A Worship Guide for June 21
We hope that you will find this guide helpful as you worship at home if you are not able to join with us.
Call to Worship
 I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever;
with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
 For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever;
in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.”
 You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
I have sworn to David my servant:
 ‘I will establish your offspring forever,
and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah
 Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD,
your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
 For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD,
 a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
and awesome above all who are around him?
 O LORD God of hosts,
who is mighty as you are, O LORD,
with your faithfulness all around you?
 You rule the raging of the sea;
when its waves rise, you still them.
Lord God, you are the incomparable one. Who can be compared to you? No one. You are full of steadfast love and faithfulness.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
that he may deliver their soul from death
and keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.
Supplication :Please seek the Lord through prayer in the following areas:
- Crossroads Fellowship, a church in our area
- Widows in our church. For their support and care through their families and our church. That their satisfaction and sufficiency may be in Jesus.
- An unreached people group, the Khmer of Cambodia
- Refugee Hope Partners at Cedar Point and their ministry to people from many different nations. Pray for the Spirit to work through the many hands including those from our church.
Ephesians 4:25–32,  Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.  Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,  and give no opportunity to the devil.  Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.  Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (ESV)
The audio of the sermon is available HERE.
Summary: In the earlier chapters of Ephesians, Paul reminded the church of the great blessings of being part of God’s kingdom through faith in Jesus. He likens our inclusion in the people of God to being made new in Christ or literally part of a new creation. In our passage, Paul warns against behaviors in keeping with the old life and gives examples of what life looks like as part of God's kingdom. He calls us to speak the truth to one another, deal rightly with anger, to work honestly and diligently and to speak with words that benefit the listener that it may give grace to those who hear. This will be our focus. How do we speak redemptively in all our relationships. How does our speech build up or tear down our relationships? How can we speak so that all our relationships are helped, healed and encouraged by the redemptive nature of our words?
Review and Apply
How did your view of the gift of 'speaking' change in importance?
How would you counsel a Christian who struggles with corrupting talk?
In what ways do you struggle with 'corrupt talk'?
Give an example of someone speaking in a way that you were built up?
What proverbs are helpful in guiding the use of our words?
How can you change the way you speak so that your mouth brings healing to your spouse and/or friends?
How can we be more effective at grace bearing conversations at church?
Explain what grieves the Spirit. Why?