may 17 sunday service

Sweet are the uses of adversity,

Which like the toad, ugly and venomous,

Wears yet a precious jewel in his head. 

Act 2, Scene 1, 12-17 of Shakespeare's As You Like It


prelude

"A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." (Proverbs 17:22)

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call to worship

Take turns reading the Call to Worship; join your voices for the bold portion.


Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good,

for His steadfast love endures forever!


He satisfies the longing soul,

and the hungry soul he fills with good things.


He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water,

and there He lets the hungry dwell.


He raises up the needy out of affliction; the redeemed see it and are glad.

Let us consider and give thanks for the steadfast love of the LORD.

Opening Song - 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)


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confession of sin

Father, we come before you with a deep awareness of our lack of control right now. We don't know what our future holds--in our jobs, our schools and our church. But instead of trusting you to control that future, we confess that we grasp for control and become angry that it is out of our hands.

Forgive us again for not truly believing that your purpose in hard and confusing circumstances is still to make us holy and show your glory.


Father, we are reminded by our inability to stop the spread of this virus, that we are not as great as we think we are. Only you know all things and rule all things. Our best doctors and scientists cannot defeat death and sustain life. Our wisest politicians and strongest leaders cannot halt this virus. Even the powerful are powerless before you.

Forgive us again for our haughty hearts and proud pursuits; for putting our trust in men instead of in you.


Take a few moments to silently confess your sins.


the good news of forgiveness

Hear the word of the LORD: As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us (Psalm 103:11-12).

Friends, believe the good news of the gospel. 

In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!

gospel partner glimpses

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 Jes Greene who is serving in Greece. 

If you want to send her an encouraging email this week, her address is jesgreene@gmail.com.

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prayers for the church and the world

Click the audio file below to participate in the prayers of the people. 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.


Hymn - Christ Is Mine Forevermore


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sermon


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sermon discussion questions

1. This is a dark passage to study. What surprises and encouragement do you find in these verses?


2. Do you have anyone walking with you through your present suffering? Are you walking with anyone in their pain? How can we as a church be doing this while we cannot gather together?


3. How does this passage point to the gospel and give you hope?

Closing Hymn - It Is Well


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words of sending

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may abound in hope.

Song Of Sending (Postlude)

Enjoy this soulful rendition by Mahalia Jackson of 'Just a Closer Walk with Thee'.

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announcements

If you are 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!


A reminder that our church is participating in a 31 Day Challenge towards Community in an intentional effort to lean into our church family while we maintain social distance. We are praying that we emerge from this season more connected than ever before, only by the power and unity of the Spirit.


Children! Pastor O'Donnell loves seeing your sermon notes and the activities you complete as part of our Westminster Kids! Your parents can take a picture of what you complete and share it with him at dodonnell@wpchurch.com.


We have several virtual small groups to help us connect while we cannot be together. To learn more, email Emily O'Donnell at eodonnell@wpchurch.com.


It is a privilege to pray for each other as we face challenges and joys. To share a specific prayer request with the church leadership, email Pastor O'Donnell at dodonnell@wpchurch.com. You can also contact the Deacons at deacons@wpchurch.com. We are blessed by sharing each other's burdens, however big or small.


A reminder that our Annual Congregational Meeting will take place Sunday, June 14. Mark your calendars now!


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