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An Opportunity to Serve Our Neighbors

Several folks have asked me how they might be of help to those affected by the flood here in Powell County. At the moment, the damage is still being assessed, and we’ve been advised to not send large groups of people into the area. But, some other practical ways you can be helping are:

  1. Monetary Donations. The financial impact of this flood will no doubt be quite burdensome on many. As such, monetary donations can be dropped off at any Whitaker Bank; please make sure that your donations are clearly marked for “flood relief”. The money donated will be distributed through the Powell County Ministerial Association.
  2. Cleaning Supplies. One of the biggest needs, of course, will be cleaning supplies. To donate cleaning supplies, just drop them off at the Stanton Tourism office on Main St. They will make sure the supplies get to where they’re needed.
  3. Prayer. As always, we should be praying for those affected by the flood. Let’s pray that the Lord would meet the needs of our neighbors (Matthew 6:11), and that we would reflect Christ’s love in seeking ways to help them (James 2:15-17). Tomorrow evening (3/3/21), we’ll be meeting for Wednesday night Bible Study, and a large portion of that time we will spend in prayer for our neighbors.
  4. Be a Neighbor. As more ways of helping become available, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, be calling friends, brothers and sisters, family members, and even folks you just kinda know who have been affected by the flood. Let them know that you care about them, that you want to be a help to them if you can, that you’re praying for them, and that they’re not alone in all of this.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

-Pastor Lucas

Order of Service 02/28/21

Call to Worship    Psalm 124

After this, whoever is leading worship (regularly the father or grandfather of the family) should pray for himself and his family as they join together to worship the Lord, that their attention would be captivated by the glory of God, and that they would rejoice together in the Lord.

The Apostle’s Creed     recite together the essential tenets of our faith

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Hymn     “I Need Thee Every Hour” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqYXTK4JYz8

Confession of Sin

As is our custom, begin with a few moments of silent, personal confession, and then join together in our corporate confession:

Almighty, everlasting God and Father, we acknowledge and confess that we indeed were conceived and born in sin and, therefore, inclined to all evil and slow to all good; that we unceasingly transgress Your holy commandments, and corrupt ourselves more and more. But we are sorry for this and desire Your grace and help. Therefore, have mercy upon us, most gracious and merciful God and Father, through Your Son our Lord Jesus Christ. Grant to us and increase in us Your Holy Spirit, so that we may recognize our sin and unrighteousness from the depth of our heart, feel true contrition and grief for them, die to them completely, and please You wholly in a new, godly life. Amen.

At the end of this confession it is appropriate for the person leading to read 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

The Gloria Patri     either spoken or sung

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Family or Personal Prayer

Please spend this time in prayer for one another, for the church; for our community, our county, our state, our nation, our world; pray for our leaders; pray for all those who are being impacted by this crisis, and for all those who have contracted the virus or have lost someone who has; pray through the prayer requests that are shared via our OneCall system; pray freely in the Spirit and lay your anxieties and concerns at the feet of our gracious Lord in full confidence that you are heard through Jesus Christ our Mediator.

The Lord’s Prayer     to be prayed together

Scripture    1 Samuel 15:12-23

Sermon    https://soundcloud.com/user-374933433/1-samuel-1512-23

Hymn    “Have Thine Own Way, Lord” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDwrdRlIbIU

Closing Prayer

It is appropriate at this point for the father to bless his family, the husband to bless his wife, and all to bless each other. Afterward, as it is the Lord’s Day, I recommend that you spend the rest of the day in the Word, in prayer, worship, and rest. God bless you all!

Lions of Your Blood

Your brother kings and monarchs of the earth

Do all expect that you should rouse yourself,

As did the former lions of your blood.

Shakespeare, Henry V, Act I, Scene II

All my fathers dwell within me,

Waiting, waiting to be woken.

They are not dead, will never die,

But, with their waking, strength renew,

Finding that, by time unbroken,

Their words once spoke still speak afresh.

All their faithful watches keeping,

A cloud of witnesses who see,

Should never find their scions sleeping,

But walking in the ancient paths,

The Way to New Jerusalem,

And warring in the cosmic fray,

As they once did, our fathers bold.

Shall I not now contend as they

Whose journey’s end was fought through fire?

And does my Captain’s call grow hushed?

It yet resounds and sounds my soul,

Impassions me to take the field!

And as the lions of my blood –

My brothers past, my fathers still –

I will the battle gladly join!