Avondale E-Worship
July 5, 2020
Sermon
Guest Pastor
Rev. Cindy Kohlmann
Psalm 145: 8-20

8 The Lord is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 The Lord is good to all,
    and his compassion is over all that he has made.
10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
    and all your faithful shall bless you.
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,
    and tell of your power,
12 to make known to all people your mighty deeds,
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his words,
    and gracious in all his deeds.
14 The Lord upholds all who are falling,
    and raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand,
    satisfying the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is just in all his ways,
    and kind in all his doings.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desire of all who fear him;
    he also hears their cry, and saves them.
20 The Lord watches over all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.
A Moment for Children
Parents, read over the lesson below and use it to stir conversation as a family!

Independence Day
On July 4, 1776 the USA declared independence from British rule! In America we enjoy many freedoms that people in other countries may not. Such as freedom of religion! Did you know there are places in the world where you are not allowed to go to church or read the bible? You could go to jail if you're caught. Another wonderful freedom we have is freedom of speech! This freedom in America allows us to speak up and share our faith with others!

Psalm 145
In our scripture reading today we hear a song of praise and celebration for the wonderful things the Lord does for us! Read the passage as a family and talk through the many reminders and promises for you that are listed.

Speak Up!
Today we give thanks for our many freedoms! Try using your voice to share your faith with someone! Talk to a friend or family member and share with them some of the promises you learned in todays scripture!

Prayer
Dear God, Thank you for the freedom to learn about you and share your love with others. Amen!
Member Care Corner
"Show You Care - Task of the week"

Today we give thanks and praise for our independence and the right for the freedom to speak up and create change for those who have been silenced.
How can you use your voice to speak up for others?
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Prayer Requests

Beth Cline; Paige Hamilton; Jacqueline Howells; Delia McCloskey; Carl, Dee Dee and Lilly McDonald; Floyd Privette; The Family of Michael Morales; Jeff Strickland; Merrily Watts.
Mission Corner
One year ago, the Urban Ministry Center and Men's Shelter of Charlotte--the two organizations dedicated to serving our homeless neighbors and ultimately ending homelessness in Charlotte--merged, in an effort to consolidate and strengthen their common mission. Last month, the combined organization announced that its new name will be "Roof Above." In their words, "'Roof Above' tells you what we do. Whether through our shelters or our housing programs, we are committed to providing the safety, protection and dignity of a roof above."

Avondale has a long history of supporting the Urban Ministry Center and its mission, through our Room in the Inn program and through the work of many of our members as volunteers and staff members. This week, please consider contributing something from the wish list (link below) to show Avondale's support of our homeless neighbors and the vital mission of Roof Above.

Any purchased items may be dropped off at the church office on Wednesday, July 8 from 1:30-6 PM.
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