Celebrate Service
Order of Worship
September 26, 2021

GREETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP
We come to worship with humble hearts, hoping for transformation. We come grieving and we come rejoicing.  We come empowered and we come weary. We come confident, and we come troubled. Let life come into us, O God.  Let us wash, and be made new. Together, we joyfully and gratefully proclaim the Lord is God indeed.

OPENING SONG: “You Never Let Go”

Verse 1:
Even though I walk through the valley
Of the shadow of death
Your perfect love is casting out fear
And even when I’m caught in the middle
Of the storms of this life
I won’t turn back; I know You are near


Pre-Chorus:
And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear? Whom then shall I fear?


Chorus 1:
O no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
O no, You never let go
In every high and every low
O no, You never let go – Lord, You never let go of me


Verse 2:
And I can see a light that is coming
For the heart that holds on
A glorious light beyond all compare
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
We’ll live to know You here on the earth


Pre-Chorus


Chorus 1


Bridge:
Yes, I can see a light that is coming
For the heart that holds on
And there will be an end
To these troubles
But until that day comes
Still I will praise You
Still I will praise You


Chorus

OPENING PRAYER
O God, we thank you for the gift of this day and for the opportunity to come and worship together as your people. Quiet the whirling of our minds that we might hear your voice.  Amid the chaos of the world, calm our fears and fuel our faith that we might be your servants in every corner of our lives. Amen.

PASSING OF THE PEACE

CHILDREN’S MOMENT

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

NEW TESTAMENT READING: Matthew 5:1-12
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!

OLD TESTAMENT READING: 1 Kings 21:1-22
Later the following events took place: Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel, beside the palace of King Ahab of Samaria. And Ahab said to Naboth, “Give me your vineyard, so that I may have it for a vegetable garden, because it is near my house; I will give you a better vineyard for it; or, if it seems good to you, I will give you its value in money.” But Naboth said to Ahab, “The Lord forbid that I should give you my ancestral inheritance.” Ahab went home resentful and sullen because of what Naboth the Jezreelite had said to him; for he had said, “I will not give you my ancestral inheritance.” He lay down on his bed, turned away his face, and would not eat.

His wife Jezebel came to him and said, “Why are you so depressed that you will not eat?” He said to her, “Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite and said to him, ‘Give me your vineyard for money; or else, if you prefer, I will give you another vineyard for it’; but he answered, ‘I will not give you my vineyard.’” His wife Jezebel said to him, “Do you now govern Israel? Get up, eat some food, and be cheerful; I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.”

So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name and sealed them with his seal; she sent the letters to the elders and the nobles who lived with Naboth in his city. She wrote in the letters, “Proclaim a fast, and seat Naboth at the head of the assembly; seat two scoundrels opposite him, and have them bring a charge against him, saying, ‘You have cursed God and the king.’ Then take him out, and stone him to death.” The men of his city, the elders and the nobles who lived in his city, did as Jezebel had sent word to them. Just as it was written in the letters that she had sent to them, they proclaimed a fast and seated Naboth at the head of the assembly. The two scoundrels came in and sat opposite him; and the scoundrels brought a charge against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, “Naboth cursed God and the king.” So they took him outside the city, and stoned him to death. Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, “Naboth has been stoned; he is dead.”

As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned and was dead, Jezebel said to Ahab, “Go, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give you for money; for Naboth is not alive, but dead.” As soon as Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, Ahab set out to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.

Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying: Go down to meet King Ahab of Israel, who rules in Samaria; he is now in the vineyard of Naboth, where he has gone to take possession. You shall say to him, “Thus says the Lord: Have you killed, and also taken possession?” You shall say to him, “Thus says the Lord: In the place where dogs licked up the blood of Naboth, dogs will also lick up your blood.”

Ahab said to Elijah, “Have you found me, O my enemy?” He answered, “I have found you. Because you have sold yourself to do what is evil in the sight of the Lord, I will bring disaster on you; I will consume you, and will cut off from Ahab every male, bond or free, in Israel; and I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha son of Ahijah, because you have provoked me to anger and have caused Israel to sin.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!

SERMON: “Out of Control; Into Faith: Noticing Naboth”

SONG: “Nobody”

Verse 1:

Why You ever chose me
Has always been a mystery
All my life I’ve been told I belong
At the end of the line

 

With all the other not-quites
With all the never-get-it-rights
But it turns out they’re the ones You were looking for
All this time

 

Chorus:

‘Cause I’m just a nobody
Trying to tell everybody
All about Somebody
Who saved my soul


Ever since You rescued me
You gave my heart a song to sing

I’m living for the world to see
Nobody but Jesus
I’m living for the world to see
Nobody but Jesus

 

Verse 2:

Moses had stage fright
David brought a rock to a sword fight
You picked twelve outsiders nobody would have chosen
And You changed the world

 

Well the moral of the story is
Everybody’s got a purpose
So when I hear that devil start talking to me saying
“Who do you think you are?”
I say

 

Chorus

OFFERING:
Our dedicated offering today goes to support Ten Cents-A-Meal. Your gifts will provide much-needed hunger relief and at-risk programming within our neighboring counties.

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).

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

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”