This is the script from Sunday’s service. Focusing on a theme, PRAYER, the service design is to use scriptures and hymns to carry the theme. Having used the book, 100 Favorite Bible Verse, by Lisa Guest, I have been able to weave the verses into three sermons. Thanks to her for the effort she has put forth and her comments. They have certainly spoken to me during this winter month.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
**Opening scripture & thoughts: Psalm 100: a psalm for giving thanks.
1 Shout to the Lord with joy, everyone on earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come to him with songs of joy.
3 I want you to realize that the Lord is God.
He made us, and we belong to him.
We are his people.
We are the sheep belonging to his flock.
4 Give thanks as you enter the gates of his temple.
Give praise as you enter its courtyards.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 The Lord is good. His faithful love continues forever.
It will last for all time to come.
“God is like a shepherd who, 24/7, protects and provides for His stupid sheep. It’s not a flattering description, but like sheep, we find our selves drawn to unhealthy waters. Sometimes we get ourselves turned upside down and can’t get right side up without the Shepherd’s help. . . . God has been faithful to generations before us, He shows Himself faithful to us, and He will be faithful to every generation to come. Clearly, we have no excuse not to obey the Psalm 100 command! Let us worship the Lord with gladness!” (p. 215)
*UMH Hymn 437: This Is My Song
**Scripture & thoughts: Philippians 4:6-7
6 Don’t worry about anything. Instead, tell God about everything. Ask and pray. Give thanks to him. 7 Then God’s peace will watch over your hearts and your minds because you belong to Christ Jesus. God’s peace can never be completely understood.
UMH Hymn 496: Sweet Hour of Prayer
The Congregation’s Prayer: from Guest’s notes
Prayer is an amazing privilege, Lord, yet too often I take it for granted. Forgive me, and fuel in me a desire to establish and maintain an ongoing conversation with You. I do want to learn to pray always and about everything and to do so with thanksgiving. Please teach me, so that each day I will see You more clearly, love You more dearly, and follow You more nearly.
“. . . Pray. Pray about everything. Pray all the time. Pray with thanksgiving. . . . Knowing that worry is our default mode, Paul urged God’s people to pray for God’s presence with us and for the people He puts in our paths. . . . Don’t worry, pray about everything, and experience God’s peace.” (p. 35)
- Remember to pray daily for relief from the drought
- Remember your own supplications and praises
Lord’s Prayer: Please join in the prayer Jesus taught us using trespasses.
**Matthew 6:9-13: 9 “This is how you should pray.
“‘Our Father in heaven,
may your name be honored.
10 May your kingdom come.
May what you want to happen be done
on earth as it is done in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 Forgive us our sins,
just as we also have forgiven those who sin against us.
13 Keep us from falling into sin when we are tempted.
Save us from the evil one.’
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 glory, forever. –Amen
OFFERING: Guests should not feel the offering is their responsibility. Members prayerfully give to support the church’s ministry.
*DOXOLOGY no. 95: Please stand as you wish and sing.
*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING: the Pastor
Thank you, God, for allowing us to share our offerings with you. May these offerings work in your behalf as we continue to share your love. –Amen
UMH Hymn 600: Wonderful Words of Life
Scripture & Thoughts: Psalm 46
God is our place of safety. He gives us strength.
He is always there to help us in times of trouble.
2 The earth may fall apart.
The mountains may fall into the middle of the sea.
But we will not be afraid.
3 The waters of the sea may roar and foam.
The mountains may shake when the waters rise.
But we will not be afraid. Selah
4 God’s blessings are like a river. They fill the city of God with joy.
That city is the holy place where the Most High God lives.
5 Because God is there, the city will not fall.
God will help it at the beginning of the day.
6 Nations are in disorder. Kingdoms fall.
God speaks, and the people of the earth melt in fear.
7 The Lord who rules over all is with us.
The God of Jacob is like a fort to us. Selah
8 Come and see what the Lord has done.
See the places he has destroyed on the earth.
9 He makes wars stop from one end of the earth to the other.
He breaks every bow. He snaps every spear.
He burns every shield with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be honored among the nations.
I will be honored in the earth.”
11 The Lord who rules over all is with us.
The God of Jacob is like a fort to us.
from Guest’s comments:
God is able to call forth powerful winds, part a sea, ad ravage a nation with plagues. Yet He calls us to know Him not in the spectacular and loud, not in the dramatic and powerful. He calls us to be still. We are to find quiet—internal as well as external—is we are truly to know that He is God. Faith grows during our quiet communion with Him.” (p.55)
UMH Hymn 395: Take Time to Be Holy
**Scripture & Thoughts: James 5:13-16
13 Are any of you in trouble? Then you should pray. Are any of you happy? Then sing songs of praise.
14 Are any of you sick? Then send for the elders of the church to pray over you. Ask them to anoint you with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer offered by those who have faith will make you well. The Lord will heal you. If you have sinned, you will be forgiven.
16 So admit to one another that you have sinned. Pray for one another so that you might be healed. The prayer of a godly person is powerful. It makes things happen.
from Guest’s comments:
“The power of prayer is one of the mysteries of our faith. We go through dry seasons when God seems distant and prayer seem pointless, so we skip it all together. We may feel discouraged from praying for a specific person or situation for months, if not years or decades. We may also enter a season of great pain and loss when we simply can’t pray, and we rely on the faithful and faith-full prayers of our sisters and brothers in Christ.
“Then come those prayer times when God seems to be in the same room with us as we pray. . . .
“In between these two extreme experiences are those regular prayer times, those acts of disciplined obedience that we do out of love for our Lord. We pray because He calls us to; we pray because we love Him.
“. . . pastor David Jeremiah points out, “The surest way not to get an answer to prayer is not to pray!” (p. 49)
UMH Hymn 527: Do, Lord, Remember Me
Thank you for the privilege of prayer, and forgive me when I take for granted the awesome truth that I am able to speak to You, the sovereign King, the Creator of all, the Healer of my soul, anytime and from anywhere. I am grateful for those seasons of prayer when You answer quickly and obviously, and I am grateful that you understand those dry times I go through. So, Father God, please keep me disciplined and expectant as I pray. (p. 49)
The Benediction: Go in peace & be the Church for others.
**All the scriptures were from the New International Reader’s Version (NIRV).