Peace Vs. _____________

Dr. Jennifer Blake gives a message about Jesus’s ability to bring peace to our lives and calm the storms that surround us. Based on Mark 4:35-41 and John 16:33

The Service for the Lord’s Day
March 22, 2020    10:30 am
 “Peace vs. _______________”

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WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD, THE LORD OF LIFE

Prelude                                 “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus”                           arr. L Larson

“I Am Thine, O Lord”                                   arr. V Johnson

“Rejoice, the Lord is King”                                arr. D Sigman

 

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Hymn                                         “Here I Am to Worship”                                               T Hughes

Light of the world, You step down into darkness

Open 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, my love

 

King of all days

So highly exalted

Glorious in heaven above

Humbly you came to the earth you created

All for love’s sake became poor

 

So, 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

 

I’ll never know how much it cost

To see my sin upon that cross

And I’ll never know how much it cost

To see my sin upon that cross

 

So, 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

 

Call to Worship                                                                                                       AJ Baratta

Leader:     We gather this morning, heart to heart, amid trying times;

People:    trying to help each other through the confusion and fear.

Leader:     Take heart!  The Lord is with us no matter where we are;

People:    He is in control even when life seems out of control.                             

       Leader:     Jesus is wherever we are.  He calms the storms, whether they be around

us, or inside of us.

ALL:        Let us worship God!

 

Hymn                                         “This Is Amazing Grace”                                    P Wickham

Who breaks the power of sin and darkness?

Whose love is mighty and so much stronger?

The King of Glory, the King above all kings

 

Who shakes the whole earth with holy thunder

And leaves us breathless in awe and wonder?

The King of Glory, the King above all kings

 

This is amazing grace

This is unfailing love

That You would take my place

That You would bear my cross

You laid down Your life

That I would be set free

Oh, Jesus, I sing for

All that You’ve done for me

 

Who brings our chaos back into order?

Who makes the orphan a son and daughter?

The King of Glory, the King of Glory

 

Who rules the nations with truth and justice

Shines like the sun in all of its brilliance?

The King of Glory, the King above all kings

This is amazing grace

This is unfailing love

That You would take my place

That You would bear my cross

You laid down Your life

That I would be set free

Oh, Jesus, I sing for

All that You’ve done for me

 

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain

Worthy is the King who conquered the grave

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain

Worthy is the King who conquered the grave

The King of Glory, the King above all kings

 

Prayer of Confession (Unison)

            Dear Lord, we claim to believe in Your all-encompassing power, yet we doubt Your ability to help us.  We cling to the assurance that You are in control, even as we look elsewhere for answers.  We seek You in uncertain times, but are often distracted and stray.  Hear us as we cry out to You in fear and despair.  Hold us tightly as we lose our grip and question You.  Remind us of Your promises and guide us to the shelter of Your embrace.… (Silent time of prayer)

 

Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     Even in our doubt and confusion; even in our anger and distrust, the Lord is

in control and covers our weaknesses with His strength, grace and mercy.

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 Message

 

Message          “Peace vs. ________”            Dr. Jennifer Blake

Mark 4:35-41 and John 16:33

Jesus Stills a Storm (NRSV)

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 

A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!”

Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

John 16:33 (NRSV)

33 I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!”

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

Special Music                                        “Oceans”                                            Hillsong United

AJ Baratta

You call me out upon the waters

The great unknown where feet may fail

And there I find You in the mystery

In oceans deep

My faith will stand

 

And I will call upon Your name

And keep my eyes above the waves

When oceans rise

My soul will rest in Your embrace

For I am Yours and You are mine

 

Your grace abounds in deepest waters

Your sovereign hand

Will be my guide

Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me

You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

 

So I will call upon Your name

And keep my eyes above the waves

When oceans rise

My soul will rest in Your embrace

For I am Yours and You are mine

And You are mine

 

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

Let me walk upon the waters

Wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander

And my faith will be made stronger

In the presence of my Saviour

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

Let me walk upon the waters

Wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander

And my faith will be made stronger

In the presence of my Saviour

 

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

Let me walk upon the waters

Wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander

And my faith will be made stronger

In the presence of my Saviour

 

I will call upon Your name

Keep my eyes above the waves

My soul will rest in Your embrace

I am Yours and You are mine

 

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.

 

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Offertory Anthem                        “Be At Peace”                                            T McKibben

 

Prayer of Dedication

 

WE GO FORTH TO SERVE

Hymn  #840                                                                                   “It Is Well with My Soul”

When peace like a river attendeth my way,

when sorrows like sea billows roll,

whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,

it is well, it is well with my soul.

It is well with my soul; it is well;

it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet,

though trials should come,

let this blest assurance control,

that Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,

and hath shed his own blood for my soul.

 

It is well with my soul; it is well;

it is well with my soul.

 

He lives: O the bliss of this glorious thought.

My sin, not in part, but the whole,

is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

 

It is well with my soul; it is well;

it is well with my soul.

 

Lord, hasten the day when our faith shall be sight,

the clouds be rolled back as a scroll,

the trumpet shall sound and the Lord shall descend;

even so it is well with my soul.

 

It is well with my soul; it is well;

it is well with my soul.

 

Benediction

Benediction Response     “Blest Be the Tie that Binds”                               arr. L Mason

Blest be the tie that binds

our hearts in Christian love.

The fellowship of kindred minds

is like to that above.

 

When we are called to part,

it gives us inward pain;

but we shall still be joined in heart,

and hope to meet again.

 

Postlude                                       Toccata on “St. Anne”                                  arr. G Penfield

 

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As you sign off today, be assured that the Lord’s promise of peace

Is greater than your fear and your unrest.