Worship Order for
Psalm 22:23-31 in two voices
1 - "You who fear the LORD, praise him!
2 - All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
1 - Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
2 - For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of
the afflicted one;
1 - he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to
his cry for help.
2 - From you, O Lord, comes the theme of my praise in the
1 - before those who fear you will I fulfill my vows.
2 - The poor will eat and be satisfied;
1 - they who seek the LORD will praise him-
2 - may your hearts live forever!
1 - All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the
2 - and all the families of the nations will bow down before
1 - for dominion belongs to the LORD
2 - and he rules over the nations.
1 - All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
2 - all who go down to the dust will kneel before him-
1 - those who cannot keep themselves alive.
2 - Posterity will serve him;
1 - future generations will be told about the Lord.
2 - They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet
1 - for he has done it..."
New Revised Standard Version
©1989, Division of Christian Education of the
National Council of the Churches of Christ
in the United States of America
whose dominion is
greater than any dictator, president, premier, prime minister,
king, or ruler on this globe;
whose power is
more awesome than any biological, chemical, nuclear, or
conventional weapon of war, every standing army, navy or air
force, any political maneuver;
exceeds all that is stored in every bank, stock market, vault,
silo, museum, or any other place where treasure is kept;
We fear you,
and you alone. It is you, O God, that we revere. We stand in awe.
when we allow fear of earthly dominion, power, and wealth to rule
over us, to guide our thoughts and actions - instead of you. Your
Son taught that the last shall be first, that in our weakness we
find your strength, that those who hunger and thirst for what
really matters will be truly feed.
Feed us this
day, O Lord.
Blow through this
hour of worship with your Holy Spirit.
You are our God
and we are your people, in Jesus Christ. AMEN.
"I m possible!"
|Props: 3 sheets, the first with
"Impossible" printed on it; the second with
"I m possible" printed, and the third with the
words from Philippians 4:13 on it.
What does the word "impossible" mean? (show sheet
possible, "you canít do that."
- not to be confused with "you shouldnít do that."
What do you think of when you hear this word? Name some
is just fine at this point, play with some of the suggestions,
pan them out)
We just heard part of the story in the Bible about Abraham and
Sarah, who were very, very old. They were older than every person
in this room. God made them a promise. God promised to do
something that ... well ... uh ... seemed very impossible. God
said that they were going to have a baby. Maybe that doesnít
seem impossible to you, but when youíre around 100 years old,
well ... uh ... itís just not possible.
But guess what? It wasnít impossible. Eventually, they did
have a baby. And they went on and had all sorts of grandchildren,
and great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, and
great-great-great-grandchildren, and - well, you get the picture.
God made the impossible ... um ... well ... possible.
Thereís one thing I want you to remember about this story.
When God calls you to do something that seems impossible, and
everybody (including you) says "you canít do that," I
want you to take this word "impossible" (show sheet
#1), and put spaces between the first three letters, so that
it reads (show sheet #2), "I m possible." When
you do what God wants you to do, even though it seems impossible,
you are a possibility ready and waiting to happen. Or, as it says
elsewhere in the Bible (show sheet #3), "I can do all
things through him who strengthens me." (Philippians
our Tithes and Offerings
immediately followed a moment of clarity for the disciple Peter,
when he made the connection that Jesus was the Messiah. And then,
as this scripture reveals, his understanding unraveled. Can you
imagine? Like a "know-it-all," Peter lectured the very
One he had just called the Messiah. After all, being the anointed
One means that youíre upwardly mobile, doesnít it? Thereís
no room for suffering and rejection and death.
Like Peter, we
can make the connection that Jesus is our Savior, yet still
misunderstand what itís all about. For instance, we have great
wealth in this nation, but in many ways we are starving for what
really matters. Sometimes it takes a trip to another country,
where people live on far less, to learn what it means to be rich
in the Lord.
As you return
your offering just now, draw from the wealth you have received
from God. Even when money gets tight, and things donít go right
(at least as far as you can see), you are rich in the Lord.
Believe it. Make the connection.
Savior of my soul, for what you have provided so richly. What we
return just now we ask you to bless, that it might be used to
bless others and so glorify you. In Jesus. Amen.
continue singing #549. It was written by a Brethren forebearer,
John Naas, who suffered for the faith as he spread the good news
of Jesus long ago. However, for him it was a joy ... even when the
cards were stacked against him. The Messiah has that effect on our
lives, you know.
of my soul"