Worship Bulletin for July 28, 2019

SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2019

PRE-SERVICE GATHERING MUSIC

Pre­sent­ed by the Praise Band and Alleluia Choir

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)/Good, Good Father/Mighty to Save

GREETING

PRELUDE Suite in B flat major (selec­tions) — G.F. Han­del

CONGREGATIONAL INTROIT #328 (sing once)

Sure­ly the Pres­ence of the Lord

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader  The Lord is my light and my sal­va­tion.

Peo­ple  The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.

Leader  The Lord is the strong­hold of my life.

Peo­ple  The Lord is my shield and my deliv­er­er.

Leader  One thing I ask for, that shall I seek…to dwell in the house of the Lord.

Peo­ple  All the days of my life, to behold the beau­ty of the Lord.

Leader  Be strong and take heart.

Peo­ple  Wait for the Lord.

OPENING PRAYER

Father God, there are many unknowns in our lives each day.  Life is full of chal­lenges and sur­pris­es. Please help us to hear the ancient words you spoke to Joshua, prepar­ing his faith and heart for what lie ahead. Speak to us once again your solemn mes­sage, “Be strong and coura­geous. Do not be afraid; do not be dis­cour­aged, for the Lord your God will be with you wher­ev­er you go.” Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

HYMN #77 How Great Thou Art

PRESENTATION OF 2019 SOPHIE GRAZE SCHOLARSHIPS

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 Eter­nal Weight of Glo­ryby Wen­dell Kim­bor­ough     Praise Band & Alleluia Choir

OFFERING OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES TO GOD

The Won­der of the Cross by Vicky Beech­ing Sharon Hart­man

PRESENTING OUR GIFTS

PASSING THE PEACE

FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #601 Thy Word is a Lamp

THE WRITTEN WORD Joshua 1:1–9

1 After the death of Moses the ser­vant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2 “Moses my ser­vant is dead. Now then, you and all these peo­ple, get ready to cross the Jor­dan Riv­er into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 4 Your ter­ri­to­ry will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great riv­er, the Euphrates—all the Hit­tite country—to the Mediter­ranean Sea in the west. 5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will nev­er leave you nor for­sake you. 6 Be strong and coura­geous, because you will lead these peo­ple to inher­it the land I swore to their ances­tors to give them.

7 “Be strong and very coura­geous. Be care­ful to obey all the law my ser­vant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be suc­cess­ful wher­ev­er you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; med­i­tate on it day and night, so that you may be care­ful to do every­thing writ­ten in it. Then you will be pros­per­ous and suc­cess­ful. 9 Have I not com­mand­ed you? Be strong and coura­geous. Do not be afraid; do not be dis­cour­aged, for the Lord your God will be with you wher­ev­er you go.”

QUESTIONS OF LIFE AND FAITH

(to pon­der in a per­son­al time of study)

• How does it feel when God says get ready to do some­thing?  What should be our response?

• How hard is it to believe God’s promis­es when cir­cum­stances seem to say anoth­er thing?  What can we do to help our­selves believe?

•What are the unknowns we all face every day? What are your spe­cif­ic unknowns?

• What should we focus upon when we are afraid or dis­cour­aged?

• What are the “knowns” in your life that sta­bi­lize your life?

MESSAGE Fac­ing the Unknown

CLOSING HYMN #536 Pre­cious Name

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 AND SENDING

POSTLUDE Fugue in B flat major — G.F. Han­del