Celebrate Service: June 20, 2021

GREETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP

OPENING SONG: “10,000 Reasons”

Chorus:
Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship God’s Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I’ll worship Your Holy name

Verse 1:
The sun comes up
It’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass
And whatever lies before me
Let me be singing
When the evening comes

Verse 2:
You’re rich in love
And You’re slow to anger
Your name is great
And Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness
I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons
For my heart to find

Verse 3:
And on that day
When my strength is failing
The end draws near
And my time has come
Still my soul will
Sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years
And then forevermore
Forevermore 

Chorus

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Worship Your Holy name
Lord, I’ll worship Your Holy name

OPENING PRAYER
Loving God, you are light to those who know you, strength to those who seek you, and life to those who love you. You show us what it means to live in love. So often we forget your love and seek affirmation from the world. Help us to turn from the desires of the flesh to live a life full of love. Lead us to feast on the fruit of your Spirit that we might honor you in all we do. In the name of Jesus Christ, who sets us free. Amen.

PASSING OF THE PEACE

CHILDREN’S MOMENT

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

OLD TESTAMENT READING: Isaiah 52:7-10
How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,
who brings good news,
who announces salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices,
together they sing for joy;
for in plain sight they see
the return of the Lord to Zion.

Break forth together into singing,
you ruins of Jerusalem;
for the Lord has comforted his people,
he has redeemed Jerusalem.

The Lord has bared his holy arm
before the eyes of all the nations;
and all the ends of the earth shall see
the salvation of our God.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!

NEW TESTAMENT READING: Ephesians 2: 8-14
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision”—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands—remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.

SERMON: “Cornucopia of the Spirit: Peace”

SONG: “Peace”

Verse 1:
In a land of my heart
In the fathoms of my soul
When the waters of my fears begin to rise
I feel your love taking hold
In the valley of my mind
On the road of the unknown
When the shadows of my doubts are closing in
You are the light that brings me home

Chorus:
And when I’m breathing
I don’t understand
But I can fell it
Every waking moment
In your presence
This peace won’t let me go
There is freedom
Laying all my worries
At your feet again
Even in my struggle
I’m surrendering
Your peace won’t let me go

Verse 2:
When my strength is nearly gone
When my wells have all run dry
It’s your kindness that will lead me to your arms
Where I find grace that you’ve supplied

Chorus

Bridge:
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me
Surely all that you’ve promised
You’re so much more than I can see
I will rest in the assurance that I have all I need
Here in the Maker’s peace

Chorus

OFFERING: Today’s offering is dedicated to the Deacon’s Fund. One hundred percent of the Deacon’s Fund provides a bridge to help people in our church, our staff, and our community with a short term need. These needs vary but the message is the same – we love because God first loved us. We belong to one another because of God’s love.

Gifts can be made through text-to-give by texting 704-312-7540 with a dollar amount and the letters “DO” (for example: $10 DO).

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who is in heaven, Hallowed be 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

BENEDICTION

CLOSING SONG: “All the People Said Amen”