Sunday, September 6, 2020
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Drive-in worship will now be held weekly at 9 am (weather permitting) and will continue to include bring your own communion and the option of lawn seating for those who feel comfortable being outside their cars. Please bring your own blanket/chairs. We will continue to honor social distancing. We now have sidewalk chalk available for the kids during worship!

The weekly E-news is back! Look for it in your inbox on Fridays. The E-news lists opportunities to worship, learn, and serve, along with fellowship opportunities and notes from the congregation. You will also find the weekly bulletin for drive-in worship included for your reference on Sunday mornings.
PRELUDE

"God of Our Fathers"
Darlene Skinner
SILENCE

Set a timer for 5 minutes and use a breath prayer.
On the inhale, pray "Guide me, O Lord..."
On the exhale, pray, "...my hope is in you."
OPENING PRAYER

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
OPENING HYMN

"We Gather Together"
Torin Wright & Darlene Skinner
1. We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing; he chastens and hastens his will to make known. The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing. Sing praises to his name; he forgets not his own.

2. Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining, ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine; so from the beginning the fight we were winning; thou, Lord, wast at our side, all glory be thine!

3. We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant, and pray that thou still our defender wilt be. Let thy congregation escape tribulation; thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
ANTHEM

"Be Not Afraid"
LIFE GROUP TESTIMONY
OFFERING

Out of gratitude for all God has given us, we respond by giving back to God’s world around us. Donate locally to offer your talents toward building up our community, and also consider giving financially online or by mailing a check to the church.
CONTEMPORARY SONG

"10,000 Reasons"
The Connections Praise Band
SCRIPTURE LESSON

Acts 17:1-9 NRSV

After Paul and Silas had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three sabbath days argued with them from the scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Messiah to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This is the Messiah, Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you.” Some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. But the Jews became jealous, and with the help of some ruffians in the marketplaces they formed a mob and set the city in an uproar. While they were searching for Paul and Silas to bring them out to the assembly, they attacked Jason’s house. When they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some believers before the city authorities, shouting, “These people who have been turning the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has entertained them as guests. They are all acting contrary to the decrees of the emperor, saying that there is another king named Jesus.” The people and the city officials were disturbed when they heard this, and after they had taken bail from Jason and the others, they let them go.


MESSAGE

"Upside Down"
by Pastor Katie
FINAL HYMN

"How Great Thou Art"
Torin Wright & Darlene Skinner
1. O Lord my God! when I in awesome wonder consider all the [worlds] thy hands have made, I see the stars, I hear the [rolling] thunder, thy power throughout the universe displayed. Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art!

2. When through the woods and forest glades I wander, and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees; when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze; Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art!

3. And when I think that God, his Son not sparing, sent him to die, I scarce can take it in; that on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, he bled and died to take away my sin; Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art!

4. When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart. Then I shall bow in humble adoration, and there proclaim, my God, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art!
CLOSING PRAYER
Lord, we pray that we will leave this place living today in Christ's presence, remembering he is near and will sustain us as we serve in his name. Amen.
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