2021-07-18

July 18, 2021 – Outdoor Worship

This online worship service contains the Scripture readings and links to the songs we use in our in-person service. This week we are meeting in a park, so the format is quite different from usual. Our past online Sunday services are here.

Our in-person worship service starts at 10:30 am. This week there is no Sunday morning Connections Cafeon zoom, but it will continue next week. Check our Summer page to find out what is happening over the next few weeks.

Worship Songs

Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord – Michael W. Smith
Ten Thousand Reasons – Matt Redman
How Great is Our God – Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves
His Mercy is More – Matt Papa and Matt Boswell

Prayer for our World

Our CBM prayer this week is from John Chan, CBM’s Director of International Partnerships

“Dear Heavenly Father, you’re our strength, rock, fortress, and deliverer; in you, we take refuge.  In our distress, we called to You; we cried to our God for help. We are confronted daily by death, sickness, economic downturns, isolation and mental health challenges. Without you, we would be lost, but we’re thankful that you stoop down from your temple and you hear our voices; our cry came before you, into your ears. We pray today specifically for our partners who have suffered the greatest due to COVID. We pray for partners in India, in Andhra Pradesh, in Odisha, and in Nagaland who are ravaged by the pandemic.  …”

Read or watch the full prayer here.

Jesus Paid It All – Newsboys

Scripture Reading:

Matthew 6:19-21 (NLT) ; 馬 太 福 音 6:19-21 (CUVS)

19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

19 不 要 为 自 己 积 ? 财 宝 在 地 上 ; 地 上 有 虫 子 咬 , 能 ? 坏 , 也 有 贼 挖 窟 窿 来 偷 。

20 只 要 积 ? 财 宝 在 天 上 ; 天 上 没 有 虫 子 咬 , 不 能 ? 坏 , 也 没 有 贼 挖 窟 窿 来 偷 。

21 因 为 你 的 财 宝 在 那 里 , 你 的 心 也 在 那 里 。

Reflection on the Reading:

Keeping in mind the context of these verses within the Sermon on the Mount, reflect on the following questions. You can do this individually or with others.

  1. What possessions do you really value at this moment in time? But what about the future?  In 5 years’ time, which of your possessions do you think will still hold the same importance to you? Would you have given the same answer before the pandemic?
  2. Beyond possessions, what is really important in your life that you hope will endure? What do you deem as truly valuable? What do you believe God deems as valuable?
  3. In scripture, our heart is seen as the center, the core of our being. What things might be vying for your heart? 

Read the passage again, and imagine Jesus speaking directly to you. Sit with the passage in quietness for a few minute before you go on to the next questions.

  1. How do we lay up treasure in heaven?
  2. Is the treasure of God’s Kingdom only a future reality, or might we experience it in the present?

Spend some time praying about your thoughts on this topic.

Song of Response:

Victory in Jesus

Benediction:

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. ~ Ephesians 3:20–21

20 神 能 照 着 运 行 在 我 们 心 里 的 大 力 充 充 足 足 的 成 就 一 切 , 超 过 我 们 所 求 所 想 的 。

21 但 愿 他 在 教 会 中 , 并 在 基 督 耶 稣 里 , 得 着 荣 耀 , 直 到 世 世 代 代 , 永 永 远 远 。 阿 们 !

~ 以 弗 所 書 3:20-21

Exit Music:

Nearer, My God, To Thee – Acapelridge

Suggested Sunday Services to Watch:

Pastor Jeremy Peters at St. Albert Alliance Church: 11 am https://staalliance.org/livestream/
Pastor Rick Warren at Saddleback church: any time   https://saddleback.com/watch
Pastor Andy Stanley at Northpoint church: any time  https://northpoint.org/live
Westlife Church in Calgary: https://www.westlifechurch.ca/

News, Notes, and Needs

  • Weekly announcements are now on our website for our church and other like-minded organizations.
  • Pandemic restrictions were lifted in Saskatchewan as of July 11, so you don’t need to register for church.
  • For those worshiping at home, we provide this “self-serve” online Sunday worship service and Zoom groups on Sunday and through the week.
  • You can find our previous online worship services on our Sunday Service Online Archive.
  • You can find all of Pastor Ryan’s sermons and videos at the Sermon page on this website.
  • We also have a YouTube channel and playlists of songs and Pastor Ryan’s videos. The song playlists are in the sidebar and footer of this website.
  • We are on Facebook!
  • If you have a prayer request, please let the church office know and we will pass it on to the prayer group. Or share it on the FB ARBC Community group and people will pray with you there.
  • If you need other help, such as getting groceries while isolated, let the church office know and we will find someone to help. If you can help, please also let the office know. Thank you!