Fruitful Freedom

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a message about the limits of our freedom in Christ and the kind of life those limits produce. Based on Galatians 5:1, 13-25  

The Service for the Lord’s Day

June 30, 2019    10:30 a.m.

 

WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD, THE LORD OF LIFE

Prelude
“Sing Your Praise to the Lord”                               arr. M Hayes

“The love of God”                                           arr. B Büda

 

News of the Church

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*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                                      “Hosanna (Praise is Rising)”

 

Call to Worship

Leader:     We gather today to celebrate freedom,

People:    freedom to stay with the Spirit, or stray from the Spirit;

Leader:     freedom to serve others, or to be self-serving.

People:    Freedom to love our neighbor as ourselves, or love ourselves above

                        our neighbors.

       Leader:     The Spirit leads us, and walks with us, offering us the fruit that brings

us closer to a life God expects from us.

ALL:        Let us worship God!

 

*Hymn                                             “Holy is the Lord”

 

*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

       So often we believe that freedom enables us to do whatever we want, whenever we want.  Freedom of speech gives us the right to tear others down. Freedom of religion enables us to interpret the Word of God as we see fit.  Freedom of the press encourages people to offer opinions that are often misunderstood as fact.  These desires not only hurt others but are contrary to what the Lord wants for us.  The spiritual gifts given to us by the Lord are intended to bring us closer to Him, and to others.  Lord, help us to use our gifts of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control to build each other up.  Help us to realize that we are destined to suffer the same ills we bring to each other when we let the desires of the flesh lead us .…(Silent time of prayer)

 

*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     Even when our earthly desires are stronger than our spiritual gifts, God

forgives.  Even when we struggle to encourage others but our will wants to

deter them, God shows mercy.  God gives to us what we need and what

we should give others.

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.

 

Senior High Youth Mission Trip Commissioning  (Unison Prayer)

       Guiding and loving God, empower these people to be your hands and feet. Help them to glorify you by serving others. Send them into the world to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and warm those who are cold. By their actions and words, make them witnesses of your great love and your passion for rescuing your people. Protect them, teach them, and support them as they take this next step in their own journey to becoming the people you want them to be. Fill them with the Holy Spirit and enable them to do their tasks faithfully and joyfully. Bring them safely home and may their experience further enrich us, so that we too will glorify you by serving our community in the love of Christ. Amen.

 

*Hymn #300                                                                                “We Are One in the Spirit”

 

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

Children’s Message

After the Children’s Message, children 7 and younger may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church.  All other children are asked to remain in worship.

Message        “Fruitful Freedom”          Dr. Jonathan Sloan

Galatians 5:1, 13-25                              Pew Bible pg.948

1 For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. 14 For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

The Works of the Flesh
16 Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

The Fruit of the Spirit
22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.

 

WE SEAL AND RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

Anthem                                         “My Heart, Your Home”                                     C Nockels

Amy Smith

 

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                               “America the Beautiful”                                   arr. M Hayes

 

*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)

 

*Prayer of Dedication

 

WE GO FORTH TO SERVE

 *Hymn #337                                                                                 “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”

 

Benediction

 

Postlude                                  “Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart”                                  arr. G Young

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*Please stand, in body or in spirit