Sunday, April 26, 2020
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Join the pastors for a coffee chat over Zoom on Sunday, April 26 from 9-9:45 am. Drop in anytime and let us know how you’re doing! Click here to join. The meeting ID is 958 9980 8088 and the password is 4111.

Copies of the Upper Room are in a plastic bin on the bench right outside the doors of the church. Feel free to stop by and pick up a copy for your daily devotions.

You can also drop off crackers and fruit cups to the church anytime. There is a large plastic bin by the front doors for donations.

If you ordered a lily at Easter and would like to pick it up or donate it to a church member, contact Marilyn Mahan at maj63@twc.com to make arrangements.

Check out the link at the bottom of the page for new Sunday School videos and activities for students Pre-K through 5th grade. We will continue to include these weekly lessons in the worship emails.

Mark your calendars for drive-in worship on May 3, 17, and 31. Weather permitting, we will hold worship outdoors. You can tune in to our station 95.9 FM just as you would for a drive-in movie. Please be sure to stay in your cars. No bathrooms will be available. Online worship will still be sent out as usual on weeks we also hold "car church."
PRELUDE

"It Is Well With My Soul"
Darlene Skinner, piano & Denise Wallace, horn
SILENCE

Set a timer for 5 minutes and use a breath prayer.
On the inhale, mentally say: “How much the Lord has done for you!”
On the exhale: “What mercy he has shown you!”
OPENING WORD

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted,
and saves the crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:18
OPENING HYMN

"He Touched Me"
Torin Wright & Darlene Skinner
Shackled by a heavy burden,
'Neath a load of guilt and shame.
Then the hand of Jesus touched me,
And now I am no longer the same.

He touched me, Oh He touched me,
And oh the joy that floods my soul!
Something happened and now I know,
He touched me and made me whole.

Since I met this blessed Savior,
Since He cleansed and made me whole,
I will never cease to praise Him,
I'll shout it while eternity rolls.

He touched me, Oh He touched me,
And oh the joy that floods my soul!
Something happened and now I know
He touched me and made me whole.
TEACHING

Silence
SPECIAL MUSIC

"You Raise Me Up"
Darlene Skinner, piano & Denise Wallace, horn
OFFERING

As our Lord has broken the chains that bind us, so we can partner with God in breaking the chains that bind others. There are ways to help out in Moore County. Click here to offer your efforts in service to our great chain-breaker.
SECOND SONG

"All the People Said Amen"
Matt Maher, Trevor Morgan, Paul Moak
by the Connections Band
SCRIPTURE LESSON

They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.
When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”

Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.

A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.

Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.

As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

Mark 5:1-20

MESSAGE

"Easter in Captivity: Chains, Stones, and Bruises"

by Pastor Sarah
CLOSING HYMN

"Be Still, My Soul"
Torin Wright & Darlene Skinner
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
leave to your God to order and provide;
in every change God faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly friend
through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: your God will undertake
to guide the future, as in ages past.
Your hope, your confidence let nothing shake;
all now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds shall know
the Christ who ruled them while he dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
when we shall be forever with the Lord,
when disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past,
all safe and blessed we shall meet at last.
CLOSING PRAYER

God of grace and resurrection:
We come to you this day only by your grace. For some of us this is a day to be humbled by the many gifts in our lives—physical health, strong relationships, enough canned goods in the pantry, and enough patience for another day.

For others of us, this is a different day. We are trying to carry more than we can bear on our own. Our confidence feels shaken. It’s hard to get a good night’s rest. We find ourselves wondering more about what the future will hold than feeling secure as we look to what lies ahead.

These days of uncertainty are shaking us in some ways, O God. And they are teaching us in others.

So may we come to that place of deeper faith that joins us fully to your kingdom. Grant us the wisdom to rediscover the power of a humble heart. And grant, we pray, the spiritual courage to trust more than we can fully know.

Our hearts reach out to you as we pray for those who are hurting today. We pray in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord for the healing and recovery of the sick and suffering. We pray for the care and resourcefulness of those who are in need. We pray for the power of your Holy Spirit to lead us as your church in this place. We are putting our community first and we pray that your power be released in our efforts through gifts of food and virtual/online Sunday school classes and lifegroups. We pray for the work of the Moore Free & Charitable Clinic. We pray for the work of every retirement home, rehabilitation center, and continuing care community. Be with those who are serving and keep them safe. And help the ones who are asking for assistance…especially those who may feel embarrassed for needing help at this time. Bring quickly, we pray, a new day, when we who may need help right now…will very soon be in a position of helping others.

O God, we continue to pray for the leaders of our communities and our nation, and all nations of the earth. Renew a right spirit within us so that we open our hearts to you in new ways and come to a renewed faith in our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus, in whose precious name we pray. Amen.