“What Good Is It To Gain The World And Lose Your Soul?”

by Pastor Matt Jackson




Judy GrahamThank you – Service this morning “spot on” – a time to reflect on our communication skills-

FIRST CHURCH in PEMBROKE

Sunday, February 14, 2021

ORDER OF WORSHIP – Transfiguration Sunday

Prelude               God of Grace, and God of Glory  

Welcome & Opening Prayer                 

Gracious God, we are gathered to share in the greatest of loves – the love of You, our Triune God, and the love You have for us, Your people and Your church.  It was Your love for the earth You created, Your love for all the earth holds, and Your unlimited love for Your Son, Jesus Christ, that we gather to celebrate.  We stand before You in this moment, with the anticipation for the faith and life yet to be discovered and to become our reality.  So once again, we ask for Your blessing and granting of the all-encompassing Peace of Christ.  Indeed, hear us again declare that You are our God, we are Your people, and it is in Your Holiness that we will pray and live always.  Amen and Amen.   

Call to Contemplation         Come, We That Love the Lord

Call to Worship (abbreviated Scriptures and Baylor’s Led by Love)

P:  God summons us from the sun’s rising to its setting. Listen for the Words of

 Jesus.

C:  Our God comes and does not do so in silence!

P:  Jesus calls the faithful and gathers His people.

C:  We come, eager to hear His Voice, and share in His Spirit.

P:   Let us be intentional to listen to Him, let us open our ears and open our eyes.


C:  Pass us not, O Gentle Savior, hear our humble cries.  While on others

      You are calling, please O God, do not pass me by!

Hymn                   Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior

Scripture Reading:     2 Kings 2: 1-12                                                      Ernie Evans

A Musical Moment for Meditation        Holy Ground

The Message:  Mark 9: 2-9                                                             Pastor Matt Jackson    “This is My Dearly Loved Son…Listen to Him”

Hymn                   You Lord Are Both Lamb and Shepherd

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

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 sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us.  And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory, forever and ever.  Amen.

Offertory Invitation

Offertory             Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord, God Almighty   

Doxology

Closing Hymn   Shine, Jesus, Shine

Benediction – Well, thanks again for taking a seat in our virtual Sanctuary!  

Postlude             Joy in My Soul


EXTRA:

Prayers of the People

It was Thursday and one of my devotionals told a story about a mother and her young daughter walking through a park.  They were mesmerized by the chirping of the birds who migrate to the park every Spring.  One day as they were walking, they heard a particular bird “singing” but couldn’t quite locate the bird.  The mother finally asked the daughter to be still and quiet, and after a while, they found the bird.  The story continued… “sometimes we complain that we cannot hear the Lord’s guiding voice” but “we may not hear God because our minds are full of other thoughts.”  The reading closed with the suggestion that we take the same approach as the mother and daughter did to hear the bird…that we ”put aside all unnecessary thoughts, remain quiet in prayer, and focus only on God.”   

We received the following requests for prayer this week… we continue to pray for Elizabeth Roberts and the Roberts family; prayers for Elaine Spalding; continued prayers for Kim Baldner and the Baldner family; Rick and Jacqui; Dick and Peggy Reardon and their family; and two “special intentions.”  As you heard last Sunday, sometimes the best words to share are “Thank you” and so, on behalf of those who are named above and their family and friends, “Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers!”

Yes, God is waiting to hear from us, so please join me now in a time of prayer…

O Gracious God, in these moments when our church prays together, whenever we pray individually, or no matter where we are when we pray, we are grateful for Your undivided attention. Our prayers this morning are for people who are really struggling – people who are facing enormous challenges in their respective walks of faith and life.    And even though those named are in good hands, and most receiving the best of care, we are calling out to You because there are no better hands, or place to be, than Yours, O God.  Some of those named are in need of a simple touch or uncomplicated procedure to correct their situation, while others named are in serious need of a miracle… but You know all of this, and none of the situations are beyond Your Grace, Mercy, or Healing Powers.   So, hear us, in the quiet, as we come to You in prayer for those heaviest on our hearts…

Let us join together as we pray the Lord’s Prayer…

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 sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory, forever and ever.  Amen.

Offertory Invitation

In one of the monasteries visited during my doctoral studies in Detroit, there was a display of bronze figurines.  Each figurine was marked with a statement which that person had made that impacted the founder of the monastery, Father Ignasus. While the specific figurine’s name escapes me, their statement read, “God did not give everything to some so that others would do without.”  Each week we speak of our gratitude for all of you who support the ministry at First Church.  Even the smallest of gifts, when pooled together with the gifts of others, is such a blessing and creates potentials far beyond any one imagination.  So, as we do each week, for those who will receive, as well as those who go beyond themselves and give to help others, we just want to say those simple two words – “Thank you!”

Benediction – Well, thanks again for taking a seat in our virtual Sanctuary!  It’s been said that every encounter with the church holds the possibility of changing a life!  So… wonder what God has in mind for this week?  Whatever may be the challenge, we pray you have heard something in our worship service – the Scriptures, spoken words, music or even in the quiet –  that will linger and help you through whatever may come along… and remember, we all go in the Name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.   Have a great week and we’ll see you back here next Sunday at 10am.  God bless….

Scriptures for Sunday, February 14, 2021

Psalm 50: 1-6

A psalm of Asaph.

The Lord, the Mighty One, is God,
    and he has spoken;
he has summoned all humanity
    from where the sun rises to where it sets.
From Mount Zion, the perfection of beauty,
    God shines in glorious radiance.
Our God approaches,
    and he is not silent.
Fire devours everything in his way,
    and a great storm rages around him.
He calls on the heavens above and earth below
    to witness the judgment of his people.
“Bring my faithful people to me—
    those who made a covenant with me by giving sacrifices.”
Then let the heavens proclaim his justice,
    for God himself will be the judge. Interlude

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2 Kings 2:1-12  – “Elijah Taken into Heaven”

When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were traveling from Gilgal. And Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the Lord has told me to go to Bethel.”

But Elisha replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you!” So they went down together to Bethel.

The group of prophets from Bethel came to Elisha and asked him, “Did you know that the Lord is going to take your master away from you today?”

“Of course I know,” Elisha answered. “But be quiet about it.”

Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the Lord has told me to go to Jericho.”

But Elisha replied again, “As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you.” So they went on together to Jericho.

Then the group of prophets from Jericho came to Elisha and asked him, “Did you know that the Lord is going to take your master away from you today?”

“Of course I know,” Elisha answered. “But be quiet about it.”

Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the Lord has told me to go to the Jordan River.”

But again Elisha replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you.” So they went on together.

Fifty men from the group of prophets also went and watched from a distance as Elijah and Elisha stopped beside the Jordan River. Then Elijah folded his cloak together and struck the water with it. The river divided, and the two of them went across on dry ground!

When they came to the other side, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I can do for you before I am taken away.”

And Elisha replied, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit and become your successor.”

10 “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah replied. “If you see me when I am taken from you, then you will get your request. But if not, then you won’t.”

11 As they were walking along and talking, suddenly a chariot of fire appeared, drawn by horses of fire. It drove between the two men, separating them, and Elijah was carried by a whirlwind into heaven. 12 Elisha saw it and cried out, “My father! My father! I see the chariots and charioteers of Israel!” And as they disappeared from sight, Elisha tore his clothes in distress.


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