NEC Sunday Worship – 4 PM on 2020-10-18


Welcome!

What a blessing to be in worship! Let us greet one another by spotlighting and naming each of us worshiping God…


MUSIC TO PREPARE FOR WORSHIP… 

BACH on piano https://youtu.be/QrgcrYnZ_4c?t=1308


MARILYN reads Psalm 96:1-9
O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.

Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples.

For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be revered above all gods.

For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.

Honor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts.

Worship the LORD in holy splendor; tremble before him, all the earth.



UNISON Prayer of Adoration

We praise your abiding guidance, O God,
for you sent us Jesus, our Teacher and Messiah,
to model for us the way of love for the whole universe.
We offer these prayers of love
on behalf of ourselves and our neighbors,
on behalf of your creation and our fellow creatures.


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!


SHERI reads 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.

We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly

remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you,

because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake.

And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit,

so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.

For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it.

For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God,

and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead–Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.


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


WE EXPERIENCE THE GOSPELS:  Matthew 22:15-22


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: Are there reflections anyone wants to share based on scripture, song and prayer?


 

STEVE LEADS: Sharing of Joys & Concerns

  • Trio of pandemics (COVID-19, racial injustice, income inequality);
  • Wisdom/Considerations for restarting the school year;
  • Janet – back;
  • Betty – spine pain;
  • Lisa – eye appointment
  • worship via Zoom on 9/27 @ 4 in the Theater Room (up to 9 participants) and still on the phone if you prefer that

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!