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Worship Service for 5/16/21 or the video click on the following (16) Facebook
Welcome! It’s so good to have you with us. We have quite a few worshiping with us throughout the week when we consider the numbers her, online, and receiving the service by mail.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Tuesday evening at 7:00 is the Finance Team meeting in the Social Hall. Becky will send a reminder by email to those on the Team. If you know of anyone who doesn’t have an email account or check their email, please let them know. The Rittman Cares Committee will be meeting at 6:00 in the Social Hall, also. We should be finished by 7. –After next Sunday the funds for Flood Buckets will be sent in to the Midwest Missions Distribution Center. – Food Pantry is Weds. from 4-5:30.
-Next week is Graduation Sunday to recognize those who graduated last year and this year.
Our Call to Worship is “Holy Spirit” (by Bryan Torwalt & Katie Torwalt) Verse 1 – There’s nothing worth more that will ever come close. No thing can compare You’re our living hope. Your Presence, Lord! Chorus – Holy Spirit, You are welcome here. Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere. Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for to be overcome by Your Presence, Lord. Verse 2 – I’ve tasted and seen of the sweetest of loves where my heart becomes free and my shame is undone. Your Presence, Lord!
Let’s be in an attitude of prayer as we pray to the Lord to send His light to light our path. “Light of Christ, shine on our path. Chase away all darkness. Illumine us. And Lead us to the heart of God.” Amen
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE: “God’s Superheroes” Can you tell me the names of some superheroes? (Flash, Superman, Spiderman, Batman, SuperGirl, etc) What do super-heroes do? (save people / fights evil ones) I ask about super-heroes because the disciples treated Jesus like a superhero. Jesus saves people and fights against evil. They kept looking to him to figure things out, heal people, and fix things for them. But in today’s story, we hear that Jesus leaves the disciples – which means they can’t keep having Jesus rescue them. At first, it might seem like Jesus is being sort of mean to his disciples by leaving. But the reason he leaves his disciples is so that they won’t keep waiting for him to rescue them, so that they won’t keep looking to him to fix the situations they are in. Jesus leaves so that the disciples will be able to learn their last lesson that Jesus needs them to know: That with God’s help, they can do what Jesus did, now that Jesus isn’t there to do those things. Jesus taught his disciples how to be God’s super-heroes, just like he was God’s super-hero. Jesus did this by teaching the disciples how to pray, how to keep their attention on God and how to receive God’s Holy Spirit. And guess what? We can learn the same things that the disciples learned from Jesus by reading the stories about Jesus, and then practicing the same things we see him teaching his disciples. When we do these things, then we are learning from Jesus how to be God’s super-heroes. Do you think that you can be a superhero for Jesus? This is what God’s super-heroes do: They love with God’s love, they help with God’s help and they teach others what they’ve learned about God. Not only can we learn to be God’s super-heroes, but then we can be God’s super-heroes. Let’s pray… Dear God, Thank you for Jesus, who shows us how to be your superheroes. Through Jesus’ example and by us receiving Your love and Your Holy Spirit, we can share Your love and Your Holy Spirit with others. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Now we come to the time of tithes and offerings, let’s remember that our gifts to the church are necessary to continue doing all that we have been called to do in ministry for the Lord. Be faithful to the Lord. The Pennies from Heaven container is available for anyone who may have change to give for missions, especially for Steve Semler and Fishers of Men. Let’s pray, as we dedicate the gifts that have been given this week for the Lord’s work… Dear Lord of Love & Provision, We thank You for all that You have giving to supply our needs. Thank You for our ability to help others in need. Please help us hear Your leading through the Holy Spirit, so that we can fulfill the ministries that You call us to accomplish. Help us to be aware of the needs around us. Bless each gift that is given and bless each giver. Also, bless those who are in need, by our gifts to them as led according to Your will. In Jesus Christ’s name we pray, Amen. Stand as you are able and praise our God for our many blessings, as we sing the Doxology; “Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye heav’nly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen”
As we have come to our time of Joys & Concerns: Are there joys or praises that you want to share? Joys shared: Brett and Heather celebrated their 32nd Anniversary. – Bruce’s family had safe travels. – Betty thanked everyone for their prayers for Damon. He is having a restful recovery and was able to go back to school for a ½ day on Friday. He will be getting the staples out on Wednesday. – Andre finishing Kindergarten on the 28th. – Martha & Missy had a safe roundtrip to Illinois last week. Missy did well. – AJ wants to share that his bloodwork came back good. Concerns: Dawn’s friend Carol is in the hospital fighting Covid and isn’t doing well. She is on a ventilator. – Also prayer for Brett’s friends in Wadsworth, a husband and wife with Covid. -Prayers for those who have lost loved ones. AJ asked for prayers for friends who had lost a grandfather, & our secretary Becky and her mom had to put their dog down this past week. –Prayers for those traveling -Pray for peace in the Middle East. The attacks are getting worse between Israel and the Hamas, and innocent people are being killed. The new is true and it is not good. – Frase’ appreciate the prayers for Marvin. He is back at The Avenue under nursing care and still needs our prayers. – Hopton’s grandson Chase is back in the hospital having some difficulties and needs prayers.–Several Unspoken requests Let’s Pray for everyone who is been represented by both spoken and unspoken requests… Almighty God, we thank You for all of Your blessings. We also thank You for hearing our prayers, and answering them according to Your will. Thank You for the healing, the peace, and the restoration that You give. We ask for You touch on each of the lives represented by the requests that have been lifted to You at this time. For those with Covid, for those grieving the loss of loved ones, for little Chase as he is back in the hospital, and for David & Brianne as they sit with him through all of the unknowns there, and for Marvin as he is back at The Avenue we ask for healing and strength for him. For those in the Middle East, Lord, You know the reasons for what is happening there. We know the news, but we don’t know the truth, and why thinks are happening. We ask for Your control over each situation. We ask for safety for those who are there, and we ask for peace to come upon each one there. Also, for our country, Lord, we ask that for You help the decisions that are being made to be according to Your will. And also for Your Church, for all the things that are going in ways that are against Your will, we ask that You turn them around to be the way that they should be, and help us to be doing the things that You lead us to, not the things that we want to do just because it feels better. We pray all of this in Jesus’ name, as we continue to pray the prayer He has taught us to pray, Our Father, who art in heaven. Hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever, Amen.
Our SCRIPTURE LESSON today comes from Psalm 93 and Acts 1:1-11. In Psalm 93, David is praising the Lord.“The Lord rules!
He is robed in majesty—the Lord is robed, clothed with strength. Yes, he set the world firmly in place; it won’t be shaken. 2 Your throne is set firm for a very long time. You are eternal! 3 Lord, the floods have raised up—the floods have raised up their voices; the floods raise up a roar! 4 But mightier than the sound of much water, mightier than the sea’s waves, mighty on high is the Lord! 5 Your laws are so faithful. Holiness decorates your house, Lord, for all time.” In Acts 1:1-11 the writer addressed Theophilus. It could have been a real person; who was a high priest, the son of Annas and the brother-in-law of Caiphas: or he could have been writing to believers of Christ as God’s Son. The name Theophilus means loved by God. The message was this; “Theophilus, the first scroll I wrote concerned everything Jesus did and taught from the beginning,
2 right up to the day when He was taken up into heaven. Before He was taken up, working in the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus instructed the apostles He had chosen. 3 After His suffering, He showed them that He was alive with many convincing proofs. He appeared to them over a period of forty days, speaking to them about God’s kingdom. 4 While they were eating together, He ordered them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for what the Father had promised. He said, “This is what you heard from Me: 5 John baptized with water, but in only a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 6 As a result, those who had gathered together asked Jesus, “Lord, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel now?” 7 Jesus replied, “It isn’t for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has set by his own authority. 8 Rather, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 After Jesus said these things, as they were watching, He was lifted up and a cloud took Him out of their sight. 10 While He was going away and as they were staring toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood next to them. 11 They said, “Galileans, why are you standing here, looking toward heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way that you saw Him go into heaven.” The Word of God for the people of God. Praise be to God!
Message: “We are Witnesses!” Jesus declared that in His Word! The message of Acts 1:1-11 is that we are witnesses, witnesses of Christ. In Psalm 93 David is a witness of the Lord. He gives quite a bit of information about God in just 5 verses. The Lord rules, is robed in majesty and strength, set the world in place which can’t be shaken, is eternal, is mightier than any water including the waves and floods. His laws are faithful and His house is holy. This shows how easily and quickly we can witness about the Triune God to others, sharing who he is through our understanding; and that understanding coming through the Holy Spirit. It doesn’t have to be fancy or long. It just has to be honest and meaningful. The Book of Acts is believed to have been written by the disciple Luke as a sequel to the Book of Luke. Here Luke is addressing Theophilus. He may have been writing to a specific person or to all people. There was a high priest at this time named Theophilus. It could have been written to him, or written to all people. We don’t know for sure. This could be a letter of witness. Luke first scroll, or book as we call it, was the Book of Luke. In it he had written about what he had seen Jesus do, events that others had told the disciples about, and, also, what Jesus had taught from the beginning, up until the time when Jesus was taken up into heaven. Luke tells that before Jesus ascended into heaven, Jesus was working in the power of the Holy Spirit, as He taught the apostles or disciples that He had personal chosen Himself. After His suffering, He presented Himself to them with many convincing proofs that He was alive. There were some who doubted it, some who questioned it, some who weren’t quite sure if it was really Jesus or not. He appeared to them over a period of forty days, doing many things to prove that He was alive; speaking to them about the kingdom of God; teaching them what was to come. So far there was a reminder of Jesus suffering, and dying on the cross. Then after His resurrection He appeared to Mary first, and then He was seen several times by the disciples over the 40 days following His resurrection. He was preparing them before He is taken up into heaven, and allowed them then to be His witnesses to then make more disciples, which He had commanded them to do. They were all gathered together, when Jesus told them to wait for the Father’s promise, which Jesus had already told them about.
He had told them that they had already been baptized by water by John, but now they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit, and not many days from then. This part of the passage has dealt with Jesus the person, and dealt with the disciples; dealt with the proof that Jesus was alive; and dealt with the promise of the gift of the Holy Spirit. Because of all that He had spoken to them, those who had gathered together with Jesus asked Him this question, “Lord, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel now, at this time?” Jesus then answered them, “It isn’t for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has put in His own authority. God is in control of all of those things. No one else knows those times. That was what Jesus was trying to get through to them and, also, trying to tell us that once God puts it in His own authority, it is one of those things that we don’t need to know. Then He said, you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Jesus was given the disciples a huge job to do! He wasn’t expecting them to stay in Jerusalem. He was expecting them to travel. He was expecting them to make more disciples, and then helping them to travel further. He was expecting His disciples to go all over the earth making more disciples, so that every part of the earth would be touched by His Word. And all would be witnesses of Jesus wherever He led them to go, and continues to lead us to go. After Jesus said these things, He ascended before their eyes, while they were watching. He raised up into the air. But they didn’t see Him go into heaven, they saw Him enter into a cloud, which then carried Him away, so that no one saw exactly where He went. They did watch Him go as far as they could see the cloud go. But did they see Him actually enter into heaven?…No, He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him out of their sight. We usually can’t see things that are inside a cloud, unless it is kind of a wispy, foggy cloud, and then vision is still a little blurry. And the disciples kept watching. It says they were staring toward heaven, even though Jesus was hidden in the cloud.While He was going away and as they were staring toward heaven, suddenly two men appeared in white robes and stood next to them. Who do you think these men were?… They were probably angels, but definitely messengers of God. They asked the disciples, “Why do you stand here looking into the sky? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come again, just the same way as you saw Him go into heaven.” This tells us that Yes, Jesus is coming again, and yes, He will be coming in a cloud. We don’t know when, and we don’t know where. We just need to share what we know and help others to learn more about Jesus’ love and salvation. True believers are the Kingdom of Heaven. True believers are more than just these 4 pictured. Believers are in unity together; they come in all colors, shapes, sizes, ages, and genders (male and female). It is our calling to help grow the Kingdom of God with as many people with as diverse a situation as possible. First, we have to choose to believe, just like the first disciples did. We need to believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, saved us, and then rose again; and that He came out of that tomb to live again here on earth to then rise into heaven to then send the Holy Spirit to us. After we believe and accept Jesus into our hearts, we need to await the power from the Holy Spirit to come upon us. He had told the disciples to stay in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit came. We hear year after year about Pentecost, and when the Holy Spirit came, it came to thousands, and lit upon them, both male and female, to go out and to share the Word of Jesus the Good News to all people, regardless of where they are. Pentecost comes next week. We are all to be witnesses of Jesus! We will be empowered by the Holy Spirit once we accept Him into our hearts. We have the strength that we need, the understanding of scripture, which comes through the leading of the Spirit. And just like the disciples were told, “Don’t just stand there!” Once you receive the Holy Spirit and you are called to do something else for the Lord, you don’t stand there, you don’t fight about it, you don’t say “No.” Some of us do those kind of things, and we’re not supposed to! We are supposed to just stand there! We’re supposed to listen, and go, and do! Many times we question saying, “They’re a witness of Christ, do I really need to do that? I still need to hear more about Him.” You may still need to hear more, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t share what you already know. And it doesn’t mean to go out and tell the things that you don’t know and maybe get those things wrong, but we do need to share the Word with others and help them know about God’s love and salvation that is provided for each and every one if we are just willing to accept Him. Whatever the reason, Jesus had it under control, and the disciples knew it. The disciples trusted Him to do it all. Do you remember the story where they tried to send a demon out of a person and it didn’t work, and Jesus said, “Ye of little faith.” Then He said, “Demon go out!” And it left. He was trying to teach them that they could do that, and all they had to do was mention His name. Once He was gone, they didn’t have Him there to do that anymore. They had to trust in that power coming through the Holy Spirit. They had to trust in its arrival, and when it did, there was no mistaking its arrival at that time. There are times when we question the arrival of the Holy Spirit ourselves for us. But is we are clicking in and connecting with God in ways that we’re supposed to, if we are listening and staying silent enough to know what’s happening, we hear those messages from God; maybe not out loud, most of them aren’t out loud. But we hear them in those still, small voices, and we need to trust in those. But not completely, because sometimes we get those still, small voices that come from Satan! We need to double check things in scripture and with other Christians to make sure that what we are hearing is truly the Lord. It’s not for us to hear and then say, “Here I go!” We need to wait and double check. When you hear me preaching, you’re not to say, “OK, she told me to go, so here I go!” I could be wrong. I’ve told you that before. When you hear messages, If you hear the Lord speaking to you, or think it is the Lord, speak to other friends who are Christians, check your scriptures, and listen some more. But don’t wait too long, because when God says, “Go!,” and you know for sure that it’s a message from God, “Go!’ Sometimes it gets a little difficult, and sometimes it gets a little strange, but we do need to listen, and we do need to respond. We are to walk the talk, and we are to talk the walk. We should be doing and saying what a Christian truly is meant to be. And we should be saying the things that God is leading us to say. There should not be any actions or speech that don’t fit with the life of a Christian. There should not be any actions or speech that don’t fit with what Jesus would do or say. We should be ready to tell about Jesus. We should be talking that walk, but we should also be walking that talk; going out to others who need to hear the Word. If you aren’t doing this to make disciples, then what are you working on to fulfill God’s mission, which is to all disciples that make up the Kingdom of God?… God wants every believer to be a witness for Christ to those who don’t know Christ. We are ALL to be witnesses of Christ, once we know Him, and once He has entered into our hearts, and once we have the Holy Spirit! Remember we need to have that assurance! Are we all witnesses?… That question is something that only you and the Triune God can answer! It’s not for us to judge! It’s for you to look at yourself and see where you sit or where you stand with Jesus. Don’t just stand there, listen and go!
Let’s Pray… Dear Father God, we thank You for Your Word and for the lessons that You place upon our hearts. Thank You for loving us enough to want us to be Yours. Help us to love others by giving them the chance to know You and Your love. Help us also to witness to each one as You bring us to them. Lord, we know that many times You place into our paths just the person who need to hear about You. Help us to not just walk away without saying anything. It just takes being friendly, and sharing some of our experiences. Help us to praise You through our words and deeds in helping others to see Your light shinging through us. We pray this in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.
PERSONAL REFLECTION: We can each reflect this week on how we are doing as witnesses of the Lord. If it’s not as good as it should be, then look to see how much you have truly allowed Christ into your heart, and make the changes that are needed.
May we open our hearts to the Lord fully, and in response to our love for Him praise and worship Him with a new song and a new heart! Go in peace! Amen
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Our Call to Worship is “Revelation Song” recorded by Larissa Richards. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=youtube+larissa+richards+revelation+song&docid=608037119934073127&mid=BB845D1132C1DEA7B258BB845D1132C1DEA7B258&view=detail&FORM=VIRE
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Our Call to Worship is a song recorded by Larissa Richards. It is “Sing to the King” by Billy Foote & Charles Silvester Horne…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t48czG9URaQ