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May 28 2017 Worship Guide :: Overflowing with Joy

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image :: The Moon Over A Waterfall, Hiroshige (d.1858, Japanese)

Preparation for Worship on May 28 2017 :: Overflowing with Joy

“Christ came chiefly for this reason: that we might learn how much God loves us, and might learn this to the end that we begin to glow with love of Him by whom we were first loved, and so might love our neighbor at the bidding and after the example of Him who made Himself our neighbor by loving us.”  (Augustine)

Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for May 28 include ::

:: Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing (Robert Robinson, 1758) CHART :: Psalm 147, Praise the Lord, O Zion (Wendell Kimbrough, 2015) CHART :: Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting (Jean S. Pigott, 1876) CHART :: Blessed Be Your Name (Matt Redman, 2005) CHART :: Doxology (Thomas Ken, 1709) CHART :: How Can I Keep From Singing? (Robert Lowry, 1868) CHART 

Call to Worship :: Psalm 34:1-5

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together! I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.

Confession of Sin

Heavenly Father, loving King, all of our sins are laid bare before Your eyes: We promote ourselves, and overlook those around us. We have nursed anger and envy, and have forsaken Your humility, gentleness, patience, love and unity. We tie our joy to our circumstances, rather than to Your Gospel. We repent of our fruitless wanderings, and ask that You renew us in Jesus Christ. Let us hear Your voice saying: “Awake and rise! His blood is your peace, His death is your life, His Spirit is your power.” Restore to us the joy of Your salvation and persuade us that a life lived in Your service is a life of perfect freedom. Amen.

Words of Encouragement :: Acts 10:43

All the prophets testify about Jesus Christ that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.

Old Testament Reading :: Isaiah 62:1-5

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch. The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.

Sermon :: II Corinthians 7:2-4

Make room in your hearts for us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one. I do not say this to condemn you, for I said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together. I am acting with great boldness toward you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with comfort. In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy.

Summer Fellowship Begins June 7

Peace & Reconciliation
7:30PM Wednesdays in June, WEPC Chapel

WEPC’s Visiting Theologian, South Sudanese Bishop Bismark Avokaya, will lead us through several passages to consider Biblical themes of conflict, peace, justice, reconciliation & their fulfillment in Jesus Christ.

Questions or RSVP to Kevin Greene, kevin@wepc.org or Shangwok Deng, shangwok@wepc.org

God Created: A Study of Genesis 1-3
7:30PM Wednesdays in July & August, WEPC Chapel

Join us this summer for God Created!  We’ll walk through Genesis 1-3 and consider who God is and what it means for us to be made in His image. Outspoken skeptics, new Christians, and long-time believers are encouraged to attend.  Feel free to bring others, and drop in whenever you are in town!

Led by Kevin Greene & Shangwok Deng.

May 21 2017 Worship Recap :: We Are The Temple

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image :: Temple Garden, Paul Klee (Swiss, 1920)

Preparation for Worship on May 21 2017 :: We Are The Temple

“Only humanity in its entirety– as one complete organism, summed up under a single head, spread out over the whole earth, as prophet proclaiming the truth of God, as priest dedicating itself to God, as ruler controlling the earth and the whole of creation– only it is the fully finished image, the most telling and striking likeness of God. Scripture clearly teaches all this when it says that the church is the bride of Christ, the temple of the Holy Spirit, the dwelling of God, the new Jerusalem to which all the glory of the nations will be brought… a kingdom of God, a holy humanity, in which God is all in all.”  (Herman Bavinck)

Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for May 21 include ::

:: My Jesus, I Love Thee (Featherstone, 1864 CHART :: Jesus Paid It All (Elvina M.Hall, 1865) CHART :: All Ye Refugees (Scott, Haddock & Paris, 2015CHART :: Doxology (Thomas Ken, 1709) CHART :: Lord I Need You (Matt Maher, 2013) CHART :: Sovereign Grace O’er Sin Abounding (John Kent, b.1766) CHART

Call to Worship :: Psalm 99:1-3, 5

The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake! The Lord is great in Zion; He is exalted over all the peoples. Let them praise your great and awesome name! Holy is He! Exalt the Lord our God; worship at His footstool! Holy is He!

Confession of Sin

Heavenly Father, not one day of our lives has passed that has not proved us guilty in Your sight.  We have sinned against You in our thoughts, words and deeds. All things in us call for rejection. Yet, all things in Christ plead our acceptance. And so, You have claimed us as your own. Though we were guilty, in Jesus we are forgiven. Though we were wandering, in Him we are found. Though we have sinned, in Him we are cleansed. Our Lord, Jesus Christ, You shattered the power of sin and death.  Help us to live for You as dead to sin and alive to righteousness through Jesus our Redeemer.  Renew us continually in His grace.  Amen.

Words of Encouragement :: I John 1:5-9

God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Old Testament Reading :: Zephaniah 3:14-19

Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away the judgments against you; he has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall never again fear evil. On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak. The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

Sermon :: II Corinthians 6:14-7:1

6:14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,

“I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
17 Therefore go out from their midst,
and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch no unclean thing;
then I will welcome you,
18 and I will be a father to you,
and you shall be sons and daughters to me,
says the Lord Almighty.”

7:1 Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.

May 14 2017 Worship Recap :: The Favorable Time

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image :: The Morning After The Deluge, William Turner (1843, British)

Preparation for Worship on May 14 2017 :: The Favorable Time

“As having nothing, and yet possessing all things.” II Corinthians 6:10

Nothing have I of my own,
But sin and wretchedness;
All things are comprised in One,
And I that One possess:
God in man His Son reveals;
Fullness of the Deity,
Heaven itself in Jesus dwells,
And Jesus dwells in me.

John Wesley, Scripture Hymns

Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for May 14 include ::

:: O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (Charles Wesley, 1739) CHART :: Trisagion (5th century Greek Hymn) CHART :: How Long, O Lord / Psalm 13 (Isaac Watts, 1719) CHART :: Come to Jesus (Chris Rice, 2003) CHART :: Grace Greater Than Our Sin (Julia H, Johnston, 1910) CHART :: O The Deep Deep Love of Jesus (Samuel Trevor Francis, c.1890) CHART :: Doxology (Thomas Ken, 1709) CHART

Call to Worship :: Isaiah 55:1,3,6

Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Incline your ear, and come to me;
hear, that your soul may live;
Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call upon Him while He is near.

Confession of Sin ::

God has said to us, “You shall have no other gods before me.” Father, we confess before You that we have sinned against You in our thoughts, words and deeds. We have worshipped other gods and run after them: Power, Comfort, Control, Self. These idols promise much but have become our cruel masters. Forgive us for seeking in them what You alone give by grace through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ: Peace, Righteousness, Purpose, Hope. Renew our hearts. Grant us repentance and faith. Good Shepherd, show us the Cross that we might be turned from sin and self to trust in Your salvation.

Words of Encouragement ::  John 10:11,14,27-28

Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep… I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own and my own know me… My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

Old Testament Reading :: Isaiah 49:7-13

Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation, the servant of rulers:
“Kings shall see and arise;
princes, and they shall prostrate themselves;
because of the Lord, who is faithful,
the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”
Thus says the Lord:
“In a time of favor I have answered you;
in a day of salvation I have helped you;
I will keep you and give you
as a covenant to the people,
to establish the land,
to apportion the desolate heritages,
saying to the prisoners, ‘Come out,’
to those who are in darkness, ‘Appear.’
They shall feed along the ways;
on all bare heights shall be their pasture;
they shall not hunger or thirst,
neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them,
for he who has pity on them will lead them,
and by springs of water will guide them.
And I will make all my mountains a road,
and my highways shall be raised up.
Behold, these shall come from afar,
and behold, these from the north and from the west,
and these from the land of Syene.”
Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
break forth, O mountains, into singing!
For the Lord has comforted his people
and will have compassion on his afflicted.

Sermon :: II Corinthians 6:1-13

1 Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”

Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.

11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open.12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections.13 In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also.

Mark Youndt Service

Mark Youndt, a long-time member of WEPC, passed away Wednesday, May 3.  There will be a memorial service at WEPC on Saturday, May 6, at 12:00pm in the Sanctuary.  A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.  All are welcome.
The WEPC Staff extends condolences to the Youndt and Scott Families during this time.  Please join us in praying for Connie Youndt, Doug & Laurie Youndt, Beth, John, Drew & Evan Scott, and their families as they grieve in the hope of Christ.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to the WEPC Deacons Fund

May 7 2017 Worship Recap :: New Creation

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image :: Enclosed Field With Rising Sun, Vincent van Gogh (1889, Dutch)

Preparation for Worship on May 7 2017 :: New Creation

“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.” (W.B. Yeats, “The Second Coming”)

“When St. Paul says that God has given him the ministry of reconciliation, he means that he is a preacher of this peace. He ministers reconciliation to the world….It is not the main part of his vocation to tell men to make their peace with God, but to tell them that God has made peace with the world. At bottom, the Gospel is not good advice, but good news. All the good advice it gives is summed up in this – Receive the good news…When Christ’s work was done, the reconciliation of the world was accomplished. When men were called to receive it, they were called to a relation to God, not in which they would no more be against Him – though that is included – but in which they would no more have Him against them. There would be no condemnation thenceforth to those who were in Christ Jesus” (James Denney)

Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for May 7 include ::

:: 10,000 Reasons (Redman & Myrin, 2011) CHART :: Give Me Jesus (African-American Spiritual) CHART :: None Other Lamb (Christina Rossetti, b.1830 CHART ::  Jesus, Lover of My Soul (Charles Wesley, 1740) CHART :: Doxology (Thomas Ken, 1709) CHART :: How Great Is Our God  (Tomlin, Reeves & Cash, 2004) CHART // AUDIOHow Great Is Our God::  How Great Is Our God  (Tomlin, Reeves & Cash, 200

Call to Worship :: Psalm 103:1-5, 22

Bless the Lord, O my soul; all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, Who forgives all your iniquity, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, Who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Bless the Lord, all His works, in all places of His dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Confession of Sin :: Psalm 32:1-5,10

Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the LORD does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.  When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.  For day and night Your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.  Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.” And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in Him.

Words of Encouragement :: II Corinthians 5:21

For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

Old Testament Reading :: Isaiah 43:1,4,18-19

But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine. Because you are precious in My eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

Sermon :: II Corinthians 5:16-21

16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.