Step One: Worship with prayer and song:
Prayer: Read this prayer and begin with a time of silence
Jesus, you are the good Shepherd,
In whom I find life, health, strength,
Through whose gifts I am clothed and fed,
Through whose mercy I have been forgiven and cleansed,
Be for me guide, strength, Savior, and Lord all the days of my life.
I offer my prayers through Christ. Amen.
Song: I Will Offer Up my Life
“This is a song I’ve been meaning to bring into our worship services for a while. I love the tone that it sets, and I know that our church will fill out the harmonies. God bless you all as we live separated. Looking forward to coming together again.” Jeff W
I Will Offer Up my Life by Jeff Widenhofer (Matt Redmond)
I am one in whom Christ dwells and delights.
I live in the strong and unshakable Kingdom of God.
The Kingdom of God is not in trouble and neither am I.
(Rev. Dr. James Bryan Smith)
Song: My Soul Thirsts for the Living God, performed by Jeff Mark Widenhofer (written by Gregg DeMay, Create Music)
Between refrains, you are invited to read words with Jeff from Psalm 42 below:
(sing refrain to begin)
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been by food day and night, while people say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
Why, my soul are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers have swept over me.
By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me –
a prayer to the God of my life.
O Lord, you know me.
You know when I sit and when I stand.
You have me always present in your mind.
For this, Lord, I thank you.
You know the path for my life and what is best for me.
Lord you reveal to me the path I am to walk.
Bless me and guide me and be Lord to me.
So that whichever road I take I may do all for your glory.
In Jesus name. Amen.
(Vocation Prayer from the Beech Grove Benedictine Community)
Step Two: Special Offering for the month of May: Bethany How can you support Bethany in its mission to support infants, children, and teens in need? Here is a short video to further understand the local and global work of Bethany. Also, below, in the announcements is an interview that Deone Quist had with a local foster care couple (17 minutes). Please view when you have a moment.
Step Three: The Message: A word about fortitude, patience, and anger in a time of testing and a look to the future. Genesis 4
Questions: What anger do you have? What is it about? How do you express that anger? Where do you go with it? What is Jesus calling you to do with it?
Step Four: Choose one, two, or all three: Singing response
What A Wonderful Name (Hillsong)
I Am Not Alone, Kari Jobe
Oceans, (Hillsong United)
Step 5: A Final Blessing: Pastor Mark
“The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn his face toward you and give you his peace. Amen.”
Notice: Adult Download is cancelled this Sunday 5/10 because of Mother’s Day. It will resume next week, Sunday 5/17 at 11 am. Happy Mother’s Day!
- Special Offering for month of May: Bethany, a ministry of adoption and foster care. Here is a video interview with a current foster care family for your viewing:
Bethany Interview VIDEO with Deone Quist
- Order your book online (or E-book): Live Wide Awake: Engaging God’s Story, Embracing Yours by Laura DeGroot. We will begin weekly engagement on Sunday, June 7th.
- Worship services transitioned to on line until further notice.
- Staff/Council Meeting: Tuesday, May 12th.