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
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.
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