Online Worship – May 16th/17th, 2020

Welcome!

Thank you for joining us for Online Worship this week. When you’re ready, scroll on down to get started! Once you’ve finished with the first video, scroll on down to the next one. May God guide you through a blessed worship experience today.

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Prelude: In Christ Alone

arr. Mateus Asato
Thanks to Jason Wolf for this clip!

Welcome and Invocation

Opening Song: All Creatures of Our God and King

All creatures of our God and King 
Lift up your voice and with us sing 
Oh, praise Him! Alleluia! 
Thou burning sun with golden beam 
Thou silver moon with softer gleam 
Oh, praise Him! Oh, praise Him! 
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! 

Thou rushing wind that art so strong 
Ye clouds that sail in heav’n along 
Oh, praise Him! Alleluia! 
Thou rising moon in praise rejoice 
Ye lights of evening find a voice 
Oh, praise Him! Oh, praise Him! 
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! 

Let all things their Creator bless 
And worship Him in humbleness 
Oh, praise Him! Alleluia! 
Praise, praise the Father praise the Son 
And praise the Spirit three in one 
Oh, praise Him! Oh, praise Him! 
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Text: Brent Milligan | David Crowder | St. Francis of Assisi | William Henry Draper CCLI Song # 3608102 Used by permission: CCLI no. 11105072

Kids Message

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Sermon Text: Acts 17:16-31

16While Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. 17So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. 18Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, “What does this babbler wish to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. 19And they took hold of him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.” 21Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.

22So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28for

“‘In him we live and move and have our being’;

as even some of your own poets have said,

“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’

29Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

Sermon – “What Paul Saw”

Response to the Message – Confession and Absolution

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Hymn: In Christ Alone

Verse 1
In Christ alone my hope is found 
He is my light, my strength, my song 
This Cornerstone, this solid ground 
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm 
What heights of love, what depths of peace 
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease 
My Comforter, my All in All 
Here in the love of Christ I stand. 

Verse 2
In Christ alone, who took on flesh 
Fullness of God in helpless babe 
This gift of love and righteousness 
Scorned by the ones He came to save 
‘Til on that cross as Jesus died 
The wrath of God was satisfied 
For every sin on Him was laid 
Here in the death of Christ I live. 

Verse 3
There in the ground His body lay 
Light of the world by darkness slain 
Then bursting forth in glorious Day 
Up from the grave He rose again 
And as He stands in victory 
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me 
For I am His and He is mine 
Bought with the precious blood of Christ. 

Verse 4
No guilt in life, no fear in death 
This is the power of Christ in me 
From life’s first cry to final breath 
Jesus commands my destiny 
No power of hell, no scheme of man 
Can ever pluck me from His hand 
Till He returns or calls me home 
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

Prayer of the Church and Lord’s Prayer

Hymn: Step By Step

Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise you
Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise you
I will seek You in the morning
And I will learn to walk in Your ways
And step by step You’ll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days 
(repeat)

And I will follow You all of my days
And I will follow You all of my days
And step by step You’ll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days 

Text: David Strasser CCLI Song # 696994 Used by permission: CCLI no. 11105072

Benediction

Thank you so much for joining us! God bless you!

9 Comments

  1. Carol Michelsen

    Thoroughly enjoying your services from Denver, CO. My niece (Julie Wolf) sends me your link so we can share in these special times. So proud of Jason with his beautiful prelude and Julie adding to the choir. Blessings to you all to stay safe.

  2. Lou and Rosemarie Sandhop

    How wonderful it was to worship with all of you once again. The Prelude played by Jason Wolf was a beautiful beginning. We especially enjoyed Carol’s Sunday School message of helping each other to make the job easier, in anticipation of the Holy Spirit, once again, coming at Pentecost. The “Benny Hill” type music made us laugh. The daily reading in the Book of Acts helped us to appreciate the sermon even more. Thanks to all.

    1. Eric Pape

      Thank you for your prayers…it is greatly appreciated…helping me heal..
      Eileen shoulder is slowly healing with Gods help….awaiting the reopening of our beautiful Church.

    2. Eric Pape

      We also thank you for you prayers for
      Dale Gasparik…in St Charles hospital with
      Pneumonia..on a respirator trying to clear his right lung….that he can’t clear on his own.
      We thank you God for watching over him
      And holding his hand….on his journey
      For a hopeful recovery. 🙏✝️🙏

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