You are Right Where God Wants You to Be

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a message about how every situation is one where Go is able to work through you. Based on Acts 16:16-34 

The Service for the Lord’s Day
June 2, 2019    10:30 a.m.

 

WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD, THE LORD OF LIFE

Prelude
“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” with “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me” arr. M McDonald
“Deep River”                                                                                                 arr. M McDonald

 

News of the Church

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Moment for Mission                     Vacation Bible School

 

*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!)

 

Introduction of New Members

 

*Hymn                                      “Open the Eyes of My Heart”

 

Call to Worship                                                                                                       AJ Baratta

Leader:     We gather today because we are called to worship together;

People:    We are where God wants us to be.

Leader:     No matter where we go, no matter what we endure;

People:    God is using us in kingdom-building ways.

       Leader:     Even if we feel trapped or lost, a way has been made for us, to find

another path or to bloom where we have been planted.

ALL:        Let us worship God!

 

*Hymn                                        “More Love, More Power”

 

*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

       Dear Lord, too often we seek ways out of difficult situations without looking for why we are there.  Our confusion and disbelief create panic which leads us to turn from You and towards the easiest solution.  Help us to remain faithful to You no matter what adversity we face and no matter how difficult the road becomes.  Be with us so we are able to shine the light of Your love and mercy on the darkest of days .…(Silent time of prayer)

 

*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     Jesus used the most painful times of His earthly days to lead people to the

promise of eternal life.  He calls us to use our pain in the same way, but

forgives us when we lose sight of His desires for us.

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, children 7 and younger may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church.  All other children are asked to remain in worship.

 

Anthem                                              “Captivate Us”                                              C Nockels

 

Message     “You are Right Where God Wants You to Be!”         Dr. Jonathan Sloan

Acts 16:16-34                          Pew Bible pg.900-901

Paul and Silas in Prison
16 One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave-girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. 17 While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, “These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.” 18 She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.

19 But when her owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the authorities. 20 When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, “These men are disturbing our city; they are Jews 21 and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to adopt or observe.” 22 The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods. 23 After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely. 24 Following these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. 27 When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted in a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” 29 The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them outside and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 They answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay. 34 He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.

 

WE SEAL AND RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*Hymn #743                                                                             “Oh God, You Are My God”

 

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.

 

Offering

Offertory                               “We Are the Reason”                                      arr. M Hayes

 

*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)

 

*Prayer of Dedication

  

WE GO FORTH TO SERVE

*Hymn #722                                                             “Lord, Speak to Me that I May Speak”

 

Benediction

 

Postlude                                               “Psalm 19”                                                       B Maxwell

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*Please stand, in body or in spirit