Worship

9 & 11:15 a.m. every Sunday

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Worship Guide

9 a.m.

Gathering Music: HOW DEEP THE FATHER’S LOVE FOR US

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship: (from Psalm 86:8-10)

One: There is none like you, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours.

All: All the nations you have made shall come and bow down before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.

One: For you are great and do wondrous things, you alone are God. Praise God, from whom all blessing flow! 

DOXOLOGY (GOD BE PRAISED) / ONE THING REMAINS

Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11 (p.957)

Prayers of the People & THE LORD’S PRAYER      

All: We beg you, Lord and Master, to be our help and aid. Save those among us who are in affliction, adversity and distress; have mercy on the lowly; lift up the fallen; show yourself to the needy; heal the ungodly; convert the wanderers of your people; feed the hungry; release our prisoners; raise up the weak; comfort the fainthearted. Let all the world know that you are God alone, and Jesus Christ is your Son, and we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.         (Clement of Rome, adapted)

One: Lord, we lift up the concerns in our own lives…(Silent Prayer)…we lift up the work of the church…(Silent Prayer)…

we lift up our hurting world…(Silent Prayer)…Lord, we know that you hear. Hear us as we pray the words Jesus taught…

DESERT SONG

Children’s Message

Scripture: 1 Kings 19:9b-13 (p.351), Hebrews 2:10 – 3:6 (p.1185), 4:14-16 (p.1186)

Sermon Title: “In the Wilderness…Solitude and Silence”

ABIDE / OCEANS

Benediction

11:15 a.m.

Prelude: Karen Holl, Pianist

Gathering Song: HOW DEEP THE FATHER’S LOVE FOR US

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship: (from Psalm 86:8-10)

One: There is none like you, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours.

All: All the nations you have made shall come and bow down before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.

One: For you are great and do wondrous things, you alone are God. Praise God, from whom all blessing flow!

WHEN MORNING GILD THE SKIES (487) / ALL GLORY BE TO GOD ON HIGH (133)

Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11 (p.957)

Prayers of the People & THE LORD’S PRAYER      

All: We beg you, Lord and Master, to be our help and aid. Save those among us who are in affliction, adversity and distress; have mercy on the lowly; lift up the fallen; show yourself to the needy; heal the ungodly; convert the wanderers of your people; feed the hungry; release our prisoners; raise up the weak; comfort the fainthearted. Let all the world know that you are God alone, and Jesus Christ is your Son, and we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.         (Clement of Rome, adapted)

One: Lord, we lift up the concerns in our own lives…(Silent Prayer)…we lift up the work of the church…(Silent Prayer)…

we lift up our hurting world…(Silent Prayer)…Lord, we know that you hear. Hear us as we pray the words Jesus taught…

SEEK YE FIRST (333)

Children’s Message

Scripture: 1 Kings 19:9b-13 (p.351), Hebrews 2:10 – 3:6 (p.1185), 4:14-16 (p.1186)

Sermon Title: “In the Wilderness…Solitude and Silence”

WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS (403)

Benediction

Discussion Questions
  • What keeps you from purposefully planned times of solitude and silence?
  • Have there been times in your life where you’ve felt like Elijah or Jesus? Have you come down from an amazing time, close to God only to be led into the wilderness? How have you responded, and worked through those times? 
  • What are small ways you can be more attentive to the “still, small voice” of God?
  • What practices “frame” your life? What are you drawn to immediately when given a small window of free time? Do those practices help you walk with God?
  • From today through Easter, what are you going to do to practice solitude and silence? What does God want you to do? What are you going to do differently when back in community with people?
  • What is one MORE thing you can do today to focus on walking closer to God? What is one LESS distraction in your life that you can eliminate today?