Prelude Dr. Paul Satre, organ
“Fanfare” (Douglas Wagner)
“My Country” (arr. Gayden Sikes)

 

Invocation Pastor Eric Targe

 

“Be Thou My Vision”  

 

“Shepherd”

 

“He Will Hold Me Fast”

 

“Psalm 62”

 

Pastoral Prayer Dr. Bill Bertsche

 

Offering

 

Anthem “The Lord’s Prayer” Sanctuary Choir
Music by Jay Rouse, arr. Camp Kirkland and Jay Rouse © 1997 PraiseGathering Music

 

Scripture Reading: John 10:1-15 Sarah Cameron

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

 

So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.

 

“Christ Is Enough”

 

Praying Like Jesus: Reliance

Matthew 6:11

Dr. Ed Stetzer

 

Song of Response    

               

Benediction Dr. Bill Bertsche

PRAYING LIKE JESUS

RELIANCE

Matthew 6:11

Dr. Ed Stetzer

 

Praying Like Jesus:

 

  • Meets Us in Our Anxiety

 

  • Changes Our Perception of God

 

  • Fights Self-Sufficiency

One of the lies the devil wants us to believe is that people who are far from the Lord are as happy as the front they put up. If he can get us to believe that, we will be more reluctant to share the hope we have in Christ. A recent poll of about 20,000 Americans found an “epidemic of loneliness,” particularly among those aged 18-22. Loneliness, they said, “has the same effect on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.” How tragic! As part of our church’s “Warmth & Witness” efforts, we’re seeking to fulfill the second greatest commandment to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Our obedience to the Lord in this is the antidote to loneliness, both our own and that of others, for God has made us members of His family and promises He will never leave us nor forsake us. So, keep praying for those around you, to see them as God seems them, and to love them with the love of our Father.

 

For His glory,

 

Bill Bertsche

Executive Pastor

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