by Rev. Dr. Jonathan T. Swanson, Pastor
PRELUDE – “Cortège”
by Gordon Young | William Broyles, organ
OPENING PRAISE – “Hello My Name Is”
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, God of power, God of love, thank you for this time to still the other voices in our lives, and hear from you. We pray that this may be a time we set aside to know and praise the one God, all in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
OPENING SONGS LYRICS
SING ALONG – “Praise Ye the Lord (3 verses)”
SING ALONG – “This is the Air I Breathe”
CALL TO CONFESSION (Psalm 86:15)
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of grace, love, and communion, we confess that we have failed to love you with our whole heart, soul, and mind; and to love our neighbor as ourselves. We ignore your commandments, stray from your way, and follow other gods. Have mercy on us. Forgive our sin and raise us to new life that we may serve you faithfully and give honor to your holy name. Amen.
ASSURANCE (1 Peter 2:24)
He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
And to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be:World without end. Amen. Amen.
by Debbie Abbott, Director of Faith Formation
ANTHEM – “Shall We Gather at the River”
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION (Isaiah 55:9)
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Amen.
OLD TESTAMENT READING (Psalm 47:5-7)
God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the king of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm.
NEW TESTAMENT READING (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
SERMON – “We’re Taking It Back: Reunion”
by Rev. Dr. Jonathan T. Swanson, Pastor
SPECIAL MUSIC – “Wish You Were Here”
by Pink Floyd | Jordan Kennison
This song by the progressive rock band PINK FLOYD was written in 1975 as a tribute to one of the founding members, Syd Barret. It is offered here in worship as an assurance that you are missed here in worship during our time of separation during the recent pandemic.
GIVING TO GOD (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Give as much as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Ways to Give
We ask that you please remember the church in this time. You can give by:
1. Mailing your check to the church at: 4140 Hodges Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32224.
2. Ordering a draft be made on your account.
3. Using a credit card.
4. Paying electronically using your bank’s system.
5. Giving online using the following link: https://www.mychurchwebsitegiving.com/App/Giving/hodg4140174
6. Having stocks or mutual funds transferred to the church.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him, all creatures here below
Praise Him above the Heavenly host
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Gracious Father, in your love you have given us so much. We thank you for these blessing that we give back to you. May you take these gifts and give to others. Amen.
LORD’S SUPPER (Matthew 20:26-28)
Whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.
COMMUNION MEDITATION – “God Leads Us Along”
arr Suzanne Arant | Susan Reed, piano
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND LORD’S PRAYER
Loving God, thank you that you have scattered the power of death in the rising of Jesus Christ. Thank you that you will come again to set all things right, and as you rose from the dead, so we will rise from the dead through your power. May we look forward with hope.
As the infinite God who cares for each of us, we ask that you would be near those isolated by sickness or sorrow, and victims of violence or warfare. May they feel your presence and love. As we continue to emerge from the coronavirus, and deal with unrest and racial issues, please give our leaders a clear picture of your love and compassion for all. We ask that they may be empowered to act as your agents, and we may follow.
We pray all this in the name of the Son and Savior, Jesus Christ, who taught us when we pray to say: 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
CLOSING PRAISE – “We Missed You In Church”
Tod McVey and Marshall Mayer
CLOSING PRAYER (1 Thessalonians 4:18)
Therefore encourage one another with these words. Amen.