june 28 sunday service

In the suffering, in the sorrow, when my sinking hopes are few. 

I will hold fast to the Anchor; it shall never be removed.

(from Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa)


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

video update from Pastor O'Donnell

This video update was shared with the congregation on Friday. It contains information about the Reopening Plan by Pastor O'Donnell.

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call to worship

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


Come, let us worship the LORD!


We dwell in a world where evil seems to triumph, and where wrongs go unpunished.


But the LORD will wipe out evil and establish a kingdom of righteousness. Praise the LORD!


We are surrounded by sickness and death, constant reminders that this world is not complete or perfect.


But the LORD will wipe away every tear and death shall be no more. 

Praise the LORD!


Many among us suffer from fear, loneliness, anxiety and depression, and we are weary of these reminders that God's kingdom has not fully been established on earth, as it is in heaven.


But the LORD tells us that in his kingdom there will not be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore. 

Praise the LORD!


We have come to worship the LORD--the holy, powerful and just God who graciously calls us to be his people. 

Let us praise the LORD!

song - Oh, how good it is!


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confession of sin

Have one person lead the Confession of Sin by reading the words below. Then take a few moments to silently confess your sin to God.


We confess, our Father, that we do not live up to the family name. We are more ready to resent than to forgive, more ready to manipulate than to serve, more ready to fear than to love, more ready to keep our distance than to welcome, more ready to compete than to help. At the root of this behavior is mistrust. We do not love one another as we should, because we do not believe that you love us as you do. Forgive us our cold unbelief. And make more vivid to us the meaning and depth of your love at the cross. Show us what it cost you to give up your Son that we might become your sons and daughters. We ask this in the name of Jesus our righteousness. Amen.


From To Forgive Us Our Sins: Litanies, Liturgies, and Individual Confessions (Gaven M. Mize)


the good news of forgiveness

At the cross, the extravagant love of God is on display. We who were enemies are welcomed as children; the debt we owed has been paid; our sins have been taken from us as far as the east is from the west. 

Friends, believe the good news of the gospel!

In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!

song - how deep the father's love for us


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gospel partner glimpse

We reached out to the global and local gospel partners that our church supports financially and asked them to provide a glimpse of what ministry looks like for them during this pandemic and how we can be praying for their ministry right now. This week we hear from Julie Roper at Administer Justice. 

To learn more, visit administerjustice.org.

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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 Administer Justice, 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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sermon


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sermon discussion questions

1. Can you think of a time when a friend spoke true things about God but gave ungodly counsel or advice to you? Did you feel that they misunderstood you or your situation?


2. What are some ways that your suffering (large or small!) this past week refined your faith or drew you closer to Christ?


3. This week, how can you encourage a brother or sister in Christ that is suffering right now?

song - leaning on the everlasting arms


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words of sending

May we find a sure and steady anchor in the infinite wisdom and perfect goodness of God whether we face a week of suffering or rejoicing. To God be all glory forever and ever. Amen. 


song of sending (postlude)

Sing or say the following words: 


Christ the sure and steady Anchor

In the fury of the storm

When the winds of doubt blow through me

And my sails have all been torn

In the suffering, in the sorrow

When my sinking hopes are few

I will hold fast to the Anchor

It shall never be removed.

CCLI Song # 7045331

Matthew Boswell | Matthew Papa


To watch a video of the full song being sung with Matt Boswell and the Boyce College Choir, click here.


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.


Next Sunday, June 5, we will have a short Communion Service in our building at 5pm. Only people who have signed up here will be able to attend since we are capping the number at 50. If enough people are wait-listed, we may add a second service. Please wear a mask when entering the building, and maintain a distance of 6 feet from other households. 

However, we encourage you to gather with another household for an outdoor meal after the service (depending on your comfort level)!


We would love to pray for you! Please share your requests with Pastor O'Donnell at dodonnell@wpchurch.com. 

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