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WORSHIP BULLETIN 8:00 & 9:15AM

For October 4, 2020

Worship Resources

Welcome to Worship!

Today we continue the message series “Press On Together” as we study passages in Paul’s Letter to the church at Philippi. We know that it is important to know God’s will for us in Christ, but sometimes it is difficult to know what His specific will is or how it is to be lived out in our lives.  Today’s reading from Philippians helps us remember that the will of Christ is greater than anything, even death. “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” (Philippians 1:20)

Welcome and Invocation

Leader: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

People: Amen!

Opening Hymn: "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee"

Joyful, joyful we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love!

Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee, praising Thee, their sun above.

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness, drive the gloom of doubt away.

Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day.


All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heav’n reflect Thy rays,

Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise.

Field and forest, vale and mountain, flow’ry meadow, flashing sea,

Chanting bird, and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.


Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest,

Wellspring of the joy of living, ocean-depth of happy rest!

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, fountainhead of love divine:

Joyful, we Thy heav’n inherit!  Joyful, we by grace are Thine!

Confession and Forgiveness

Leader: As we press on together, we must acknowledge our sinfulness before a righteous God.  God of mercy, we confess our sins before Your throne of grace.


People: Father in heaven, we confess that we have not lived in a manner worthy of the Gospel. We have not contended for our faith as a unified church. We have been swayed by those who oppose Your will. Our love for others has failed. For the sake of Jesus, forgive our sins, and lead us to stand firm in Your Spirit with courage and faith.  Amen.


Leader: God promises in His Word, “No good thing will God withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” [Psalm 84:11] In Christ, our walk is without blame, and God grants us every good thing.  It is my joy to announce the forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


People: Amen!


Reading: Philippians 1:20-30

Reader: In Philippians, the first chapter, Paul reminds Christians to live with courage in the face of persecution, not even fearing death.


20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.


27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel 28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

 

Reader: This is the Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God. 

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. 

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, 

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. 

He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. 

He will come again to judge the living and the dead. 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. 

Children's Message (8:00am Only)

Duet: "To Live or Die"

To live or die – I long to spend my might and time to worship Him.

I’ll give my all for Him who died to bring a rebel to His side.

Lord, help me use my fleeting breath to honor You, through life or death.

And when my heart drums its last beat, I’ll lay my labors at Your feet.


To die is Christ – eternal gain, to wake and never sleep again.

I will not fear the feeble grave, the pathway to my Savior’s face.  

Lord, help me use my fleeting breath to honor You, through life or death.

And when my heart drums its last beat, I’ll lay my labors at Your feet.


To live or die – it’s all the same; for Christ consumes me either way.

If I should live, I’ll live for Him, and if I die, I’ll live again.  

Lord, help me use my fleeting breath to honor You, through life or death.

And when my heart drums its last beat, I’ll lay my labors at Your feet.

Message: "Christ’s Will > ?" by Pastor Richard Burkey

Presentation by Dani Womack, City Hope Executive Director

Announcements and Offering

Offering Hymn: " I Leave All Things to God’s Direction"

I leave all things to God’s direction; He loves me both in joy and woe.

His will is good, sure His affection; His tender love is true, I know.

My fortress and my rock is He: what pleases God, that pleases me.


God knows what must be done to save me; His love for me will never cease.

Upon His hands He did engrave me with purest gold of loving grace.

His will supreme must ever be: what pleases God, that pleases me.


My God desires the soul’s salvation; my soul He, too, desires to save.

Therefore with Christian resignation all earthly troubles I will brave.

His will be done eternally: what pleases God, that pleases me.

The Lord's Prayer

People: 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 who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen. 

Holy Communion

What we believe about Communion...

  1. We believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: One God, Three Persons.
  2. We believe that we are sinful, in need of grace, and want to do better.
  3. We believe, as Jesus said, that the bread and wine are truly His body and His blood.

Distribution Hymn: "When Peace Like a River"

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way; when sorrows, like sea billows, roll;

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.

It is well (It is well) with my soul, (with my soul),

It is well, it is well with my soul.


Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, let this blest assurance control,

That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate and hath shed His own blood for my soul. 

It is well (It is well) with my soul, (with my soul),

It is well, it is well with my soul.


He lives—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought; my sin, not in part, but the whole,

Is nailed to His cross, and I bear it no more.  Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! 

It is well (It is well) with my soul, (with my soul),

It is well, it is well with my soul.

Go in peace and serve the Lord!