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July 30, 2023

GATHERING SONG - Goodness of God

I love You, Lord
For Your mercy never fails me
All my days
I've been held in Your hands
From the moment that I wake up
Until I lay my head
Oh I will sing of the goodness of God

 

All my life You have been faithful
All my life You have been so so good
With every breath that I am able
Oh I will sing of the goodness of God

 

I love Your voice
You have led me through the fire
In the darkest night
You are close like no other
I've known You as a Father
I've known You as a friend
I have lived in the goodness of God

 

And all my life You have been faithful
All my life You have been so so good
With every breath that I am able
Oh I will sing of the goodness of God

 

'Cause Your goodness is running after,

it's running after me
Your goodness is running after,

it's running after me
With my life laid down,

I'm surrendered now,

I give You everything
'Cause Your goodness is running after,

it's running after me

'Cause Your goodness is running after,

it's running after me
Your goodness is running after,

it's running after me
With my life laid down,

I'm surrendered now,

I give You everything
'Cause Your goodness is running,

it keeps running after me

 

All my life You have been faithful
All my life You have been so so good
With every breath that I am able
Oh I gonna sing of the goodness of God
 

And all my life You have been faithful
All my life You have been so so good
With every breath that I am able
Oh I gonna sing of the goodness of God
Oh I'm gonna sing of the goodness of God

ANNOUNCEMENTS and WELCOME

OPENING PRAYER

OPENING SONG - Through it All

 

Through it All

Through it All

I've learned to

trust in Jesus

I've learned to

trust in God

Through it All

Through it All

I've learned to

depend upon

God's word.

SCRIPTURE READING​ - Romans 8:26-39

8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.

8:27 And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

8:28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

8:29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family.

8:30 And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

8:31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?

8:32 He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else?

8:33 Who will bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.

8:34 Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.

8:35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

8:36 As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered."

8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

8:38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,

8:39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Attendance

Prayer Request

TITHES/OFFERING

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OFFERING and OFFERTORY SONG - Give Thanks

Mission Moment

OFFERTORY SONG - Give Thanks

[Chorus]
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given
Jesus Christ His Son

[Chorus]
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given
Jesus Christ His Son

[Verse]
And now let the weak say I am strong
Let the poor say I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us

 

And now let the weak say I am strong
Let the poor say I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us

[Chorus]
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given
Jesus Christ His Son

Give Thanks

Give Thanks

BLESSING OVER THE OFFERING

CHILDREN'S SERMON

A TIME OF CELEBRATION AND PRAYER

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD'S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven

hallowed by 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 trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. AMEN

GOPSEL LESSON - Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52       

13:31 He put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field;

13:32 it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches."

13:33 He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened."

13:44 "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

13:45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls;

13:46 on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

13:47 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind;

13:48 when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad.

13:49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous

13:50 and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

13:51 "Have you understood all this?" They answered, "Yes."

13:52 And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old."

 

SERMON        

"Run to the Father"

INVITATIONAL SONG - Run to the Father

I've carried a burden
For too long on my own
I wasn't created
To bear it alone
I hear Your invitation
To let it all go
Yeah, I see it now
I'm laying it down
And I know that I need You

 

I run to the Father
I fall into grace
I'm done with the hiding
No reason to wait
My heart needs a surgeon
My soul needs a friend
So I'll run to the Father
Again and again
And again and again

 

Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh

 

You saw my condition
Had a plan from the start
Your Son for redemption
The price for my heart
And I don't have a context
For that kind of love
I don't understand
I can't comprehend
All I know is I need You

 

I run to the Father
I fall into grace
I'm done with the hiding
No reason to wait
My heart needs a surgeon
My soul needs a friend
So I'll run to the Father
Again and again
And again and again

 

Oh-oh, oh-oh,

 

again and again
And again and again

 

Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh

My heart has been in Your sights
Long before my first breath
Running into Your arms
Is running to life from death
And I feel this rush deep in my chest
Your mercy is calling out
Just as I am You pull me in
And I know I need You now

 

I run to the Father
I fall into grace
I'm done with the hiding
No reason to wait
My heart needs a surgeon
My soul needs a friend
So I'll run to the Father
Again and again

 

I run to the Father
I fall into grace
I'm done with the hiding
No reason to wait
And my heart found a surgeon
My soul found a friend
So I'll run to the Father
Again and again
And again and again

 

Oh-oh, oh-oh,

 

again and again
And again and again

 

Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh

 

Again and again

and again and again

DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING

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