July 24 & 25, 2021

Jesus said "I Am"


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. The link will take you to the full Vine School library. During the summer months, go back and do the ones you may have missed
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. Closed captioning is available on the message. Dave Drum is bringing the message this week.


    INTRODUCTION

    by Pastor Chris De Haan

    Gathering

      Call to Worship

      Read this aloud as a Call to Worship:


      Today we are looking at the statement from Jesus “I AM the Good Shepherd”


      Let us worship the God who satisfies our every need, the Good Shepherd who guides us to abundance and refreshment. Let us praise the God who specializes in the restoration of the soul, who navigates our perfect path, and is present with us in times of trouble. He is our Blessing and our Protector. God surrounds and nourishes us. Let us give thanks to our relentless God, who pursues us with goodness and mercy all the days of our lives. Amen. 


      –based Psalm 23
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      Prayer of confession

      Read this prayer:


      Holy God, we realize that You know us more intimately than we know ourselves. We come before You now asking You to shine Your light on our sin, to make us aware of our failings, to open our eyes to our brokenness. We are wandering sheep that have gone our own way. We need Your wisdom and guidance to show us the path of truth and life, for we are lost without Your grace. Search us, O God, and know our hearts. Test us and know our troubled thoughts. Give us true repentance that only comes from You. Do Your transforming work in us so that we can live as Your redeemed people in the world.

      In Jesus’ Name we pray.

      Amen.


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        Savior Like a shepherd lead us

        (instrumental)


        Verse 1

        Savior, like a shepherd lead us

        Much we need Thy tender care

        In Thy pleasant pastures feed us

        For our use Thy folds prepare


        Chorus 1

        Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus

        Thou hast bought us, Thine we are

        Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus

        Thou hast bought us, Thine we are

        Word

          prayer of illumination

          Read aloud:


          God, source of all light,

          by Your Word, You give light to the soul.

          Pour out on us the spirit of wisdom and understanding, 

          that our hearts and minds may be opened

          to know Your truth and Your way.

          Amen.

          Scripture Reading

          Read aloud:


          The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.  I AM the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 

          I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.  And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”

          –John10:10-18

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              Sermon

              The "I AM" Statements in John: The Good Shepherd

              by Dave Drum

              table

                communion

                Gather the communion elements and then read the following:


                —Pick up the bread and cup -


                The Lord Jesus, on the night of His arrest, took bread, 

                and after giving thanks to God,

                He broke it, and gave it to His disciples, saying,

                "Take, eat. this is My body, given for you.

                Do this in remembrance of Me."


                —eat the bread


                In the same way He took the cup, saying,

                "This cup is the new covenant sealed in My blood,

                shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.

                Whenever you drink it,

                do this in remembrance of Me."


                —drink the cup

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                sending

                  prayer

                  Take a minute and consider what you have heard and sung today. What has touched your heart? Offer that up to God in prayer.

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                  benediction

                  Read this benediction together:


                  As we are sent, remember that the Lord is our shepherd. 

                  All our needs will be met. 

                  God provides a place and time for deep rest and restoration. 

                  God leads us beside still waters; restores our souls a

                  nd leads us in right paths. We do not need to be afraid; 

                  for God is with us; now and forever.

                  Amen
                  – based Psalm 23

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