Last week and this we’re looking at the Saints of God. Is there any hope for each of us? Last week we learned that saints are not perfect people, but people called to serve and work together. This week we look at that working together part. God equips us and calls each to be part of something far bigger than we could ever imagine. Are you in? Please join us for worship—just over 28 minutes of song, scripture, prayer, praise, and reflection. Our scriptures are Matthew 5: 1-12 and Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-17. Continue reading →
Some who come here grieve the loss of loved ones, ones who were so important in our lives… The New Testament writers speak of the saints among us and those who have gone on to their earthly reward. They are not perfect people, but called in a perfect way by God who gives us the privilege of life and trying to make a difference while here, even as we look forward to the gift of eternal life.
In our worship this week we study, pray, sing, and reflect upon what it means to be saints of this world, of how best to remember the saints of our own lives. We hope that you will help make this time more complete by joining us. Worship is 29 minutes, with so much you won’t want to miss. Please share….and may God bless you richly this week.
As we do every week, our time together includes a time of communion (breaking of the bread) where you may choose to participate, or simply meditate as we tell of Jesus' invitation to "do this in remembrance of me." If you would like to share with us at the table that goes beyond earthly boundaries of time, place, and structure, we ask that you prepare a piece of bread of some type and a drink such as grape juice, wine, or water. As we pray, our prayers are given to extend to where you are. If you are unable to eat or drink, you may want to use a symbolic gesture or mental symbol as you come together at this table of remembrance with us. (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 background music: “Great is Thy Faithfulness”
2. Call to Worship and Prayer: Pastor Ann
3. Opening Hymn, “For All the Saints”
4. Pastor's Prayer with Lord's Prayer: Pastor Deb
5. Hymn: “Open the Eyes of My Heart”
6. Scripture: Ephesians 1:11-23 NRSV, Pastor Deb
7. Message: “Remembering Those Who Have Gone Before” Pastor Bob Shaw
8. Hymn: “O When the Saints”
9. Communion: Elder Susan
10. Hymn: “In Remembrance of Me”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us using the contact information on our website, disciplesnet.org, or our Facebook page, DisciplesNet Church.
ABOUT OUR DISCIPLES SHEEP:
You may notice in our videos that we have various stuffed sheep with us in worship. To us, these are not toys, but important parts of our church.
It happened this way: When we began producing worship as DisciplesNet in November 2010, one of the first problems we recognized was that when we are speaking to the people on the other end of a camera and internet, we cannot actually see the people to whom we were speaking. It was easy to speak to the other pastors in the room, but as we prayed and preached and spoke, we instead wanted to be reminded of the people for whom we were serving—including people whose best way to attend worship might be online. We wanted to be speaking to them---and as best we could hearing and telling their stories.
So, on a whim, we set some sheep that we’d used for a children’s sermon in front of our speakers, and found that helped! Before we knew it, their number was growing. They spilled over onto the table as we spoke. They have become dear to us and no longer children’s toys— but representations of all of the sheep of God’s pasture, all of God’s children—the real people like you, whom we may not be able to see in real life, but wish never to forget are there, and are each and everyone loved by God more than we can ever comprehend. Those sheep are why we are here.
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 also extend the invitation for you to be part of the DisciplesNet ministry by giving a one-time gift, or ongoing, including a tithe. Even the smallest of gifts, like the mustard seed, has a way of growing in amazing ways to share God's word and the love of Jesus Christ. We have a giving page on our website, disciplesnet.org, and email address: email@example.com
God bless you, and thank you for joining us!
We invite you to join us for this week's 32-minute worship with DisciplesNet church, called to be here from around the world and around the clock. This week our Senior Pastor Deb Phelps brings an inspiring message about what happens when the saints of God come up short. Part of the story comes to us in the story of Zacchaeus, in Luke 19:1-10.
Also we hope you will blessed in participating in this worship with a special time of prayer and scripture, accompanied by music and lighting candles at the different stations, each in thanksgiving for those who have made a great difference in our life, and in our faith.
Also, as we do every week, we extend the invitation for you to join as we celebrate the Lord's Supper, also known as breaking of the bread, communion, and the Eucharist. We believe that it is Christ who invites us to the Table, and all who would say "yes" to that invitation may come before us, in reverence to take part.
The Lord's table has a way of bridging the barriers of time, place, and individual differences that may have been keeping separated. If you would like to join with us today, please prepare a small piece of bread or similar item, and some type of drink (we use grape juice, but other liquids including wine and water will work).
As we pray then for the bread and cup, we will pray that our blessing extends to where you are. If you are unable or prefer not to eat or drink with us at this time, you may want to meditate or use mental symbols during the time of remembering Christ.
We hope that as you join us for worship you will feel a blessing from being part, and will share word about us with others. 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.
If you are not satisfied with your time with us, we would appreciate knowing that, too, as we are constantly working to improve what we do and connect with people, and your feedback will help us grow better.
May God bless you richly!
ORDER OF WORSHIP:
1. Opening background music and Hymn: "For All the Saints"
2. Welcome: Bob Shaw
3. Song: "For All the Saints, v. 1, 2, 4 Chalice Hymnal #637
4. Special All Saints Candle Lighting and Prayer:
Scripture Hebrews 12:1-12 (NRSV) Anita Cobb
Devotional: Carolynn Miller
Invitation to prayer: Bob Shaw
Station 1: Russ Smith; background: "To God Be the Glory" (Bev Heid)
Station 2: Susan McNeely; background, "Thy Word" (Bev Heid)
Scripture: Isaiah 52:7 (NRSV), Amy Grogan
Station 3: Amy Grogan; background: "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly" (Pam Barksdale)
Station 4: Carolynn Miller, background: "Faith of Our Fathers" (Chalice Press, Favorite Hymns and Prayers)
Station 5: Dean Phelps, background, "Here I Am, Lord," (PB)
Station 6: Deb Phelps, background, Be Thou My Vision, (PB)
Station 7: Deb Phelps, "Shall We Gather at the River, (CP)
5. Song: "Oh, When the Saints, v. 1-3, Southport Christian Church Congregation, Indianapolis
6. Scripture: Luke 19:1-10 (NRSV), Audrey Borschel
7. Message: "When Saints Come Up Short," Rev Deb Phelps
8. Song: ""Oh, When the Saints, v. 1
9. Communion: Rev. Russ Smith
10. Communion song: "One Bread, One Body," CH# 393
11. Sending Out, "Shall We Gather at the River"
Talk with one of our Pastors:
If you would like to chat with one of our pastors, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us using the contact information on our website, disciplesnet.org
We are here if you have questions about belief in God, becoming a Christian, following Christ, living as a disciple of Christ, and more.
Invitation to Giving:
DisciplesNet Church is a not-for-profit church crossing 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. As we give thanks to those who have helped build the foundation of DisciplesNet church, we extend the invitation to be part of the DisciplesNet ministry by giving either a one-time, or an ongoing gift, including a tithe (10%). Even the smallest of gifts, like the mustard seed, have a way of growing in amazing ways to share God's word and the love of Jesus Christ.
We have a giving page on our website, disciplesnet.org.
Our physical address for donations is:
PO Box 17935
Indianapolis, IN 46217
And emailing address is: email@example.com
God bless you, and thank you for joining us!
Video editing by Deb Phelps, Russ Smith, Susan McNeely
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Who are the saints in your life? In our worship today, "Remembering the Saints," Rev. Dr. Audrey Borschel, looks at the way God equips us to receive from and participate as one of God's saints in the world around us. Saints aren't perfect, but are people with their eyes trained upon God, trying to be faithful servants.
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. Continue reading →