SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
I. Allegro (Concerto G‑dur BWV 592) — Bach/Ernst
CONGREGATIONAL INTROIT #158
Come, Christians, Join to Sing (verse 1 only)
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.
People: The Lord is our shelter; God surrounds us with deliverance.
Leader: The Lord instructs us and teaches us the way we should go; the Lord counsels us.
People: Therefore, let us offer praise and prayer to our God.
Leader: Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice!
People: Sing for joy, all those who trust in the Lord!
Leader: For the Lord is good, and his grace endures forever.
People: My heart is glad, and my soul rejoices. My body also rests secure.
Gracious God, the provider of every good and perfect gift. Help us this day to trust your daily presence and provision in Christ. Help us to realize the power of your promises in Christ to meet our needs as we give ourselves to you. We worship you and praise your holy name. Through Christ our Savior
and Lord. Amen.
HYMN #89 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER #471 Move Me
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 Confidence SarahJo Elliot, soloist
by Chris Rohman, Matthew Armstrong, Ethan Hulse, Dustin Lolli
OFFERING OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES TO GOD
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (arr BWV 147) — J S Bach
PRESENTING OUR GIFTS
PASSING THE PEACE
FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #176 Majesty (twice through)
WRITTEN WORD Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
QUESTIONS OF LIFE AND FAITH
• What are descriptive words that come to your mind when you hear the Lord is your Shepherd?
• What does it mean that Jesus is the Good Shepherd?
• When lately have you felt assured by God? What was the circumstance?
• How have you seen God provide basic needs in your life, even miraculously?
• How do you experience God’s presence? What do you need to do to increase your awareness of God’s presence in your life?
• What does the phrase “I shall not want” mean to you?
• What are some “still waters” God has provided for you recently?
MESSAGE The Good Shepherd, Part 1 — Our Provider
CLOSING HYMN #130 God Will Take Care of You
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
III. Presto (Concerto G‑dur BWV 592) — Bach/Ernst