SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2019
Andante Allegro (Concerto B‑dur op 4 no 6) — G F Händel
Joyfully Sing to God, arr. by Patrick M. Liebergen
CALL TO WORSHIP
ONE: Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
MANY: The Lord is near to all who call upon him, to all that call in truth.
ONE: God fulfills the hearts of those who seek him.
MANY: God hears their cry, and will save them.
ONE: “Where two or three are gathered together in my name,” says the Lord Jesus…
MANY: “There am I in the midst of them.”
ONE: This is the confidence we have in him.
MANY: Having these promises, let us draw near to the throne of grace in full assurance of faith.
Gracious Lord, you have called us together by our shared faith in your Son Jesus Christ and by the influence of your Spirit. Help us to help each other, Lord, each other’s cross to bear. Help us to feel another’s care for us this day, and to care for another. And may you be honored and glorified in all that we are and do this hour. In the matchless name of Christ Jesus, Amen.
HYMN #57 O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER
Cares Chorus (twice through)
I cast all my cares upon you. I lay all of my burdens down at your feet. And anytime that I don’t know what to do, I will cast all my cares upon you.
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.
CHORAL ANTHEM Make Us One
by Phil Johnson & Gloria & William Gaither
OFFERING OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES TO GOD
Larghetto (Concerto B‑dur op 4 no 6) — G F Händel
PRESENTING OUR GIFTS
PASSING THE PEACE
FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #382
Have Thine Own Way, Lord (verses 1,3,4)
WRITTEN WORD Luke 5:17–26
One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”
QUESTIONS OF LIFE AND FAITH
• What is a “collective vision?” How does it apply to the church?
• What is persistence? In what ways are we called to it as a Christian lifestyle?
• How would you define Holy Purpose? What should a sense of that do to us?
• Who would you like to bring to Jesus this week? How can we accomplish that?
• According to Scripture, if we lack vision as a church, what happens?
MESSAGE Teamwork Gets ‘Er Done!
CLOSING HYMN #569 We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations
BENEDICTION RESPONSE 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
Allegro moderato (Concerto B‑dur op 4 no 6) — G F Händel