocate Sherman Hospital staff on 6 Saturdays. If you're interested in helping to serve, contact Laura Kyle at 630-939-4607.




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