March 7, 2021 - Home Worship Service

3/7 Welcome & Announcements: Good morning church! We continue to offer on-line worship through ZOOM and Facebook Live at 9am on Sundays.

 

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You Are Never Alone by Max Lucado Bible Study with Pastor Ron.

When life feels depleted, does God care? I'm facing an onslaught of challenges; will God help? When life grows dark and stormy, does God notice? I'm facing the fear of death; will God help me? The answer in the life-giving miracles in the Gospel of John is a resounding yes. (see promo at: https://youtu.be/LuCR8n-J0rw )

 

10am Tuesday mornings in person at the Lighthouse (please register with Pastor Ron, there is a limit of 10) 6:30pm Tuesday evenings with ZOOM and Facebook Live.

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Worship Service: I invite you to prepare your hearts for worship by lighting a candle and welcoming the presence of the Divine at your home.

 

 

Call to Worship

L: We come this day hoping to encounter Christ.
P: We come with burdens and questions that only He can answer.
L: May we open our hearts to Him.
P: May our lives be healed and strengthened for service. AMEN.

 

Opening Song: Opening Song: I Am Thine O Lord by Donna Farver

https://soundcloud.com/jennifer-parks-snyder/i-am-thine-o-lord

1 I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice, and it told Thy love to me.

But I long to rise in the arms of faith and be closer drawn to Thee.

 

Refrain: Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,

  To the cross where Thou hast died.

Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,

    To Thy precious, bleeding side.

 

2 Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord, by the power of grace divine.

Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope, and my will be lost in Thine. Refrain:

 

3 O the pure delight of a single hour that before Thy throne I spend,

When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God, I commune as friend with friend! Refrain:

 

4 There are depths of love that I yet may know ere Thee face to face I see.

There are heights of joy that I yet may reach ere I rest in peace with Thee. Refrain:

 

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, who judges us not by our righteousness but in Your mercy: In Your compassion grant us an increase of faith, for we know that You will not deny Your loving kindness to those who believe in You; We pray through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with You and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

 

First Lesson: Matthew 5:1-9

5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them. He said:

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

 

Children’s time:

It's our children's time and I want to start with a question I ask you each and every week: Who are you? Children Respond: Special Gifts of God!

 

PJ: That's right, you are special gifts of God each and every day and I'm so lucky to spend time with you!

 

This week we learn another Beatitude and I want to share a video with you that explains it well.

https://youtu.be/v7TvADjBp2o

 

Let’s pray: Thank You God, that You give us Jesus to help bring peace.  Amen.

 

Sharing of Joys & Concerns

Prayer & Lord’s Prayer:

Gracious God, You have created all that is in this world and You have called it good. From nature to animals to people, we are blessed in Your name. And in that blessing, there is joy. Today we thank You for the other joys we have witnessed…Thank You Lord for Your gifts. And thank You for Your presence.

Lord we know that many times we are quick to share with You our concerns, our troubles. But we do that because in every problem, we know that there is comfort in You. Comfort from Your forgiveness, comfort from Your strength in the Spirit, comfort in Your love. Today we lift up to You the names of loved ones who are struggling in this life. And we seek Your healing for them. We pray for…

Lord in Your mercy and in Your wisdom, may Your will be done, may Your guidance be known, may these prayers be received, for we pray them in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ who taught us to say these simple and yet powerful words to praise You, Our Father, who art 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen. 

 

Offering: We thank you for your ongoing support of the ministries of the United Methodist Church, both local and abroad. We thank you for sharing your gifts. 

 

Offering Prayer: O God, most merciful and gracious, of whose bounty we have all received, accept this offering of Your people. Remember in Your love those who have brought it and those for whom it is given, and so follow it with Your blessing that it may promote peace and goodwill among all peoples and advance the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Second Lesson: 1 Kings 3:16-28 Contemporary English Version

Solomon Makes a Difficult Decision

16 One day two women came to King Solomon, 17 and one of them said:

Your Majesty, this woman and I live in the same house. Not long ago my baby was born at home, 18 and three days later her baby was born. Nobody else was there with us.

19 One night while we were all asleep, she rolled over on her baby, and he died. 20 Then while I was still asleep, she got up and took my son out of my bed. She put him in her bed, then she put her dead baby next to me.

21 In the morning when I got up to feed my son, I saw that he was dead. But when I looked at him in the light, I knew he wasn’t my son.

22 “No!” the other woman shouted. “He was your son. My baby is alive!”

“The dead baby is yours,” the first woman yelled. “Mine is alive!”

They argued back and forth in front of Solomon, 23 until finally he said, “Both of you say this live baby is yours. 24 Someone bring me a sword.”

A sword was brought, and Solomon ordered, 25 “Cut the baby in half! That way each of you can have part of him.”

26 “Please don’t kill my son,” the baby’s mother screamed. “Your Majesty, I love him very much, but give him to her. Just don’t kill him.”

The other woman shouted, “Go ahead and cut him in half. Then neither of us will have the baby.”

27 Solomon said, “Don’t kill the baby.” Then he pointed to the first woman, “She is his real mother. Give the baby to her.”

28 Everyone in Israel was amazed when they heard how Solomon had made his decision. They realized that God had given him wisdom to judge fairly.

 

Sermon: Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God.

 

It’s one of my favorite stories from the Old Testament. Yes, it’s a bit gruesome at first if you never heard it before but talk about conflict resolution! Two women disputing over one child and when that child’s life is threatened, the king knows whose child it is. The one willing to keep that child alive. And the text ends with the people amazed with Solomon’s decision-making skill. Further, they knew it was God who had given him wisdom for such judgement.

 

In fact, if we turn to the beginning of 1 Kings 3, that is what Solomon asked of the Lord, verse 9, 9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?”  Solomon knew only by the wisdom of God could he lead God’s people. And he did.

 

As we continue this sermon series on the Beatitudes when Jesus says, Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called sons of God he is not talking about being a pacifist that will never pick-up arms to defend or protect. What Jesus is teaching is the peace that God offers us in the kingdom, a peace that resolves problems to restore relationships. Just as Solomon does between these two women, God works to resolve our issues, too, and Jesus invites those of us who follow Him to be the same.

 

Consider how Jesus resolved the conflicts of His time. In particular the question of sin.

For instance, in John 9 we read, As He went along, He saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

 

The conflict: Do our sins or the sins of our parents cause blindness from birth? That was the question of the day. And how does Jesus respond? He says neither. Things happen. The man was born blind, but now he will see, thanks be to God. And he will be restored to his community.

 

Or how about when a woman is brought to Jesus and the leaders say: “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do You say?”

And how does Jesus handle it? John 8:7 He says, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

 

The conflict: The woman sinned (as did a man though only the woman was brought for judgement). The resolution: God will be the judge. And the woman is told verse 11, “Go now and leave your life of sin.” Her relationship with God and the community is restored.

 

Or how about this question of tragedy: Luke 13 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?

 

The conflict: Do our sins lead to tragedy? Resolution: Tragedies are not judgements based on secret sins. Things happen. But focus on yourself and restore your relationship with God and those around you.

 

Jesus is a peacemaker, and He invites His disciples to do the same because God is the God of peace and we show ourselves to be God’s children when we seek to make peace in the workplace, in the community, in our homes, and in the whole world. So that when conflict is around us, we call upon God’s wisdom as Solomon did and as Jesus portrayed, to help resolve the issue at hand. For by doing so, we become a child of God’s kingdom, taking action toward creating peace between people.

 

(To hear the rest of the message, please tune in at 9am on ZOOM or Facebook or call Sermon by Phone at 10am)

 

Response to the message: Let There be Peace on Earth Prayer:

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth the peace that was meant to be. With God our creator, family all are we. Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony.

 Let peace begin with me let this be the moment now. With every step I take let this be my solemn vow.

 To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally.

 Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. Amen.

 

Closing Song: Prince of Peace by LUMC Praise Band

https://soundcloud.com/jennifer-parks-snyder/prince-of-peace

 

You are holy
You are mighty
You are worthy, worthy of praise
I will follow
I will listen
I will love you, all of my days.

 

[Lead singer]               (Background lyrics)

[I will sing to]             (You are Lord of Lords)

[and worship]              (You are King of Kings)

[the King who]            (You are mighty God)

[is worthy]                  (Lord of everything)
[I will love and]          (You’re Emmanuel)

[adore Him,]                (You’re the great “I AM”)

[I will bow down]       (You’re the Prince of Peace)

[before Him]               (Who is the Lamb)
[And I will sing to]     (You’re the living God)

[and worship]              (You’re my saving grace)

[the King who]            (You will reign forever)

[is worthy]                  (You are ancient of days)
[And I will love and]  (You are Alpha, Omega)

[adore Him,]                (Beginning and End)

[and I will bow down] (You’re my Savior, Messiah)

[before Him]               (Redeemer and Friend)
 

You're my Prince of Peace, and I will live my life for You. 

 

Repeat

 

Benediction:

 

Col. 3:15-17

 

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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