God is God. If He is God, He is worthy of my worship and my service. I will find rest nowhere but in His will, and that will is infinitely, immeasurably, unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what He is up to. Elisabeth Elliot
Take turns reading the Call to Worship and join your voices for the bold portion.
In the midst of a world where people hurt each other and seek their own good,
Come worship a God who calls for compassion and justice.
In the midst of a world where people get sick and die,
Come worship a God who heals and raises the dead.
In the mist of a world where fear and anxiety dwell,
Come worship a God who calms storms and gives a deep and abiding peace.
In the midst of a world where love and forgiveness can be hard to find,
Come worship a God whose grace and love never come to an end.
Father, we confess that you are in control of all things, but we need help believing it. We doubt that this time of isolation can be used to make us more like Jesus. We doubt that the leaders of our nation and world are under your authority. We struggle with the hardships we are experiencing and wonder if you hear our prayers.
Forgive us and help us to believe what we confess.
Father, we confess with Job that it is You that give and take away life and health, but we need help believing it. We doubt that the spread of this virus from overseas is part of your plan. We doubt that the high case count in the United States is from your hand. We struggle to believe that you have ordained who will die from this virus and who will live, and so we struggle to trust you with our own lives.
Forgive us, and help us to believe what we confess.
Take a few moments to silently confess your sins to God.
As Jesus healed the sick and restored those who had died, He also forgives our sins and gives us new life. Friends, believe the good news of the gospel.
In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
We reached out to the gospel partners that our church supports financially to ask them to give us a glimpse of what life looks like for them during this pandemic. This week we hear from Miriam Grady, Mission to the World. You can email Miriam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. How does this scripture passage make you feel? Why?
2. What is one hard thing that happened this week? How does it change your perspective on it to view it as part of God's good plan in your life?
3. Does a belief in the resurrection change how you thought about your life this past week? How did it, or how could it?
4. Most of Job's words in this book are questions or complaints to God. How does that fit with his faith-filled statement in verse 21?
The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away;
blessed be the name of the LORD.
Sing or say these words as a final meditation on the service.
Thee will I cherish,
Thee will I honor,
Thou, my soul's glory, joy and crown!
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