Where do people turn when they face tough times in life? Where should we look to find comfort and hope in the midst of loss? When we pray “Thy will be done,” do we understand what we are saying? Do we really mean it?
This week we heard the real life story of how someone found his hope and strength in the power and truth of the Bible and the Holy Spirit during his wife’s battle with cancer. Through a Bible in a hospital room, God was able to remind this man of who He was. Still today, the Word of God can speak to us in our times of deepest need.
Here’s what we did together:
Our Service Flow:
Greeting Time (As they greeted, asked people to share how God was speaking to them through His Word.)
Call to Worship: Selection from Psalm 95
Come, Now Is the Time to Worship (Doerksen)
Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King (Robinson/Miller)
Blessed Assurance (Crosby/Knapp a la Third Day style)
Time of Prayer
Video during offering: One Need from Erwin Brothers Motion Pictures
To remind us of the one universal need that people have in times of trouble: the truth of the Word of God.
People were invited to either bring a gift for the purchase of Bibles through the Gideons to the front and to dedicate that gift or to come to receive prayer because of a need.
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (Lemmel): sung as special during response time
Praise the Father, Praise the Son (Tomlin/Cash)
For the close, we recited the Lord’s Prayer together.
- Having a guest speaker, especially one that doesn’t regularly attend your services, always creates some interesting dynamics. While I had the opportunity to chat with the speaker on a couple of different occasions about where he might be going, we designed the end of the service with extreme flexibility to adapt as necessary. And we did end up doing some adapting.
- Experienced another keyboard “failure” this week. In the middle of Blessed Assurance the sound suddenly switched to the bass setting and wouldn’t change to anything else. Fortunately, the singers and congregation kept singing, I turned it off and back on, and joined back in at an appropriate time. No problem…
- We had a great time of focusing on God through scripture and worship in the first part of the service. It’s great to be able to do a variety of types of songs and that we are able to sing together in worship across generational lines. Part of the goal here, because of the wide generational spread, is to blend elements and songs in a way that honors the past while including the present. It can be hard at times, and I am trusting God to lead and guide me in the planning process. I would appreciate your prayers in this regard.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope that your worship gathering was full of grace and truth, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and was full of people worshiping in spirit and truth.