Growing in faith, serving with love
Order for Worship - 13th Sunday after Pentecost
August 30, 2020
GATHER & PRAISE
Gather today to worship the Lord! Whether we feel we are on the mountaintop or the lion’s den, our God continues to bless us with abundant mercy, guidance, and love. Come to the Lord’s throne and worship the One who has given us Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World! Lyrics for the hymn are provided in the description on the YouTube page.
CONFESS
Family, God’s Spirit gives us a constant source of mercy, comfort, and reconciliation. With confidence in the forgiveness that follows, let us confess to God where we have fallen short.
 
Pray aloud in unison with others who are gathered, both in body and spirit.
It’s so easy to follow you, Lord, when it’s easy to do so. When it costs nothing or even benefits us, we often have no problem submitting to your love and your will. But we confess that we often wilt when following you requires sacrifice. Too often, we turn away when following you leads us to be uncomfortable, give up what we treasure, and even die to ourselves.
 
Forgive us when our faith is fickle. Help us to be like Daniel in the lion’s den, choosing to follow you no matter where it leads us. Bless our faith, and give us courage and strength for the journey you set for us.
 
RECEIVE PEACE
Family, receive this Good News. No matter how tough life gets, God is with us. No matter how much we feel we have strayed from God’s presence, God is with us. No matter how much we know we have failed, God continues to be with us. Be at peace with God and one another, for in Christ, we are forgiven, always and completely.
 
CHILDREN’S SERMON
PRAYER REQUESTS
If you would like to share a joy or prayer concern, please email Pastor Dan at dan@tequestapres.org and your request will be shared in next week’s worship packet. Prayer requests will remain for 3 weeks unless updated.
 
  • For all impacted by the COVID-19 virus. For our medical professionals, paramedics, firefighters, and police officers. For those suffering from illness or facing treatment.
  • For those impacted by Hurricane Laura.
  • For peace in our communities and opportunities for reconciliation. For the softening of hearts and the desire for justice. For the willingness to have conversations that lead to understanding, reconciliation, and healing.
  • Our leaders at every level, for wisdom and discernment as they make difficult decisions, for our Session and deacons.
  • For those burdened with stress and anxiety during this time, as well as those who facing financial uncertainty.
  • Ron Fenaughty, Sharon Owens, Jasmine Speak and Family, Kenly Drummond, Deb Gervais, Richard Weimar, Beth Mathias, Kim Hanrahan, Mark, Jessie and Baby James Leyden, Ed Layman, Joyce Hawkins, Chris Moats, Chet and Mary Jane Downs, Families who have lost loved ones;
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! George Glevis - Aug 31, Jean Mottaz - Sept 1, Ron Smith - Sept 1, Mary Jane Downs - Sept 5

SERMON SERIES
In the Lion’s Den: Finding Faith and Integrity During Tough Times
It’s easy to remain faithful when times are easy. It’s easy to follow Christ when it doesn’t impact our schedule, our comfort, or our own hopes and dreams. But what about those seasons in life when life is not easy? How can our faith lead us to a life of integrity when we feel pulled in different directions? The Prophet Daniel, a Jewish exile living in Babylon, asked these very questions as he was being led to the lion’s den. But Daniel’s faith in God during those times, as well as God’s provision for Daniel, shows us how powerful our faith can be. For 4 weeks, we will explore the 6th chapter of Daniel, as well as the 8th chapter of Romans, to see how relying on our faith leads to integrity, which then gives us the ability to navigate tough times while remaining faithful to God.
 
SERMON
Old Testament Lesson: Daniel 6:16-24
Gospel Lesson: Romans 8:18-27
 
Sermon: Living in the Den
GIVE BACK
Just as God has continued to provide us with abundant love, mercy, and guidance, we have the opportunity to respond with abundant gratitude. Everything you give allows us to continue the mission of this church. You can give back by clicking the “give online” button or by mailing a check to our church office at:


FPC Tequesta
482 Tequesta Drive
Tequesta, FL 33469
CHARGE & BENEDICTION
If life’s seems to be overwhelming, or if you feel that God is far away, remember that God never leaves us! Trust in God’s continuous and abundant faithfulness proven to us in Jesus Christ. Let God carry you through life in the den.
 
As we continue to embrace and share God’s love in this time, may the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit guide and sustain us until the day Christ comes again. Amen!
Announcements
Drive-in Worship Service: Join us today at 11am in the church parking lot our drive in worship service. The live audio will be broadcast onto the radio, so all you have to do is park your car and tune in to 89.5 FM! An order for worship with instructions will be posted on our website or Click here to download and print the bulletin for this service.
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