We offer a special invitation to our 100th Worship Video. As we were preparing for this we felt profoundly grateful so it seemed natural to take Psalm 100 as our theme. You will see a number of our worship team members and some special guests helping read this in a memorable way.
Our message today looks at saying thanks to God, asking the question, “How do you say thanks?” Rev. Dr. Deb Phelps, our senior minister and founding pastor, brings this inspiring word.
One of our extraordinary blessings comes in this worship in the form of a meditation on gratitude, given for our DisciplesNet viewers by Rev. Dr. Fred Craddock, an old friend and mentor to members of our worship team, and one of many advisors who have helped DisciplesNet make sense of its vision since we got our start in 2010.
In addition to Psalm 100, we look at scripture from James 1:17,18, 25, and from Mark 7:5-7
Along with our message are favorite hymns, “Blessed Assurance,” “When You Do This,” and two versions of “GIve Thanks.
We are particularly grateful for those who gathered on August 24, 2012 at Allisonville Christian Church for our first Benefit Concert for DisciplesNet. Dean Phelps performed at the concert, and the Allisonville Praise Band led those present in singing, “Give Thanks.” The voices there are preserved for us to hear, and you can join them from whereever you are in the world.
Our worship includes a time of communion (breaking of the bread)--for which we extend the invitation given by Jesus Christ to all who would come. If you would like to share with us in this time at the table that passes all boundaries of place, time, and walls, then we ask that you prepare a wafer, cracker, or bread and a drink, and we ask that our blessing will extend to where you are. If you are unable to eat or drink, use a symbolic gesture or mental symbols of joining with us.
We hope you will join us for this short time of worship (29 minutes), and will be blessed by participating. Please tell friends, family, and others you know about our online church that is here with doors that never close, walls as wide as the world, and always room at the table.
If you would like to chat with one of our pastors, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invitation to Giving:
DisciplesNet is growing and has much in the works! If you would like to be part of this ministry through helping to equip the church financially for its work, you have several ways. This includes going to our website disciplesnet.org and going through Pay Pal or credit cards, by writing to our physical PO Box at:
PO Box 17935
Indianapolis, IN 46217
or emailing us at email@example.com
God bless you, and thank you for joining us!
Order of Worship:
1. Song: “Give Thanks," Chalice Hymnal #528,
2. Scripture Reading: Psalm 100, worship team
3. Meditation on Gratitude, Fred Craddock
4. “Give Thanks,” slide show and sing along, CH #528
5. Pastor’s Prayer, Bob Shaw
6. Blessed Assurance, " in CH #543
7. Scripture, James 1:17, 18, 25 (NRSV), Russ Smith
8. Message: “How Do You Say ‘Thanks’?” Rev. Deb Phelps
9. Poem: O Brother Man, John Greenleaf Whittier, 1848, read by Bob Shaw; background instrumental by Pam Barksdale
10. Communion/Breaking Bread: Rev. Dr. Audrey Borschel , Russ Smith
11. “When You Do THis, Remember Me,” CH#400
12. Benediction, Rev. Deb Phelps
"Give Thanks," Words and music: Henry Smith, CH #528. Sung by Praise Band from Allisonville Christian Church, Brooke Anthony and Chris Higgins lead vocals and guitar, with Benefit concert congregation;
"Give Thanks" sung and played by Phoebe Spier and Dean Phelps for slide show
"Blessed Assurance," by Fanny Crosby, Phoebe Knapp, in Chalice Hymnal; #543. Sung by Southport Christian Church congregational singing, Indianapolis
"Be Thou My Vision" (Background, Irish melody): Pam Barksdale
Do This, Remember Me," CH 400, words and music from Alexander Campbell and David Edwards
Be Thou My Vision, traditional Irish melody, played by Pam Barksdale.
VIdeo-editing: Deb Phelps and Susan McNeely