SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY
May 24, 2020
GATHERING OF GOD’S PEOPLE
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS OPENING PRAYER
INTROIT No. 805 If My People’s Hearts Are Humbled Choir
*CALL TO WORSHIP
If you are suffering now, be glad and take heart.
We will shout for joy when Christ’s glory is revealed.
Cast all your cares upon the Lord, who cares for you.
The God of grace will support and sustain us. Amen.
*HYMN No. 804 “Battle Hymn of the Republic”
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Apostles’ Creed
*GLORIA PATRI (both inside cover-Hymnal)
SILENT PRAYERS OF CONFESSION CONFESSION OF SIN
Out of the depths of despair, we cry to you, O God. We are lost in a world of pain and suffering. When we put our trust in weapons of war, we find no peace. When we put our faith in our own resources, we feel the ache of our true needs.
When we put our hope in the health of our bodies, we suffer pain and find no healing. Come to us, O God. Forgive our doubts and fears. Heal our brokenness, that we may rejoice in your steadfast love. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
There is forgiveness and healing with God.
God’s steadfast love has the power to redeem
our brokenness and make us whole.
By the power of redemption, God brings us forgiveness.
All Praise and Glory to God.
*HYMN No. 185 “Jesus Loves Me”
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
Hear our prayer, O Lord, hear our prayer, O Lord; Incline Thine ear to us and grant us Thy Peace. Amen.
ANTHEM No. 799 America, the Beautiful Choir
PROCLAIMING THE WORD OF GOD
OLD TESTAMENT READING Psalm 130:1-5
The Word of Our Lord. Thanks Be to God.
THE NEW TESTAMENT READING I Peter 4:12-16, 5:5-11
The Word of Our Lord. Thanks Be to God.
in the Midst of Suffering
SENDING FORTH GOD’S PEOPLE
*HYMN No. 543 “’Til the Storm Passes By”
*CHARGE and BENEDICTION
God be with you till we meet again; By His counsels guide uphold you; with His sheep securely fold you; God be with you till we meet again.
* Indicates congregation should stand, if able.
May 31, 2020
Celebration of the Lord’s Supper Sunday Worship Service 11 AM. Service on YouTube link
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*Information pertaining to when services will once again be held in the Sanctuary is still uncertain at this time.
LIVING WATER CHRISTIAN CHURCH
72 N Lake Avenue Front Royal, VA 22630
Pastor James Boyette Sunday, May 24, 2020
Service Live on YouTube
Living Water Church May 20, 2020
Water from the Well
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
Listen So That You Will See
Written by Joanne Boyette Inspired by God
“So then, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message comes through preaching Christ.” (Romans 10:17)
While reading many differing definitions of the word ‘faith’, I came across
an interesting story about a blind man, named Daniel Kish.
Daniel doesn’t ‘know’ sight. He has no memory of it. Before two years of age, he lost both eyes as a result of retinal cancer. Yet, Daniel taught himself to ‘see’ by listening to the clicking sounds he makes as he moves about through the world. With this ability, he can safely ride his bike down a suburban street.
Daniel Kish, today, is a well-educated, 54 year old American who resides in California. He is president of World Access for the Blind. Kish and his nonprofit organization have taught a form of ‘echolocation’ to at least 500 blind children around the world. Daniel taught himself to ‘see by listening with his ears!’ And, he is sharing the gift of his skill and hard work, acquired as a result of his ‘disability,’ to help other blind kids “see”, as well!
“Seeing by listening” is what the Bible tries to teach us about faith.
2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “For our life is a matter of faith, not of sight.”
I recently read some writing (by John W. Ritenbaugh) on the topic of
“faith.” Ritenbaugh wrote, “Faith is the very beginning of everything that
really matters spiritually.” He also wrote that, “hearing—or more correctly, listening—is probably Jesus’ most frequent and consistent exhortation during His ministry.”
If Jesus repeats it again and again, it must be critically important. And, we, on the receiving end, have to be entirely sure that we are doing more than just “hearing His spoken words.” We are called to be intently listening, which implies a heightened attention when hearing the spoken words plus an
unspoken, but implied commitment to obey and act. We have to put what we heard into practice. That’s “walking by faith.”
It reminds me of those times when my Dad would say “Did you hear what I said?” I would say, “Yes, I heard you.” To which he would say,
“Good, then you’d better listen.” That was the end of the conversation, but I knew it wasn’t the end of the lesson. The end of the lesson was unspoken, yet, I heard it loudly and clearly. The end of the lesson was, “Then you’d better do as you were told or you are going to be in big trouble.” I understood my Dad and I believed my Dad because I knew He “meant what he said and said what he meant.” And, I had faith in my father.
Luke 6: 46-49 tells how Jesus feels when we don’t have faith in Our Heavenly Father. “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord, and yet don’t do what I tell you? Anyone who come to me and listens to my words and obeys them—I will show you what he is like. He is like a man who, in building his house, dug deep and laid the foundation on rock. The river flooded over and hit that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But anyone who hears my words and does not obey them is like a man who built his house without laying a foundation; when the flood hit that house it fell at once—and what a terrible crash that was!”
Every time we hear His Word; in Sunday school, Bible Study, worship, during a devotion time, etc, we have to “listen so we can see.” And, when we are walking in faith, fully relying on Him, we will continue to receive His every blessing! He will love us unconditionally. He will provide for us and He will protect us, no matter what.
The following was written on a plaque which I gave to my husband.
“When you have come to the edge
Of all the light you have known
And are about to step out into the darkness Faith is knowing one of two things will happen; There will be something to stand on
You will be taught how to fly.”
And, to God will be the Glory!
Heavenly Father, Thank you for Your faithfulness to us! Thank you for the peace, love and hope in Your Word. Help us, Dear Lord, to “listen so that we might see” and to “walk in faith,” forever. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.