NEC Sunday Worship – 4 PM on 2020-08-23


How Great Thou Art by a fabulous quartet HERE


In today’s worship we have leadership from Bill, Laura, Marilyn, Merle, Sheri and Steve and all those worshiping today, including: Garnet, Bev, Bob, Betty, Janet, Lisa, Betsy … 

Who have I not included in that list of people who is also attending?

Any luck getting next new edition of Upper Room distributed?


MERLE reads  Psalm 138
138:1 I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise;

138:2 I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything.

138:3 On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.

138:4 All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O LORD, for they have heard the words of your mouth.

138:5 They shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD.

138:6 For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly; but the haughty he perceives from far away.

138:7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies; you stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me.

138:8 The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.



SHERI – leads us in a Prayer of Adoration


How Great Thou Art – Page 2

O Lord my God,               when I in awesome wonder

Consider all                      the worlds thy hands have made.

I see the stars,                I hear the rolling thunder

Thy power throughout       the universe displayed

Then sings my soul,          my Savior God to thee

How great Thou art!        How great Thou art!

Then sings my soul,          my Savior God to thee

How great Thou art!        How great Thou art!

When through the woods            and forest glades I wander

And hear the birds                      sing sweetly in the trees.

When I look down,                     from lofty mountain grandeur

And hear the brook                     and feel the gentle breeze.

Then sings my soul,          my Savior God to thee

How great Thou art!        How great Thou art!

Then sings my soul,          my Savior God to thee

How great Thou art!        How great Thou art!

And when I think                        that God His Son not sparing

Sent Him to die,                          I scarce can take it in.

That on the cross,                       my burden gladly bearing,

He bled and died                         to take away my sin.

Then sings my soul,          my Savior God to thee

How great Thou art!        How great Thou art!

Then sings my soul,          my Savior God to thee

How great Thou art!        How great Thou art!

When Christ shall come             with shout of acclamation

And take me home,                    what joy shall fill my heart!

Then I shall bow                         in humble adoration

And there proclaim,                   my God, how great Thou art!

Then sings my soul,          my Savior God to thee

How great Thou art!        How great Thou art!

Then sings my soul,          my Savior God to thee

How great Thou art!        How great Thou art!


MARILYN reads Isaiah 51:1-6
Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the LORD. Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug.

Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, but I blessed him and made him many.

For the LORD will comfort Zion; he will comfort all her waste places, and will make her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song.

Listen to me, my people, and give heed to me, my nation; for a teaching will go out from me, and my justice for a light to the peoples.

I will bring near my deliverance swiftly, my salvation has gone out and my arms will rule the peoples; the coastlands wait for me, and for my arm they hope.

Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and those who live on it will die like gnats; but my salvation will be forever, and my deliverance will never be ended.


LAURA – shares a Prayer of Confession


Love Lifted Me – Page 19

I was sinking deep in sin   Far from that peaceful shore

Very deeply stained within   Sinking to rise no more

But the Master of the sea    Heard my despairing cry

From the waters lifted me   Now safe am I

Love lifted me       love lifted me

When nothing else could help  love lifted me

Love lifted me       love lifted me

When nothing else could help  love lifted me

All my heart to Him I give,   Ever to him I’ll cling

In His blessed presence live,  Ever His praises sing

Love so mighty and so true  Merits my soul’s best songs

Faithful loving service too  To Him be—longs  

Love lifted me       love lifted me

When nothing else could help  love lifted me

Love lifted me       love lifted me

When nothing else could help  love lifted me

Souls in danger look above   Jesus completely saves

He will lift you by His love  Out of the angry waves

He’s the Master of the sea,  Billows His will o-bey

He your Savior wants to be –  Be saved today. 

Love lifted me       love lifted me

When nothing else could help  love lifted me

Love lifted me       love lifted me

When nothing else could help  love lifted me


BILL reads – Romans 12:1-8
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God–what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function,

so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.

We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith;

ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching;

the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.


Spirit – Page 13

Spir – it,  spir – it of gentleness,  blow thru the wilderness,  calling and free

Spir – it, spir – It of restlessness, stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea

You moved on the wa – ters,      you called from the deep

Then you coaxed up the mountains,  from the valley of sleep

And over the ee – ons,  you called to each thing

Awake from your slumbers,      and rise on your wings

Spir – it,  spir – it of gentleness,  blow thru the wilderness,  calling and free

Spir – it, spir – It of restlessness, stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea

You swept thru the des – ert.    You stung with the sand,

And you gifted your people,      with a law and a land

And when they were blind – ded  with their idols and lies

Then you spoke thru your prophets               to open their eyes

Spir – it,  spir – it of gentleness,  blow thru the wilderness,  calling and free

Spir – it, spir – It of restlessness, stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea

You sang in a sta – ble,  you cried from a hill

Then you whispered in silence,  when the whole world was still

And down in the ci  —  ty,  you called once again

When you blew thru your people                on the rush of the wind

Spir – it,  spir – it of gentleness,  blow thru the wilderness,  calling and free

Spir – it, spir – It of restlessness, stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea

You call from tomor  —  row,  You break ancient schemes,

From the bondage of sorrow,  the captives dream dreams,

Our women see vi  —  sions,  our men clear their eyes,

With bold new decisions,               Your people arise

Spir – it,  spir – it of gentleness,  blow thru the wilderness,  calling and free

Spir – it, spir – It of restlessness, stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea


STEVE LEADS: Any reflections we have based on these scripture readings?


 

STEVE LEADS: Sharing of Joys & Concerns

  • Trio of pandemics (COVID-19, racial injustice, income inequality);
  • Wisdom/Considerations for restarting the school year;
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Prayer – concluding with The Lord’s Prayer


Jesus Loves Me – Page 9

Jesus loves me, this I know For the Bible tells me so

Little ones to Him belong They are weak, but He is strong

REFRAIN

Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me.

Yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so

Jesus loves me, this I know As He loved so long ago

Taking children on His knee, Saying, “Let them come to Me.”

REFRAIN

Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me.

Yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so


STEVE – AS WE CLOSE… (in unison:) 

Friends,

Life is short

and there is precious little time

to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us…

So make haste to be kind,

and be swift to love,

because in every act of love and kindness, the God who first formed us,

reforms and transforms us

again and again.

And certainly for these blessings,

all of God’s people say. 

AMEN!