Dear Church Family,
Thankful for your faithfulness to both the stay at home guidelines and Salem Church over these past few weeks. I continue to thank God for each of you as I remember you in my prayers. Our Bible Study today at 10am will focus on Romans 5:21. This study is offered through “zoom.” I have more information about “zoom” at the bottom of this email.
We begin a new series of sermons this Sunday titled “Lessons by the Lakeshore.” The first lesson is Hebrews 13:1-8 and the sermon text is John 21:9-14. I have created a brief order of worship to guide us today. The blue links will redirect you to youTube for the hymns and the sermon. Please know that you may have to watch a short advertisement before the hymn will start.
May our hearts be united today as offer our praise and worship today to God Almighty.
Order of Worship for Sunday, April 26th
Call to Worship Psalm 30
O Lord our God, we praise you.
We cried to you for help and you answered us.
You have restored our lives;
You have rescued us from the grave.
Loving Lord, as you met your disciple just after daybreak on the beach, meet us anew today. You filled the disciples nets with fish; we ask you to fill our lives with love and grace, more than we can ask or imagine. Surprise us this hour with abundance of your goodness and feed us once again on your Holy Word. In your holy name we pray. Amen.
Morning Lesson: Hebrews 13:1-8
Holy God, our hearts rejoice in your presence today. You, O God, are our source of stregthn. Your grace is ever-present and your love encompass each moment of our days. We flourish are your children because of your endless love.
Confident our presence in our lives, we approach your throne of grace and extend our prayers to you now. We pray our world, locked in the tight grip of uncertainty, fear, and worried caused by the coronavirus. Remind us of your matchless compassion. Renew and equip our healthcare professionals to overcome our fears with a steadfast tenderness that reflects your healing grace.
Extend your vision and wisdom to the scientist and leaders who seek to keep us safe. Renew our commission as your church to be agents of encouragement and hope for our community. May your love prevail. We pray for one another, recognizing that our hurts and our needs extend beyond COVID-19. Embrace each of us with your grace.
Strengthen the weak, heal the sick, and comfort all who hurt today. As we watch springtime blossom in the valleys and on the mountains, may our faith bloom into beautiful expression of love and devotion to you, our great God, author and creator of all life.
Hear prayers today as we join them with the prayer Christ taught each of his disciples to pray. . . Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today 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 glory, forever. Amen.
Morning Lesson: John 21:9-14
May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever He may send you.
May he guide you through the wilderness and protect you through the storm
May he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you.
May he bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors. God bless each of you. Amen.