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August 20th Worship Program

Updated: Aug 21, 2023


Welcome.

We are glad to have you join us for worship. Today we get back to a message series from the book of Revelation. We are looking at the letters that Jesus gave to seven churches. Letters to encouragement and correction.

These letters are, for sure, significant to us at this time as our churches are going through a season of change. But they are significant to us as individuals as God’s grace works in us to live out the new life - our personal do-over - that faith in Jesus makes a reality.

Our church is a true family of believers who come together to worship, pray, and learn from God and each other. We value being connected to other believers and strive to create an environment where individuals and families can grow closer together.

At our church, we believe that everyone has the potential to impact the world. In our programs and ministries, we seek to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to make a Gospel difference in our community and in the world.

So, if you are looking for a church home that seeks to make a positive impact in Rock Hall and the world, we invite you to join us. No matter who you are or where you come from, you are welcome here. We look forward to getting to know you and to growing in our faith together.

If you have any questions or want to discuss your faith journey, please don’t hesitate to contact Pastor Gary directly, by email - gary@yourrockhall.church or by telephone - 410-639-2144.

Thank you again for joining us.



Order of Worship:

Welcome Prayer of Adoration

Opening Worship

Prayer of Confession

Prayers of the People

Message

Do-Over

From Reputation to Identity

Closing Worship Next Steps

Find practical ways you can take a first “next step” in your faith journey on our website. Just go to nextsteps.yourrhc.com.

Benediction

Life is much more than an accident. Wherever I go, I believe God needs me there. Wherever I am, I trust God has put me there. He has a purpose for me being there -

Christ, alive in me, wants to do something through me, no matter where I am.

I believe this and go in His grace and His love and His power.


If you would like someone to pray with you, please come and meet one of our ministry leaders at the end of the service.


Songs for Worship

Raum Chapel

397 I Need Thee Every Hour

452 My Faith Looks Up To Thee

472 Near To The Heart Of God

Combined Worship @RHUMC

Your Grace Is Enough

The Lord's Prayer (It's Yours)

Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus

Clean


Message Notes

Do-Over: From Reputation to Identity

Revelation 3:1-6

“Write this letter to the angel of the church in Sardis. This is the message from the one who has the sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars:


“I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead. 2 Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. 3 Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.

4 “Yet there are some in the church in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes with evil. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5 All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine.

6 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.


“The single greatest cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door, and deny him with their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” Brennan Manning

Hypocrisy is not the difference between what we do and what we wish we did, but the gap between our reputation and our character.

Titus 1:16 NIV

16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

Revelation 3:1 NIV

1 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.


When you have reputation without reality, reputation is all you have.

Revelation 3:2 NIV

2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God.

Identifying the problem

Revelation 3:3 NIV

3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.


Good News for the Hypocrite: Remember and Repent

Proverbs 28:13 NIV

13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.


Jesus has zero tolerance for hypocrisy. He has unlimited grace for a sinner in need of forgiveness.

This week’s YouVersion Bible Reading Plan:

Many of us were taught that integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching. This is true, but integrity at its core is all about character. As Christians, we know the secret of how to live with integrity: the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. In this study, we are going to examine the life of David.


 

This Week's Announcements:

Meet with Pastor Gary Do you have a question or issue you need to discuss? Pastor Gary is available for pastoral counseling with individuals and couples To schedule, just Click “Meet with Pastor Gary” on our website

Prayer Request Policy Change In order to maintain a more current prayer list, we provide a copy of this past week’s prayer requests. Submit prayer requests using the prayer request cards in the pews or the digital prayer request form on our website: pray.yourrhc.com Please make sure you have permission to share other’s information.


Current Prayer Requests

  • Our children and youth ministries

  • Caregivers and first responders

  • People of Ukraine

  • Our nation’s leaders

  • Healing of our nation

  • Israel and the Middle East

  • People battling addictions

  • Single parents and their kids

  • Pastor Gary and family

  • Joe & Cheryl Holliday

  • Dickie & Bettie Porter

  • Eddie & Rosalie Kuechler

  • Karen & Mark Weller

  • Dean & Anna Mae Wood

  • Frank & Mariann Dulin

  • Michael Geibel

  • Chase Dolgos

  • Mark Lusby

  • Rick Reedy

  • Patricia Brown

  • Elmer Gustafson

  • Hal McBride

  • Hubbard Kendall

  • Bill Carroll

  • Family of Charles Brice

  • Joanne Ashley Carson

  • Marge Kelley

Active Military & their families including:

  • Trevion Hopkins

  • Kyle Schauber

  • Brock Willey

  • Makenzie Williams

  • Steve McCarthy

  • Tristan Hague

  • Dakota Collison

  • Geoffrey Andersen

  • John Pettit

  • Jonathan Conner

  • Dante Spagnolo

Homebound:

  • Phyllis Dierker

  • Edna Cox

  • Jackie Price Williams

This week's prayer focus:

Join us in focused and specific prayer for our church, our community, and our world. Be prepared to see God do great things as we collectively turn to Him in prayer.

  • Sunday - Our Mission: God, increase the desire of believers to fulfill the Great Commission. Matthew 28:19-20

  • Monday - Our Church: God, direct our vision for the Future. Proverbs 19:21

  • Tuesday - Our Leadership: God, help our ministers and volunteers persevere in Your work. 1 Corinthians 15:58

  • Wednesday - Families: God, help our families be committed to the Lord and His Work. Joshua 24:15

  • Thursday - Our Community: God, bring salvation to the lost. Luke 19:10

  • Friday - Children/Youth: God, help our young people set an example of godliness for others. 1 Timothy 4:12

  • Saturday - Adults: God, give our adults discernment to not be deceived by the world and Satan. 1 Peter 5:8

This week’s events:

Sunday

8:30 am - Worship Celebration @RC

10:00 am - Combined Worship Celebration @RHC

Monday

11:30 am - Chosen study

Tuesday

6:30 pm - Small Group Bible Study @Rock Hall Church Hall

Wednesday

7:00 pm - Youth Group @Youth Center

Thursday

7:00 pm - Praise Team practice

Sunday

8:30 am - Worship Celebration @RC

10:00 am - Combined Worship Celebration @RHC


Birthdays

Nancy Walls 8/24






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