Worship Bulletin for July 21, 2019

SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2019

GREETING

PRELUDE Alle­gro (Diver­ti­men­to C‑dur K 439b) — W A Mozart

CONGREGATIONAL INTROIT #328 (sing once) Sure­ly the Pres­ence of the Lord

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: I believe in the One who lifts my bro­ken spir­it, restores my soul and gives me new life in God’s king­dom on earth.

Peo­ple: I believe in the one who puts love in my heart and gives me peace that over­shad­ows all my woes.

Leader: I believe in the One who nour­ish­es our bod­ies and keeps our souls healthy with the Bread of Life.

Peo­ple: I believe in the One who gives us mer­cy to give as a gift to oth­ers.

Leader: I believe in the One whose face we will see at the end of this jour­ney in the ful­fill­ment of God’s king­dom.

Peo­ple: I believe in the awe­some pow­er of the Holy Spir­it. I believe in Jesus. I believe in God.

OPENING PRAYER

God of great and pre­cious promis­es in Christ, we ask for the pow­er­ful pres­ence of your Holy Spir­it now as we enter this time of wor­ship and learn­ing. Open our eyes that we might see glimpses of truth you have for us. You are the pot­ter, we are the clay. Make our hearts teach­able by your grace and good­ness. And may we receive your guid­ance. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

HYMN #154 All Hail the Pow­er of Jesus’ Name 

CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER #473 Lead Me, Lord

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

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 us our tres­pass­es, as we for­give those that tres­pass against us. And lead us not into temp­ta­tion, but deliv­er us from evil. For thine is the king­dom, the pow­er, and the glo­ry, for ever and ever. Amen.

GIFT OF MUSIC His Eye Is On the Spar­row arr. by Lui­gi Zan­ninel­li             Nan­cy B. James, sopra­no

OFFERING OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES TO GODMenuet­to Alle­gret­to (Diver­ti­men­to C‑dur K 439b) — W A Mozart

PRESENTING OUR GIFTS

PASSING THE PEACE

FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #367 He Touched Me

THE WRITTEN WORD 2 Peter 1:1–4

1 Simon Peter, a ser­vant and apos­tle of Jesus Christ,

To those who through the right­eous­ness of our God and Sav­ior Jesus Christ have received a faith as pre­cious as ours:

2 Grace and peace be yours in abun­dance through the knowl­edge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

3 His divine pow­er has giv­en us every­thing we need for a god­ly life through our knowl­edge of him who called us by his own glo­ry and good­ness. 4 Through these he has giv­en us his very great and pre­cious promis­es, so that through them you may par­tic­i­pate in the divine nature, hav­ing escaped the
cor­rup­tion in the world caused by evil desires.  — NIV

QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH (to pon­der in a per­son­al time of study)

 • What does it mean to be a “ser­vant” of Jesus Christ?

 • How does Peter say grace and peace comes to a per­son (v2)?  How does that hap­pen?

 • What are we promised we will receive through God’s divine pow­er in v3?

 • What can we do because of the “very great and pre­cious promis­es” (v4)?

 • How does par­tic­i­pat­ing in God’s divine nature look in prac­ti­cal life?

 • How about escap­ing the cor­rup­tion in the world caused by evil desires?

MESSAGE Embrace the Pre­cious Promis­es

CLOSING HYMN #127 Guide Me, O Thou Great Jeho­vah

BENEDICTION Go Now In Peace by Don Besig

Go now in peace. Nev­er be afraid. God will go with you each hour of every day. Go now in faith, stead­fast, strong and true. Know He will guide you in all you do. Go now in love, and show you believe. Reach out to oth­ers so all the world can see. God will be there watch­ing from above. Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

BLESSING & SENDING

POSTLUDERon­do Alle­gret­to (Diver­ti­men­to C‑dur K 439b) — W A Mozart