Sunday Worship – 06/28/20

Kids’ Gratitude Journal Drawings

What are you grateful for today? Spiders? Splash pads? Pokemon? Here are some of the things our kids have been thankful for in the last while. Kids – don’t forget to send your drawings in to your church! Have your parents snap a picture of your work and email it to your church so we can include it next week.

Call to Worship – 1 Timothy 3:16

Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith:

Christ was revealed in a human body
    and vindicated by the Spirit.
He was seen by angels
    and announced to the nations.
He was believed in throughout the world
    and taken to heaven in glory.

If you are gathering with others, pray this simple prayer aloud together as we begin worship:

Now, our God we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. Amen.

Song of Worship – “Glorious”

Cody – FCC
Gavin – HCCC

Look inside the mystery
See the empty cross
See the risen Savior
Victorious and strong
No one else above Him
None as strong to save
He alone has conquered
The power of the grave

Glorious, my eyes have seen the glory of the Lord
Glorious, he stands above the rulers of the earth

Look beyond the tombstone
See the Living God
See the resurrected
Ruler of my heart
No one else above Him
None to match His worth
The hope of His returning
Fills the universe

Glorious, my eyes have seen the glory of the Lord
Glorious, he stands above the rulers of the earth

Glorious
Glorious
Lord, You are glorious

Responsive Reading – 1 Timothy 6:15-16

If you are meeting with others, have two people share this reading, one person reading aloud the plain print and the other reading the bold.

At just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God,
the King of all kings and Lord of all lords.
He alone can never die, and he lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him.
No human eye has ever seen him, nor ever will.
All honor and power to him forever!
Amen.

Song of Worship – “Immortal, Invisible God Only Wise”

Gavin – HCCC

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above
Thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love

To all life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish, but nought changeth Thee

Great Father of Glory, pure Father of Light
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
All laud we would render, O help us to see:
‘Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee
‘Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee
‘Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee

Camp Hightlight and Conversation

The Apostle Paul is speaking to young Timothy on what he has observed in faith making its way through the generations:

I am reminded of your genuine faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. (2 Timothy 1:5)

Some in the church are 1st generation Christians. Some are 2nd, 3rd and so on. We know some Palestinian friends who can trace their generational passing down of the faith to the 5th century! Our faith always comes from the faithfulness of another who risks sharing about the good news of Jesus.

Who told you first about Jesus? What was that like? What were your first feelings and thoughts?

Spend a little bit of time reflecting on your first memories of learning about Jesus. If you are with others share your reflections. Kids can get in on this too.

Meeting Jesus isn’t a one time event. We are continually being invited into relationship with God’s Son by his Spirit.

We want you to take a few minutes to identify 2-3 events, programs, relationships, institutions that have been helpful to your meeting Jesus and growing in your faith. What made these so significant to you? How did these shape and grow you? Again, if you are in a group, share this conversation.

Lastly, we as churches are connected with a summer camp, Covenant Heights Bible Camp, at Clear Lake in Riding Mountain National Park. Some of you have experienced CHBC and some of you hopefully will – soon enough. This is one of the places that has been important to helping to pass on the faith from one generation to the next for this region of Covenant Churches.

Take a few minutes to learn a bit about that camp and see how you can engage even in a season where our kids’ camping experience is postponed.

Offering

The buttons below will take you to more info on giving to your church.

Kids, during this time of giving and thanksgiving fill up another page in your gratitude journal: what are you grateful for today?

Song of Reflection – “Inheritance”

Cody – FCC

Confession and Assurance

Confession is an opportunity to get honest about how we miss the mark. Hear 1 Timothy 2:11-13 concerning Jesus and us:

This is a trustworthy saying:
If we die with him,
    we will also live with him.
If we endure hardship,
    we will reign with him.
If we deny him,
    he will deny us.
If we are unfaithful,
    he remains faithful,
    for he cannot deny who he is.

There is lots of conditional language here in regards to us. Jesus’ part is sure and steady. He lives, reigns, is just, faithful and can only be who He is. We are the ones in question. We are fickle. We aren’t interested in death, enduring hardship, truth or being faithful. This is why we need confession. Often!

Today we invite you to get honest about your unfaithfulness. The old prayer book invites us to ask forgiveness for the ways in which we have sinned against God in thought, word, and deed – “by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.”

Often, our confession focuses on what we have done – the transgressions that are plain to us, but today we invite you to consider our unfaithfulness in what we have left undone. Spend some time getting honest about the couch potato areas of our life in regards to Christ’s call to faith. Be bold: name these areas, confess them, ask for forgiveness.

Take as long as you need in prayer (together, if you are meeting with others) to confess these sins of omission, using this simple format:

God we ask you to forgive us for _______. Amen.

After you have finished praying, read and re-read the words below from Titus 2:11. If you are meeting with others have each person, starting with the youngest, take turns reading the verse aloud:

For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people.

Sermon – 1 Timothy 6:6-12

Cody – FCC

Song of Worship – “Sing Alleluia” and Scripture from Titus 3:4-7

All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing
Sun, moon and stars rejoice on high
Praise to the Lord of light divine

Sing alleluia, sing alleluia
Praise the Father above
Sing alleluia
Sing alleluia, sing alleluia
For His infinite love
Sing alleluia

Praise to the Giver of good things
Merciful Father, holy King
Join with the angels, sing out loud
Praise Him who reigns above the clouds

Sing alleluia, sing alleluia
Praise the Father above
Sing alleluia
Sing alleluia, sing alleluia
For His infinite love
Sing alleluia

O praise Him (when the morning comes)
Alleluia (for the rising sun)
O praise Him (when the day is done)
Alleluia (praise the Lord of love)
Praise Him (alleluia)
Alleluia (alleluia)
All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing

Sing alleluia, sing alleluia
Praise the Father above
Sing alleluia
Sing alleluia, sing alleluia
For His infinite love
Sing alleluia

Benediction from Hebrews 13

Now may the God of peace—
    who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great Shepherd of the sheep,
    and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—
may he equip you with all you need
    for doing his will.
May he produce in you,
    through the power of Jesus Christ,
every good thing that is pleasing to him.
    All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.

Announcement Concerning Worship Services

Both Holy Community and Faith Covenant are grateful to have to opportunity to return to in-person worship gatherings next Sunday, July 5th, at their respective locations. More details, including service times, and important sign up / registration information, will be communicated from your church via email and be circulated on social media, so please keep an eye out.

We will continue to post these online worship services (which will be right in step with what our in-person gatherings will look like) for those who are not able to be in-person at this time. We will continue to worship and grow together, even if it takes a few different forms!

Doxology

Sing it aloud!

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.

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