may 3 sunday service

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

prelude

Let this prelude, with the faces of our congregation, remind us of the body of believers at Westminster and prepare our hearts to join virtually together in worship!


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call to worship

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.

Hymn - Praise To The Lord, The Almighty


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confession of sin

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.

assurance of pardon

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!

gospel partner glimpses

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 mirgrady@hotmail.com.

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prayers for the church and 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.


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You can, however, continue to write and mail checks to the church address.


Hymn - How Deep The Father's Love For Us


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sermon


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sermon discussion questions

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?

Hymn - Fairest Lord Jesus


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words of sending

The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; 

blessed be the name of the LORD.

song of sending (Postlude)

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!

reminders from pastor O'Donnell

Kids! I loved seeing your sermon notes and coloring pages from last week's sermon. Please have your parents send them again this week! My email address is dodonnell@wpchurch.com.


As one small way that we can feel more connected, please post a picture of your household gathered for Home Worship on our Church Facebook page. You can use the hashtag #wpcathome. If you don't have a Facebook account (like me), email me a picture and Emily can share it with the group. 


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