FEB 27 & 28, 2021

"The way Forward"

Studies in I Thessalonians


Welcome

This weekly "digital liturgy" is designed to guide you through a complete service of worship. The more you participate in the various elements, the greater will be its impact. Communion is part of our service so have those items ready. The Vine School material this week includes New Years activity.
This week's Vine School


Our liturgy has prayers, responses, and scriptures to be read aloud in addition to several video segments. Cameron has chosen the music this week. Sing along! If the song is unfamiliar, feel free to just listen. John O'Hair is bringing the message this week. Closed captioning is available on the sermon.


    INTRODUCTION

    by Pastor Chris De Haan

    God is Holy

      Call to Worship

      Read this aloud as a Call to Worship:


      Almighty God, to Whom all hearts are open and all desires known, and from Whom no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts through the work of the Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love You, and magnify Your Holy name. By the power of Your Spirit, help us to lift up our hearts in praise, to receive Your abundant gifts of mercy and love stored up for us in Christ and then send us out from here to live as Your faithful children and witnesses of that love and forgiveness through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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      House of God, Forever

      Verse 1

      God is my shepherd

      I won't be wanting

      I won't be wanting

      He makes me rest

      In fields of green

      With quiet streams


      Even though I walk

      Through the valley

      Of death and dying

      I will not fear

      'Cause You are with me

      You are with me


      Chorus

      Your shepherd's staff comforts me

      You are my Feast in the presence of enemy

      Surely goodness will follow me, follow me

      In the house of God forever


      Verse 2

      God is my shepherd

      I won't be wanting

      I won't be wanting

      He makes me rest

      In fields of green

      By quiet streams


      Even while I’m walking

      Through the valley

      Of death and dying

      I will not fear

      'Cause You are with me

      You're always with me


      Chorus

      Your shepherd's staff comforts me

      You are my Feast in the presence of enemy

      Surely goodness will follow me, follow me

      In the house of God forever

      In the house of God forever

      In the house of God forever

      We Are Needy

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          prayer of illumination

          Read this prayer in preparation for the teaching:


          God, Whom we know through Your word,

          speak to us in this hour.

          Show us the wisdom and joy of Your ways

          that we might trust Your goodness
          and find strength to do what is good, 

          through Jesus Christ. Amen.

          scripture reading


          Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, Who gives His Holy Spirit to you. 


          —I Thessalonians 4:1–8

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              Sermon

              "The Way Forward: Studies in I Thessalonians" 

              I Thessalonians 4:1–8

              by John O'Hair

              Jesus Redeems us

                communion

                Read aloud from the Gospel of Luke:


                And when the hour came, He reclined at table, and the apostles with Him. And He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks He said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 


                — Please take the bread and cup —


                And He took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” 


                — Eat the bread —


                And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood."


                — Drink the cup —


                Amen.

                  Come as You Are

                  Cameron Hood & Lisa Gollenberg

                  We are sent

                    prayer

                    Have someone read:


                    God of grace,

                    You have renewed us at Your table with the bread of life.

                    We are forgiven much, help us to love much.

                    Help us in serving and loving one another

                    in the week ahead, not holding others' sins against them,
                    as you do not hold our sins against us.

                    As we have been invited and welcomed by You,

                    give us hearts and lives that extend that same invitation to others.

                    We ask this in the name of Jesus.

                    Amen.

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                    sing to the lord (Banner)

                    Verse 1

                    Sing to the Lord a new song

                    Sing to the Lord, all the Earth

                    In the beauty of His holiness

                    The beauty of His holiness

                     

                    Verse 2

                    Sing to the Lord a new song

                    Sing to the Lord, oh my soul

                    In the wonders of His mighty hand

                    The wonders of His mighty hand

                     

                    Chorus

                    "Great is the Lord," we cry

                    "And greatly to be praised!"

                    Let every nation rise and say

                    "Our God reigns, our God reigns"

                     

                    Verse 3

                    Sing to the Lord a new song

                    Worship the Lord evermore

                    The glory of His majesty

                    The glory of His majesty

                     

                    Chorus

                    "Great is the Lord," we cry

                    "And greatly to be praised!"

                    Let every nation rise and say

                    "Our God reigns, our God reigns"

                    (repeat)

                     

                    Bridge                  

                    Your banner, Your banner

                    Over us is: "Love, unfailing love" . . .


                    Chorus

                    "Great is the Lord," we cry

                    "And greatly to be praised!"

                    Let every nation rise and say

                    "Our God reigns, our God reigns"

                    (repeat)


                    Ending                  

                    Your banner, Your banner

                    Over us is: "Love, unfailing love" . . .

                    benediction

                    Read this benediction together:


                    Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.


                    —Jude 1:24–25

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