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As we prepare for Home Worship today, we come with hearts full of gratitude to Stephen and Deborah Lynerd for their ministry among us. The video below compiles words of thanks to Stephen for his leadership as the Director of Music at Westminster, and to Deborah as a partner in ministry and teacher at the school.
Take turns reading the Call to Worship.
Come and see the goodness and justice of our God!
He gives rain on the earth and waters on the fields.
He sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn He lifts to safety.
He frustrates the plans of the crafty, so that their hands find no success.
But He saves the needy from the hand of the mighty and gives the poor hope; even injustice shuts her mouth before Him.
He wounds, but He binds up; He shatters, but His hands heal.
Let us worship our good and just King!
Take turns reading the Confession; join your voices for the bold.
Father, we are not who we want to be. This past week, we thought in ways that we know are wrong, and we acted in ways that hurt others and withheld comfort from those we are called to love.
Father, this world is not how you created it to be. We look around us and see injustice, violence, pain and suffering. Our heart breaks that the good world that you created has been warped by sin.
Father, our church is not how it ought to be. Although your Spirit dwells in us, we often choose to criticize rather than encourage our brothers and sisters; we push for our own desires rather than seek the good of others; and we do not seek to love others before ourselves.
You taught us that if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. We confess that we are full of sin, and we ask that you would forgive us.
Please take a moment to silently confess your sin.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 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 provide a glimpse of what life looks like for them during this pandemic. This week we hear from Jon & Sarah Pfeil who serve with MTW Japan, although they are based in the States right now. Jon's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to send a personal note of encouragement.
Join Pastor O'Donnell and members of the congregation as they lead us in praying for the Pfeils, our church and the world. Click on the audio file below.
1. Did you find yourself agreeing or disagreeing with this passage?
2. What did you find surprising in this passage?
3. How did this passage point you to Christ?
4. How will you apply this passage this week?
These words were shared at the 'parking lot farewell' to the Lynerds yesterday. If you were unable to attend, click the audio file below to listen.
"Remember: who that was innocent ever perished?" (Job 4:7)
As we remember that the Innocent One, our Lord Jesus, perished that we might be pure, may we find deep and lasting joy!
Sing or say the following:
God is so good,
God is so good,
God is so good,
He's so good to me.
If you are interested in joining or forming a small group (of 10 or less) over the summer, contact Emily O'Donnell at email@example.com.
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