Clear Vision

Dr. Jennifer Blake gives a sermon about how we get a clear vision of what God is like through knowing Jesus. Based on Matthew 5:13-20     

The Service for the Lord’s Day
February 23, 2020    10:30 am
 “Clear Vision”

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WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD, THE LORD OF LIFE

Prelude                                          “Fairest Lord Jesus”                                              J Turner

“How Great is Our God”                                arr. B Wolaver

“Beside the Still Waters”                                  arr. J Turner

 

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Moment for Mission                     Presbytery Work Week

 

*The Greeting and Welcoming of One Another

(There are no strangers in God’s House, just friends we have not yet met.

Greet your neighbor with Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)

 

Hymn                                       “Open the Eyes of My Heart”                                 P Baloche

 

Call to Worship                                                                                                       AJ Baratta

Leader:     We gather as people looking for answers;

People:    but we are blinded by questions and doubts.

Leader:     God gives us glimpses of the answers;

People:    and expects us to trust that one day we will all have clear vision.

       Leader:     God sent Jesus to live among us so that He could direct us, guide us and

help us to see the glory of God.

ALL:        Let us worship God!

 

*Hymn                                           “Who You Say I Am”                                            Hillsong

 

*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

            Dear Lord, we are visual people.  We need to see in order to believe; we need to know how everything works before we can trust.  We blindly pursue the easy way to understand answers, while pushing away the explanations that require more faith than facts.  We try to see past our questions to Your answers, but we fear what can’t be explained.  Help us to place our trust in You.  Guide us to the truth in Your Word and Your promises.  Shine Your light upon our doubts so that we may clearly see You and Your works… (Silent time of prayer)

 

*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     God’s mercy and forgiveness wipes clean our sins and doubts.  God’s love

illuminates His promises and shows us the way to eternal life.

ALL:        Thanks be to God!

 

 

 

*The Gloria Patri – Hymn Tune, 581

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

 

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

Children’s Choir                           “The Lord is My Rock”                                     D McGowan

 

Children’s Message

After the Children’s Message, preschoolers through 1st Graders may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church.  All other students are asked to remain in worship.

 

Anthem                                        “Praise and Exaltation”                                          J Martin

Chancel Choir

 

Message         “Clear Vision”              Dr. Jennifer Blake

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Matthew 5:13-20                                          Pew Bible pg. 786

Salt and Light
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

The Law and the Prophets
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*Hymn #450                                                                                        “Be Thou My Vision”

 

Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

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 forgive 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.

 

Offering

Offertory Anthem                     “Come Emmanuel”                                              T Paris

Adonai Singers

 

*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)

 

*Prayer of Dedication

 

WE GO FORTH TO SERVE

Hymn #451                                                                      “Open My Eyes, That I May See”

 

Benediction

 

Postlude                                        “Sound the Trumpet”                                          H Purcell

 

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*Please stand, in body or in spirit

 

 

As you leave today, make it a point to open your eyes

in order to truly see what the Lord has pl