Sunday Online Gathering
Dear Fourth Church,
This Sunday we find ourselves circumstantially scattered in many different locations. Nevertheless, we are one united church family in Jesus Christ our Lord. Below you will find my video message as well as hymns for singing and a prayer to help you worship at home with family members or friends.
The Lord Reigns
The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
2 Your throne is established from of old;
you are from everlasting.
3 The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
the floods have lifted up their voice;
the floods lift up their roaring.
4 Mightier than the thunders of many waters,
mightier than the waves of the sea,
the Lord on high is mighty!
5 Your decrees are very trustworthy;
holiness befits your house,
O Lord, forevermore.
My Help Comes from the Lord
A Song of Ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
8 The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.
Both Psalms English Standard Version (ESV)
Hymns for Singing:
Our Great God and Heavenly Father,
You are the Sovereign One, our infinite, eternal, almighty, and most wise God. To you belongs all glory, majesty, dominion, and power. You work all things according to the counsel of your will, for the good of your people, and the honor of your name. We come before you as your people in the name of your Son our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in a time of great need.
Today, people around the world face a tremendous challenge as we confront the coronavirus. Give wisdom, insight, and understanding to the government officials, scientists, and physicians as they work for our good.
Today, we as a church family are separated from our brothers and sisters in Christ and unable to gather together in corporate worship. O Lord, we need you. Protect us and keep us. Help us to know your presence here with us today.
Some of us are afraid. Will you subdue our fears and strengthen our faith? Quiet our hearts with the knowledge of your divine goodness. We trust you, help us trust you more. Remind us that you are our all wise God.
Some of us are anxious. Will you still our frenzy and give us courage? While we walk through the valley of the shadow, help us to know that you are with us. Comfort us, our faithful God.
Show us our Savior. ‘He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.’ Help us to hear him as we read your Word. Bless us by him. Fill us with his Spirit. Transform us into his likeness, we pray. Cause us to be, especially in this season, as you would have your people to be.
Show us how to love our neighbors. Help us to serve them and to minister to their needs. Give us an opportunity to speak to them about you. Draw them to yourself.
All these prayers we bring in the name of the Lord Jesus, who taught us to pray:
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. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.