July 26, 2020

Order Of Service
For
Sunday Worship

Introduction

This Sunday Worship Service Plan is useful for individuals, shut-ins, your family gathered in the den, a nursing facility of sick & elderly, you and your neighbors sitting in the backyard, or any group of believers who share a need to gather and give thanks and praise to The Lord God.

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Psalm 100

You may click here to download a copy of this Worship Service Plan.

Please be aware that this is not to replace your own home church’s services but a supplement to weekly worship that you can provide for those not as fortunate to have a home church or for those who do have one but are hesitant to attend in person until the coronavirus has been contained.

So many shut-ins I visit in my ministry as a family care pastor are unable to get to church at all any more. So why not take the worship service to them wherever they are. Whether in nursing homes, hospitals, hospice homes, or your living room. We are the church, not the building where we meet.

Each and every week there will be a new Weekly Worship Service Plan posted, complete with Prayers, Praise Music, Sunday School lesson, Sermon and more by Tuesday or Wednesday so you can prepare to lead your group.

These services will remain on the website permanently so if you miss a week and want to go back and catch up it won’t be a problem at all.

These services and many other resources to assist you in both public and private worship can be found on the FaithByTheWord Menubar at the top of this page under “Worship”.

Please let us know how this works for you and if you have any suggestions for improvement. Please share this Facebook Post with as many as you can. You never know who might come to know The Lord from such a time as this.

Preparing For This Service

  • The Bible Study Lesson listed below can be opened and read just by clicking on the link to it or printed on your printer. Most lessons are around 5 pages long. Please free to browse the Library Of Lessons store on this website.
  • You may want to print this service on your printer by simply selecting the print function in whatever browser you are using to access the internet.
  • The Call To Worship Opening Prayer can be used as is or used as a model for developing your own. God does not care what comes out of your mouth but what comes out of you heart.
  • The Praise & Worship Songs include a printable sheet of lyrics. You may want to print them out so everyone can sing along. Sing out loud! God does not care what comes out of your mouth but what comes out of you heart!!! The music is played by clicking on the Song Title on the page of lyrics.
  • The Sermon For Today lists a few of my favorite preachers from which you can choose. Preaching is a matter of personal taste as long as it is Bible based and true to The Word Of God. There are many great preachers that you can choose to hear on demand. A tremendous resource is the website OnePlace.com. Take a look and feast on The Word Of God to your heart’s content!
  • The Closing Prayer & Blessing can be used as is or used as a model for developing your own. Again, God does not care what comes out of your mouth but what comes out of you heart.
  • The Invitation To Come To Christ is an important part of any public worship service. Please read thru “The Plan” found on the Menubar on this page for a better understanding of how you can share The Plan Of Salvation with your loved ones.

Call To Worship

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

Opening Prayer

Dear Lord:
We have come together today to glorify and honor you for the privilege of coming straight to The Throne Of Grace with our prayers and petitions. In these times of trouble and trials Your love and grace has greatly comforted us. Not knowing when the coronavirus pestilence will end we do know this time in our lives will pass forever when we are finally at home with you for all eternity in Heaven! We know this is Your perfect plan and pray for wisdom to help us understand where and how we fit in so we can stay in the center of Your will. May everything we say and do here today bring praise, glory, and honor to your holy and precious name.
Amen.

Today’s Scripture For Inspiration

You Can Run But You Can’t Hide

By Bonnie Sala

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:12

It’s a hard fact to come to grips with: we are living in an evil world and that means pain is involved. The Bible points out to us that, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9 KJV). Deceitful, wicked hearts produce evil deeds and followers of Jesus are not spared the spill-over of this evil. In fact, Christians should really be the least surprised when life turns upside down, knowing that our world is temporarily ruled by a god (that’s with a lower-case “g”) who does not have our best interests at heart. “Satan… is the god of this world,” says the Bible in 2 Corinthians 4:4.

How, then, do we live in a painful world? Despite our best efforts to avoid it and God’s promises to be with us in it, pain is a part of our existence. It is unavoidable, even in the life of a follower of Jesus Christ. Here are four truths to consider when contemplating the pain in your life:

Pain is to be expected. “Do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering,” Peter wrote to followers of Jesus, “as through something strange were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12). Sometimes we are led to erroneously believe, that if we do this and don’t do that, we’re giving, serving, believing, then God practically owes us a good life. That’s not in the Bible. Elisabeth Elliot put it like this: “We live in a fallen world and therefore where there is wrong then Christians must suffer wrong, like everybody else.” “Don’t be surprised at your painful trials,” is what the Bible really says. If you think about it, the cross, the symbol of suffering, is the symbol of our faith.

There is something for us to do in the midst of our pain. “So, then,” Peter continues, “those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good” (1 Peter 4:19). What is the good, that we should continue to do? Romans 12:12 answers us with three simple directions: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

Consider that God puts value into our pain as we endure in a Godly manner. Yes, the Bible says that our suffering really is going to result in something incredible. “Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all,” promises 2 Corinthians 4:17. This is a view of suffering that is unique to Christianity. Tim Keller explains, “Christianity teaches that, contra fatalism, suffering is overwhelming; contra Buddhism, suffering is real; contra karma, suffering is often unfair; but contra secularism, suffering is meaningful. There is a purpose to it, and if faced rightly, it can drive us like a nail deep into the love of God and into more stability and spiritual power than you can imagine.”

We can be renewed each day in the midst of suffering. “Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16). The Bible doesn’t sugarcoat it; our bodies are wearing out and wearing away! But the Christian possesses an inner life that is lived under the influence of the Holy Spirit. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit is the Source of the “times of refreshing that come from the presence of the Lord.”

May that refreshment of the Holy Spirit and the deep love of God be real to you today.

Today’s Bible Study Lesson

  • Can coronavirus change your life for the better? (Lesson #4 of Pestilence)
    • Allow 20 Minutes
    • Please note that the date on the lesson was the original date I taught the lesson to the seniors at Harvest Baptist Church.
    • This is the second in a series of 4 lessons we will cover in the coming weeks.
    • This series will answer many questions those of us who are unsettled by the coronavirus and are self-quarantining at home, those of us whose churches have shut down, and those of us who have been furloughed from our jobs until this plague is under control. This series will discuss what the Bible says about plagues and pestilence and what this all means and then focus on the experiences we are now enduring with this “pestilence of biblical proportion”..

Song Of Praise & Worship

Today’s Sermon

Preaching is a matter of personal taste as long as it is Bible based and true to The Word Of God. There are many great preachers that you can choose to hear on demand. A tremendous resource is the website OnePlace.com. Take a look and feast on The Word Of God to your heart’s desire!

Some of my favorite Sunday Services include:

Invitation To Come To Christ

The Romans Road To Salvation

The Romans Road to salvation is a way of explaining the good news of salvation using verses from the Book of Romans. It is a simple yet powerful method of explaining why we need salvation, how God provided salvation, how we can receive salvation, and what are the results of salvation.

We are all sinners

The first verse on the Romans Road to salvation is Romans 3:23, ‘For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.’ We have all sinned. We have all done things that are displeasing to God. There is no one who is innocent. Romans 3:10-18 gives a detailed picture of what sin looks like in our lives. 

The penalty for sin is hell
The second Scripture on the Romans Road to salvation, Romans 6:23, teaches us about the consequences of sin – ‘For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.’ The punishment that we have earned for our sins is death. Not just physical death, but eternal death!

We must confess our sins
The fourth stop on the Romans Road to salvation is Romans 10:9, ‘that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.’ 

We must call on The Lord
Because of Jesus’ death on our behalf, all we have to do is believe in Him, trusting His death as the payment for our sins – and we will be saved! Romans 10:13 says it again, ‘for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins and rescue us from eternal death. Salvation, the forgiveness of sins, is available to anyone who will trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

What this means to you
The final aspect of the Romans Road to salvation is the results of salvation. Romans 5:1 has this wonderful message, ‘Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.’ Through Jesus Christ we can have a relationship of peace with God. Romans 8:1 teaches us, ‘Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.’ Because of Jesus’ death on our behalf, we will never be condemned for our sins. Finally, we have this precious promise of God from Romans 8:38-39, ‘For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’

ABCs Of Salvation: Where the rubber meets the road

(A)dmit that you are a sinner.
Romans 3:23 KJV – For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 6:23 KJV – For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(B)elieve that Jesus died to pay for your sins.
John 3:16‭-‬17 KJV – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.   For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

(C)onfess your sins and (C)all on Jesus for salvation.
1 John 1:9 KJV – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Acts 2:21 KJV – And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Sinners Prayer

God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!

Song Of Praise & Worship

Closing Prayer & Blessing

Closing Prayer
Lord Jesus, we came this morning praying that Your mercy would pour out on us and ease our fears and concerns as this virus continues to threaten our land and lives and you have done just that. We are grateful for the time we have been able to spend with You in praise, worship, and fellowship. Thank you for loving us so much You gave your life for us on the cross so we can have a home in heaven some day. Father, you have been gracious to provide all our needs for our entire lives. Guide us as we go back to our homes. Show us the right way to follow throughout the week, and when we come back, we shall testify of the great things that you have done in our lives. In Jesus’ name, we believe and pray, Amen.

A Blessing As We Go Forward This week
And now may the Lord bless you, and may the Lord keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you, giving you his peace. May you be committed to doing the will of God, living in the perfect providential graciousness of God your Father. He will send his angels before you to prepare your way, and behind you to be your rear guard. Know that you will live within his divine favor, because you are obedient to him. May the Lord bless you now in all things. Do not be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is the power of God for salvation and life.

Published by Pastor Dave Winstead

I am the Family Care Pastor at Harvest Baptist Church in Burlington, NC.

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