Sunday Church Service Weekly Bulletin

PRELUDE

                                                                              

RINGING OF THE BELL

CENTERING THOUGHT

Hymns, like the ones we will use in our service today, have fallen out of favor over the years.  They are no longer considered “politically correct” for use in worship, but all songs have a context.  Early Methodists experienced persecution from clergy, press, and people in the community. This was often a response to the Anglican Church’s disenchantment with Wesley’s reformational efforts and some doctrinal differences of Methodism. Reports from this time detail riots, mob attacks, stonings, clubbings, intentional tramplings by livestock, vandalized homes and meeting houses, and verbal attacks in sermons and print articles against Methodist preachers and their audiences. It was in the midst of these turbulent times, yet times of growth, that Charles Wesley wrote his hymn, “Soldiers of Christ, Arise.”

Textually, this hymn is a lyrical call for Christians to resist evil forces, part of the work of sanctification and a commitment to the baptismal vows of the church.   For more information, do an internet search on this hymn.

*PROCESSIONAL HYMN: “Soldiers of Christ Arise”  Public Domain

1 Soldiers of Christ, arise, and put your armor on,
strong in the strength which God supplies thro’ his eternal Son.
Strong in the Lord of hosts, and in his mighty pow’r,
who in the strength of Jesus trusts is more than conqueror.

2 Stand then in his great might, with all his strength endued;
And take, to arm you for the fight, the panoply of God.
From strength to strength go on, Wrestle, and fight, and pray;
Tread all the powers of darkness down, And win the well-fought day;

3.  That, having all things done, and with your conflicts past,

Ye may o’er-come through Christ alone, And stand complete at last.

To God, the Father, Son, And Spirit ever blest,

The One in three, the Three in One Be endless praise addressed!

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP   (Psalm 84, Good News Translation & “As the Deer”, CCLI# 991857, selected and adapted)

Liturgist:   Happy are those whose strength comes from the Lord.

People:    As we journey in the Lord’s way, we will see the God of gods. 

Liturgist:  The Lord is our protector and glorious king.

People:    He blesses us with kindness and honor. 

Liturgist:  The Lord alone is our strength and shield.

People:    To you, O Lord, our spirits yield.

Liturgist:  The Lord alone is our heart’s desire,

People:    and we gather in his name to worship this day.

OPENING PRAYER

Happy are those who live in the house of the Lord, ever singing his praises.  Lord, you are our strength and shield, and as we gather for worship, we place our trust in you.  It is your promise that as God provides for the birds of the air, so also God will equip us with what we need to do God’s will in these uncertain days.  Uphold us in faith and help us to stand firm in the midst of chaos that we may offer truth, hope, and love to those looking for direction.  Amen.  

MUSICAL MEDITATION

THE READING OF SCRIPTURE

Epistle Reading:  Ephesians 6:10 -20  

SERMON 

SHARING OF OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS                   

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE ANDTHE LORD’S PRAYER

OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE THY NAME.  THY KINGDOM COME.  THY WILL BE DONE, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.  GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD.  AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS, AS WE FOR-GIVE OUR DEBTORS.  AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL.  FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM, AND THE POWER, AND THE GLORY,

FOREVER.  AMEN.

INTRODUCTION TO THE OFFERING          – –

*PRAISE RESPONSE: “Forward through the Ages”  No 377 (NCH) Public Domain

1 Forward through the ages, In unbroken line,
Move the faithful spirits At the call divine.
Gifts in diff’ring measure, Hearts of one accord,

Manifold the service, One the sure reward;

Refrain:
Forward through the ages, In unbroken line,
Move the faithful spirits At the call divine.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Lord, at the call divine, we have gathered for worship this morning.  Together, with hearts of one accord, we offer our gifts of differing measure for service in your name.  Bless us and our gifts, that God’s dominion may grow wider and that God’s reign of love and peace may prevail over all the earth.  Amen.

*HYMN: “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus”  No 613 (Chalice)

COMMISSIONING AND BENEDICTION

*THE RINGING OF THE CHIMES

*POSTLUDE