The Extra Mile

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a message about following the difficult commandment given by Jesus to love our enemy. Luke 6:27-36

The Service for the Lord’s Day

 “The Extra Mile”

February 17, 2019 10:30 a.m.

 

WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD, THE LORD OF LIFE

Prelude                                     “Meditation on a Spiritual”                                              G Martin

“How Great Thou Art”                                     arr. M Hayes

 

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                           “Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)”                        Baloche & Brown

 

*Call to Worship

Leader:     We gather this morning to ask for strength;

People:    in order to help those who are weak.

Leader:     We come to seek support and acceptance;

People:    that we may comfort the discouraged and condemned.

Leader:     God directs us to be merciful and kind, loving and welcoming, but not only

to those with whom we share a pew or our homes; but to those who don’t

deserve or want it!

ALL:        Let us worship God!

 

*Praise Hymn                            “Blessed Be Your Name”                              Redman & Redman

 

*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, we seek You, Your love and wisdom, then avoid the people who need You the most.  We boast of our willingness to share our faith and light with our friends and neighbors, but shy away from those who are in the dark.  We proclaim our love for the world, but our hateful actions towards those we hold in disdain tell a different story.  Help us to find the lost, to shine Your light on the shadows of doubt, and be kind to the unkind so that we may share the mercy You freely give…(Silent time of prayer)

 

*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     Jesus gives us love so that we may love others; He shows us mercy so that

we may offer forgiveness and He died for a while so that we may live forever.

      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

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.

 

Anthem                            “Come, Now is the Time to Worship”                          arr. M Hayes

Chancel Choir

 

Message            “The Extra Mile”          Dr. Jonathan Sloan

Luke 6:27-36

Love for Enemies
27 “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

Hymn #707                                                                   “Take Thou Our Minds, Dear Lord”

 

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 Anthem                “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”                          arr. J Purifoy

Handbells

 

*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)

 

*Prayer of Dedication

 

WE GO FORTH TO SERVE

*Hymn #634                                                                                      “To God Be the Glory”

 

*Benediction

 

Postlude                                        “Toccata in G Major”                                               Pachelbel

 

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*Please stand, in