Strength in Weakness

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a sermon about God’s ability to work through the very things the world considers weak. Based on 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 

The Service for the Lord’s Day
SOUPer Bowl Sunday
Annual Congregational Meeting
February 2, 2020

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Prelude                                            “River Flows in You”                                                    Yiruma

“Be Thou My Vision”                                                  arr. M Ham

“Great Is Thy Thankfulness”                                   arr. M Hayes

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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 in Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)


Moment for Mission                        SOUPer Bowl of Caring                                              Youth


*Hymn                                                      “Forever”                                                       C Tomlin


*Call to Worship (Responsive)                                                                                     AJ Baratta

Leader:            We gather today as people searching for truth and knowledge;

People:           not of ourselves, but that which only Jesus can provide.

Leader:            We desire to stand with Him, to walk beside Him, to lift Him up in glory;

People:           but our strength comes only from Him.

Leader:            Alone, we are weak: of mind; of body; and of spirit; but the Lord uses our

inabilities to teach those aware of their frailty and those who refuse to see it.

All:                  Let us worship God! 


*Hymn                                                “Chain Breaker”                                                 Z Williams


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, we look for faults, in ourselves and in others.  We find pride in the shame and failings of others.  We feel strong in the weakness of our neighbors.  We yearn to be more like You, but our greed and impatience often put us on a path away from where You wish to lead us.  Help us to look inwardly and outwardly with Your compassion.  Open our eyes to our abilities that You have placed in our grasp.  Remind us that the road to salvation is often rocky and hard to navigate, but by following You, we will find our wisdom and our strength …(Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:            Whether we lead a life that proves to be a good example to others, or a bad

one, Jesus continues to teach us and guide us.  His mercy is never ending

and His love is eternal.

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, preschoolers through 1st Graders may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church.  All other students are asked to remain in worship.


Message        “Strength in Weakness”         Dr. Jonathan Sloan

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1 Corinthians 1:18-31                                  Pew Bible pg. 926

Christ the Power and Wisdom of God
18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, 23 but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

26 Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, 29 so that no one might boast in the presence of God. 30 He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”



*Hymn #516                      “For the Bread Which You Have Broken”


*The Apostles’ Creed

            I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

            And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

            I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen


Pastoral Prayer



Offertory Anthem        “For the Bread Which You Have Broken”                      arr. H Helvey

Chancel Choir


*Doxology (The Hymnal, #606)


Prayer of Dedication



“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Ps. 34:8

All who put their trust in Christ as Savior and Lord, whether from this church or another Christian fellowship, are invited and encouraged to share in the Lord’s Supper.  The individually wrapped wafers are Gluten Free so that even those with gluten sensitivities may partake in communion.


The Invitation to the Lord’s Table

The Words of Institution




The Sharing of the Bread and the Cup

Bread (You may partake of the bread when you receive it for your personal

communion with Christ.)

Cup   (Please hold the cup until all have been served that we may commune

together showing our oneness in Christ.)


The Prayer of Thanksgiving (Unison)

       Eternal God, thank you for coming to us in Jesus Christ. Renew in us faith and hope that we may welcome Christ to rule our thoughts and claim our love, as Lord of lords and King of kings through Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray: 

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.



*Hymn #213                              “In the Cross of Christ I Glory”           




Postlude                                              “Symphony in B”                                                       N Begue



*Please stand, in body or in spirit

As you leave today know that your imperfections are in the hands of the perfect Lord and your weaknesses are made st