Today’s Scripture readings address the theme of spiritual fortitude. In Romans 5:1-5, Paul reminds us that our experience of life depends upon how well we undergo ‘character development,’ which often has its roots in adversity. In John 16:12-15, Jesus tells his disciples that they will need to undergo some ‘character development’ before they are ready and able to take on their full apostolic calling. The main point of today’s message is that we are all spiritually in-process, growing, developing, and that even hardship is one of the means God uses to mold us into the persons we are called to be.
Welcome & Announcements
Prelude – “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” – Arr. by Robert J. Hughes
*Call to Worship
*Opening Hymn – “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise” – UMH #103
Prayer of Confession & Musical Response
Sung: Alleluia, alleluia, we’re forgiven thanks to God!
Time with the Children
Anthem – “A Home of Grace” – By Joseph Martin
Scripture Reading – Romans 5:1-5
1Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
3We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
- L: The word of God; the word of Life.
- P: Thanks be to God.
Sermon “Our Spiritual Musculature”
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
*Song – “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” – W&S #3104
Invitation to Give and Prayer of Dedication
Offertory – “In the Garden” – By C. Austin Miles
*Closing Song – “In Christ Alone” – W&S #3105
Lyrics to Special Music
A Home of Grace
O, thank you, Lord, for fam’ly, how precious your design. That through the gift
of parents we know your love divine. They lead us and they teach us. They
help us find our place. And working all together, we build a home of grace. O,
thank you, Lord, for fam’ly, no two of them the same. For all who care for
children though never share their name. O, teach us, Lord, compassion and
help us grow our faith, ‘til ev’ry home is cherished and built upon your grace.
O, thank you, Lord, for fam’ly. This is our earnest prayer for mothers and for
fathers, for the hearts of all who care. And though sometimes imperfect and
though we lose our way, today we pledge and promise to build a home of
grace. Build a home of grace.
In the Garden
I come to the garden alone, While the dew is still on the roses;
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear, The Son of God discloses.
And He walks with me,
And He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.
He speaks and the sound of His voice Is so sweet the birds hush their singing;
And the melody that He gave to me Within my heart is ringing.
I’d stay in the garden with Him Though the night around me be falling;
But He bids me go through the voice of woe, His voice to me is calling.
Helping Lead Today’s Worship
- Pastor: Rev. Drew Hart
- Liturgist: Ellen Hoover
- Deacon: Elisabeth Danielsons
- Choir Director: Steve Grattan
- Organist: Kathy Cay
- Sanctuary Choir
- Audio Tech: Bruce Hurd
- Streaming Tech: Brian Miller
- Computer Tech: Joe Kaidan