Worship – August 23rd – The One Time I…

Welcome to Shepherd of the Hill’s online worship! We are thankful that you have come to this corner of the internet for some of God’s Word and time for reflection and worship. As you engage the below worship service, you are encouraged to quiet the world around you. Turn off or silence your phone. Find a quiet spot in your house or outdoors.

The service is approximately 30 minutes in length if you follow all the pieces. Songs have been contributed by our Worship Team and our traditional service pianist. Our lectors have recorded the readings. Pastor Adam has recorded a sermon for viewing. There is also liturgy (litanies, prayers, calls to worship) contained in the service. If you are worshiping with someone, please share the reading of these pieces with them.

Call to Worship
Out of a world of cut-throat competition,
of winners-and-losers,
and too many left behind
we come together.
The world’s ways are not our ways.
The world’s ways are not Christ’s ways.

Out of a world of hatred, violence,
individualism, and life-taking power
we gather as Koinonia, as God’s people.
God’s ways are inclusive, expansive,
and life-giving for all peoples.

Come and worship the One whose love knows no limits!
Swim and splash in the cleansing waters of divine community!
Resurrect your spirits and souls in worship of the One!
Praise be to the Everlasting One!

Gathering Song – They’ll Know We are Christians by Our Love 
Played by SOTH Worship Team

Gathering Prayer Based on Psalm 138
Faithful God,
we come into Your presence with thanksgiving,
deeply grateful for the unfailing love and faithfulness
You have shown toward us, Your people.
When we call out to You, You answer.
When we are exhausted, You give us the strength to go on.
When we find ourselves in trouble,
You are there, standing beside us.

And so we come before You gratitude and praise,
offering You the worship of our hearts and lives.
Open our eyes to see and know You here among us;
open our ears to recognize Your voice.
And then send us out from here,
to live and work in the world as Your faithful disciples.

In the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Scripture Readings

Reading – Romans 12:1-8
The reading can be found here.
Read by John Nauman

Reading – Psalm 138:1-8
The reading can be found here.

Gospel Reading – Matthew 16:13-20
The reading can be found here.
Read by Kathy Ryan

Pastor Adam’s Message – The One Time I…

Questions for Discussion:
Who do you think other people see Jesus as?

What does the term “messiah” mean to you personally?

What are some major power structures in our present context that claim authority like a “Caesar”?

How is Jesus a “messiah” to us in our present time and context?

Are cliff-hanger stories fair game in a sermon?

Centering Song – King of Heaven
Performed by Kevin Bowling, piano accompaniment by Marie Zelenka

Prayers – Based on Psalm 138
Gracious and eternal God,
you have raised up your name and your word
above everything;
your steadfast love endures forever.

In a world where every day
some division or strife arises
we bring our prayers for others
and for ourselves.

Do not turn from the work of your hand,
your human creation
and the world in which you have set us:

By your Holy Spirit,
comfort the lonely;
bind up the broken-hearted
and those who mourn;
calm the fearful;
rejoice with those who celebrate;

be present to those who call on your name,
to those we named on our lips,
and in the silence of our hearts,
those whose concerns are known only to you;
in Jesus’ name we pray,

Sending Song – My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
Lyrics can be found here
Recorded by Donna Natseway

Blessing  – Based on Psalm 138
As you go into the coming days, remember:
You do not go alone.
God’s faithful love goes with you.

No matter what you are facing,
God will not abandon you.
For You belong to Him,
and He will fulfill His plans for your life.

So go from here,
strong in the knowledge
that God’s loving presence goes with you.

Giving and Offering
Shepherd of the Hills is very blessed and grateful for your continued financial support during this difficult time of physical distancing required by the COVID-19 pandemic. Your giving allows us to continue to provide worship, support and outreach until it is safe to gather in person again. We realize that the pandemic has caused many financial challenges. As your finances allow, please consider continuing to support our shared ministries.

There are two ways to give:
– Mail your tithe or offering to the church office. The office will remain open for normal business hours.
– Give online! Our online giving is secure and fully operational. It can be found here.

Thank you again for helping us continue to spread God’s Word and help those in need during these challenging times.  

Call to Worship written by Tim Graves, and posted on LiturgyBits.
Prayers written by Jeff Shrowder on The Billabong website – http://thebillabong.info/