The Church Without Walls

Sunday’s Service

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Sunday, May 22, 2022,

10:30 AM.

Facebook Live

 

And

Candler Park 

Sixth Sunday of Easter

 

Gathering

CALL TO WORSHIP:

L:   The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

P:   And also with you.

L:   Come before God and rejoice in this presence.  Worship God

and pay God’s due.

P:   The Lord calls to us and asks us to gather in this name.

L:   God calls to us and asks us to love God and keep this word.

P:   God calls to us that so God may pour out this Spirit upon us.

L:   God calls to us so that God might grant us peace.

P:   God calls to us so that God might make a home within us.

ALL:   God calls to us that God might bless us.  Rejoice and pay the

     Lord God’s due.  Bless God’s holy name and keep this word both

     now and always.

 

INVOCATION

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

FIRST SCRIPTURE LESSON: Psalm 67 (The MSG)

 

God, mark us with grace
and blessing! Smile!
The whole country will see how you work,
all the godless nations see how you save.
God! Let people thank and enjoy you.
Let all people thank and enjoy you.
Let all far-flung people become happy
and shout their happiness because
You judge them fair and square,
you tend the far-flung peoples.
God! Let people thank and enjoy you.
Let all people thank and enjoy you.
Earth, display your exuberance!
You mark us with blessing, O God, our God.
You mark us with blessing, O God.
Earth’s four corners—honor him!

 

SECOND SCRIPTURE LESSON: Acts 16:9-15  (MSG)

That night Paul had a dream: A Macedonian stood on the far shore and called across the sea, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” The dream gave Paul his map. We went to work at once getting things ready to cross over to Macedonia. All the pieces had come together. We knew now for sure that God had called us to preach the good news to the Europeans.

Putting out from the harbor at Troas, we made a straight run for Samothrace. The next day we tied up at New City and walked from there to Philippi, the main city in that part of Macedonia and, even more importantly, a Roman colony. We lingered there several days.

On the Sabbath, we left the city and went down along the river where we had heard there was to be a prayer meeting. We took our place with the women who had gathered there and talked with them. One woman, Lydia, was from Thyatira and a dealer in expensive textiles, known to be a God-fearing woman. As she listened with intensity to what was being said, the Master gave her a trusting heart—and she believed!

After she was baptized, along with everyone in her household, she said in a surge of hospitality, “If you’re confident that I’m in this with you and believe in the Master truly, come home with me and be my guests.” We hesitated, but she wouldn’t take no for an answer.

Prayer, Praise and Offering:

 

TODAY’S MESSAGE: “The Promise” – Pastor Paul  John 14:23-31

Sermon Verse VS 27: That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.

Sermon Passage:

“Because a loveless world,” said Jesus, “is a sightless world. If anyone loves me, he will carefully keep my word and my Father will love him—we’ll move right into the neighborhood! Not loving me means not keeping my words. The message you are hearing isn’t mine. It’s the message of the Father who sent me.

 “I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.

“You’ve heard me tell you, ‘I’m going away, and I’m coming back.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I’m on my way to the Father because the Father is the goal and purpose of my life.

“I’ve told you this ahead of time, before it happens, so that when it does happen, the confirmation will deepen your belief in me. I’ll not be talking with you much more like this because the chief of this godless world is about to attack. But don’t worry—he has nothing on me, no claim on me. But so the world might know how thoroughly I love the Father, I am carrying out my Father’s instructions right down to the last detail.

“Get up. Let’s go. It’s time to leave here.”

Holy Communion

 

Benediction

 

OWN YOUR FAITH, DON’T RENT IT

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. Church office is open. In-person appointments available. Call the church. Dana will set up an in-person meetings or you have the option of Zoom or Facebook Messenger.
  2. Worship in Candler Park will continue to be live streamed via Facebook messenger each Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. 
  3. Bible Study meeting Monday, May 23, 2022 at 7:30 PM on Zoom. This week we will have an opportunity to study deeper into Colossians. Here is the url to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3833663154?pwd=K2hsWHdjRi80ZkF4L3daTEtRcTVUdz09
  4. Pastor Paul’s office time Monday-Wednesday 10:00 AM till 3:00 PMThe Pastor will be off on Thursday’s.  Friday’s will be a study day and Saturdays the Pastor will be available as needed or by appointment. For now, Dana’s office time or church time is Tuesday through Thursday 10 AM till 3 PM. She is available via e-mail or text on Monday’s and Friday’s.
  5. We thank you for going to the church website to take care of your tithe, gifts, donations and offering.  Just go to gentlespirit.org and click on the donate button and follow the instructions.  Or if you are more comfortable with the US mail then send your tithe, gifts, donations and offerings via a check or money order to GSCC 601 West Ponce de Leon Decatur, GA 30030
  6. Gentle Spirit Christian Church is in search of a musician for Sunday morning services in the park.  If you are interested or know someone who is please contact the Church office at 404-604-8124

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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