Waiting with a Purpose [Worship]

This Week’s Service:

Prelude: “Prelude: Merifield” (Wayne Martz, Organ | by J. Correll)
Welcome / Announcements / Lord’s Prayer (Logan Ogletree)
Hymn: “Here I Am, Lord” (Hymn 593)
Apostles’ Creed (David and Mary Varner)
Special Music: “Lead Me to the Cross” (Joy Sloan, Sarah Teel, Jay Davis, Eric Buchanan, Connor Davis, Eric Jones, & Ken Posey)
Reading of Scripture (Laura Marvets)
Children Sermon (Sally Key Bowden)
Anthem:  “Here I Am, Lord” (Sung by Alex Burgin, Louise Gudger, and Rece Gudger)
Sermon: “Waiting with a Purpose” (Rev. Dr. P. Shane Green)
Hymn: “Take My Life” (Hymn 399)
Benediction (Rev. Dr. P. Shane Green)
Postlude: “Ach, Gott und Herr” (Wayne Martz, Organ | by J. S. Bach)

First Steps – October 26, 2020

One of the greatest surprises of my life is that I ended up being a clergyperson. If asked as a child what I wanted to be when I grew up, I’m sure I would have listed fifty different professions other than that of the clergy. Perhaps an attorney, a banker, or a teacher; but definitely not a man of the cloth.

Life is definitely full of surprises, but one thing I’ve learned as a clergyperson is that the more I’m open to the spiritual world, the more I can never say ‘never’. If resurrection is true, and I believe it is, then from what appears to be dead, there can actually come life. Never really isn’t always ‘never’.

If you were to ask God, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” and listen honestly, you might be surprised about what can happen. Granted, it sounds scary; however, what is more frightening is a wasted life in which nothing was done because one never did what they were put here to do.

In Luke 9:62, Jesus spoke these sobering words, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Don’t waste what has been given to you. We all have a mission to live and a God to glorify.

This Week’s Readings:
  • Monday – Mark 9
  • Tuesday – Mark 10
  • Wednesday – Mark 11
  • Thursday – Mark 12
  • Friday – Mark 13
Please Pray for:
  • Families in crisis.
  • Friends and family members battling illness.
  • Those seeking to find their way.
  • Teachers and students as they continue to transition.
  • The St. Paul Church family and our ministries.
  • The United Methodist Church family.
  • Our leaders, our country, and our world.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.” – Philippians 4:6