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Aug 2011

Sunday Service | Hurricane Irene Edition

Due to the severe weather, the City of Richmond has closed all public schools. Therefore, we encourage you to gather your family, neighbors, friends, and community to join in a time of prayer and worship. We’ve created a service outline for you to follow below. We pray that you are all safe and that this service will be an encouragement to you.

Before we begin, here are a few announcements.

Continuation of Worship:

Please have someone read the following passage of scripture aloud:

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Psalm 46:1-11

Spontaneous Prayer:

Take a moment and pray, consecrating your gathered time to the Lord.

Worship through Singing

Words can be found below the player

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing by Charles Wesley

O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise
The glories of my God and King, the triumphs of His grace

I felt my Lord’s atoning blood close to my soul applied
Me, me He loved, the Son of God, for me, for me He died

Glory to God, praise and love are forever given
By saints below, saints above, the church in earth and heaven

He speaks, and, listening to His voice, new life the dead receive
His spirit leads us to the choice, and brings us to believe

He breaks the power of cancelled sin, He sets the prisoner free
His blood can make the foulest clean, His blood availed for me

Look unto Him, you nations, own your God, you fallen race
Look, and be saved through faith alone, be justified by grace

My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim
To spread throughout the Earth abroad the honors of your name

Responsive Reading:
Have one person read the plain text and all read the italicized text together.

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,

who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:5-11

Spontaneous Prayer:

Take a moment and pray, asking the Lord to open hearts and minds to hear and receive the Good News this morning.

Sermon: Am I Really A Christian

If you are a member of Vimeo, then you can download the video by clicking here.

Prayer and Reflection:

Take a minute or two to reflect and pray about what you heard in the sermon. Since you are likely watching this with a small group, a time of corporate prayer, confession, and prayer for one another may also be appropriate.


Should you have bread and juice (or wine) available, take time to serve communion to one another, reminding each other of the gospel truth that Jesus body was broken and his blood was shed for us.

Response of Grateful Praise:

Let us respond with grateful praise that the God who watches over even the smalles sparrow, is the very God who causes us to be born again to a living hope.

Hie Eye Is On the Sparrow by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel and Civilla Durfee Martin

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Prayer of Benediction:
Adapted from “Valley of Vision.” Have someone prayerfully read the following:

Thou art the blessed God, happy in Thyself, source of happiness in Thy creatures, our maker, benefactor, proprietor, upholder. Thou hast produced and sustained us, supported and indulged us, saved and kept us; Thou art in every situation able to meet our needs and miseries.

May we live by Thee, live for Thee, never be satisfied with our Christian progress but as we resemble Christ; and may conformity to His principles, temper, and conduct grow hourly in our life. Let Thy unexampled love constrain us into holy obedience, and render our duty our delight. If others deem our faith folly, our meekness infirmity, our zeal madness, our hope delusion, our actions hypocrisy, may we rejoice to suffer for Thy name.

Keep us walking steadfastly towards the country of everlasting delights, that paradise-land which is our true inheritance. Support us by the strength of heaven that we may never turn back, or desire false pleasures that will disappear into nothing. As we pursue our heavenly journey by Thy grace let us be known as a people with no aim but that of a burning desire for Thee, and the good and salvation of our fellow men.


Now, go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Our giving is a response to grace, not duty. It is a part of worship, a response to who God is and what He has done. Giving is a way that God invites us to participate in His work. If you would like to give a tithe or offering today, you can do so online by clicking here.