june 7 sunday service

How easily we forget that the Christian church was the first institution in the history of the world to bring together on equal footing Jews and Gentiles, men and women, slaves and free. The earliest Christians broke down barriers. Unlike most other religions, Christians welcomed men and women alike. The Greeks excluded slaves from most social groupings, while Christians included them. The Jewish temple separated worshipers by race and gender; Christians brought them together around the Lord's table.   


Philip Yancey (as quoted in Bruce Strom's book Gospel Justice)


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prelude

This week our brother Ron Edmondson was received into the arms of his Savior. As we reflect on his passing, let us find comfort in the answer to the first question of the Heidelberg Catechism: What is your only comfort in life and death?

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call to worship

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


After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, 


From every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages


Standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice,


"Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!"

song - All hail the power of Jesus' name


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confession of sin

Father, it is natural for us to come before you and think we have obeyed you this week because we avoided the impure and focused on serving the church.


It is natural for us to justify ourselves to you, even now, by saying that we have not oppressed others and we have not failed to love our neighbor.


But then your word graciously hammers our hard hearts and exposes our selfishness, our fear of others outside our circle, and our need to appear righteous before men.


Father, we are a broken people in need of your salvation. We are lying half-dead in our sin and our only hope is that you will come bind us up and heal us.


Take a moment to silently confess your sin.

the good news of forgiveness

Blessed is the one whom God disciplines. For He wounds, but He binds up; He shatters, but His hands heal. 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 Brad & Patty Wos who serves as the Multi-Cultural Director for the Central District EFCA.

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prayers for the church and world


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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 - yet not i, but through christ in me


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sermon


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sermon discussion questions

This is a familiar parable--what new details stood out to you as we read it and heard it explained?


If the Samaritans were a despised people to the man that Jesus was speaking to, what people fit that description for you?


How does it make you feel to see someone from that people group fill the role of the merciful good neighbor?


How does this parable convict you of sin? How does it remind you of the good news of forgiveness and restoration?

closing song - and can it be


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words of sending

May the God who breathed life into Adam and new life into the church at Pentecost, now fill us with the Spirit so that we might follow our Lord Jesus as He goes to the wounded and dying to mercifully bind up and heal, to sacrificially provide for their needs, and to bring all of us safely home.

song of sending (postlude)

Enjoy this new song by Matt Papa and the Getty's based on the catechism question included in the Prelude.

announcements


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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 our Annual Congregational Meeting will take place next Sunday (June 14) at 7 pm. A Zoom link will be sent out to all members and will be included in Thursday's Westminster Connect email. Mark your calendars now!

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