April 17 & 18, 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. Kathie has prepared the Sunday School material for the kids - it is called Vine School.
This week's Vine School


Our liturgy has prayers, responses, and scriptures to be read aloud in addition to several video segments. Janice has chosen the music this week. Sing along! If the song is unfamiliar, feel free to just listen. 

We are continuing our series in I Thessalonians. Pastor Chris is bringing the message this week. Closed captioning is available on the message.


    INTRODUCTION

    by Pastor Chris De Haan

    Gathering

      Call to Worship

      Read this aloud as a Call to Worship:


      All glorious God, we give You thanks;

      in Your Son Jesus Christ,


      You have given us every spiritual blessing

      in the heavenly realms.


      You chose us before the world was made,

      to be Your holy people, without fault in Your sight.


      You adopted us as Your children in Christ.


      You have set us free by His blood;

      You have forgiven our sins.


      You have made known to us Your secret purpose,

      to bring heaven and earth into unity in Christ.


      You have given us Your Holy Spirit,

      the seal and pledge of our inheritance.


      All praise and glory be Yours, O God,

      for the richness of Your grace,

      for the splendor of Your gifts,

      for the wonder of Your love.


      –based on Ephesians 1:13-18
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      your love o lord

      Verse

      Your love O Lord, reaches to the heavens

      Your faithfulness stretches to the skies

      Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains

      Your justice flows like the ocean’s tide

       

      Chorus

      And I will lift my voice to worship You my King

      And I will find my strength in the shadow of Your wings

       

      Verse

      Your love O Lord, reaches to the heavens

      Your faithfulness stretches to the skies

      Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains

      Your justice flows like the ocean’s tide

       

      Chorus

      And I will lift my voice to worship You my King

      And I will find my strength in the shadow of Your wings


      – interlude–


      Chorus

      And I will lift my voice to worship You my King

      And I will find my strength in the shadow of Your wings 

      And I will lift my voice to worship You my King

      And I will find my strength in the shadow of Your wings


      Tag

      Your love O Lord, reaches to the heavens

      Your faithfulness stretches to the skies

      prayer

      Have someone pray this aloud:


      Eternal God, our Redeemer,


      We confess that we have not loved You with our whole heart. We have lived for ourselves, and turned from our neighbors.

      We have failed to bear the burdens of others. 

      We have sometimes ignored the pain of the world,

      and passed by the hungry, the poor, and the oppressed.

      O God, in Your great mercy free us from selfishness,

      that we may choose Your will and obey Your commandments; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen


      Take a minute to offer up silently your own prayers.

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        Word

          prayer of illumination

          Read aloud:


          Lord, we pray that You, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation as we come to know Him, so that with our hearts enlightened, we may know what is the hope to which He has called us; what are the riches of His glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power for us who believe, according to the working of His great power. Amen. 

               

          –based on Ephesians 1:1-19

          Scripture Reading

          Read aloud:


          We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.


          —I Thessalonians 5:12-15

            --

              Sermon

              I Thessalonians 5:12-15

              by Pastor Chris De Haan

              discussion questions

              1. Where do you find it hardest to submit in relationships?

              2. At a time when you were fainthearted or weak, share some   specific things that you needed from others during those times.

              3. Who could you bless this week? How will you do it?

              table

                communion

                Gather your communion elements and then read aloud:


                We come to the table not just as individuals but as a community —we come in relationship with one another. By sharing the loaf and the cup, Christ makes us one with Him and with each other.


                As we come to the table as repentant sinners, Christ wants to assure us of His forgiveness.


                As we come with our struggles, Christ wants to assure us of His living presence. 


                As we come with our doubts, Christ wants to touch us with the flesh and blood reality of His life.


                At the Lord’s Supper we look back, remembering the whole story of our salvation; we look around, seeing that we are together members of the body of Christ; we look forward to the great banquet in God’s coming kingdom; and we look up to our ascended Lord, Who promises to feed us with His body and blood by the Holy Spirit.


                — please take the bread and cup, and read —


                We give thanks to God the Father that our Savior, Jesus Christ, before He suffered, gave us this memorial of His sacrifice, until He comes again. "At His last supper, the Lord Jesus took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 


                — eat the bread —


                In the same way, He took the cup after supper and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this in remembrance of Me.” For whenever we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes


                — drink the cup —


                Amen.

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                sending

                  prayer

                  Have someone pray these words:


                  Loving Lord,

                  Take, O take me as I am;

                  Summon out what I shall be;

                  Set Your seal upon my heart,

                  And live through me.


                  Take a moment and quietly reflect on your week ahead.

                  – Where will you be?

                  – Who will you be interacting with?

                  – What will you need to do?

                  – What are the challenges?


                  Now, ask God to live His life through you in all these things.

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                  benediction

                  Read this benediction together:


                  And I pray that you,

                  Being rooted and established in love

                  Together, with all the Lord’s holy people,

                  May grasp how wide and long and high and deep

                  is the love of Christ,

                  And to know this love that surpasses knowledge –

                  And to share the love that surpasses knowledge

                  And that you may be filled to the measure of

                  all the fullness of God.


                  –based on Ephesians 3:18-19

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