Made for More: Prayer

Dr. Jennifer Blake gives a message about handing over our problems to God and letting Him care for us as we trust Him in prayer. Based on Philippians 4:4-9
Preceded by a children’s message from AJ Baratta

The Service for the Lord’s Day

September 29, 2019    10:30 a.m.



Prelude                                           “Jesus Messiah”                                        arr. L Leatherman

“I Will Follow Thee”                                               R Abriol

“My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”                            arr. T Beaney


News of the Church

Please complete the attendance form found in the red Welcome book in your pew.  Prayer request forms are also available in the Welcome book.  Thank you.


*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!)


Please come forward to place a blessing on the prayer shawl to be presented to

 during the Baptisms this morning.


*Hymn                                                                “Oh My Soul”                                          Hall and Herms


Call to Worship                                                                                                       AJ Baratta

Leader:     As we gather today, we look to God for help, for guidance;

People:    we ask for love and patience.

Leader:     We need God every day and in every circumstance,

People:    we simply must pray and ask for God to be with us!

       Leader:     God has amazing plans for us, more than we can or are too frightened to

imagine.  Don’t be afraid, God’s abilities are greater than our fears.

ALL:        Let us worship God!


*Hymn                                            “Chain Breaker”                          Williams, Smith and Fields


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

       Dear Lord, we put on brave faces as we walk our journeys, frightened of the unknown destinations.  Help us to follow more closely and fear less.  We know Your love but we question our worthiness.  Listen as we ask for Your care more and our doubt less.  We talk of Your power and majesty but are too timid to ask You to use Your influence for our sakes.  Hear us as we bring You our desires more and our struggles less.  We often go to You with prayers for others while questioning the validity of their needs. Teach us to reach out to You more and judge others less.  Remind us that without You we are less, but with You we are more and can do more than we can imagine…(Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     Jesus hears us and desires us to come to the cross with our needs.  He does not turn from those who turn to Him.  We are created and called to ask, to cry out, and we will be answered with mercy and forgiveness.

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.



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.




Anthem                                               “Gentle Voice”                                                L Dengler

Chancel Choir, violin

Message        “Made for More:  Prayer”         Dr. Jennifer Blake

Philippians 4:4-9                                             Pew Bible pg. 955

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.



*Hymn #735                                                                                “I Need Thee Every Hour”


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.



Offertory                           “Bringing in the Sheaves”                               arr. P Robertson


*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)


*Prayer of Dedication



*Hymn #824                                                                                                           “There is a Place of Quiet Rest”




Postlude                             “O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright”                          arr. G Martin




*Please stand, in body or in spirit