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Use this PDF version of the service that includes the Christ Kids Worship icons if those would be helpful for your kids as you have your time of home worship today.

Welcome            Jesse Guerra

G O D  C A L L S  U S  T O  W O R S H I P

Call to worship       Psalm 42:5-8

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.

My soul is downcast within me;
    therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
    the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
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.

Our God, Our Help in Ages Past   Trinity Hymnal 30    Sheet music           Audio

Our God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home:

Under the shadow of your throne
your saints have dwelt secure;
sufficient is your arm alone,
and our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received her frame,
from everlasting you are God,
to endless years the same.

A thousand ages in your sight
are like an evening gone;
short as the watch that ends the night
before the rising sun.

The busy tribes of flesh and blood,
with all their lives and cares,
are carried downward by your flood,
and lost in foll'wing years.

Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
bears all its sons away;
they fly forgotten, as a dream
dies at the op'ning day.

Our God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come:
O be our guard while troubles last,
and our eternal home.

Prayer of adoration

G O D  C A L L S  U S  T O  R E N E W A L

Call to confession       Psalm 90:8-12

You have set our iniquities before you,
    our secret sins in the light of your presence.

For all our days pass away under your wrath;
    we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
The years of our life are seventy,
    or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
    they are soon gone, and we fly away.
Who considers the power of your anger,
    and your wrath according to the fear of you?

So teach us to number our days
    that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Prayer of confession      followed by silent confession

Declaration of forgiveness      Isaiah 1:18

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
    they shall become like wool.”

Soon and Very Soon                     Sheet music           Audio

Soon and very soon
We are going to see the King
Soon and very soon
We are going to see the King
Soon and very soon
We are going to see the King
Hallelujah, hallelujah
We’re going to see the King

No more crying there—
We are going to see the King…

Hallelujah…

No more dying there—
We are going to see the King…

Soon and very soon
We are going to see the King…

Hallelujah…

G O D ’ S  W O R D  G I V E N  T O  U S

Scripture     II Kings 4     The scripture passage will not be read on the video.

Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.” And Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?” And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside.” So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her. When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another.” Then the oil stopped flowing. She came and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”

One day Elisha went on to Shunem, where a wealthy woman lived, who urged him to eat some food. So whenever he passed that way, he would turn in there to eat food.And she said to her husband, “Behold now, I know that this is a holy man of God who is continually passing our way. Let us make a small room on the roof with walls and put there for him a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp, so that whenever he comes to us, he can go in there.”

One day he came there, and he turned into the chamber and rested there. And he said to Gehazi his servant, “Call this Shunammite.” When he had called her, she stood before him. And he said to him, “Say now to her, ‘See, you have taken all this trouble for us; what is to be done for you? Would you have a word spoken on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army?’” She answered, “I dwell among my own people.” And he said, “What then is to be done for her?” Gehazi answered, “Well, she has no son, and her husband is old.” He said, “Call her.” And when he had called her, she stood in the doorway. And he said, “At this season, about this time next year, you shall embrace a son.” And she said, “No, my lord, O man of God; do not lie to your servant.” But the woman conceived, and she bore a son about that time the following spring, as Elisha had said to her.

When the child had grown, he went out one day to his father among the reapers. And he said to his father, “Oh, my head, my head!” The father said to his servant, “Carry him to his mother.” And when he had lifted him and brought him to his mother, the child sat on her lap till noon, and then he died. And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God and shut the door behind him and went out. Then she called to her husband and said, “Send me one of the servants and one of the donkeys, that I may quickly go to the man of God and come back again.” And he said, “Why will you go to him today? It is neither new moon nor Sabbath.” She said, “All is well.” Then she saddled the donkey, and she said to her servant, “Urge the animal on; do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you.” So she set out and came to the man of God at Mount Carmel.

When the man of God saw her coming, he said to Gehazi his servant, “Look, there is the Shunammite. Run at once to meet her and say to her, ‘Is all well with you? Is all well with your husband? Is all well with the child?’” And she answered, “All is well.” And when she came to the mountain to the man of God, she caught hold of his feet. And Gehazi came to push her away. But the man of God said, “Leave her alone, for she is in bitter distress, and the Lord has hidden it from me and has not told me.” Then she said, “Did I ask my lord for a son? Did I not say, ‘Do not deceive me?’” He said to Gehazi, “Tie up your garment and take my staff in your hand and go. If you meet anyone, do not greet him, and if anyone greets you, do not reply. And lay my staff on the face of the child.” Then the mother of the child said, “As the Lord lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So he arose and followed her. Gehazi went on ahead and laid the staff on the face of the child, but there was no sound or sign of life. Therefore he returned to meet him and told him, “The child has not awakened.”

When Elisha came into the house, he saw the child lying dead on his bed. So he went in and shut the door behind the two of them and prayed to the Lord. Then he went up and lay on the child, putting his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands. And as he stretched himself upon him, the flesh of the child became warm. Then he got up again and walked once back and forth in the house, and went up and stretched himself upon him. The child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. Then he summoned Gehazi and said, “Call this Shunammite.” So he called her. And when she came to him, he said, “Pick up your son.” She came and fell at his feet, bowing to the ground. Then she picked up her son and went out.

And Elisha came again to Gilgal when there was a famine in the land. And as the sons of the prophets were sitting before him, he said to his servant, “Set on the large pot, and boil stew for the sons of the prophets.” One of them went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine and gathered from it his lap full of wild gourds, and came and cut them up into the pot of stew, not knowing what they were. And they poured out some for the men to eat. But while they were eating of the stew, they cried out, “O man of God, there is death in the pot!” And they could not eat it. He said, “Then bring flour.” And he threw it into the pot and said, “Pour some out for the men, that they may eat.” And there was no harm in the pot.

A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. And Elisha said, “Give to the men, that they may eat.” But his servant said, “How can I set this before a hundred men?” So he repeated, “Give them to the men, that they may eat, for thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and have some left.’” So he set it before them. And they ate and had some left, according to the word of the Lord.

Reader:  The Word of the Lord
All:  Thanks be to God!

Prayer       

Sermon   A Needy Congregation       Pastor Andrew VanderMaas


Outline:

A Mixed Congregation with Mixed Needs … 
 
 
Is Met by One God Who Repeatedly Proves Faithful.
 
 
Questions for further thought/discussion:
God finds opportunities in our weaknesses. Where are you weak? Do you see God’s power in those areas of your life? 

The multiplication of the oil reminds us of the multiplication of loaves and fishes many years later in Galilee. Whereas Elisha asked the widow, “What do you have in your house?” Jesus would later ask, “How many loaves do you have?” (Mark 6:38). Jesus was the prophet like Elisha, but even greater. In both cases, God multiplied what he had already given. How do you experience this principle in what God has given you?

In the first story, God used the prophet to minister to a poor woman. In the second story, God, through the prophet, aided a rich woman. God is not a respecter of persons. Do you love all people equally, or do you favor the poor (or the rich)?  In what ways do you feel the pressure of these distinctions in our current cultural moment?  
 
The wealthy woman at Shunem seemed to lack nothing. Although she dared not ask for a son (perhaps in light of so many unanswered prayers before this time), her response to Elisha’s announcement reveals the depth of her desire and her fear of disappointment. The Lord knows our needs, even when we are reluctant to admit them. Are there “hidden things”  in your heart that seem too painful to bring before the Lord?  What would it take for you to trust Him with these desires?  How do you find contentment when a deep desire of the heart remains unfulfilled?
 
The son of the Shunammite woman would eventually die again, just as Lazarus did. Although these “temporary resurrections” pointed forward to God’s power over death and the grave, it is Jesus who would rise from the grave never to die again. He said, “Because I live, you also will live” (John 14:19). How do the hopes of eternal life change your perspective on the hopes, desires, and expectations of this life?
 
We often take the basic necessities of life for granted, including food. The Elijah and Elisha stories often concern food and show us that it ultimately comes from the hand of God. Are there basic necessities of life that you often take for granted?  Spend some time making a list of some of these basics and thanking God for them.
 
 

D E D I C A T I N G   O U R S E L V E S  T O  G O D

Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior            Sheet music           Audio

Pass me not, O gentle Savior
Hear my humble cry
While on others thou art calling
Do not pass me by

Savior, Savior
Hear my humble cry
While on others thou art calling
Do not pass me by

Let me at thy throne of mercy
Find a sweet relief
Kneeling there in deep contrition
Help my unbelief

Savior, Savior
Hear my humble cry
While on others thou art calling
Do not pass me by

Trusting only in thy merit
Would I seek thy face
Heal my wounded, broken spirit
Save me by Thy grace

Savior, Savior
Hear my humble cry
While on others thou art calling
Do not pass me by

Thou the spring of all my comfort
More than life to me
Whom have I on earth beside Thee?
Whom in Heav'n but Thee?

Savior, Savior
Hear my humble cry
While on others thou art calling
Do not pass me by

Prayers of the People             Link to the prayer letter.

Tithes and offerings of the church          Link to online giving page.

Offertory    Regret     piano solo          by Grant Mosher
             "God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes….”

Doxology   Trinity Hymnal 731       Sheet music         Audio    

Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him, all creatures here below
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

Benediction       Philippians 4:19–20

... God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

 Percussion time!  Find something in your house to tap out a beat as you sing the Amen song! 

Let us know you joined us in worship

And All the People Said Amen!      Sheet music         Audio

And all the people said Amen, oh,
And all the people said Amen!
Give thanks to the Lord for his love never ends.
And all the people said Amen!
  

A N N O U N C E M e N T 


A Month of Lament
We are dealing with so many griefs: the virus and our differing responses to it; the economic situation; reckoning with our nation’s history of racial disparity; the riots; navigating how to worship at home or in our cars. Plus regular life and struggles have not stopped. The government makes decisions; our own family members and dear friends weigh in on it all with conflicting views; our hearts cry out.   

Christ Church, where do we turn for relief? Is relief even possible? What can we offer the brokenhearted instead of the cry heard all around “Your way is wrong and my way is right?” And how can we offer anything when we ourselves are the ones who are brokenhearted?

There is a unique practice that the Word of God calls the church to. It’s something that the church alone can offer the hurting, and it’s Lament. Lament is not a protest; Lament is not an answer; it is not a quick fix on our way to the “real” next step. Lament is an essential part of living as a Christ-follower in a fallen world. It’s the disciples crying out to Jesus in the boat in the storm “Don’t you care?” It is saying “I am so troubled that I cannot speak.” It is asking “Lord, where is your steadfast love of old?” Lament is pouring out our hearts directly to the ears of our Creator and telling him we’re hurting, the very thing he’s eager for us to do. We don’t need to agree on masks to lament. We don’t need to have the same political views. There’s not a right thing or a wrong thing to lament. We cry all of it out and leave it there, in the wounds of Jesus, who welcomes us, hears us and works and offers hope.

We have been lamenting annually as a church family for a few years, learning this practice. And now we will gather to do so for a longer stretch on Wednesdays, July 29 and all Wednesdays in August, from 7:30-8:30 PM.  Outside on the lawn. Bring a chair. We'll practice social distancing. We’ll make as many circles as needed all over the grounds so we can hear each other as we pray. We’ll also Praise God and Intercede for each other.

We don’t agree as a church family on many things. But we don’t need to, do we? We’re a family, and that Psalm 133 unity doesn’t come from thinking alike on the issues of the day. We as a church have such a higher opportunity, such a deeper calling to maintain our unity, even with our strong and differing opinions. And we can lovingly talk through our differences and listen to each other, even in our oneness. Please make these prayer Wednesdays a priority and may we bless each other and our world as we pray together.

There are also plans in August for additional celebrations of the Lord’s Supper and an art installation to help us protect and preserve our unity as we wrestle with our “now” and look ahead to our “future.”

 

Worship musicians:

At 2500 Breton
Ben Feikema & Susan Guerra

Online worship guide
Ben Feikema, song leader & octave mandolin
Susan Guerra, piano
Scofield family (Doxology)

Offertory:  Grant Mosher, piano

 

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