Sunday, April 5, 2020
Dear GBC Family,
In this post you'll find what you need for an at-home time of worship. There are suggestions for hymns, scripture readings, prayers, and below you can find the sermon video.
The longer we do this the more I trust you realize this can't replace our corporate gathering for worship, but I hope the time around common portions of God's Word will be a blessing and encouragement to us now, and we can look forward to when we can meet together again face to face.
Since giving is part of what we do when we gather on the Lord's Day, if you are able to continue financially giving during this time (and we understand if you are not able!), we ask that you mail checks only (no cash) to our new P.O. Box:
Grace Baptist Church of Warsaw
P.O. Box 1383
Warsaw, IN 46581-1383
May God bless us all as we seek to honor him on his day!
Here are a few suggestions on how to use these resources:
Prayer: Ask God to bless your time of worship and to bless others as they meet in their homes.
Call to Worship: Daniel 2:20-23 "20 Daniel answered and said: "Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. 21 He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; 22 he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him. 23 To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king's matter."
Hymn: Immortal, invisible, God only wise (TH 35) - Piano track and lyrics; Congregational Version - we praise the wise God!
Hymn: Day by Day - Instrumental with lyrics; Congregational Version - we sing of God's wisdom, doing what he deems best because he knows what is best. We then can rest in that wisdom.
Scripture Memory: **NEW FOR APRIL** Proverbs 15:8-9 “8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him. 9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but he loves him who pursues righteousness.’” (ESV)
OT Scripture Reading: Isaiah 40:1-31 - see what you notice about the Word and wisdom of God compared with men and their wisdom
Prayer: - Confess sin and rejoice in God's forgiveness; thank God for blessings; pray for our national pastors in Africa (Ogallos - Kenya, Kombes - Zambia); pray that God would help you to receive the Word of God as it is preached; pray for other family needs and needs of others in the church; pray for the various needs related to the pandemic - the sick, those caring for the sick, the unemployed, the decision makers, efforts to slow it to be successful
NT Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Hymn: May the Mind of Christ my Savior - Instrumental with lyrics; Congregational Version - we want to think God's thoughts after him; to love as he loves, to live by his Word, in his peace, reflecting his light and glory to all we meet
Preaching: See video below
Prayer and Benediction: Included in the video below.
Response: Since Paul worships when he considers the wisdom of God, we would do well to respond this way also. The Doxology would be a great response of worship to our God!
You may want to take a little time to talk about what you've heard. And don't forget to join our Zoom prayer meeting tonight at 5pm. Watch for an invitation link in your email a few minutes before 5pm!
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