WE GATHER


 

 

SONGS OF PRAISE

 

 

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

by Rev. Dr. Jonathan T. Swanson, Pastor

 

 

 

OPENING PRAYER

Gracious God, we thank you for this time, and this place, and this body of people, all set aside to worship you.  Please grant that here may the weary find rest and the strong are renewed, all to go out and build your kingdom, empowered by your Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 

 

 

OPENING PRAISE – “O Come and Sing unto the Lord”

 


 

 

CONFESSION

George Ross

 

CALL TO CONFESSION (Jeremiah 31:34)

For I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

O Lord of the church, we know that at times we have not lived up to our calling as a special people, as the body of Christ.  Sometimes we have not carried our portion of the burden, and at other times we have been too eager to take over.  Sometimes we have been less than generous in our financial stewardship, and at other times we have been too ready to impress people with what we are giving.  Sometimes we have been too intent on expressing our opinions, and at other times we have been completely indifferent to the situation.  Forgive us, Lord God, and help us to become the kind of church members who will be the most useful to you, to others, and to ourselves.  Amen.

 

ASSURANCE (Acts 10:43)

All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

 

 

 

 

PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD


 

 

 

CHILDREN’S MOMENT

by Debbie Abbott, Director of Faith Formation 

 

 

 

MUSICAL MEDITATION

 

 

 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION (Psalm 19:14)

George Ross

Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, O Lord, our rock and our redeemer.  Amen.

 

 

OLD TESTAMENT READING (Jonah 3:10-4:4, 11)

George Ross

When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.  But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry.  He prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country?  That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing.  And now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.”  And the Lord said, “Is it right for you to be angry?” . . . And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?”

 

 

NEW TESTAMENT READING (1 Timothy 2:3-4)

Rev. Dr. Jonathan T. Swanson, Pastor

This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 

 

SERMON – “More Than a Fish Story: Who Cares?”

by Rev. Dr. Jonathan T. Swanson, Pastor

Download/View Sermon Outline

 

 

 

 

RESPONDING TO THE WORD


 

 

RESPONSIVE PRAISE – “Help Us Accept Each Other”

 

 

 

GIVING TO GOD (1 Chronicles 29:13-14)

And now, our God, we give thanks to you and praise your glorious name.  But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to make this freewill offering?  For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. 

 

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 linkhttps://www.mychurchwebsitegiving.com/App/Giving/hodg4140174

         6. Having stocks or mutual funds transferred to the church.

 

Financial arrangements can be made through our Financial Secretary, Chuck Harper (charper@hbpcusa.org)

 

 

 

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Gracious God, we give you but a portion of how much you have given to us.  We thank you and ask you to take these gifts and use them for kingdom purposes, that the world may know how great is our God.  We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, who gave all for us.  Amen.

 

 

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND LORD’S PRAYER

Rev. Dr. Jonathan T. Swanson, Pastor

We give you our praise and thanks, O God, for all the gifts of love we have received from you, and for your persistent mercy in Jesus Christ.  We give you our cares and concerns, O God, because we know you care for your children in every circumstance.  Especially we pray for those affected in various ways by the coronavirus.  We ask for racial reconciliation; help us to move from protest to concrete action.  Lead us, O Lord, in the ways that we may make your peace a reality, and not just a call.   

 

We pray all this in the name of our leader, our Lord, and our Savior, Jesus Christ, who taught his disciples when they 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.  

 

 

 

Departing to Live and Love as
Christ’s Disciples


 

 

CLOSING PRAISE 

 

 

 

CLOSING PRAYER ( 1 Timothy 6:15-16)

To the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, who alone has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, be honor and eternal dominion.  Amen.