“Oh, no, God,” said the disciple Peter, as the disciples were getting their organization together. “I’ve never touched anything unclean like that, and am not going to start now. What? You’ve got to be kidding?” A bit of a paraphrase, perhaps, but this is the scripture from Acts 11 that we’ll be looking at today in worship. This is a special worship for us, number 300, but in every worship we always hope to be about celebrating God and the blessing we have in coming together in Christ to be in community this day. We hope that you will join us with an inspiring message, song, prayer.
Our worship is just over 30 minutes long, and as we do each week, our closing moments together include a time of communion (breaking of the bread). We invite you to participate if you would like with some type of actual bread and drink you supply, or these elements held in your mind. You may also meditate as we tell of Jesus' invitation to "do this in remembrance of me." All are welcome at our table.
(Scroll down for an Order of Worship)
We hope that as you join us for worship you will feel a blessing from being part. Please tell friends, family, and others you know about our online church that is here with doors that are always open, walls as wide as the world, and always room at the table.
ORDER OF WORSHIP:
1. Opening music, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”
2.Welcome: Russ Smith (with Psalm 148)
3. Opening hymn: “This is My Father’s World/He’s Got the Whole World”
4. Pastor's Prayer with Lord's Prayer: Deb Phelps
5. Scripture: Acts 11:1-18 (NRSV), Dean Phelps
6. Hymn: “Amazing Grace”, Dean Phelps, Rev. Ilumbe Njongo, Oskar Penkombe
7. Message: “In Spite of Ourselves,” Bob Shaw
8. Hymn: “I Will Sing of My Redeemer”
9. Communion: Susan McNeely
10. Hymn: “Here at Thy Table, Lord”
11. Sending out
If you would like to chat with one of our pastors, including talking more about belief in God, becoming a Christian or following Christ, or living as a disciple of Christ, please email us at email@example.com, or contact us using the contact information on our website, www.disciplesnet.org, or our Facebook page, DisciplesNet Church.
Invitation to Giving:
DisciplesNet Church is a not-for-profit church that exists to cross barriers and boundaries to share the Good News of God's redeeming love. We rely on the gifts of our online viewers as we continue to grow and extend our nets around the world.
We have a giving page on our website, disciplesnet.org. And emailing address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
God bless you, and thank you for joining us!
Video editing by Deb Phelps, Russ Smith, Susan McNeely