Round Hill Community Church Order of Worship
May 2, 2021
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: God calls us away from the tumult of the world, that we may focus our attention where true joy may be found.
All: In God’s presence we see our lives more clearly; the broken pieces are put back together.
Leader: God calls us out of loneliness into a life of community.
All: Worshiping together, caring about one another, we find out what it means to be truly human.
Leader: But God will send us back into the world’s confusion and busyness, its brokenness, and isolation.
All: We will go with peace and joy, strengthened to be God’s servants, the bearers of peace.
Spirit of energy and change,
in whose power Jesus was anointed
to be the hope of the nations:
be poured out also upon us without reserve or distinction,
that we may have confidence and strength
to plant your justice on the earth,
through Jesus Christ.
THE LORD’S PRAYER Andrea and Naomi Lucero
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, forever and ever. Amen.
MUSIC His Eye Is on the Sparrow C.H. Gabriel
SCRIPTURE Genesis 28:10-22 NRSV
Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the Lord stood beside him and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring, and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!” And he was afraid, and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”
So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. He called that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz at the first. Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house; and of all that you give me I will surely give one-tenth to you.”
SERMON A Chorus of Stones The Dr. Rev. Ed Horstmann
MUSIC As the Wind Song Swee Hong Lim
ROUND HILL COMMUNITY CHURCH PRAYER
Our Heavenly Father, shed forth thy blessed spirit upon all our lives. Make each one of us an instrument in thy hands for good. Purify our hearts, strengthen our minds and bodies, fill us with Christian love. Let no pride, no self-conceit, no rivalry, no ill will ever spring up among us. Make us earnest and true, wise and prudent, giving no just cause for offense; and may thy holy peace rest upon us this day and every day throughout the coming week, sweetening our trials, cheering us in our work, and keeping us faithful to the end, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.