Worship – 4 PM on 2020-03-29

Prelude: The First of June                                                                by Paul West


SHERI – Call to Worship; Sharing a little background on the theme:

As we all grapple with the current social mandates, what new joys or purposes have we found ourselves focusing on?


JIM: James 1:2-3 – Pure Joy In Trials

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

JIM: PRAYER OF ADORATION [BEFORE OR AFTER READING]


Jesus Loves Me

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


SHERI:  1 Peter 1:1-9

SHERI: PRAYER OF CONFESSION [BEFORE OR AFTER READING]


Amazing Grace

Amazing grace,    how sweet   the sound,   that saved   a wretch   like me

I once   was lost,   but now   I’m found,   was blind,  but now   I    see

Through many   dangers  toils and snares,   I have   already   come

Tis grace   that brought us   safe thus far,   and grace   will lead   us   home

When we’ve   been there  ten thousand years,   bright shining   as the  sun

We’ve no  less days  to sing  God’s praise,   than when  we  first   be – gun

Amazing grace,    how sweet   the sound,   that saved   a wretch   like me

I once   was lost,   but now   I’m found,   was blind,  but now   I    see


BILL:    HEBREWS 10:21-25

and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.


Precious Lord

Precious Lord, take my hand       Lead me on, help me stand

I am tired, I am weak, I am worn             

Through the storm, through the night    Lead me on to the light

Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home

When my way grows drear,        Precious Lord, linger near

When my life is al-most gone,   

Hear my cry, hear my call,           Hold my hand lest I fall

Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home

Precious Lord, take my hand       Lead me on, help me stand

I am tired, I am weak, I am worn             

Through the storm, through the night    Lead me on to the light

Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home


SHERI: Woman’s Day article and facilitation of conversation on today’s topic



STEVE: Joys & Concerns


When the Saints Go Marching In

O when the saints go marchin’ in,  O when the saints go marchin’ in,

Lord, I want to be in that number   When the saints go marchin’ in.

O when the sun refuse to shine,   O when the sun refuse to shine,

Lord, I want to be in that number   When the sun refuse to shine.

O when the moon goes down in blood,  O when the moon goes down in blood,

Lord, I want to be in that number    When the moon goes down in blood.

O when the stars have disappeared,   O when the stars have disappeared,

Lord, I want to be in that number   When the stars have disappeared,

O when the saints go marchin’ in,   O when the saints go marchin’ in,

Lord, I want to be in that number   When the saints go marchin’ in.


JIM – 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 let’s make haste to be kind, and be quick to love, for within every act of love and kindness, the God who first formed us, reforms us and transforms us again and again, now and forever! And certainly for all of these blessings, we – the people of God – say… AMEN!