Below is the order of worship for Sunday, August 1, 2021. Please follow along in person or live on Facebook and use this to participate in prayers, and prepare for reading scripture and listening to the sermon.
Welcome & Announcements
Prelude (The light of Christ enters the world)
Call to Worship – Psalm 122
Leader: I was glad when they said to me,
People: “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
Leader: Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.
ALL: We gather with gladness in the Lord’s house this day!
Come Now is the Time to Worship
Congregational Greeting Time “Wave to your neighbor.”
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
Prayer & Offering
Our Father Who Art In Heaven,
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom Come.
Thy Will Be Done
On Earth As It Is In Heaven.
Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread,
And Forgive Us Our Trespasses,
As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us,
And Lead Us Not Into Temptation,
But Deliver Us From Evil.
For Thine Is The Kingdom,
And The Power, And The Glory,
For Ever And Ever
Scripture: Nehemiah 13: 15 – 22 New Living Translation
15 In those days I saw men of Judah treading out their winepresses on the Sabbath. They were also bringing in grain, loading it on donkeys, and bringing their wine, grapes, figs, and all sorts of produce to Jerusalem to sell on the Sabbath. So I rebuked them for selling their produce on that day. 16 Some men from Tyre, who lived in Jerusalem, were bringing in fish and all kinds of merchandise. They were selling it on the Sabbath to the people of Judah—and in Jerusalem at that!
17 So I confronted the nobles of Judah. “Why are you profaning the Sabbath in this evil way?” I asked. 18 “Wasn’t it just this sort of thing that your ancestors did that caused our God to bring all this trouble upon us and our city? Now you are bringing even more wrath upon Israel by permitting the Sabbath to be desecrated in this way!”
19 Then I commanded that the gates of Jerusalem should be shut as darkness fell every Friday evening,[c] not to be opened until the Sabbath ended. I sent some of my own servants to guard the gates so that no merchandise could be brought in on the Sabbath day. 20 The merchants and tradesmen with a variety of wares camped outside Jerusalem once or twice. 21 But I spoke sharply to them and said, “What are you doing out here, camping around the wall? If you do this again, I will arrest you!” And that was the last time they came on the Sabbath. 22 Then I commanded the Levites to purify themselves and to guard the gates in order to preserve the holiness of the Sabbath.
Sermon: Return to Sabbath
A series on Nehemiah