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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         online video: Jerry Stutzman

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

Call to worship        Isaiah 55:1-3

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.

Come, Thou Fount   Trinity Hymnal 457       Sheet music      Audio

Come, Thou fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing Thy grace.
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above;
praise the mount I'm fixed upon it,
mount of God's unchanging love.

Here I raise my Ebenezer;
hither by Thy help I'm come;
and I hope, by Thy good pleasure
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
interposed His precious blood. 

O to grace how great a debtor,
daily I'm constrained to be!
Let that grace now like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord I feel it.
Prone to leave the God I love.
Here's my heart, O take and seal it;
seal it for Thy courts above. 

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  

 Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.            Psalm 73:1-3

Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways! would soon subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes. Those who hate the Lord would cringe toward him, and their fate would last forever. But he would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”          Psalm 81:13-16

Prayer of confession   followed by silent confession

Declaration of forgiveness           Isaiah 58:11

And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. 

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded   Trinity Hymnal 247       Sheet music     Audio
If you are using the recording please note that Verse 3 doesn’t have a singer.  

O sacred Head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down;
now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, thine only crown;
O sacred Head, what glory,
what bliss till now was thine!
Yet, though despised and gory,
I joy to call thee mine.

What thou, my Lord, hast suffered
was all for sinners' gain:
mine, mine was the transgression,
but thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
'Tis I deserve thy place;
look on me with thy favor,
vouchsafe to me thy grace.

What language shall I borrow
to thank thee, dearest Friend,
for this, thy dying sorrow,
thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever;
and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
outlive my love to thee.

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

Scripture    II Kings 6:24-7:20      The scripture passage will not be read on the video.

Afterward Ben-hadad king of Syria mustered his entire army and went up and besieged Samaria. And there was a great famine in Samaria, as they besieged it, until a donkey's head was sold for eighty shekels of silver, and the fourth part of a kab of dove's dung for five shekels of silver. Now as the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried out to him, saying, “Help, my lord, O king!” And he said, “If the Lord will not help you, how shall I help you? From the threshing floor, or from the winepress?” And the king asked her, “What is your trouble?” She answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow.’ So we boiled my son and ate him. And on the next day I said to her, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him.’ But she has hidden her son.”When the king heard the words of the woman, he tore his clothes—now he was passing by on the wall—and the people looked, and behold, he had sackcloth beneath on his body— and he said, “May God do so to me and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat remains on his shoulders today.”

Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him. Now the king had dispatched a man from his presence, but before the messenger arrived Elisha said to the elders, “Do you see how this murderer has sent to take off my head? Look, when the messenger comes, shut the door and hold the door fast against him. Is not the sound of his master's feet behind him?” And while he was still speaking with them, the messenger came down to him and said, “This trouble is from the Lord! Why should I wait for the Lord any longer?”

But Elisha said, “Hear the word of the Lord: thus says the Lord, Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.” Then the captain on whose hand the king leaned said to the man of God, “If the Lord himself should make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” But he said, “You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it.”

Now there were four men who were lepers at the entrance to the gate. And they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? If we say, ‘Let us enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. So now come, let us go over to the camp of the Syrians. If they spare our lives we shall live, and if they kill us we shall but die.” So they arose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians. But when they came to the edge of the camp of the Syrians, behold, there was no one there. For the Lord had made the army of the Syrians hear the sound of chariots and of horses, the sound of a great army, so that they said to one another, “Behold, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Egypt to come against us.” So they fled away in the twilight and abandoned their tents, their horses, and their donkeys, leaving the camp as it was, and fled for their lives. And when these lepers came to the edge of the camp, they went into a tent and ate and drank, and they carried off silver and gold and clothing and went and hid them. Then they came back and entered another tent and carried off things from it and went and hid them.

Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news. If we are silent and wait until the morning light, punishment will overtake us. Now therefore come; let us go and tell the king's household.”So they came and called to the gatekeepers of the city and told them, “We came to the camp of the Syrians, and behold, there was no one to be seen or heard there, nothing but the horses tied and the donkeys tied and the tents as they were.” Then the gatekeepers called out, and it was told within the king's household. And the king rose in the night and said to his servants, “I will tell you what the Syrians have done to us. They know that we are hungry. Therefore they have gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the open country, thinking, ‘When they come out of the city, we shall take them alive and get into the city.’” And one of his servants said, “Let some men take five of the remaining horses, seeing that those who are left here will fare like the whole multitude of Israel who have already perished. Let us send and see.” So they took two horsemen, and the king sent them after the army of the Syrians, saying, “Go and see.” So they went after them as far as the Jordan, and behold, all the way was littered with garments and equipment that the Syrians had thrown away in their haste. And the messengers returned and told the king.

Then the people went out and plundered the camp of the Syrians. So a seah of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the Lord. Now the king had appointed the captain on whose hand he leaned to have charge of the gate. And the people trampled him in the gate, so that he died, as the man of God had said when the king came down to him. For when the man of God had said to the king, “Two seahs of barley shall be sold for a shekel, and a seah of fine flour for a shekel, about this time tomorrow in the gate of Samaria,”the captain had answered the man of God, “If the Lord himself should make windows in heaven, could such a thing be?” And he had said, “You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it.” And so it happened to him, for the people trampled him in the gate and he died.

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

Prayer       

Sermon       Grace from Thin Air       Pastor Andrew VanderMaas

Sackcloth 

Cynicism 

Sharing the Good News 

For Further Thought/Discussion:

The results of idolatry are particularly heinous and disagreeable as seen in this story. What are some idolatries that you mark in America today? What are the results of those idolatries that we see?

The King of Samaria quickly turns from sackcloth to cynicism, even to anger and violence, ordering Elisha’s head removed! What are some of the things that trigger rash responses (anger, despair, etc.. ) from you, rather than patiently waiting on the Lord?

It seems that God is constantly using the “unclean” and the “unnamed” to discover and proclaim his greatest treasures/victories. Call to mind stories of these incidents both Biblically and otherwise. Rejoice that God us the weak and lowly to shame the high and mighty. How might this truth shape your own prayers.

It is interesting that Elisha who, from a human perspective, is the “hero” of this story (God is always the true Hero!), never leaves his seat. The word of the Lord that is in his mouth has power to equip the unclean and the unnamed to bring testimony to him. Many of us fit with those who are (formerly) unclean and unnamed, but God has equipped us with the power of His word. In what ways do you see God using you? What ways do you think he might want to use you?

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

Psalm 126:  All Those Who Sow Weeping                 Sheet music     Audio

Our mouths they were filled,
filled with laughter.
Our tongues they were loosed,
loosed with joy.                                         
Restore us, O Lord! 
Restore us, O Lord!

Although we are weeping,
Lord, help us keep sowing
The seeds of your kingdom
for the day you will reap them!
Your sheaves we will carry;
Lord, please do not tarry!
All those who sow weeping
will go out with songs of joy!

The nations will say
“He has done great things!”
The nations will sing
songs of joy.
Restore us, O Lord! 
Restore us, O Lord!

Although we are weeping,
Lord, help us keep sowing
The seeds of your kingdom
for the day you will reap them!
Your sheaves we will carry;
Lord, please do not tarry!
All those who sow weeping
will go out with songs of joy!

This Sunday and each week through the first Sunday of September we will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper as a regular part of worship. In a similar way that we celebrate the Supper weekly during the season of Lent, we are inviting each of us to a season of prayer, reflection and celebration as we continue to navigate our current cultural moment and the happenings of our lives. The most important reality for any of us is that we are identified in Christ, that we belong to Him, and that we continue to live a life of faith that feeds on this reality. It is at his table that we will find the common ground and the unity that we long for.  We encourage you to join us at one of our outside services as the place where our local body is most finding community right now. If your individual situation prevents you from joining us but you are longing to take part in this celebration we encourage you to contact your elder to make arrangements to celebrate the Supper. 

Invitation to the Lord’s Table
At home:  gather bread and juice/wine for your celebration.  Follow along with the video and rejoice.
In the parking lot:  before the service began you should have received an all-in-one serving of bread & juice. If you still need one, alert an usher.

Communion Video online video: Pastor Bryant McGee

Installation of Jerry Stutzman to office of elder       (at 2500 Breton)

Prayers of the People             Link to the prayer letter.

Tithes and offerings of the church          Link to online giving page.
 
Offertory                Rock of Ages (When the Day Seems Long) text,
                                       Sandra McCracken; music, Kevin Twit

Rock of Ages, when the day seems long
From this labor and this heartache, I have come
The skies will wear out, but you remain the same
Rock of Ages, I praise your name

Rock of Ages, you have brought me near
You have poured out your life-blood, your love, your tears
To make this stone heart come alive again
Rock of Ages, forgive my sin.

Chorus
Rock of ages. Rock of ages.
Bind your children until the kingdom comes.
Rock of ages your will be done

Rock of Ages, when in want or rest,
My desperate need for such a Savior I confess
Pull these idols out from my heart embrace.
Rock of Ages, I need your grace.

Rock of Ages, broken scorned for me.
Who am I that you would die to make me free?
To give me glory, (you) took the death and pain.
Rock of Ages, my Offering.

Chorus

Rock of Ages, "It is done!" you cried.
The curtain's torn and I see justice satisfied
Now write your mercy, on my heart and hands.
Rock of ages, in faith I stand.

Rock of Ages, my great hope secure.
Your promise holds just like an anchor to my soul
Bind your children with cords of love and grace.
Rock of Ages, we give you praise.

Chorus

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            John 1:12,16

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

 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!

 

 

Worship musicians

2500 Breton
Linda Bokma-deJong, song leader
Susan Guerra, piano

Online worship guide
Bryant McGee & Guerras (Come, Thou Fount)
Guerra family (O Sacred Head)
Bukovietski family (Psalm 126)
Scofield family (Doxology)
Offertory:  Linda Bokma-deJong & Susan Guerra

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