Worship for Sunday July 12th, 2020:

Step One: Worship the Lord

Song: “Have Thine Own Way”

Scripture: Isaiah 40 (read aloud)

“Comfort!  Comfort!  Comfort!”

That’s right, a voice is crying out from the wilderness,

“Prepare the way of the Lord!” 

Sins forgiven: 

Lifting up those in the valleys – making the mountain tops accessible!

The glory of God is being revealed and all people will see it together!

Cry out:

“All people are like grass – here today, gone tomorrow.

Only thing that will last is the Word of God!”

Good news:

“Here is your God – with you!

No need to fear for the Lord is near!”

The One who has lived, died, and rose again, is alive forevermore!

“Do you not know?  Have you not heard?

The Lord sits enthroned over the earth. 

He brings rulers and princes of this world to nothing.

No one compares to him.

No one is his equal.

Do you not know?  Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God!

Never tires, understanding all.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

In Him, there is hope.”

Song: “My Jesus I Love Thee”

Prayer: Based on the Isaiah 40 (read aloud)

Lord, Almighty and All Loving – in the midst of the storm we bless you.

In the midst of the wilderness experiences of life we bless you.

In good times and bad times, we bless you.

You are Savior.  Always.

You are our Shepherd.  Always.

You are Creator, Redeemer, Friend.  Always.

Forgive us, bring to us humility as we invite your presence to fill us.

Lead us to the understanding of your unbelievable goodness.

You are the good news giver; you are the GOOD NEWS.

Free us minds, our hearts, our bodies to serve you and love you unbound.

Give to us the glory strength and wisdom to walk in your life-giving ways. 

In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – AMEN.

Step Two: Special Offering for the month of July: Jason Stryd and Albanian Christian Ministries How can you support Jasonin ministry?  Please send this month’s special offering to Crestview Church and designate special giving for Jason Stryd, Albanian Ministryin memo.  For more information: https://crestviewchurch.org/missions/albanian-christian-outreach/

Step Three: Engage the Message: Message: Live Wide Awake: Wilderness  Pastor Mark

       (Based on Chapter 6 of Live Wide Awake, God Can Do Anything You Know)

Part 1: (12min) Video Part 1

Part 2: (10min) Video Part 2

Questions for discussion

  • What are your wilderness experiences?  How has God shaped you in the midst of them?  Can you tell a story of God’s presence, power and purpose being revealed during a ‘wilderness’ experience?  Reflect and meditate on that.  Does the reality of God present with you in the wilderness experiences of life give you increased peace and joy?    

Step Four: Responding to Gods Word

Songs: (No words to these songs – enjoy them.)

Keep the Faith with Charles Jenkins

Promises (feat. Joe L Barnes & Naomi Raine) – Maverick City | TRIBL

Blessing: This week’s focus of the practices: Isaiah 40  Pastor Mark Quist

‘The Lord bless you and keep you’ and may His Kingdom Come in all of its fullness!