Spirit Killer: Anxiety

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives his third and final sermon on spirit killers. First was self-loathing, then depression, now anxiety where he offers scriptural advice for living joyously in the moment. Based on Romans 8:31-39

The Service for the Lord’s Day

June 24, 2018    10:30 a.m.



Prelude                                  “His Eye is on the Sparrow”                                  arr. M Hayes


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Moment for Mission               Sr. High Youth Mission Trip


*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!)


*Praise Hymn                                  “Beneath the Waters”                                                Hillsong


*Call to Worship

Leader:     Every day begins with new challenges;

People:    we come seeking strength and peace!

Leader:     We gather to praise God and to support each other;

People:    we come in thanksgiving for the hope that belief in God provides.

Leader:     Many mornings begin with worry and become overwhelming as the

day progresses.  As we gather this morning, let us be confident that

nothing can keep us from God’s love and protection.

         ALL:      Let us worship God!


*Hymn                                               “I Will Rise”                                                     C Tomlin


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, as we struggle through difficult times, we often seek temporary comfort.  We unfairly blame ourselves or others for our hardships.  We become angry and withdrawn, allowing despair to rule our thoughts and actions.  We worry about tomorrow instead of living for today.  Guide us toward You and Your promises when life is hard.  Help us to believe that problems we experience are not punishments You have imposed upon us.   Comfort us as we turn our fear and confusion inward and misdirect it toward others.  Calm us, lead us, and love us so that we may leave our anxiety and find Your peace.

(Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:    Jesus’ love for us was greater than His fear of suffering.  He reached out to

God for support before giving Himself up on the cross.  His love and comfort

are with us as well; assuring us that He is with us and our sins are forgiven.

ALL:         Thanks be to God!


*The Gloria

                                    Glory be to God the father, Glory be to God the son, 

                                    Glory be to God the spirit, All glory to the one.



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Children’s Message

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Anthem                                    “There Is a Balm in Gilead”             arr. Boesiger and McDonald

Adonai Singers


Sermon                                         “Spirit Killer:  Anxiety”                                                  Dr. Sloan

Romans 8:31-39

God’s Love in Christ Jesus

31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33 Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all day long;
    we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.



*Hymn #840                                                                              “When Peace Like A River”      


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                                  “For the Beauty of the Earth”                            V D Thompson


*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)


*Prayer of Dedication




*Hymn #838                                                                               “Standing on the Promise”




Postlude                                 “In the Cross of Christ I Glory”                                S Bingham

In the cross of Christ I glory, towering o’er the wrecks of time;

all the light of sacred story gathers round its head sublime.

When the woes of life o’er take me, hopes deceive, and fears annoy;

Never shall the cross forsake me; lo, it glows with peace and joy.

When the sun of bliss is beaming light and love upon my way,

From the cross the radiance streaming adds more luster to the day.

Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure, by the cross are sanctified;

Peace is there that knows no measure, joys that through all time abide.

In the cross of Christ I glory, towering o’er the wrecks of time;

All the light of sacred story gathers round its head sublime.


*Please stand, in body or in spirit