Sunday Worship – 11/15/2020

Reminder: ZOOM Worship for FCC and HCCC

In addition to the worship content that will continue to be posted here each Sunday (video sermons, music, prayer and scripture reflections), both Faith Covenant Church and Holy Community are now adding a live component to their online worship services via ZOOM (10:00am for FCC, and 10:30am for HCCC). We hope adding these gatherings to our online worship increases the sense that our worship really is something we share in together, even while physically apart!

Contact Faith Covenant for more information.
Contact Holy Community for more information.

Scripture Reading – Malachi 1:11

My name is honored by people of other nations from morning till night. All around the world they offer sweet incense and pure offerings in honor of my name. For my name is great among the nations,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

All around the world, across all countries, people are joining a great movement of worship and prayer as the sun rises across the earth on this Sunday morning. Even in a global pandemic! You are joining them – the Church – as you sing and pray and present offerings of praise today.

Song of Worship – “Here I Am to Worship”

Jerry – HCCC

Light of the world
You stepped down into darkness
Opened my eyes, let me see
Beauty that made this heart adore You
Hope of a life spent with You

Here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You’re my God
You’re altogether lovely
Altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me

King of all days
Oh so highly exalted
Glorious in heaven above
Humbly You came to the earth You created
All for love’s sake became poor

Here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You’re my God
You’re altogether lovely
Altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me

Well, I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross
I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross

Here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You’re my God
You’re altogether lovely
Altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me

Quiet and Prayer

Give yourself two minutes for some quiet and prayer as you ready to hear the sermon. Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths, in and out. When you are ready, make this prayer your own:

God our Father,
Lord Jesus Christ,
Holy Spirit:
You are the One God.
The God who created me,
the God who has always loved me,
the God who has placed a holy calling on my life.
Make me deeply attentive to Your Words – especially those words that are uniquely for me right here and now.
Open my ears. Ready my heart. Transform my will in any way that it is misaligned with Your will for me.
Amen.

Sermon – Malachi

Gavin – HCCC

Questions for Reflection

Consider how attentive you have been to God’s love, praiseworthiness, faithfulness, holiness, his Word, and His goodness in the past days and weeks. How have you become “spiritually careless” amid all the worries and concerns of life?

Listen. What is the invitation God is giving you today? If you are with others, consider sharing that invitation out loud.

Take a moment to pray for yourself and for others who come to mind. Ask for a new or refreshed awareness of God’s love in your/their life.

Song of Worship – “Faithful and True”

Cody – FCC

How can I serve anyone but You?
How can I serve anyone but You?
How can I serve anyone but You?
How can I serve anyone but You?

You are faithful, You are true
You are mercy, You shine through
The darkness cannot hide You
It cannot hide You,
Oh my God

How can I serve anyone but You?
How can I serve anyone but You?
How can I serve anyone but You?
How can I serve anyone but You?

You are faithful You are true
You are mercy, You shine through
The darkness cannot hide You
It cannot hide You,
Oh my God

You are faithful You are true
You are mercy, You shine through
The darkness cannot hide You
It cannot hide You,
Oh my God

Offering

Malachi 3:10-12 says:

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.  “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

Like in the situation specific to Malachi, our acts of giving and generosity speak to our willingness to trust God with our own provision. If God can be trusted to bless us and take care of us, then we can be freed up to give: to the shared ministry of our church, and to the needs of others around us.

May your gifts today be given trusting God, and may they increase your trust in God as you see Him faithful to provide for and bless you.

Benediction

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