Spirit Killer: Depression

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a sermon about the realities of depression and how our community can best embrace it and show the love of Christ to those afflicted with this spirit killer. Based on John 16:28-33

The Service for the Lord’s Day

Father’s Day

June 17, 2018    10:30 a.m.




“Just a Closer Walk with Thee”                                   C Young

“Yoruba Lament” (traditional Nigerian)                            F Sowande


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!)


*Praise Hymn                           “Great Are You Lord”                                            D Leonard


*Call to Worship

Leader:     Some of us come today stressed and worn;

People:    looking to the Word for strength and rest;

Leader:     Some of us come today with heavy hearts;

People:    seeking comfort from the Lord and each other.

Leader:     The struggles of the world can harden us, but the Lord promises to be

with us and lift us high above the problems that threaten to drown us.

         ALL:      With grateful hearts, let us worship God!


*Hymn                                            “I Lay It All”                                                         M Smith


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, we get lost as we focus on the problems that surround us, instead of looking to You for peace.  We work hard to be liked and are afraid of being alone, instead of pleasing You and believing the promise that You will never leave us.  We often sink deep into our sorrows, unable to see through the darkness, instead of looking to You for light and hope.  Help us to rid our souls from all the worry and depression that threatens to keep us from Your joy.

(Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:    Jesus promises us a life full of love, mercy and grace.  He sacrificed Himself

to give us relief when tired, encouragement when discouraged, joy when

sorrowful and forgiveness through Him.

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.



 Children’s Message


“Hear My Prayer, O Lord”                                      A Dvorak

James Wilson, Violin


Sermon                                      “Spirit Killer:  Depression”                                              Dr. Sloan

John 16:28-33

28 I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and am going to the Father.”

29 His disciples said, “Yes, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure of speech! 30 Now we know that you know all things, and do not need to have anyone question you; by this we believe that you came from God.” 31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each one to his home, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. 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!”



*Hymn                                                                                       “There Is a Balm in Gilead”     


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                                                   “I Need Thee Every Hour”                                      P Stearns


*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)


*Prayer of Dedication



 *Hymn #839 “Blessed Assurance”




Postlude                            “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”                                B Büda


*Please stand, in body or in spirit