Just how hard is it to love your enemy, as Jesus instructs in the Sermon on the Mount? What about going the second mile, or turning the other cheek? We hope you will join us as Rev. Dean Phelps looks at these tough-to-do teachings of Jesus from Matthew 5:38-48. Pastor Phelps is Transitional Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma, and we are honored to have him share this special word with us today.
During our 27-minute time together we hope that you will sing along on the hymns, and join in our prayer and scripture.
At the last part of worship we'll be sharing in a time of communion: breaking of the bread together. This is a symbolic act for us, remembering Jesus' words to his disciples at the last supper, to share in the communion in remembrance of him.
If you prefer, you can use the few minutes of communion for prayer and meditation. If you would like to share in communion with us physically, please have ready a piece of bread or similar food, and some type of drink (we use grape juice, but other drinks will work). These represent the broken body and the blood of Jesus Christ given on our behalf. As we pray for the communion, our prayer includes what is on the table before you.
We hope you will feel at home worshipping with us, and feel a blessing from being part. Please help us spread the word about DisciplesNet Church, especially to those who are not able to attend a physical church.
May God bless you richly!
ORDER OF WORSHIP:
1. Opening background music and hymn: "A Beautiful Life," Dean Phelps
2. Welcome: Anita Cobb
3. Gospel song: "A Beautiful Life," Dean Phelps
4. Scripture: Matthew 5: 38-48 (NRSV), Janet Spaulding; background music, "Thy Word," played by Bev Heid
5. Pastor's Prayer with Lord's Prayer: Deb Phelps, background music, "Near to the Heart of God," played by Bev Heid
5. Special Music: "Lord Make us Instruments of Your Peace," Southport Christian Church Choir, Indianapolis
6. Message: "The Power to Choose," Dean Phelps
7. Hymn: "I Surrender All," DisciplessNet Chorale
8. Communion: Bob Shaw
9. Communion hymn, "In Remembrance of Me", DisciplesNet singers
10. Closing Music, credits
This link shares more about Bud Welch, who Pastor Phelps talked about in today's message:
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