WORSHIP SERVICE , “GOD’s 9-1-1”

 

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March 22, 2020

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Put away your hesitation to come before God, quiet your fears and anxieties, for God welcomes us.

People: We come knowing and trusting that God is our light and our salvation.

Leader: Look to the heavens for inspiration and assurance, look around you, for God’s presence is everywhere.

All: Yes, God’s presence is everywhere and is in our midst enfolding us with the Holy Spirit.

 

HYMN: “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”

O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home:

Under the shadow of thy throne, Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is thine arm alone, And our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood, Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting thou art God, To endless years the same.

A thousand ages in thy sight, Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night, Before the rising sun.

INVOCATION

CALL TO CONFESSION: 

Isaiah 1:18 (NIV)

18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”
says the Lord.“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson,they shall be like wool.

MOMENT OF SILENT CONFESSION

SONG:  “Thank You Lord for Saving My Soul”

           Thank You Lord for saving my soul
           Thank You Lord for making me whole

           Thank You Lord for giving to me
          Thy great salvation so rich and free.

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S PARDON:  1 John 1:8-9 (ESV)

8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

SCRIPTURE READING: 

       Psalm 91:1   (NLT)

       Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

 

REFLECTION     

” GOD’S 9-1-1 “

      Throughout the country, every child, teenager, and adult is drilled to call 9-1-1 in times of trouble. Whether or not the problem is grave, or we don’t know the person who is in trouble, we dial that number. In an emergency of any kind, day or night, 9-1-1 is the number we call because it’s our connection to every emergency service in the city. In the same way, God has given us a 9-1-9 number to call no matter what our needs may be: We simply call on Him anytime, anywhere, for anything. He’s available to help.

      We have confidence in our community’s fire department, police and emergency personnel because we know they’ve been screened and trained, and we’ve heard about their exemplary service to other people. Similarly, we have confidence in God because He is God Most High, the Almighty King. “Most High” is the name for God that signifies His role as the sovereign ruler of the universe. Nothing escapes His notice, and nothing is beyond His wisdom to grasp. “Almighty is the translation of the name El Shaddai, which means “all sufficient.”  God’s power is beyond all other force in the universe. He reigns supreme. 

      God is awesome in His power, but He is tender in His love. He invites us into the “secret place” where we spend time with Him, and live “under the shadow” of His gracious protection. 

-from The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard, September 11

 

SILENT REFLECTION ON THE MESSAGE

HYMN: “Standing on the Promises”

Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.

Chorus:

   Standing, standing, Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
   Standing, standing, I’m standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
Listening every moment to the Spirit’s call
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God.

 

CLOSING PRAYER 

BENEDICTION:  

   Numbers 6:24-26 ESV 

   The Lord bless you and keep you;
   the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
   the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

 

 Rev. Sherry T. Tubio / March 21, 20202

/ UCM / EA Eslao

 

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