Sunday Worship, May 17, 2020
Call to Worship from Ecclesiastes 7
When times are good, be happy;
but when times are bad, consider this:
God has made the one
as well as the other.
Therefore, no one can discover
anything about their future. Let us turn to God the Creator for help in every season of life.
Prayer - Psalm. 81:10: I am the LORD Your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it. (NRSV)
O Lord, as you cried out to Israel, seeking them, asking them only to listen, you also cry out to us today.
You want to be our present—our great “I AM,”— always with us to lead, to guide, to command, and to love.
You want to be our past—as we remember how you have been our God for generations, keeping us from slavery to sin and to ourselves.
You want to be our future—to lead us to fulfill your plans for us as we feast on a rich banquet of spiritual and physical gifts.
Our lives are open before you in this moment. Help us to submit to you fully—past, present, and future. And we will watch in expectation for the great ways you will fill and feed us in this time and in all times to come.
Remain in a prayerful state, quiet and listening, for several seconds.
In the name of Jesus, the one who is the Alpha and the Omega, we pray all of these things. Amen
Music – Jack is on YouTube! Or, get out that CD Player & your favorite hymn CD.
Scripture - Colossians 1:3-14
3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel 6 that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Your time of prayer
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. - 1 Peter 5
Perhaps you will include your family, our church family, the world. Health and healing from the Corona virus and other sickness, all peoples to turn to God for help and strength. And for yourself.
Message – Worthy of Christ?
Watch Pastor Karen’s YouTube Message or meditate on the Bible passage
Music! Here’s a good place for some instrumental music. Another of Jack’s songs, or hum a favorite!
Benediction from 2 Thessalonians 2
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.