Worship Bulletin for October 20, 2019

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2019

GREETING

PRELUDE

Andante Alle­gro (Con­cer­to B‑dur op 4 no 6)  — G F Hän­del

CHORAL INTROIT

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.

OPENING PRAYER

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

CHILDREN’S MOMENT

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

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

POSTLUDE

Alle­gro mod­er­a­to (Con­cer­to B‑dur op 4 no 6)  — G F Hän­del